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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:16 am    Post subject: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

Myself an a friend went out near the Fuson Conservation Area (known as the home of Smittle Cave) and explored an unmarked cave nearby. We were in the cave for about 5 hours, and at the deepest point were a solid hour from the entrance. We didn't even come close to exploring the whole thing. There main passage went on from where we stopped, with no signs of ending soon. There were several side passages that we never explored. I don't know how long it would take to see the whole thing.

Here are some pictures of the short hike to the cave, the cave opening, and a couple from inside. My flash sucked so I couldn't take many pictures, but as soon as my freind upload them to his dropbox I'll post some from the inside that he took.


Bluff Leading to Ridge with freind in pic for scale



Log Bridge crossing to get to Cave


Cave Mouth


Inside with Formations


Inside dark passage
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:51 am    Post subject: Re: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

More links with info on the cave.

http://www.undergroundozarks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3356&highlight=smittle

http://www.undergroundozarks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=316

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

Kit thought you died in there, she was nearly inconsolable.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

She told me she was worried also. I guess maybe I did make it known I was going and then didn't post for two days. I appreciate the concern, but don't worry guys, I've explored probably a little more than 100 caves. I know how to be safe, and the importance of taking a friend with you into any cave that is more than a simple room or short tunnel.

By the time I got home I was just totaly pooped. So I took a shower and went to bed.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

jammer_smith wrote:
I guess maybe I did make it known I was going and then didn't post for two days.


Either that or she's got a soft spot for yaRight between her legs

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

I am either ruggedly handsom and handsomly rugged, depening on how i'e spent my afternoon.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

Pics from the most recent cave:





Jam Up Cave: Awesome cave on Jack's fork river


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

looks like some fun times Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

Aight I want in, you wanna do an overnight trip? If you want someone to go wit you hit me up, you wanna go?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Another (name removed) Cave Reply with quote

I found a map of this cave in the a list of cave maps from Wright County. Turns out my friend and I were just a a few bends away from the end when we turned back.

So not as enormous as I initially thought, but still at least as big/interesting as Ash Grove Cave, and far less vandalized.


The name of the cave is Welch Cave according to the survey, but I can't find it marked on any topo maps, so the location is fairly protected.

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