The Texas Caver

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Contents: Neither rain, sleet, or snow / Mike Moody (Epic #6) -- Cartoon / Bill Elliott -- Project '71: Longhorn Caverns State Park / Bob Lloyd -- Fire danger: new report on the Guads -- Garbage -- Editorial -- Cartoon / Ken Griffin (from his Speleo T. Agnew book) -- Mounting prints for fun and profit / Carl Kunath (photo-tips) -- SST---NO--TSS / A. Richard Smith reports -- Review / Carl Kunath -- Sanchez sez... -- Conservation -- Cartoon / Ken Griffin (from the book again) -- Cartoons / Charles Loving (from his book) -- Trips -- News and history -- Cartoon / Ken Griffin (again...) -- Quotes -- Speleo-mart -- Speleo-calendar, etc.
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Vol. 16, no. 06 (1971)
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COVER: Len Lindsay lights up a well decorated passage in Caverns of ora. Photo by Carl Kunath with a Nikon F, 35mm lens, Pan-X, F/11 in 1966. The TEXAS CAVER is a monthly publication of the Texas Speleological Association, an internal organization of the National Speleological Society, and is published in Euless, Texas. Material for publication should be typed double-spaced and sent to the Editor at 305 Bayless Dr. Euless, Texas 760 39, no later than the first of the month of publication. All Grotto news and trip reports should be sent to the Assistant Editor, Mike Moody, at Box 533, Euless, Texas 76039. Subscriptions are $4.00 pe r year for 1 2 issues and all subscriptions begin with the January issue. All requests for subscriptions should be sent to James at 1218 Mel rose, Waco, Texas 76710. Persons subscribingafter the first of the year will recei ve all back issues for that year. Single copies are available at 40 each postage paid anywhere in the TJ. s. (c) 1971 by The TEXAS CAVER STAFF Editor-----------------Ronnie Fieseler Assistant Editor-------Mike Moody General Vemonger Printer----------------Jon Everage Assembly---------------Rice Grotto D istribution-----------J ames Jasek Clu b Correspondants----Neal Morris (A&I), Scott Harden (AAC), Mike Walsh (STSUG), Barry Beck (Rice), Karen Lindsley (DFWG) Jack West (Red River), Dwight Deal-Larry Williams (Paisano), C. Edwin Kunath (CV S 'TCKS) PAGE 114 115 116 117 118 119 121 122 123 124 130 131 132 THE TEXAS CAVER, VOLUME XVI, NTJMBER 6 * * * * CONTENTS NEITHER RAIN, SLEET, OR SNOW----by Mike Moody (Ep i c #6) CARTOON by Bill Elliott PROJECT '71 (Longhorn Caverns State Park) by Bob Lloyd FIRE DANGER (New report on the Guads) GARBAGE EDITORIAL CARTOON by Ken Griffin (from his Speleo T. Agnew book) MOUNTING PRINTS FOR F U N AND PROFIT by Carl Kunath (Photo-tips) SST---NO--TSS (A. Richard Smith reports) REVIEW by Carl Kunath SANCHEZ SEZ .. CONSERVATION CARTOON by Ken Griffin (from the book again) CARTOONS by Charlie Loving (from his book) TRIPS NEWS AND HISTORY CARTOON by Ken Griffin (again ... ) Q'JOTES SPELEO-MART, SPELEO-CALENDAR, ETC. * * * * * EXCHANGERS : Adctr t 05 ess cop1es o 3 Bayless Dr. Euless, Texas 76039


