Kudos on "Facing the Unexpected in Great-X Cave"

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Kudos on "Facing the Unexpected in Great-X Cave"

Postby Herman Miller » Dec 7, 2009 10:12 pm

Having just worked my through the December NSS News I felt I just had to offer up congratulations on such a great article. As many know Great Expectations is a NSS owned cave in Wyoming offering a a challenging through trip leaving even the hardiest masochist smiling ear to ear. The article starts in high spirits with encroaching misfortune right around the bend. Without getting into to much detail the cave trip was a success. Making the account a success I feel was the description the author used in highlighting situations that pushed him and his partners abilities and nerves... you just have to read it :woohoo:
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Re: Kudos on "Facing the Unexpected in Great-X Cave"

Postby Scott McCrea » Dec 10, 2009 1:45 pm

And, there is even a nice product endorsement. :woohoo: Thanks, Bruce!
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Re: Kudos on "Facing the Unexpected in Great-X Cave"

Postby Cody JW » Dec 12, 2009 9:37 pm

I read it last night,good read.
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Re: Kudos on "Facing the Unexpected in Great-X Cave"

Postby Lava » Dec 14, 2009 1:28 pm

Thanks guys, glad you liked it! Scott, I'll be expecting my free Sink pack in the mail any day now... :big grin:

I don't write up my trips much, but sometimes things are so epic that you're just compelled to do so. That was the case here. And I also felt that it would be informative reading for anyone considering a trip. There was a Sports Illustrated article written about the cave in 1988 containing one particularly interesting quote:

"If door-to-door trips become the 'in' thing to do, Great X is going to eat someone, someone experienced," he cautions. "Under ideal conditions, the cave is horrible. I don't like body recoveries any more than the next person, but if there is a thunderstorm during a through-trip [which would cause the water level to rise in the cave], or if someone becomes completely hypothermic, or if someone falls during a climb, a body recovery is what you'll have. And a body recovery in that cave could kill someone."

And now that I've been there, I totally agree. I very nearly was the guy who got eaten! If you want to see high res pics of the trip, I have them online here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mohodisco/G ... 6600983794
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Re: Kudos on "Facing the Unexpected in Great-X Cave"

Postby plicpriest1 » Jan 5, 2010 11:57 pm

That was an amazing article. I had first learned of the cave via google. It is one that i thought i would like to visit. Thanx to the article i think i have more realistic expectations of the cave now. Someday i look forward to going. Fantastic.
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Re: Kudos on "Facing the Unexpected in Great-X Cave"

Postby batrotter » Jan 6, 2010 7:10 am

Nice trip report in the NSS and very nice pics too!
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