February 19, 2014
WINTER TAG 2014 KENNAMER CAVE & SECRET PIT
|Secret Pit Alabama|
|Brian Hunsaker dropping his First Pit, Secret Pit Alabama|
|Kevin Romanak Ascending Secret Pit Alabama|
|Brian Hunsaker at the waterfall entrance to Kennamer Cave|
Laura Decided to stay back and head to the car so the rest of us entered the tiny hole in the ground where we had to crawl through cold water to get to a waterfall room.
This waterfall room had a 35 shear drop right next to an exposed crawl that we had to traverse around. This brought us to a 45-50 degree mud slope that took us to the lower stream passage. We down climbed this section and got to a room with a series of dome room connections with waterfalls raining down into small pools. We started our attempt to make this a thru trip to the orgy entrance. We had the map and noticed where we were initially but as this cave will show later on in this trip, we should have been paying attention to the map. We walk through a large room until we get to the Moby dick room which is a massive boulder that is blocking the passage ahead of us. My camera and I were not getting along to well in this humid cave so the pics I got inside this cave system did not turn out as well as I wanted them to. The cave is a lot more beautiful than these pictures show.
|Justin Thompson, Kevin Romanak, & Brain Hunsaker at the first waterfall in Kennamer cave|
|Moby Dick Boulder Kennamer Cave|
This boulder was a couple stories high and its weight must have been in the TONS…the SHIT TONS!!!..HUGE so huge it took us 20 minutes to squeeze through a lower river passage via “breathing in to fit through the squeeze” passage to get back into walking passage. We get to the other side and the domes seem to get bigger above our heads. Some of these domes reached almost 120 ft. up. It was pretty amazing to see the design above us that has been eroded away by water and other effects. We continue on and come to a down climb where we had to chimney down and go through a series of rain dome rooms with chert levels, stratified rock, and mineral joints which are always amazing to see. We got to another dome room and the passage started to turn into a hands and knees crawl. We continued down through a small hands and knees borehole passage and passed by formation and flowstone rooms until we eventually came up to the 40-50 ft. drop.
|Brian Hunsaker in one of the large dome rooms Kennamer Cave Alabama|
|Last pic I got before shit started going south in Kennamer Cave Alabama|