By Gordon Brace
It was a very productive weekend for the GVKS.
Memorial Day Cave lineplot, March 2002
1. We did not try to burn down the fieldhouse for a change.
the last two months, this was no small accomplishment. The
came one step closer to being back to its old primitive self.
place has been trimmed out in luan, and a shelf was also
the stuffed chicken. The poor bird always looked so forlorn
the computer table.
Breakfast at the Germany Valley Karst Survey Fieldhouse
2. Virginia Creeper was surveyed. It is a little over 60' feet
length, and just shy of 50' in depth. Considering how little
comparison to our other digs) was needed to open it I think we
consider this one a freebie.
3. After much booty scooping, the Memorial Day Cave survey has
started. Current length is just under 1300', and the depth is
Both ends of the cave still go, so this survey is no where near
completion. Oddities observed so far: Both ends of the cave
downstream, we have yet to find the upstream feeder. Large
sandstone have been observed, and dodged at the end of Scoop 1.
started to dig it out, but unfortunately the dig is now going
up into a complex boulder choke that takes a goodly amount of
Dangerous digging, Pete Penczer managed to evade enough of a
500 pound boulder
that he can still tell the tale, but it could have just as
the other way, i.e. flat rocked.
Mike Frisina and son on at the bottom of Virginia Creeper
The Zimmerman Passage is going strong, and heading directly
20-Acre Lake Pit. We are a little less than halfway there.
passage also does something very bizarre, it actually cork
the top of itself, and comes within 3' of intersecting itself.
Scoop 2 dig went after a few hours of work. There is no end to
passage in sight yet either. Sections of it are a little
most of it is a walking meander-passage.
Without more data I do not want to get into the current working
of the speleogenesis of this cave. You'll probably just think
nuts. I mean can caves really grow uphill?
4. An overland survey was accomplished connecting 20-Acre Lake
Memorial Day Cave, and Ruddle Cave. With the already existing
survey connecting Ruddle Cave with Con Cave we now have a
idea of these caves geographic relationship to each other. Now
out the geo & speleological relationship.
Much work still needs to be done. Memorial Day has so far
whole lot more questions than it has answered.
See you all next month.