Two days in Mountain Cow Cave

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Still alive! We spent Saturday and Sunday surveying in Mountain Cow Cave, located on the Hummingbird Highway in a national park. Quite amazingly beautiful. Gigantic rooms filled with big towers and formations everywhere. The size makes surveying and sketching the rooms challenging, as I am sometimes staning in plsces far from any walls. To sketch a cave passage it helps to be able to see the walls.

No pictures, for the moment, as it is hard to upload large files here.

We go to a different cave tomorrow (Monday) while on Tuesday we will take a day off to go sightseeing at the Tikal ruins in Guatamala.

One more thing: there is a chance I will still do my Tuesday appearance with John Batchelor. If we find the phone connection acceptable, I will go on live at 11 pm eastern. I will know for sure by tomorrow night.


  • Phill O

    Sounds interesting! And Fun!

  • Wayne

    “Journey to the Center of the Earth”

    (We are trying to keep the Dog off the lawn, in your absence!)

  • Wayne

    Just reread the “Trapped inside a Cave for 10 hours” post by Mr. Z., recounting his 1996 adventure in New York.
    YOW-ZA! >highly recommend<

    The extent of my "caving-activities" consists of camping at Mammoth Cave National Park for a week (very impressed!), touring 3 salt-mines in Michigan, (we have them) & the "coal-mine" tour they have in the basement of the Museum of Science & Industry, in Chicago.

  • wodun

    The size makes surveying and sketching the rooms challenging

    You can draw too? That’s triple threat status.

  • Phill O

    He not only draws but is a cartographer. Can hardly wait for his book on the Chiricahau Chrystal Cave.

  • wodun

    Hmm, interesting.

    Mr Zimmerman, maps are a hot commodity right now. You should considering selling some as stand alone products.

  • One does not sell cave maps. The resource is too fragile. The maps are available to serious scientists and cavers, but for the general public to obtain them requires extra effort that is not simple to accomplish. This is not intended to exclude but to protect the cave and the public, as a person could get hurt entering these caves if they don’t know what they are doing.

  • wodun

    The maps are available to serious scientists and cavers

    There is a market for wall hangers. People collect maps of places they don’t go.

    Its something to consider if you can find ways to deal with your concerns, like popular caves open to the public, Maybe just a spectacular chamber or small section could also have great appeal.

  • Steve Earle

    Great Link, thanks!


  • Wayne

    tangent–Mount St. Helens is one of THE most actively monitored volcanos in the world.

    Ref: Belize– I’d like to know Mr. Z’s impression of the Government of Belize. John McAfee is of the opinion it’s a Gangster State, but then again he’s been up to odd stuff the past 10 years or so….
    [McAfee is running in the Libertarian Party Primary this year.]

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