Home Place Cave - April 9, 2005

Trip Report: Home Place Cave
Participants: Sue Bozeman, Duane Del Vecchio, Lil Town
Date: April 9, 2005
Web Report by: D

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Our furthest SW cave... down by the Red River Called Home Place Cave by the owner, this cave was looked at by the NTSS about 6 years ago. But we don't know if a final survey ever came out of that trip. Duane was part of that trip but they didn't map it.
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Once you came down this rather tough sliding slope into a crack in the rock, you were in a room destined to collapse! Giant slabs of gyp waiting to fall Nobody touched the rock on the left of the entrance (shown here... it was just balanced over the room and it was BIG! But once you got by the boulder breakdown to the main tunnel, it was a nice Gyp top and sides, mud bottom tunnel about 3 feet tall.
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But we had equipment problems (stupid carbide!!) and then we were off! We found there is an upper AND a lower passage... oh boy!... guess which fat guy couldn't fit in the lower passage! <grin!> We decided to go as far as we could and then survey back to the beginning. Last time Duane was in here, the group all came out with bad headaches.. a sign of bad air!
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Lots of water movement made this cave and it has some very pretty stone structures. Lots of scallops on the walls. What looked like it might be a dry cave turned out to be a bit muddy!
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The gyp is layered and between the layers are mud layers...still dripping water. Always gives one confidence when a root is hanging from a ceiling!! Note: the pip thought it was safe though! It was at this point Duane went high and Lil and Sue went low... Duane didn't go down the other side before hearing Sue call to Lil to back out and do it quick!!
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The cave ran out of good air.. Sue was finding it hard to breathe and other signs of bad air. So... this was as far as we went.. now let's survey back! D ran the tape, Sue did the readings, and Lil ran the book. Since Lil was doing the book, she would sometimes have to climb to get a better view of an inflow or high passage.
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The split where you can take the high road or the low road... we'll come back again to map the low passages (skinny people needed!) These are the giant slabs I was talking about... you can see the size of them ... each seeming to just be held by pressure or mud. D & Sue building a survey point in a mud bank.
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When Sue wasn't looking D would wack her with a giant stick. She still thought it was a headache from the bad air!! <evil grin!> The main entrance - the main inflow of water from about 3 pastures in the area. Looking in it was full of debris from trees and leaves.
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Other entrances were all in the area... some maybe squeezable... Others not... If you're triangle shaped, you'll make it!
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Bobcat Skylight - We were told there was a bobcat living there... we found the den..thankfully, no bobcat present!! D & Sue over the entrances The big hole to go into slab fall room.

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Last updated: 4/10/05