Monday, September 04, 2006

Helectite Heaven

Sunday a group of 8 (Nathan, Steve, Jennifer, Tommy, Jimmy, Michelle, Ethan and I) headed to Fern Cave for a trip to Helectite Heaven. This is surely the place where all good Helectites go. We met at 8:30 AM at the NSS office, were in cave by 11:30 and after a couple hours of caving (including sketchy canyons, chimneying, a thirty foot pit, impersonations of Mr. Mackey, and some crawling) we were there. So what you ask, are helectites? Let me show you.

This is Nathan filming with his "wham-o-dine-kick-bootie" camera and Steve with his smoked salmon - which was indeed awesome on Doritos.

This group of helectites were just to the right of where Nathan was filming - and are about the size of your fist.


Jimmy squeezing through into one of the alcoves.

This helectite looked like some sort of odd spoked ball.

Michelle crawling back out of the alcove. You can really get a sense of helectite scale here.

Tommy in a sandy belly crawl.

Jennifer checking out some formations.

This helectite is a bit of a hybrid. Helectites and crystals all in one -looked like it was dipped in rock candy.

A gypsum flower amidst the crystal covered ceiling



At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome pictures! I can see where the end justifies the scary bits in the canyon.

Mark O.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Laura said...

beanie, thats creepy. :)


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