The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 Page 114 Epic #6 Neither Rain, Sleet, or Snow---or "What do you mean the key won't by Mike Moody What follows is a true story (is there any other kind?) about cave gates. Cave gates serve a fine purpose but they are also the cause of much grief and sorrow. One ugly and forboding rainy Friday night in January 1963, Dick Moore, Tom Harper, and myself headed north to Arkansas to visit Fitton Cave. Perhaps I should have felt something was going to happen on the trip when that morning the exhaust system fell out of my car on the way to work. If that wasn't enough, I should have become wary when my mother called me at lunch to tell me that I had just received my first draft notice. But true caver type that I am, I ignored the warnings and drove through the cold rain to Dick's house to pick up him and Tom. While there I realized that I had forgotten my camera tripod, so we went back to my house to get it. Leaving Dallas about 3:00pm, we headed north through the rain and occasional snow to Arkansas. Making exceptional time even for the snow, rain, and by this time, icy roads, we arrived in Harrison, Arkansas about 3:00am. We went into an all night cafe and had a fabulous breakfast. A highway patrolman was in the cafe and we asked him about local conditions. He advised us to get to where we were going because the roads were becoming extremely dangerous. We drove to a small campground nearby and sacked out for a couple of hours of much needed sleep. At the first sign of light we headed up the dirt road to the cave. We had gone several miles on it, fighting icy patches and snow banks, when we started up a long grade covered with ice. We almost made it to the top but finally lost traction and had to roll down to the bottom of the hill. Dick's father had thoughtfully provided us with some tire chains and we began to put them on. Here our problems were compounded as none of us had ever put on tire chains before. First we stretched them on the ground and tried to drive over them but that didn't work. We finally figured out the right way to attach them and so began once more, only to remember Dick's father's fateful warning. The chains were for fourteen inch wheels and, yes, we had fifteens. Undaunted, we brought out the bailing wire and were soon on our way. But not very far, as the chains came loose after about 200 yards. It took three trys before we found a way to keep them tight, as long as we didn't have to pull too hard. Driving on towards the cave we came across a lady with her pickup crossways in the road, and we stopped to help her get it straight. Finally we reached the farm nearest the cave, where we stopped to talk and drink several cups of coffee. The last couple of miles were left to be tackled, so off we went, still having trouble with those chains, losing them and having to hunt them. But finally, despite everything, we managed to get to the parking area above the caveo Intending to sleep in the cave where it would be warmer, we gathered sleeping bags, stove, food, etc., and went down to the cave. According to




Page 117 The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 At a party in the Lindsley's new home, Mike Moody, while in high spirits, really blew our minds when he showed us some slides of his recent trip to Mexico, the most amazing of which were those of the ocean and the beach located, according to Mike north of Saltillo. another beer Mike? Ask Barry Beck to show you his tool kit sometime. Hear that it consists of an old grungy pair of vise-grips. We hear that Jon Everage's is hardly better, although i t does contain a piece of a chandelier. Yet with this and the metric tools of Bob Lloyd, they were able to repair a clutch in Jon 1 s van near Pozo de Ga vilan. Clever folk, these cavers. Carl 11Dirt Bike 11 Kunath has bought yet another one. That makes three. No doubt he is planning some spectacular stunt, like riding all three at once around the top of the stock tank. One of our long time Texas cavers is now in Australia doing a bit of teaching, etc. He sent an article and his new address. He is still getting the TC and would probably like to hear from some of his old caving buddies. Write Elbert F. Bassham, 2/4B Waygara St. Doveton, Victoria 3177, Australia. Lloyd, Fieseler, and Vemonger would like to pass along some good info. To find a cave in Mexico, put on your pack, wander around in the jungle until lost, keep wandering until you come across a boy on a burro, speak pidgin Spanish and wave your arms, look dumb, and the kid will point out the cave which is just a short distance away by now. Never fails. The local head station in Dallas, KNUS, recently reported in it's odds and ends of information they pass along that / world's longest cave is 7214 miles long. We're sure that their story is wrong, but suppose they are right! It would be one hell of a cave. We wonder if Bill Sherborne is still fastening his vertical equipment with velcro-fasteners? Several Members of CV SUCKS have built and installed a fine new gate on Midnight Cave. An article is planned for an upcoming TC on the work involved. Should be a very interesting article. If you plan a trip there, you will have to see the owner, Dr. T.E. Harding. He has the only key to the lock. The first batch of aluminum cans was recently sold; 134 lbs. for $18.40. More info later ... keep saving.


The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 Page 113 We realize that this issue is later than usual. I must admit that it is partly our fault this time due to Moody's moving and me hassling with my job and my broken down truck. However, we have also suffered with a lack of material and pictures (note the scarcity of photos in this issue) which has been a problem. Luckily we received a few good contributions in the past few days. July promises to be a good issue. But what about August, September, October, and ...... Send us something! We plan on having the July issue out shortly after this one so you can get it before the project. Lateness seems to be an integral part of a caving publication, but at least it is still being published and hasn't fallen by the wayside like so many others. Please have patience if the TC is late, and ask yourself once in a while "What have I sent in to the CAVER lately?" See you at the project on Labor Day. L * * * * * .. TA.KE OIJ\ TH.' GARBA..GE'."


