gazes upon the enormous formations in "Tower Place" in the
Southwestern branch of Lechuguilla Cave
(Photo by Brian Kendrick and Peter Bosted, 2007).
Brian Kendrick has been actively caving
for over seven years primarily in New Mexico with a few caving trips to
Colorado, Arizona, and the TAG (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia) areas.
Until recently, he served as chairman of the Pajarito Grotto for five
years. He has participated in numerous cave restoration trips in
the caves of the Guadalupe mountains and is level-one certified in cave
rescue by the National Cave Rescue Commission. He is actively
participating in the exploration of all three branches of Lechuguilla
Cave, Ft. Stanton Cave, and several smaller caves. He is an avid
cave photographer, and will share many of his own very special photos.
During this presentation Brian will discuss basic caving and expedition
caving, which include the recent exciting discoveries in Lechuguilla and
Ft. Stanton caves.
James Hunter first became interested in
caving through the New Mexico Tech caving club in 1999 and has been an
avid caver ever since. His primary interests are new exploration
(surveying), vertical caving, cave climbing and cave photography.
In addition to caving in the U.S., James has been involved in expedition
caving in Mexico and Belize for several years. He will discuss and
show slides of the discovery and exploration of Soplo de Los Toros,
Purificacian Kart, and Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Soplo de Los Toros was
discovered in 2006 and after three expeditions has been mapped to a
depth of 450 meters, using more than 2000 feet of rope, with passage
continuing at the bottom. James' slideshow is aimed at displaying
the spectacular beauty of the underground as well as the difficulty,
danger, and team spirit that define expedition caving.