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My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby zachsw » Jun 21, 2013 9:42 am

Finally had someone to go with me to push a lead I found. This is not a known cave and the experienced cavers I was with seemed to be pretty certain that we were the only people to have been there so far. I was reluctant to even get in this because it didn't seem as if it could go at all. However, when we crawled to the back of where I assumed it would dead end there was a hole just big enough for me to fit through. This hole then turned and opened into a 40 x 50 room with several formations and 4 large bear beds. I realize this is a small cave still but I was pretty pumped to find my own cave that actually goes. We surveyed 112.6 feet (again, I know its not much). There is also a side passage we will have to go back and survey. I thought I would share with everyone because I really enjoy reading about new cavers and new cave discoveries however small they may be. I will also try and post some pictures.
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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby Scott McCrea » Jun 21, 2013 10:03 am

Very nice! 112' is nothing to sneeze at. This is another example of how, "Only your nose knows if it goes." You gotta put your nose in to find out.
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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby zachsw » Jun 21, 2013 10:06 am

The only way I found this was chasing an armadillo a couple of years ago...lol. All these little holes I have seen over they years on our property keep me up at night now that I have started caving. Like...right now I should be working but I am just thinking about that side passage and how they'll probably break into borehole while I am at work. I know, ridiculous.
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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby trogman » Jun 21, 2013 12:31 pm

Awesome! Thanks for sharing the photos. I recall my first virgin cave- a 60' pit in GA. I was so disappointed it was so little, but found out later that a new pit that deep in GA was a pretty good find- especially on Pigeon Mt.

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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby GroundquestMSA » Jun 21, 2013 4:33 pm

Nice find! Feels good doesn't it?
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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby Scott Shaw » Jun 21, 2013 8:17 pm

Nice find! If it qualifies in your area, it's a cave. No apologies necessary! May you find more of them!
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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby zachsw » Jun 22, 2013 8:21 am

And......I was exactly right....they called last night and broke into massive borehole that splits into three passageways! All on the lead I saw last time I pushed a water crawl...with just what they saw I think ny previously 1200 foot cave will now be 2500 to 3500 ft...and he said he didn't think.it stopped.....My job is really.getting in.the way at this point.
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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby trogman » Jun 22, 2013 8:32 am

zachsw wrote:And......I was exactly right....they called last night and broke into massive borehole that splits into three passageways! All on the lead I saw last time I pushed a water crawl...with just what they saw I think ny previously 1200 foot cave will now be 2500 to 3500 ft...and he said he didn't think.it stopped.....My job is really.getting in.the way at this point.



:bananabat: :banana: :banana_yay: Friggin awesome, man!
Make these guys wait for you. It is on your land, isn't it? Most cavers would do that even if it wasn't on your land, just out of courtesy, and because you were the original finder. At least they should, especially if you ask them to.

I am happy for you, and a bit envious as well.

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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby zachsw » Jun 25, 2013 2:58 pm

trogman wrote:
zachsw wrote:And......I was exactly right....they called last night and broke into massive borehole that splits into three passageways! All on the lead I saw last time I pushed a water crawl...with just what they saw I think ny previously 1200 foot cave will now be 2500 to 3500 ft...and he said he didn't think.it stopped.....My job is really.getting in.the way at this point.



:bananabat: :banana: :banana_yay: Friggin awesome, man!
Make these guys wait for you. It is on your land, isn't it? Most cavers would do that even if it wasn't on your land, just out of courtesy, and because you were the original finder. At least they should, especially if you ask them to.

I am happy for you, and a bit envious as well.

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Here is what they got into as soon as I left.


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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby GroundquestMSA » Jun 25, 2013 4:06 pm

Neat! They busted into a nest of red xs and the word image! Or is it my computer?

...There they are, very exciting!
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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby graveleye » Jun 25, 2013 6:11 pm

worked for me. Great photos of an awesome find!
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Re: My first virgin cave discovery!

Postby zachsw » Jun 26, 2013 1:08 pm

I do need to clarify that this borehole they got into is in another cave on the property and not the one I found. Either way.. still awesome.
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