The July weekend was the family weekend and by all reports it was a success. 24
people showed up for the fun/not so fun. They were: Charlsie, Roxanne and Larry
Baer, Jake and Julia Botkin, Brien and Dawn Farris, Barry and Robin Horner,
Rick, Pam and Chris Lambert, David and Mary McKnight, Carol and Megan Peterson,
Lisa Quinn, Rick, Susan, Jennifer and Sarah Wagner, Beverly, Robert and R.J.
Wagner. Also, Phil Lucas, Bill Murray, Josh Rubinstein, and Scott Wahlquist
continued the survey of Five Springs Cave.
We met at my house in Monterey at 0900 and helped everyone get properly
equipped. We left at approximately 0930 and convoyed to the Sinks of Gandy. 20
people did Stillhouse Cave first to see what the weather was going to do. The
mud and the crawling convinced a few to not tackle the Sinks. The trip through
the Sinks was made by 14 people and was quick and uneventful.
After we cleaned up we headed to the Spruce Knob Lake Campground and had a
picnic lunch. Later that night we also had slide shows on Convention 2000 Cave,
Five Springs Cave, Hellhole, Bullpasture Mountainside Cave and OTR.
On Sunday Larry Baer, Rick Lambert, Carol and Megan Peterson, Lisa Quinn, Rick,
Susan, Jennifer and Sarah Wagner, R.J. Wagner and Alex Zendel headed to Mill
Gap while Bill Murray, Josh Rubinstein and Scott Wahlquist headed back to Five
The Mill Gap crew split up and tackled the Dead Hole and the Croft Insurgence.
The Brass Balls award goes to Larry, Carol and Alex who removed the carcasses
from the Dead Hole as the rest of us cleaned out the Insurgence. Eventually,
their success and the likelihood they were going to break through that day
caused everyone to desert the Insurgence and help. We split several large
quartzite boulders and broke two 24 inch long 5/8” drill bits, which brought
the dig to a halt. If I were a betting man I would bet on Sunday of the next
survey weekend they will have cave!
The next survey weekend will be on August 24 and 25. Also, on that weekend we
will sign the paperwork for a new grotto in western Virginia. Be there!