Page 119 The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 Mounting Prints for Fun and Profit by Carl E. Kunath Photo-Tips Mounting your prints is hardly the place to skimp on time and effort. In some cases, prints seem to have been mounted as an afterthought rather than the concluding step of a "total" plan. In some instances, the completed mount/print must be visualized in advance if the total effort is to be successful. There are more variations in mounting than I have space or patience to discuss and new methods are being devised everyday. Most of the main points, rules, and methods follow: THE MOUNTING BOARD The best mounting boards avaliable are made by the Savage Company. They are snow-white, pebbled-surfaced boards made with a very high "rag" content to resist yellowing and are about 1/16 inch thick. These are excell ant in all respects, but cost about 50 each if purchased one at a time. Recently, I obtained some that were very slightly thinner for 25 each in lots of 50. Beware of "poster board" or the heavier "artist board". These will warp and/or yellow at the slightest provication. However, artist board is available in several colors and I have used black to good advantage for several prints. Artist board also comes in 32 x 40 inch sheets which cut very nicely to 16 x 20 or what ever size you want (16 x 20 is the salon standard and you might as well learn to live with it). Savage also makes a "sandwich mount" in which the top portion has an aperture slightl y less than 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 11 x 14, etc. This will cover the normal 1/4 inch borders and makes a _very attractive mount for 75 to $1.0 0 each. You can make your own with a bevel-cutter, two full 16 x 20 mounts and lots of c are and patience. THE ADHESIVE We could start with horse glue and work our way up but dry-mounting i s the superior method. Briefly, a sheet of dry-mounting tissue is placed between the print and the mount and the whole works is placed in a press that applies heat and pressure at the same time (you can get by with a household iron and care). In 15 seconds or so, it's all'stuck together permanently. Done properly, this is the best method and is used almost iversally by those who know. CAUTION: color prints are very sensitive! Use the lowest heat (about 225F) and the minimum time necessary for bonding. Be sure to pre-heat both print and mount so as to drive off moistu r e which might otherwise produce steam and cause bubbles between mount and print. Elmer's glue, contact cement, rubber cement, epoxy, etc., are all unsatisfactory for various reasons, but Eastman Kodak has recently come out w ith a spray-on adhesive that might bear investigating.


The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 Page 120 PROPORTION Ever see a print that just doesn't look ''right"? Sometimes the fault is improper composition. One of the most pleasing shapesis the "Golden Rectangle". This is a rectangle having sides in the ratio of 1:1.616. It just so happens that this is very close to the negative size of most cameras that make a full size negative on 35mm film (24 x 36mm), but far from the standard print sizes of B x 10, 16 x 20, etc. Therefore, if full frame pririts are made, we must proportion the print to the intended mount, and in the case of the salon-standard 16 x 20 mount, we have problems. To quote a "rule", there should be an equal margin at the top and sides of the print and three times that much at the bottom. A full frame enlargement from 35mm cameras looks rediculous on a 16 x 20 mount-the side margins are too wide. What can be done? Nothing. Several times I have made two prints: one as it should be for best composition, and a s econd print cropped and sized to look as good as possible on the 16 x 20 mount which is specified for most salons, the NSS Salon included. I am happy to see the NSS has recently relaxed this requirement somewhat and who knows, we may soon be allowed complete artistic freedom in our c hoice of print format. SUBMOUNTS A submount is a piece of paper (any color) which is interposed between the mount and print and sticks out slightly all around the print. This has the function of providing either a contrast or a transition from the edge of the print to the mount. LINES Many people, myself included, often draw a line around the edge of the print about 3/16 inch from the print and about l/32 inch wide. It seems t o add to the overall impression. SIGNATURE Most will want to sign their prints. A good way of doing this is to use a product called "Goldmark". This is a gold-coated foil that will transfer under pressure like carbon paper---except this is really gold, l ooks nice, and is permanent. TITLE Prints should be titled at the lower left of the print. Letters about 3/16 inch high seem to look best, but it depends somewhat on the style of lettering. I think a 175 Leroy template looks as good as anything. DATA ON BACK OF PRINT It's wise to put your name and address on the back of each print. I also make notes as to: place the photo was make, type of camera, lens, a n d film, exposure (if noteworthy) and any other information that I think might be useful in the future. DISPLAY A good way to display prints that are mounted on standard 16x20 mounts is by the use of two strips of formica or linoluem edge moulding. This moulding can be nailed to the wall and the prints are simply slid in and out of the grove. They are easy to change, no nails show, and a minimum of holes are made in the wall.


