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March 30, 2005

PRINTED CIRCUIT CAVE, aka Rock Spring Cave

Main Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 16.3" N, 77 34' 14.2" W, +/- 5m
Farmyard Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 12.8" N, 77 34' 07.4" W, +/- 10m
Double-Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 14.7" N, 77 34' 04.1" W, +/- 10m
Positive-SE Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 17.2" N, 77 34' 05.6" W, +/- 10m
Positive-NW Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 20.5" N, 77 34' 08.6" W, +/- 10m
Emitter Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 22.2" N, 77 34' 17.1" W, +/- 15m
Northwest Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 23.8" N, 77 34' 13.9" W, +/- 15m

Field notes: D. K. ROGGY

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

Time in: 9:00 EST, Time out: 12:00 EST


Entering the entrance that Stefan and myself had found the previous day, we found ourselves in a low, winding stream passage. Most of the time we were stooped over and a fair amount of the time we were crawling or squatting. After about an hour we came to another entrance. It was choked up with rocks and a couple thick logs. Using my ingenuity as a civil engineer, I spent some time moving the rocks aside. I then did my best to pry and pound the logs out of the way, using sticks and some rocks where necessary for a fulcrum. I didn't want to have to go back out the way we came, and ultimately we wanted to get a GPS position of this entrance, so it made sense to do our best to try to get out this way. I managed to shove one log aside, then another and squirmed out.

Two little children were standing about 30 feet away, holding plastic buckets and looking at me with wide eyes. I said "I bet you always wondered where white people came from, didn't you?" and they just kept looking at me, dumbfounded. Stefan got a real kick out of that.

We found that we'd emerged at what appeared to be a place where there were two entrances that faced each other. This more or less helped us to make assumptions about the layout of where we'd gone in, where we'd come out, and where other entrances should be.

We proceeded north, up a rise and down into a field of coffee bushes. We encountered a farmer who showed us a couple more entrances. They both were filled with sediment and required crawling, at least as far as I went in.


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