09.18.2010

Whitesides
Rappelling and climbing Whitesides Mountain with Monongahela Grotto folks: John Harman, Dave Riggs, Abby Hohn, Cullen Hencke and Brian & Mary Masney. Here Abby strikes a pose, like a badass.

And here’s a well-loved rack. The gear of project cavers . . . she may have a little life left in her!
Whitesides

Whitesides
Dave pauses for a photo while on rappel and I’m climbing.

Whitesides
Brian starts the derigging process. It was a great day with great friends!

08.07.2010

Sawmill Well
Chris and I visited TAG, with our good friend Aaron Moses. Here is the view from the bottom of the 155-foot open-air pit named Sawmill Well.

Solution Rift
After bouncing the pit a couple of times, we did the pull-down trip in Solution Rift. Rappels (in order) are: 24, 18, 30, 23, 167 (Confederate Well), 31 and 36 feet.

We saw a bunch of cave critters!!!
Solution Rift

12.31.2009

Sótano de la Golondrinas
Mexico Caving Day 9
Took a photo of the low side of Sótano de la Golondrinas (1,150 feet) while waiting for my turn to rappel into the massive pit. This time we visited the pit with a large group of people, which was not the idea situation. Over 10 rappelled down, and then spent hours exploring the bottom, before I got my chance. No one climbed. So when Chris and I hit the bottom, we had a quick snack and then hopped on rope, being the good team players we are.

Sótano de la Golondrinas
My view about 400 feet from the top.

Sótano de la Golondrinas
Chris derigs the high side of Golondrinas.

12.30.2009

Hoya de las GuaGuas
Mexico Caving Day 8
Went to bounce Hoya de las GuaGuas (668 feet) again. This was the morning view of the valley below when driving up to the cave.

Hoya de las GuaGuas
People tandem climb out of the entrance pit.

Hoya de las GuaGuas
Here’s me topping out at the lip after climbing the low side.

12.28.2009

Sótano de la Golondrinas
Mexico Caving Day 6
Nikky LaBranche looks down while climbing out of Sótano de la Golondrinas (1,150 feet) during a triple-tandem climb with Chris and I. It was the most peaceful day of the expedition, with only the three of us in the pit.

12.27.2009

Cascadas de Tamul
Mexico Caving Day 5
Sonya Erickson rappels over the lip alongside of the 300-foot waterfall called Cascadas de Tamul.

Cascadas de Tamul
The view while rappelling on the side of the waterfall.

Cascadas de Tamul
The limestone-rich water was fantasy colored. The stream was lined with dark pink flowers and lots of green, exotic trees. It was straight out of a book, a live elvish landscape!

12.26.2009

Hoya de las GuaGuas
Mexico Caving Day 4
Here’s the sophisticated sign we found when we returned to Hoya de las GuaGuas after a 2-year hiatus.

Hoya de las GuaGuas
Jeff Dunn rappels the high side of the 668-foot entrance pit.

Hoya de las GuaGuas
Looking up at a rappeller on the high side of the pit.

Hoya de las GuaGuas
What it looks like on the bottom . . . a mini Mexican forest. The huge black space on the right is another 600-footish pit that gets you into the cave. We did not go down, as we’ve been told the loose rocks on the slope are very dangerous.