Page 121 The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 SST--No-T S S They said it couldn't be done, but we did it! Another spectacular issue of the justly-famed Texas Speleological Survey is out--The Caves of Kimble County. And it gets better all the time, too. (Almost everybody thinks Kimble County is more interesting than Lubbock County.) The latest issue describes 33 caves and an additional 7 shelters, "almost" caves, rumors, and a total of 20 cave maps. More than the usual amount of speleo-geology is included to help you find the big ones that got away, and in fact, that have never been looked for there in Kimble County. The Caves of Kimble County, Number 6 of Volume III, is being mailed to subscribers. All of Volume III (3 issues) can be purchased for only $3.00 from A. Richard Smith, 2414-C Branard, Houston, Texas 77006. As expected, no information was received on Indian Creek Cave, the subject of the forthcoming double issue of the Survey. Don't complain if your secret information is ommitted. Thanks to Dan Watson and Scott Harden, who contributed information to the TSS cave files in April and May, and thanks to all those who subscribed or bought back issues at the TSA Convention. You subscribers out there, how would you like to receive one page of the Survey for each cave report you send in? Wouldn't get much--would you? * * * * * REVIEW by Carl Kunath Nicholas, Brother G. F.S.C., "Entrance, Twilight, and Dark", NATTJRAL HISTORY, April 1971, pgs. 30-35. This is a generally informative introduction to caves and the life which inhabits them. Only sightly technical, it affords an excellent over-view of speleo-ecology and is worth looking up just to view the fine color photographs which accompany the article. Brother Nicholas has a PhD in Ecology and is a long time NSS member. * * * * * Sanchez Sez. A cave is nothing.


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The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 Page 122 Conservation Number 3 in a series 1. Cave formations have developed over thousands of years and are very fragile. They should never be removed for any reason. Many delicate or purely colored features should not even be touched because skin oils or mud will discolor them. Unerground photograph y should be substituted for colections or displays of specimens. 2. Many species of cave life are rare and should never be disturbed or removed from the cave . Some bats are extremely beneficial as insect eaters and should be left alone. 3. Many animal bones and Indian artifacts are ancient and will crumble to the touch. The best course is to leave the remains as found, take photographs, and report to competent authorities such as museum officials or the nearest National Speleological Society Grotto (chapter). 4. Never write, mark, or paint on cave walls, rocks, or formations. Many caves have registers to sign. 5. To mark confusing juctions for guidance, use small cards with arrows drawn on them. These should always point toward the entrance and and should be collected on the way out. 6. Carry out everything carried in, including food wrappers, flashbulbs, and spent carbide. 7. Take care of personal sanitation needs before entering the cave. B Show your appreciation for caving by participating in cave cleanup projects. (Reprinted without permission from article by Robert Crawford, Indiana, Pennsyl va.nia. ) * * * * * ----_....---


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The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 Page 124 DATE: 16-13 April 1971 DESTINATION: Huasteca Canyon, Monterrey, Mexico PERSONNEL: John Mikels and John Clayton of PASS and several people from the South Texas Mountaineering Cl ub. REPORTED BY: John Mikels We went to Huasteca Canyon to practice some technical rock climbing. Fou r of us made a climb up a wall in the canyon and I managed to get by a runaway boulder. DATE: 24-25 April 1971 DESTINATION: TSA Convention in San Antonio PERSONNEL: Jack and Anita West, Barry and Wynetta Tracy and Bill Long REPORTED BY: Jack West We attended our first TSA convention and found it very informative. We found that most members were very friendly and anxious to help in any way they could. We left San Antonio on Sunday morning and returned home by way of San Saba County and the caves in that area. DATE: l .May 1971 DESTINATION: Cascade Caverns PERSONNEL: Dan Murphy, Glenn Darilek and eight scouts from Troop 234 REPORTED BY: Glenn Darilek Took the commercial tour and then the manager showed us a small cave in the area so the scouts got to see their first "wild" cave. DATE: 4 May 1971 DESTINATION: Hitzfelder Crawl and Bone Hole PERSONNEL: Al Brandt, Roger Bartholomew and Jorga Lindgren REPORTED BY: Jorga Lindgren We went into the crawl and surveyed it. Then went to the Bone Hole and mapped it. Three seventeen ft. ladders are needed to reach the bottom of the Bone Hole, which is eighty feet below ground level. At the bottom are muddy but vJell decorated small passages. DATE: 7 May 1971 DESTINATION: Powerline Cave, Bexar County PERSONNEL: W.H. Howie, Glenn Darilek, John Graves and Chuck Dreyer REPORTED BY: GJe nn Darilek


