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Cave Survey 2013, AZ
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Cave Survey 2013, AZ 
Cave Survey 2013, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2013
GrottoGirl
Hiking0.77 Miles 340 AEG
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340 ft AEG
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Another weekend of cave surveying! There were nearly twenty of us going out to survey.

I led my team of three (Joel was assigned to a different team) down to the area we'd be surveying. I only had to ask for directions once at the cave register which was a good thing as there really wasn't anyone else to ask for directions the rest of the way! To think that I'd be in the lead in a cave is way beyond any of my expectations.

We had to do some stemming: across a void, then a corkscrew, followed by a long wall. We passed packs to make it easier as we were carrying vertical gear which included two ropes.

We got to the spot for a rappel and I set up the rope using a standard canyoneering technique with webbing tied by a water knot and then a clove hitch 'biner block on the short end of the rope. The experienced caver in the group questioned my choice but when I told her that I ever never done any of the cave anchor techniques she was fine with my set up.

We rapped down and then had a break before we got started. I had to sketch some details from the last station I sketched last month to the tie in station. Its a common error in sketching to forget to do that so at least I was able to resolve my own error.

Then we started up a lead. We had no idea what we'd encounter. The shots were nearly vertical which made both capturing the data for the instrument people and sketching for me difficult tasks. I'm still a novice at sketching so I had no idea how to handle it so I made a decision to just do two sketches (which I learned later was the proper way to do it).

Our goal was to clean up the area, which typically means that you just have a few spots to survey. We found that the lead we were taking not only looped back into the room I had started surveying last trip but it continued on. We were unable to complete surveying that lead. At the end of our survey, which we called FEM(s) because we were a team of three females, we discovered an area where we could see quartz crystals that had not been covered by the calcite mammalaries. A lot of the area we had surveyed in had calcite mammalaries that reminds many cavers of cauliflower.

Throughout the day I capture quotes that we all laughed about. Cave humor! The best were:
"Whoa, that's dark!" When someone's headlamp was accidentally turned off.
"Are you as tight as you can be?" "I think you mean 'on station'" Said when stretching the tape measure between two stations.
"I just sat on something no one should ever sit on!" Nearly every 'seat' in this section of the cave had some sort of formation poking up!

Later we entered our data into Cave Compass and learned that there was an error with our data. Bummer! Guess we might be reassigned that area next month :(

Stats:
trail miles roundtrip = .68 miles
trail AEG = 187 ft

approx cave distance traveled = 480.9 ft (~.09 miles)
approx cave elevation traveled = 152.8 ft
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