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March 31, 2005


Big Swanga: WGS84 - 18 18' 45.2" N, 77 34' 10.1" W, +/- 10m
Swanga-Banga: WGS84 - 18 18' 29.7" N, 77 34' 05.3" W, +/- 10m

Field notes: D. K. Roggy

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

Time in: 12:00 EST, Time out: 13:30 EST


We made our way from the roadside where Carambie cave was located, up a dirt road and into the bush, with the assistance of a very helpful local man named Gary. We were searching for Swanga cave and he told us that he would show it to us. What he took us to was a tall shelter cave on the side of a valley, probably 60 feet tall. From the ground level at around the drip line the land dropped down sharply into this large shelter cave. I made my way down the muddy, channeled slope down about 40 feet, to where an entrance seemed to be located. It was choked up with sediment. It seems to me that this is a river rising where water comes up out of it to perhaps just below grade, then drops back down, causing the eroded channels seen. This cave is referred to here as "Big Swanga."

Next Gary showed us a small stream passage that he referred to as "Banga." This cave turned out to be the "Swanga" cave noted in Jamaica Underground, and the cave referred to here as "Swanga-Banga." Gary accompanied us on our journey into this active stream cave. The passage got low enough in places that only our heads were above water. This was a new experience for Gary, and he dealt with it very well. After traveling along the passage for about 25 minutes we reached a sump and had to turn back.

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