Page 125 The TEXAS CAVER,June 1971 We were asked to map this cave. Specific instructions took us to the cave ,entrance. Only some c:ligging were we:: able tq see that the pas sage:narrowed. to :less than:eight found-8ix .other o.n .the same hilLbut they needed digging. In the future, it: is hoped that caves will checked out befqre a 'mapping is ., DATE: 8 May 1971, DESTINATION: Brehmmer Caves # 1 & 2 ... PERSONNEL: 11 AAC cavers and 24 -local high-schoolers REPORTED BY : Gl .. enn '-narilek The students were enrolled in a mini-mester class interested in caving, The bats were indeed back at Brehmmer. It is not advisable to go into the bat populated sections with so large a group. Most of the students then went to see Brehmmer #2. DATE: 15 May 1971 DESTINATION: Medina Lake area PERSONNEL: Kippy Burkinshaw, Joe Smith and Scott Harden REPORTED BY: Scott Harden Rode bicycles the twenty-eight miles to Medina Dam and looked at a few small caves and springs. DATE: 17-22 May 1971 DESTINATION: Valles, Mante, Ocampo, and other god forsaken places in Mexico PERSONNEL: John Mikels, Mike Padgett, David Johnson, Kenny Johnson, Florentino Morales, B.B. Russell, J.C. Strutz, Mary Ann Kelly, David Waddell and Ken Gordon REPORTED BY: John Mikels Cross at Reynosa, Go on to Mante and crash at Aguja. Go to Ocampo where we get a guide and do La Gruta de la Sierra Tamalabe. It is sort of a scaled down Bustamante in the wall of a humongous canyon. Checked numerous small caves but didn't find much. This area could could use a lot more work. Went on to Valles. Checked the Condesa for cavers. Headed on for Montecillos but couldn't find it. Prowled around jungle about six miles off road. Found a pit with a 180 ft. free entrance drop. Very little horizontal passage. Some nice formations. Fissure type pit with three by five ft. entrance hidden by brush and rocks. Bells out to about five by forty ft. Possible rock and debris plugs more passage. It is on a flat about forty ft. off trail. Named it Sotano de la Lagartija (lizard). We finally get to Montecillos. Spent the day exploring and photographing. Go look at Pichijumo but blow it off for lack of time. Headed back to the Condesa where we met some San Marcos and Texas A&I cavers. We all headed to the AMCS Hq. for some beer and BS. The next day we headed for home. Did Cueva De El Abra.Went to the Nacimiento to swim and crash. Arise the next day, mess around Mante and Victoria and head home. DATE: 22 May 1971 DESTINATION: Deep Cave PERSONNEL: Glenn Darilek, W.H. Howie and Chuck Dreyer REPORTED BY: Glenn Darilek Found that Webb Cave at Alamo Village was closed according to owner Shahan. Went to CV and Deep.


The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 DATE: 21-22 May 1971 DESTINATION: Guadalupe Mountains Page 126 PERSONNEL: 36 DFWG members and guests, Jon Vinson, and three dogs REPORTED BY: Mike Moody Thirty cavers descended on Cottonwood Cave while M. Moody, R. Fieseler, Mike Doughty, J. Vinson, George Sevra, P. & K. Lindsley, Jack Burch, and the dogs headed out the ridge for Pink Panther Cave and Pink Dragon Cave. After four miles of hot hiking the group made it to the caves. Strange-it was only two miles back to the cars. Seems one of our esteemed members had taken us there via the wrong ridge; but we all enjoyed the hike and scenery. We returned to find everyone o u t of Cottonwood. A party ensued but was short lived as everyone was done in. We left the next day with some people going home by way of Sitting Bull Falls. DATE: 24 May 1971 DESTINATION: Brehmmer #1 and #2 and Little and Little Gem Aux. PERSONNEL: Chuck Stuehm, W.H. Howie, Joe Faz and the fifth grade class from Keystone School of San Antonio REPORTED BY: Joe Faz The group met at the 5th grade classroom and after a short lecture on cave safety and conservation the herd, uh, group loaded up and departed. Little Gem was visited first and the awed students mcved cautiously a bout the tunnel, flowstone and shallow room of the cave. The group came out and quickly entered the Little Gem Aux. for a quick drop and a few candid shots of the students. The group headed for New Braufuls and consumed lunch quickly before they headed for Brehmmer #2. Due to the heavy rains the night before the herd had to hoof-it into the ranch from the main road. Forty-five minutes later, the now tired group, paused at Brehmmer #1 to say hello to the ba t population in residence. Another fifteen minutes brought the group t o Brehmmer #2 and the finale of a great day of caving for the 5th grade students of Keystone. DATE: 28-31 May 1971 DESTINATION: Bustamante, Saltillo, Grutas de Garcia and Huasteca Canyon PERSONNEL: 20-30 AAC cavers REPORTED BY: Scott Harden Saturday morning we hiked the trail to Bustamante. The cave can now be considered commercial: we had to pay a fee and the main portion of the cave is lighted. That night one group tried to find Carrizal with no sucess. Another group went to Saltillo to check leads. They climbed about 2000 ft. vertically and found a huge entrance leading about 100 ft. down a giant breakdown slope. Then we reunited Sunday at Garcia and took the commercial tour. Five of us went to Huasteca canyon and found a cave, fairly large and quite beautiful. Our "guide" said he explored for five hours and didn't find the end. Camped that night in the canyon, next morning to the brewery for sustenance, then headed home.


