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The Explorer 2011

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January Explorer
January, 2011

Cover: Karl Domangue wills himself small while trying to pass through a hole in Lost Soldiers. Photo: Kyle Baker.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 722nd Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Practical Rope Coiling and You: The Art and Meditation of Packing Rope; Making the Loops of a Coil; Grotto Dues Renewal Form.

February Explorer
February, 2011

Cover: Ryan Baker does his best impression of an animatronic Pirate of the Caribbean while marveling at just how Daniel Veelik does that thing he do. Photo: John Woods.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 723rd Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Pisgah Trip Reports; SoCal Speleo; Grotto Dues Renewal Form.

March Explorer
March, 2011

Cover: Daniel shooting Betty at the end of a 25-meter drop in Pit #5 of Pit Hill, Brgy. Linmansangan, Alaminos City. Photo: Jerry Rendon.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 724th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; 2011 Grotto Information Sheet; Leftovers for Breakfast: Biscuit Cave and Pancake Cave; Biscuit Cave map; Pancake Cave map; Grotto Dues Renewal Form.

April Explorer
April, 2011

Cover: Statuesque wafer-thin mint supermodel Ryan Baker in Milan showing off the latest in haute couture caving fashion. Photo: Karl Domangue.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 725th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Night Caving; Tag Grabber; Grotto Dues Renewal Form.

May Explorer
May, 2011

Cover: Daniel dropping Pit #2 of Pit Hill, Linmansangan, Alaminos City. At the bottom and on-camera are Betty (red) and Jerry (blue). Photo: Rawen Balmaña.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 726th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Lassie,Timmie's Still In The Mine Cave; Sometimes You Just Get Lucky; Crystal Discovery Cave map; Snow Caving at Lost Soldiers.

June Explorer
June, 2011

Cover: Sandy Stephens Szukalski admires a coiled root on breakdown in a Maui cave. Photo: Bern Szukalski.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 727th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Pisgah April 1-3, 2011; Little By Little - The Maui Cave Project Again; Hana Gardenland Cave map; Nahiku Road Caves map.

July Explorer
July, 2011

Cover: Kyle Baker composes his shot for the best cover photo ever. Photo: Kyle Baker.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 728th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; More Caves in the Sequoia National Forest; Cat Leg Cave map; FIFA Cave map; Black Mushroom Cave map; Onyx Shelf Hole map; Speas View Shelter map.

August Explorer
August, 2011

Cover: The cavers crawl in, the cavers crawl out… Guess the person, guess the squeeze. Answers in next month’s thrilling issue of the Explorer (maybe). Photos by: K. Baker or R. Baker or B. Tohaskol.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 729th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Caving in the Lower Guads.

September Explorer
September, 2011

Cover: Image by Bruce Davis, from the May 1976 Explorer.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 730th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; 2011 Grotto Member List.

October Explorer
October, 2011

Cover: Frank McDonough coming out of Grindhole Cave. Photo: Diana Liu.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 731st Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Grindhole Cave; Grindhole Cave map; J.A.M. Goes Caving.

November Explorer
November, 2011

Cover: Allen Hager, Jaime Lintemoot, and Kyle Baker layer up to stay warm deep in Crystal-67. Photo: Rich Collier.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 732nd Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements.

December Explorer
December, 2011

Cover: Kevin Westervoorde uses the treadmill while John Woods runs the rope with David Armstead and Scott Schmitz watching at a Santa Susana climbing practice. Photo: Rich Collier.

Back Cover: Russ Harter in the enterance of a Maui lava cave. Photo: Mandy Harter.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 732nd Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements.