10.16.2010

101610 Bridge Day Flags

Another year, another Bridge Day!
This year was special, since Chris and I got to lower the flags in a tandem rappel! I was on the bottom, with the Park Service and West Virginia flags. Chris was on top with the American flag. It was a beautiful day, no rain, and I got in 2 rappels, 1 climb and the 1 tandem rappel with flags. For more images, go here.
Thanks to Ellen Hofler for this image of us.

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.