Rick Royer and I started the weekend early on Friday. We met at the
Commission gate and headed to Attractive Nuisance Pit and Chipmunk Hotel
Attractive Nuisance turned out to be just that. Rick Royer, the smallest
our team, that day, could not find the small hole Larry and I had
months earlier. So, we ended up with another dead bottomed pit.
Hotel turned out a little better. It dropped 20 feet to a rubble mound
and went in
two directions, both parallel with the mountain instead of up or
like all the other caves. To the northeast the passage went 26 feet to
To the southwest the passage went 14 feet where it pinched to less
than a foot
and continued as far as we could see, over 15 feet.
tried to find Hardhat Pit. The coordinates led us to a very good
site. We did not have any digging tools with us so we made a note
of the site
and moved on. Rick Royer wanted to check out a lead that was on the
Tree map, but was not found by our survey teams that re-surveyed
the cave. We
quickly found it and surveyed maybe sixty additional feet of
left the cave with two very tight leads remaining with virgin cave
Again we needed a hammer and digging tools to get in but did not
to call it a day and met Rick Wagner and R. J. Wagner as we were
to our vehicles. On Saturday we split up into three teams. Barry
Penelope Pooler and R. J. Wagner were to try once again to find
Mountainside Cave and survey it. Billy Pickett, Rick Wagner, and
Wahlquist were to find Audreys Cave and Franks Hole and survey them.
Jessica Pickett and I were to locate and survey Wild Ginger and
Bullpasture Mountainside crew failed to find it again using a GPS. They did
to ridgewalk more of the mountain. The Audreys Cave and Franks Hole
met with failure. The coordinates for Franks Hole led them to Busycon
is in Bath County and on another landowner's property. The
was camping on the property at the time and was understanding. They
Audrey's Cave silted shut and were unable to dig it open with a stick.
Ginger crew found it and surveyed 90 feet of cave. We also found
but it was sumped. There must be an aqua-occlude at approximately
2200 feet on
that side of the mountain. April Showers Pit is at approximately
elevation and the crew last month found seven feet of water in the cave.
Pig we decided to cross over to the next hollow and walk down it.
Most of the
reported caves on the east face of the mountain are in the hollows.
the southern crest of the ridge we found two open caves and several
dig sites. We surveyed Ant Hotel Cave and Fallen Trees Cave.
these was virgin nor were they reported. We arrived back at my home
the other teams had already showered and dressed for dinner.
On Sunday we
decided to dig and again look for Bullpasture Mountainside Cave.
Horner, Miku Mehta and Billy Pickett headed down the mountain looking for
Gardner, Chris Lambert and R. J. Wagner were to enlarge the Iron
entrance and get it ready to survey. Larry Baer, Jessica Pickett,
and I headed to the Air Blower and worked on it. Ed Kehs, Josh
and Ed Smith headed to the upper sections of Five Springs Cave while
Pam Tegelman and Scott Wahlquist headed to the Back of Five
Girl crew got into their cave first. Iron Girl taped out at 23 feet
and ended in
breakdown. On the surface there is another crevice up dip of the
We believe this will lead to more cave on the far side of the
Iron Girl may have a sister.
Bullpasture Mountainside Cave crew finally found it. They had missed it by
feet the day before. The survey was started but not completed. Barry
cave is highly decorated and needs to be photographed.
Blower crew took the cave down 8 to 10 feet through three pockets in
We still are not in, but will be one day.
Scott will send out a report on the Five Springs Cave surveys later.
The cave is
over 4000 feet and still surprising everyone!
On Sunday we
decided to go to a different area, Mill Gap. Barry, Scott and Josh
Williams Pit as R. J., Jessica and Billy looked for Back Creek Rock
They did not find the rock shelter but eliminated one more farm that
it could be
Larry and I
headed up Lantz Mountain looking for Huffman Cave. This was our
up the mountain and our third failure at finding it. On the way down
we meet the
farmer who rents the property and he told us where to look. He also
asked us if
we had a few minutes to look at two caves on his property. Larry
reluctantly went with him, NOT! He took us to The Dead Hole, a steep
with two head walls that is sometimes open and sometimes closed. He
told us that
two feet down a cave goes under one of the headwalls. Why is it
Dead Hole? You guessed it! The sink is used to dispose of the
dead animals. The second cave is a crevice that just opened up and
swallowing his stream. It also blows air. He gave us permission to open and
We met the
other teams and headed to the Lantz Mountain Sinking Stream. There
the pit and micro-blasted (.223) part of a fin that is keeping us
out of the
cave. The .223 round did a great job, but now we need a generator
and a bigger
drill to get farther down the shaft. The landowner wants waivers
and we will
work this out and plan this for about August when the stream is
back to my house and everyone headed home. We had surveyed seven
four days. This puts us at 32 surveyed caves since the VSS meeting in
This leaves 18 caves to go to meet my goal of 50 caves surveyed for
Next month we have a lot of people who are going to be gone, so we
to fill their shoes. We will do more of the same on June 22nd and
the family weekend will be the fourth full weekend in July. Put us
calendar and come on out and help.