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Southern Illinois Projects

Here are several photos from a couple different Union County projects currently underway. LEG member Matt Bliss has been actively surveying several  private caves in Union County.

TAG Fall Cave In 2018

 

Here are a few photos and a YouTube link to video, from Matt Bliss’s trip to the TAG Fall Cave-in.
He and several other local cavers spent Thursday-Sunday in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia exploring several vertical caves. Sinking Cove Cave- 5 drop pull-down trip. Cemetery Pit- 125’+. Richard’s Cave- wet, multi drop cave ending in the largest room in GA. Flowing Stone Cave- 225’+ pit. Bonfire, beers, hot tub, food and vendor tents where enjoyed by the group.

Mystery Cave February 4, 2017

Mihai arrived at Park Et at 9:10 AM and had breakfast with Richard, who then drove both to Berome Moore. Jim was getting ready to lead a trip inside and told them that LEG was welcome to organize a trip into Berome after contacting him and MCKC. Jim also encouraged LEG to start a scientific study of the cave following the proposal Mihai wrote three years ago. Richard then drove back to Park Et to meet with Ciara and Ryan, hopefully two new LEG members. All arrived at Mystery at around 11:00 AM and entered it through the gated entrance after making sure that Ryan’s helmet and headlamp were OK. It took the effort and imagination of all four cavers to figure out how to attach the suspension to a hard hat! Once in the Cathedral Room it was decided to first visit some upper passages close to the entrance and then go down and follow the main stream for a while. The team admired the passage morphologies and young stalagmites along the Red Fork and Richard and Mihai offered explanations on how the features were formed. The Fossil Passage was visited next and horse teeth were found together with one healthy looking bat! On the way back to the Cathedral Room thanks were said to all previous cavers who had dug steps into clay slopes. Ciara and Ryan were impressed by the clear pool at the bottom of the room. A thermocline was detected while climbing down to the main stream: It was really cold below! The stream was followed up to confluence with the newcomers wet “baptism” passage. Ciara and Ryan followed it to the room with the pouring flowstone while Richard and Mihai climbed to the same room. The multitude of potholes throughout the visited portions was amazing and the former cave floors were clearly marked on the walls by different levels of clay-embedded rock fragments. The cave was exited at about 4:50 PM through the same entrance without any problem. The rock climbing experience of Ciara and Ryan was evident all the time. Mihai and Richard went to Park Et for dinner and relished the day’s trip. The cavers are grateful for Richard’s expert guidance and patience.

~Mihai

Organization

The Grotto was founded in the late 1950′s, by a group of persons interested in cave exploration, cave biology, cave photography, cave mapping, geology, groundwater hydrology and many other related fields. These folks organized and pooled their varied knowledge and resources for the love of the cave.

Today our grotto membership consists of a wide variety of occupations, including a retired teacher, several mechanics, librarians and a secretary, several full time mom’s, an outdoor recreation programer, an accountant, computer programmers, network engineers and numerous college students, both undergraduate and graduate. Our caving is done mainly in Perry County, Missouri, which is approximately 1 hour from Carbondale. We have spent more than 30 years developing good land owner relations, in order to ensure the caving resources are maintained. The most important thing to Little Egypt Grotto members is to enhance and maintain these good working land owner relationships. If you can not agree with this concept, then we are not the group for you.