Page 127 The TEXAS CAVER J u ne 197 1 DATE: 29 May 1971 DESTINATION: Fischer's Pit and Wimberley Bat Cave PERSONNEL: Mike Warton and Tracy Blashill REPORTED BY: Mike Warton We arrived at Fischers Pit at 10:00 A M Saturday morning. We did a little conservation action by relocating a three ft. snake at the pit edge for the benefit of future pit-plunging speleo-ladies. The pit was a gas and we did it twice after overpowering the problem of t h e kinking of our length of goldline rope. At the bat cave, the owner reports hazardous condition f o r caving. We wound up checking leads in that area. DATE: Memorial Day Weekend DESTINATI O N: San Saba County PERSONNEL: Jack West, Anita West, John Kibler, Irma Kibler, Barry Tracy and three guests. REPORTED BY: Jack West Made an exploratory trip to San Sa b a County. Located fou r sinkhol e type caves. Three of these are beleived to be unknown and one cave was tagged IJTSS ?06-1. Due to the short a mount of time, caves were n o t explored thoroughly Will have further report on next trip to area. DATE: 2 June 1971 DESTINATI ON: Bracken Bat Cave PERSONNEL: About 20 AAC people REPORTED B Y : Scott Harden The trip motive was, of course, to see the bat flight. Arrivin g at the entrance the bats could be heard squeaking inside. Several people walked right up to the cave to view the bat-carpeted ceiling and take pictures. At about 7:10 PM, the swarm emerged and didn't sto p for an h o u r Cameras clicked, many expletives were heard, and all went away The bat flight is strongly recommended to t hose w ho haven't seen it. DATE: 6 June 1971 DESTINATI O N: Palo Pinto County ( Grafford) PERSONNEL: .Tack West, Bill Long, Lee Grabeel, John K i bler, Barry Tracy, and two guests. REPORTED BY: .Jack West Ran down lead in Palo Pinto County approximately five m i les east o f Grafford. Found the landowner to be cordial. Cav e had been entered by individuals with reports of people staying in cav e for a full da y W e entered, fou nd the cave to follow a fault line with approximately six inches to two feet of water. No mapping was done d u e to wetness o f cave. Coral type formations were observed below the water line. Estimated length of the cave was from B o o to 1,000 feet At thi s point two leads went off but were not investigated. N o detailed search was made and no animal life observed. Really did not expect any as owner states that large volumes of water issue from mout h of cave after it rains.


The TEXAS CAVER, ,June 1971 Pe -:;e 1 ?3 DATE: 4-6 June 1971 DESTINATION: Eldorado, Schleicher County PERSONNEL: Tom Meador, Roger Bartholomew, Scott Harden, John Graves, W.H. Howie and Uwe Perl REPORTED BY: Scott Harden Tom was kind enough to let us use his "Cavers Fieldhouse", full of rats and built in 1903 but otherwise commodious. For nine hours Saturday we surveyed in a major cave near Tom's ranch. That night we washed in a tank at the fieldhouse. Sunday Uwe and Howie went home, while the rest of us spent another six hours in the cave surveying, exploring and collecting bones. We are charter members of the newly formed "Eldorado Y u.c.s.", the keynote of the group is caving. DATE: 6 June 1971 DESTINATION: Belm's West Well PERSONNEL: Chuck Ridpath, Dan Watson REPORTED BY: Dan Watson After leaving El Paso at 4:30 PM, we arrived at the cave, thirty miles away, one hour later. Situated on top of a hill, the entrance was not impressive, but there was an interesting outcropping of volcanic rock j ust u p the hill. Starting down Chuck quickly became aware of a two ft. rattlesnake on a small ledge about forty ft. down. We were able to continue down by chimneying away from the snake. We ran out of rope at the one hundred and thirty feet level, and after looking over the edge o f the next drop we started back up. -Jsing a ten foot piece of wire fou nd in the pit, we made a loop and tried to rescue the rattler. H e soon b ecame irritated and retreated into a small crevice. We were back in El Paso by 9:00 PM. DATE: June 1971 DESTINATION: Abominable Sinkhole PERSONNEL: Mike Ross and friend, Darilek, John Graves and Scott Harden REPORTED BY: Scott Harden We wanted to map Abominable Sink but the oqner wasn't home. We then went and talked to offical about Diablo Cave and found that it was closed. We stopped a Little Barrel Cave and got infested with fleas. Picking off fleas and tossing them out the window, we drove to c.v (vinegarroon) and Blowhole. Once again the owner wasn't home, ditto for MFP. Ten minutes from Bracketville the automatic transmission ran out of fluid and we had to hitch into town to buy some. DATE: 12 June 1971 DESTINATION: Suprise Cave PERSONNEL: Glenn Darilek, John Graves, Jesse Clay, Mike Ross, Bob Webber, David McGrevy, Matt and Susie Farrar, Al Brandt, Dan Murphy and four Boy Scouts REPORTED BY: Glenn Darilek This was a very successful training trip. We got about six people who had no vertical experience to rappel off an abandoned bridge and climb back up. We then visited the cave. Glenn Darilek, John Graves, Jesse Clay and Mike Ross surveyed the cave and Al Brandt helped with the surface survey.


