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Overview

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Overview:

The May 2007 JCO expedition was devoted to several different projects: the start of the St Ann assessment work; monitoring of a subset of caves in the Cockpit Country; preservation of the caves of south Manchester; and a couple of caves done just for the fun of it. We first present below a brief overview of what was accomplished during the expedition, and then detailed notes and data via links to separate pages.

Top Hole, May 2007 - Click for full size - Photo by J Pauel The May 2007 session saw the launch of the St Ann project, being done under NEPA permit. This work will eventually result in a complete inventory and assessment of the caves of the parish. During May 2007, the focus was on the Cave River System, north of Aenon Town. All except Clapham cave, the smallest of the system, were visited, and all of the sections outside of the flood-risk zone were investigated (rainy-season, and not the best time to be in the system). The remaining sections, upstream of Noisy Waters 1 - Holdit Hole Entrance, and Noisy Waters 2 beyond apx 200m downstream, will be done next session, in August 2007. An interim report will be submitted to NEPA by June 15 that supplies data, images, and video that document degradation factors contributing to flooding in the Cave Valley district. The report will also include photographic evidence of the presence of an invasive aquatic crayfish, the Australian Red Claw, which entered the system during the flooding associated with Hurricane Ivan.

Three caves were visited in the Cockpit Country as part of a monitoring project being carried out under NEPA permit. These were Marta Tick Cave, Penthouse Cave, and Welsch Ratbat Cave. Welsch Ratbat continues to have no recovery from the loss of the batroost noted in the past. Penthouse Cave appears to have had no recent guano mining activity of any real scale, and the trog invert inventory continues to be as great as can be expected when the invasive American Roach is present. However, no discernible increase in the bat numbers/species make-up was apparent. As in 2005, the available roosting space is underutilized, with about 20% of the bell-holes occupied. Marta Tick Cave continues to be relatively pristine, but this may change in the near future. Plans are afoot to turn it into a show-cave, which will result in drastic changes. It is our hope that by working with the Forestry Dept, and presenting alternatives, we might prevent this.

On Saturday, Mar 12, we held a public session at Smokey Hole Cave, which is currently threatened by bauxite mining. Alpart chose not to attend, which was very disappointing.

Golding River Cave was finally assessed as part of the Parks in Peril Project. This site required 5 visits before we finally recovered both entrances.

Quashies River Cave was visited as part of our efforts to establish an all-season route to the further sections of the cave. At present, access is severely restricted during the rainy-season due to the lack of solid anchors. A return visit will be made in Aug/07 to push things further.

Detailed accounts follow. As of Jun 11, there are five entries. More will be posted in the following days.

Notes and Data:

May 3, 2007
Cockpit Country Trail-finding
Stewart Conolley
May 5, 2007
Quashies River Cave
Stewart Pauel Zane
May 6, 2007
Golding River Cave
Stewart Pauel Tyrone
May 7, 2007
Cave River Sink
Stewart Pauel Rastaman

May 7, 2007
Cave River - Top Hole
Stewart Pauel

May 8, 2007
Cave River - Border Hole
Stewart Pauel

May 9, 2007
Cave River - True Sink and Bamboo Trench
Stewart Pauel

May 9, 2007
Cave River - Noisy Water-1
Stewart Pauel

May 10, 2007
Cave River - Noisy Water-1
Stewart Pauel Snauffer

May 10, 2007
Cave River - Noisy Water-2
Stewart Pauel Snauffer

May 12, 2007
Smokey Hole Cave
Stewart Pauel Walker

May 12, 2007
Logans Hole 2
Stewart Pauel Walker

May 13, 2007
Cave River - Final Sink
Stewart Pauel

May 14, 2007
Penthouse Cave
Stewart Pauel

May 14, 2007
Welsch Ratbat Cave
Stewart Pauel

May 14, 2007
Site 2007-05-14**
Stewart Pauel Snauffer McCarville

May 15, 2007
Marta Tick Cave
Stewart Pauel Snauffer McCarville

May 16, 2007
Quick Step Trail Georeferencing
Stewart Pauel Snauffer McCarville

[Double asterisks ** denote previously unlisted caves.]

Videos: (Some of these are very large files - if you're on dial-up, right-click and "save as", and wait a few hours)

Quashies, First Waterfall - Descent - May 5/07 (50s - 640x480 - 15 MB .AVI)
Golding, First Entrance - May 6/07 (50s - 480x360 - 39 MB .AVI)
Top Hole - Entrance descent - May 7/07 (2m17s - 480x360 - 43 MB .AVI)
Top Hole - Swimming through the river - May 7/07 (42s - 640x480 - 8 MB .AVI)
Noisy Water-1 - Entrance passage - May 9/07 (1m58s - 480x360 - 40 MB .AVI)
Noisy Water-2 - The main passage - Part 1 - May 10/07 (2m21s - 480x360 - 20 MB .AVI)
Noisy Water-2 - The main passage - Part 2 - May 10/07 (1m38s - 480x360 - 12 MB .AVI)
Noisy Water-2 - Jan Pauel checking the depth - May 10/07 (1m01s - 480x360 - 8 MB .AVI)
Noisy Water-2 - Exit - May 10/07 (1m38s - 480x360 - 12 MB .AVI)
Noisy Water 2 - Before the hike out - May 10/07 (21s - 480x360 - 21.7 MB .AVI)
Smokey Hole Cave - The JCO and the Press - 1 - May 12/07 (42s - 480x360 - 24 MB .AVI)
Smokey Hole Cave - The JCO and the Press - 2 - May 12/07 (49s - 480x360 - 31 MB .AVI)
Site 070514 - Drew Snauffer - May 14/07 (39s - 480x360 - 8 MB .AVI)

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