The title is a little misleading, but the story is great!

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The title is a little misleading, but the story is great!

Postby Ernie Coffman » Nov 16, 2013 9:57 pm

The title of this article is a little misleading IMHO, but the story is great, considering. http://www.alamogordonews.com/alamogord ... ad-caverns
I thought Ron Kerbo and his team did a similar thing, but more recent than 1970. Maybe this will bring out the historians. :kewl:
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Re: The title is a little misleading, but the story is great

Postby Extremeophile » Nov 17, 2013 1:58 pm

Here's another account:
http://forums.caves.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=15722&sid=7f8ed2758e90b9e9f8fe85ecb925e78d

A few notes.
The room that was discovered measures approximately 100 feet in diameter, but may be smaller than the Grand Ballroom, which I believe was discovered in the early 70's. This is likely the "largest room" discovered in Carlsbad Cavern in many years, but it would be very premature to call in the "biggest discovery".
The area being explored is in Spirit World, a discovery originally made in 1985 by Kerbo, Goodbar, et.al. The original Spirit World discovery included roughly 1,000 feet of surveyed passage, but exploration of Halloween Hall will add to that total.
Chocolate High was explored in the early 90's, is certainly a larger discovery, and includes a couple of miles of passage, though no large rooms.

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DB at the base of the climb made on Halloween in Spirit World

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ST in Spirit World after making the discovery

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A decaying bat with some of the bat bones in Halloween Hall
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The title is a little misleading, but the story is great!

Postby Ernie Coffman » Nov 17, 2013 5:05 pm

Thanks for the update and great pictures, Derek! Considering a group of us slept on Ron's porch, listening to his tales, and munching and putting a few brews down, I thought there was something a little closer than 1970, so...you brought that date to light--1985.
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