Page 129 The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 DATE: 18-21 1971 DESTINATION: Valles area PERSONNEL: Mike Padgett, John Mikels and Steve from Albuquerque REPORTED BY: John Mikels Saturday we went to Montecillos. Then we went over to Pichijumo to take pictures of the entrance. Then into Sotanito Montecillos. Get 120 plus feet up the mud slope near beginning of the pit passage. Stopped by a tiny chimney. Possible second entrance because of incoming draft and washed in debris. Will try to check out further in future. Left some bolts in right wall of sJope to help out any other determined cavers. They may be hidden by mud. The slope is one slick helluva climb. Didn't map it because needed both hands to hands to hang on. Out and to La Condesa where we found a note. So went to hotel and found John Fish and Don Broussard. Theyr1e down there for June-July doing water flow studies in the El Abra. Crashed there. Sunday went with Don and mapped a small nameless sotano, S.E. of Valles. Visited Taninul No. Four and then went home. DATE: 19 June 1971 DESTINATI ON: District 1 near Medina Lake PERSONNEL: Al Brandt, Bob Webb and David McGrevy REPORTED BY : ? Spoke with Harvey Odum and received permission t.:> poke around the three known caves on his land. The first cave was Old Man Cave. It is a small walk-in cave which we understand us been mapped. Only about fifty feet long with a lot of breakdown. There are no active formations. Rectangle Cave has an entrance drop of fifteen feet. We didn't bother to drop in as Al had been in before and stated that there was no passage. Nest Cave is filled with breakdown at the entrance. It could possibly open up if someone was willing to break his back on it. DATE: 20 June 1971 DESTINATION: Suprise Cave PERSONNEL: Ruth and Glenn Darilek, John Graves, Chuck, Ruth and Mark Dreyer. REPORTED BY: Glenn Darilek We went back to look for missing equipment and finish the survey of the surface. The twenty-two foot dome was found to be twenty-four from the surface. DATE: 1-5 July 1971 DESTINATI ON: Guadalupe Mpuntains, West Texas PERSONNEL: 24 Sierra Club members and four El Paso Wilderness study Team members REPO R TED BY: George Sevra Left Ft. Worth about 4:00 PM Thursday and arrived about 12:30 AM. Friday, Harry Evans, John and Barbara Baker and I hiked up Pine Springs Canyon to the Bowl to stash. some water; then up to Pine Top Mtn. and down Bear Canyon. That night we had dinner at Cortez's in Carlsbad. Saturday, after the rest of the people arrived, Harry and I led a group


The TEXAS CAVER, .June 1971 Page 130 up the Bowl while John shuttled people to McKittrick Canyon On Sunday, I went on the McKittrick hike while one group went to the Bowl and another climbed Guadalupe Peak. After seeing the area, I am even mor e convinced that it is worth saving. DATE: 10-11 July 1971 DESTINATION: Gunnels Cave, Fritzs Cave, Maness Cave in the ALTO portion of Texas PERSONNEL: David Foster, Paul Kirkpatrick, Billy McMillan and Tom Warden REPORTED BY: Tom Warden r Gunnels Cave is in Shelby County, Texas. It proved to be a walkthrougp passage with two entrances, very impressive for East Texas. The main passage is generally five ft. wide and eight ft. high, except for a room mid-way which is forty ft. long, thirty ft. wide and twenty ft. high, making it the largest cave-room east of the Balcones Fault Line in Texas. A belly crawl running parallel to the main passage leads from the big room to the east entrance. It is two ft. high amd ten inches wide. You have to crawl on one shoulder to negotiate it. Total length of the cave i s 300 ft. the longest in Texas ALTO Fritzs Cave has been destroyed by collaspe. It was four miles south o f Garrison, Texas on Hwy 59. Maness Cave in Nacodoches County, Texas has had its entrance caved i n by treasure hunters afraid to negotiate the belly crawl entrance passage. In the remains of the entrance could be seen a "flowstone" formed by loose sand The tiny rimstone dams, (4mm) could be destroyed by the touch of a finger. * * * * * News & History Dallas -Ft. Worth Grotto There have been several trips to New Mexico and Mexico in the last couple of months. Bob Lloyd has made trips to Bustamante and the Valles area. Ronnie Fieseler has also been to Valles, New Mexico, and Carta Valley. A grotto trip was made to New Mexico with thirty-six people in a ttendance. We lost a member (or gained one) when Bil l Murphy married Jesse Sin clair. It was a fine wedding followed by a very good party etc. at which Bill broke precedent and showed up to enjoy his own party. Jon Everage said that Bill must be some kind of a pervert to come to the party instead of going to some romantic honeymo0n spot! Work has started on the 1971 TSA Project with Moody, Lloyd, and Ed Fomby going to Longhorn Caverns to run a transit survey through t h e Com mercial Trail. The grotto meets the 4th Thursday of each month in or around Room 101 of Carpenter Hall, University of Dallas, in Irving, Texas.


