Trip leader: David Hunter
Attending: John, Philip, Kirsten, Abhishek, and Aurora
Unlike the last trip to Robinson's Cave, this time the weather was the usual hot and dry.
As usual, we hiked around the private property to the cave. A new trail is being established, which may increase access. It will be nice to have a proper trail, but this will likely increase the impact from the irresponsible spelunkers that were once common in this cave.
The upper part of the creek were dry, and the lower part had only a trickle. Thankfully the pools had enough water for cavers to rinse off before heading back.
An attempt was made to also photograph the trip leader / photographer, with limited success. Maybe he was embarrassed by forgetting his boots, and having to say "this is a bad example, but I will be OK doing a cave this easy in sandals?" Well, at least he was OK in sandals, though he strongly recommends against using them in anything approaching a serious cave.
Despite the threat of 36 CFR 261.9 A&B, graffiti remains a problem. Maybe adding a 'C' to 36 CFR 261.9 would help? Or maybe some restoration work...
The formations are slowly recovering from the spelunkers, as shown by the fresh white flowstone on top of the old muddy flowstone. Hopefully they aren't re-trampled.
As usual, the group was allowed to explore the cave, learning how easy it is to get turned around. And avoiding stepping on any recovering formations.
The formations aren't nearly as nice as those in Fort Stanton Cave, much less other caves. But they are still worthwhile.