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The Explorer 2009

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January Explorer
January, 2009

Cover: Hugh Blanchard at the Western Region Meeting. Photo: Jenny Kuo.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 698th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; Hugh Blanchard Memorial Issue, 1929-2008 (various); Adventure of the Gold Ridge Mine (Daniel Veelik); Re-opening the McNally Mine - Hugh's A-Team (Betty Veelik); Photos of Hugh Blanchard; 2009 So Cal Grotto Membership Application.

February Explorer
February, 2009

Cover: James Rice can hotwire anything in two minutes flat. Photo: Carol Vesely.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 699th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; Welcome to the Southern California Grotto (Scott Schmitz); Eastern Nevada Caving Trip 2008 Part II (Scott Schmitz); 2008 Crystal Sequoia Cave Restoration (James Rice); 2009 So Cal Grotto Membership Application.

March Explorer
March, 2009

Cover: Sanjana Paul, Ryan Baker, and Scott Schmitz caught in the act (of caving) in Elsie Cave. Photo: Kyle Baker.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 700th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; Honor Dinner Event Report (Dell Quick); Eastern Nevada Caving Trip 2008 Part III (Scott Schmitz); Two for the Mojave County, Arizona, Record (Bern Szukalski); Wye View Shelter map (Bern Szukalski); Big Yawn Shelter map (Bern Szukalski); 2009 So Cal Grotto Membership Application.

April Explorer
April, 2009

Cover: Bat!!!

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 701st Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; White Nose Syndrome (WNS) News; Origami Bat; Millerton Cave 11/28/2008 Trip Report (Bill Frantz & Alan Chern); Ever wonder what takes place at Executive Committee meetings?

May Explorer
May, 2009

Cover: Barbara Fortini rapelling into Pinnacles Cave. Photo: James Rice.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 702nd Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; A Trip To The Mine of Messieurs Bell & Hartman (Dell Quick); Ambigua Cave – Five years and 161 stations later (Bern Szukalski); Ambigua Cave map (Bern Szukalski); Back cover photo: Barbara and Art Fortini ascending out of Pinnacles Cave (James Rice).

June Explorer
June, 2009

Cover: Solemn silhouttes slipping slightly through the slick slots of Thunder Canyon Cave. Photo: Kyle Baker.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 703rd Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; Pisgah 27 - 28 Dec 08 (Russell Harter); Black Mountain Glyphs (Frank McDonough); Sitting Bull Falls Cave - A Little NM Gem (Bern Szukalski); Back cover photo: Rich Wolfert poses by the first pool in Sitting Bull Falls Cave (Bern Szukalski).

July Explorer
July, 2009

Cover: Daniel Veelik & Betty Farfan in Cacupangan Cave, Mabini,Pangasinan, Philippines, looking over Kidd Suleta during his first visit to a cave. Photo: Jerry Rendon.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 704th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; Room and Closet with a View; Room With A View, Closet With A View maps (Bern Szukalski); Significant new caving areas opening in the Phillipines - The Caves of Barrio DeGuzman, Mabini Town, Pangasinan Province, Philippines, May 2009 (Charles M. Nelson); Back cover photo: Warning: Prolonged exposure to caving may cause extreme weight loss! (Beatriz Farfan).

August Explorer
August, 2009

Cover: Charley shows off his best “Spelunking Man” pose as he hovers precariously inches above the water. Photo: Beatriz Farfan.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 705th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; Yaeger Mine Gating Project (James Rice); Adventure in the Philippines Part 2 - Big Commotion on the Mabinin Bridge!!(Beatriz Farfan); Boney Ridge Caves, June 13, 2009 (Russell Harter); Back cover photo: Betty soars like a graceful swan floating just above the murky waters below (Daniel Veelik).

September Explorer
September, 2009

Cover: Rich Collier does his best impression of the mythical glow troll, elusive creature of caving lore long sought after by cryptozoologists and tchotchke enthusiasts alike. Photo: Kyle Baker.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 706th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; Yaeger Mine Gating Project - The Second Gate (Doug Billings); Painting with Light (James Rice).

October Explorer
October, 2009

Cover: Method acting bat tries to find its Zen moment while channeling its inner demons for Halloween. Photo: Kyle Baker.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 707th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; Southern Calilfornia Grotto 2009 Membership Roster; Caving Critters (photographic essay).

November Explorer
November, 2009

Cover: Jamie Lintemoot takes the high road in White Chief Cave. Photo: Ben Tohsakul.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 708th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; Trip to Rippled Cave (Scott Schmitz); Equipment Drive for the B.C. Grotto.

December Explorer
December, 2009

Cover: Shelby Wong points out the true (though highly modest) cavers extraordinaire Jaime Lintemoot and James Rice. Photo: Kyle Baker.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 709th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News and Announcements; Archaeologic Caves of Ancient Lake Lahontan (William R. Halliday); Mopping Up in the Three State Corner (William R. Halliday); Southern California Grotto 2009 Ballot.