Page 131 The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 Alamo Area Chapter A farewell party was held for Roger Bartholomew who will be leaving the TSA shortly. The party was pretty wild by AAC standards. As for caving, the usual number of trips have been made mostly to local caves. A trip to West Texas was a complete failure. Mapping and exploring trips are being planned to some of the long Kendall County water caves. Dave Litsinger has a revolutionary way of making county cave s urveys. He has Bexar County divided into sections using roads as boundaries, and assignning a caver to each area. AAC meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 7:30 PM at 115 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, 78205. * * * * * ---KE. Y S ? ___ KEYS? ____ : * * * * * "Speach is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact--it is silence which isolates. Thomas Mann Wisely and slow: they stumble that run fast." William Shakespeare


The TEXAS CAVER, June 1971 Page 132 SPELEO-MART F O R SALE: "The Amazing Underground Adventures of Speleo T Agnew". Send $1.25 to Ken A. Griffin, 511 Electra, Houston, Texas 77024. FOR SALE: Kenko variable auto teleplus, 2X-3X, fits Pentax screw mount; leat_her case; good telephoto results for only $12. Contact Ronnie Fieseler. LOST: Cassin-D carabiner abou t 6 miles down Montecillos road, where trail to Sotano de la La gartija meets the road. Write Joh n Mikels, 107 Sunrise Lane, Mission, Texas 73572. vJINDMILL SERVICE: Good, fast service; Windmill Truck available day or night . Cave resques a specialty. Contact Rod n ey Cottle, Rocksprings, Texas. * * PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL TSA LABOR DAY WORK PROJECT * * * * LOST: (In Dead Man's Hole) One carabiner: If found, please return to Jon Everage, 332 W 27th Houston, Texas 77003. FOR SALE: The Cave of Denton County. proceeds go to the TC. Order from R. Fieseler, 305 Bayless Dr. Euless, Texas 76039 LOST: Jumar in La Gruta de la Sierra Tamalabe, Ocampo, Mexico Contact Kenny Johnson, c/o Reposo Apts., Edinburg, Texas 73539. LOST: (Cascade Sink) One carbide lamp, in entrance passage at low ceiling area. If found, please contact Scott Harden, 8019 Riata, San Antonio, Texas 73227. FOR SALE: "My Daddy Was a Caver". $1.25 from The Speleo Press, P.O. Box 7037 Austin, Texas 78712. * * Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints, Kill nothing b u t time. * * SPELEOCALENDAR 4-6 Sept-------TSA Project--Longhorn Caverns (Bob Lloyd, Chairman) ??? Sept-------School starts again (and caving too we. hope) * * * * * OFFICERS OF THE TEXAS SPELEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION FOR 1971 ARE: Chairman--------------Barry F. Beck, 1802 Driscoll, Houston, Texas 77019 Vice-Chairman---------Jon Vinson, 2438 Dallas, San Angelo, Texas 76901 Secretary-Treasurer---Suzanne Wiley, Box 4563 TT, Lubbock, Texas 79409


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Contents: Neither
rain, sleet, or snow / Mike Moody (Epic #6) --
Cartoon / Bill Elliott --
Project '71: Longhorn Caverns State Park / Bob Lloyd --
Fire danger: new report on the Guads --
Garbage --
Editorial --
Cartoon / Ken Griffin (from his Speleo T. Agnew book) --
Mounting prints for fun and profit / Carl Kunath
(photo-tips) --
SST---NO--TSS / A. Richard Smith reports --
Review / Carl Kunath --
Sanchez sez... --
Conservation --
Cartoon / Ken Griffin (from the book again) --
Cartoons / Charles Loving (from his book) --
Trips --
News and history --
Cartoon / Ken Griffin (again...) --
Quotes --
Speleo-mart --
Speleo-calendar, etc.


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