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Rolling Oaks Cave Preserve

Workday April 20, 2013

Huge thanks to the 14 volunteers who came out this weekend for the work day on the Texas Cave Management Association (TCMA) Rolling Oaks cave preserve in Northwest San Antonio.  Volunteers loaded up and hauled out off a huge trash pile dug out of Niche Cave last fall and removed several large rocks from Niche Cave.

Volunteers began the day by cheerfully loading up piles of glass bottles into a trailer that Peter Sprouse graciously lent for the project.  Once the trailer was loaded down with trash, Ron Ralph and 6 hard workers unloaded the trailer at a nearby dump.  The trash is now off the property!  The remaining crew continued digging on the void lead left from last fall where volunteers broke into 4 ft pit.  The lead was covered with large rocks, and when removed the passage did not extend any farther down but continued horizontally with clean-washed breakdown.  Many large rocks remain and the entire pit will need to be cleared from the surface down to where the lead continues.

Thanks to: Ron Ralph, Tom Florer, Journey Bissett, Jules, Joseph Schaertl, Missy Egan, Jill Orr, Gary Donham, Joe Mitchell, Kayla Mitchell, Tom Rogers, Gregg Williams, and Ryan the neighbor.

We ended the day at 2pm and Joe Mitchell took all interested cavers to Wurzbach Bat Cave.

Article, photos and captions by Ellie Watson. Click on any image below for a larger image in a new window.

Tom points to the lead in Niche Cave Tom points to the lead in Niche Cave Surface scene at Niche Cave
Tom points to the lead in Niche Cave Tom points to the lead in Niche Cave Surface scene at Niche Cave
Loading up trash from Niche Cave Jill finds treasures in the rubble Loading up trash from Niche Cave
Loading up trash from Niche Cave Jill finds treasures in the rubble Loading up trash from Niche Cave
Scorpion found in trash pile from Niche Cave Loading up trash from Niche Cave Loading up trash from Niche Cave
Scorpion found in trash pile from Niche Cave Loading up trash from Niche Cave Loading up trash from Niche Cave
Working on the dig lead in Niche Cave Working on the dig lead in Niche Cave Joe and Kayla working on the dig lead in Niche Cave
Working on the dig lead in Niche Cave Working on the dig lead in Niche Cave Joe and Kayla working on the dig lead in Niche Cave
We deserved rest Group Photo Kayla shows the big kids how its done in Wurzbach Bat Cave
We deserved rest Group Photo Kayla shows the big kids how its done in Wurzbach Bat Cave
Joe and Kayla Mitchell
Joe and Kayla Mitchell
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