Ralph's Memorial Day Cave Photos
The following pictures were taken by Ralph Hartley on April 12, 2003 in Memorial Day cave.
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Some formations in Columbia Canyon (near y47). Does this remind anyone
Gypsum Flowers in Columbia Canyon (z29). This cave has a lot of Gypsum.
More than that other cave.
Columbia Canyon enters the Pinnacle Room above floor level. The best
way down is to slide under this block. Everyone, including Mike Frisina
shown here, has fun coming back up (z37).
I don't remember seeing formations like these before. They grow right
out of the wall, just like fungus growing on a dead tree. There is a
drippy dome above. (near d13).
Another view of the same formations.
Rick Royer and Mike Frisina check out a low, wide, dirt floored lead
(d11). Do not ignore leads like this, especially if they have a
noticeable draft. We took a 79' shot into it, and spent the rest of the
day there. It still goes, but what doesn't?
This low formation area is at the far end of that shot (d28). There is
no way to show it all in one picture.
Pure white straws and helectites (between d28 and d29).
I'm not sure what these Spiky Things are, but there was a bunch of them
Mike Frisina with more Spiky Things. (D19)
Mike Frisina looks at a cluster of columns. (d34)
I took a bunch of close ups of the same cluster, but this is the only
one for which the auto-focus worked. (d34)
This is where we turned back (d42). The domepit went out of sight above
and below. It is completely dry.
It might be possible to traverse across this ledge, but not without
protection. Hopefully there is another way around.
My flash wasn't bright enough to see it very well, but the passage
continues on the other side.