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March 29, 2005

PRINTED CIRCUIT CAVE, aka Rock Spring Cave

Main Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 16.3" N, 77 34' 14.2" W
Farmyard Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 12.8" N, 77 34' 07.4" W

Field notes: D. K. ROGGY

Cavers: R. S. Stewart, I. C. Conolley, D. Roggy, E. Slack

Time in: 15:00 EST, Time out: 19:00 EST


This was my first day of caving for the Parks in Peril Project, under contract to The Nature Conservancy - Jamaica, and I was plus en retard. We spent some time securing our accomodations in Rock spring and then went as a group into Printed Circuit Cave. Over the next couple of days we discovered that this cave was called Rock Spring Cave by the locals, but some also called it something like George Lawson cave, or something similar. I didn't write it down, and thus have forgotten it.

We went in through the main entrance, called the sober entrance and encountered a bunch of locals in front of it, engaging in some kind of cook out. We chatted a bit and then went in. Further in the cave we encountered some locals touring the cave with kerosene bottle torches.

My only notes of this first day in this cave are that it was wet and muddy. After we all came out of the cave, Stefan and myself searched around above ground for other entrances to the cave. We went over a rise and found ourselves in a patch of yam cultivation, where a woman directed us to one cave entrance. Stefan did a little preliminary investigation of what we'd been shown, while I waited outside with headlamp problems. I made note of the time that he was inside, and when he came out it was dusk.

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