Posted on June 10, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
The Witch’s Finger at Carlsbad Cavern National Park. PHOTO COURTESY NPS.
Colorado caver leads expedition in new section of renowned New Mexico cavern
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A team of explorers lead by Colorado caver Derek Bristol have discovered an entirely new maze of passages, pits and large rooms in Lechugilla Cave, part of an extensive ave system in New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
In early May climbed more than 410 feet into a high dome in Lechuguilla Cave. Near the top, lead climber James Hunter discovered the extension of the cave and named the new area Oz.
One large room is 600 feet long, 100 to 150 feet wide, and 75 to 150 feet tall. It’s now called Munchkin Land. (more…)
Filed under: national parks, public lands | Tagged: Carlsbad Cavern National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, Caving, Lechugilla Cave, New Mexico | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 15, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
The White River National Forest proposes re-opening some closed caves for a national caving convention this summer. PHOTO FROM WIKIPEDIA VIA THE CREATIVE COMMONS.
Caves closed last summer to protect bat populations may be re-opened for national caving convention this summer
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After closing all caves on national forest lands in the Rocky Mountain Region to protect bats from white nose syndrome, the White River National Forest may re-open a few caves during the annual convention of the National Speleological Society, to be held this summer in Glenwood Springs.
The Forest Service last week issued a call for public comment on the plan to issue a short-term permit for 17 caves, with no more than two trips per day to any cave (other than Fulford Cave which would have up to 4 trips) and no more than 8 people per trip. Click here to read the full Forest Service proposal.
Filed under: biodiversity, Colorado, Environment, Summit County news, US Forest Service, White River National Forest, wildlife | Tagged: bats, Caving, national speleological society annual convention, Summit County News, White River National Forest, white-nose syndrome, wildlife | 12 Comments »