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The Explorer 2012

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January Explorer
January, 2012

Cover: B Cave, Pisgah. Photos by Russell Harter.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 734th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; B Cave, Pisgah; B Cave map; Membership Renewal Form.

February Explorer
February, 2012

Cover: Betty Farfan and Daniel Veelik deep in Onyx Cave. Photo by Rich Collier.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 735th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; The GNIS Caves Database Revisited; 2012 Grotto Information Sheet; Membership Renewal Form.

March Explorer
March, 2012

Cover: Shelby Wong on the first drop (86') of the Bentanilya vertical entrance of the Cacupangan Cave System, Mabini,Pangasinan, Philippines. Photo by Jerry Rendon.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 736th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Prickly City (cartoon); Karl Henize, PhD, Astronomer, Astronaut and Founding Member of Southern California Grotto.

April Explorer
April, 2012

Cover: Jerry Nickelsburg, Kyle Baker, and Ryan Baker approaching Lost Soldier’s Cave. Photo by Karl Domangue.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 737th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Bizarro (cartoon); Ramblings On the Definition of a Cave; Malibu Sea Cave (sketch map).

May Explorer
May, 2012

Cover: Doug Billings in Offering Cave. Photo by Larry Zimmer.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 738th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Summary of XMET 2012 Trip.

Back cover: XMET team in Chapat. Photo by Don Smith.

June Explorer
June, 2012

Cover: Betty and Ivy Go (local guide) in the Air-con Room, Alab Cave, Brgy. Asinga-Via, Baggao, Cagayan, Philippines. Photo by Jerry Rendon.r.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 739th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Speleoeducational Seminar May 18–20, 2012, Bend, Oregon.

Back cover: Beatriz Farfan in a chamber with some extremely large specimens in excellent condition. XMET expeditions to Belize have been led by Eleanor and David Larson for 12 years under the auspices of the Institute of Archaeology in Belize. Photo by Daniel Veelik.

July Explorer
July, 2012

Cover: Diana Liu ascends the main passage. Photo by Beatriz Farfan.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 740th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Dragon's Breath Cave; Dragon's Breath Cave map.

Back cover: Betty Veelik in Betty’s Ballroom, Dragon’s Breath Cave. Photo by Daniel Veelik.

August Explorer
August, 2012

Front and back cover: A limestone cave in the Canadian Rockies. Photos by Russ Harter.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 741st Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Update on Grotto Rescue Boards; Knot-tying Practice Report.

September Explorer
September, 2012

Cover: Kevin Westervoorde examines mine speleothems near Cerro Gordo. Photo by David Angel.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 742nd Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Remembrances of Kevin Westervoorde.

Back cover: Kyle Baker, Sanjana Paul, Ryan Baker, Kevin Westervoorde, and Ben Tohsakul in a small ice cave formed by a snow shelf in Mineral King. Photo by Ben Tohsakul.

October Explorer
October, 2012

Cover: Kevin Westervoorde lights up a column in Onyx Cave. Photo by David Angel.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 743rd Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; 2012 Grotto Membership List.

Back cover: Kevin Westervoorde and Michael Chestnut looking into the mouth of a Calico mine. Photo by David Angel.

November Explorer
November, 2012

Cover: Margie Nelson in Clough Cave, Sequoia National Park, April 28, 1973. Photo by Russell Harter.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 744th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; Marjorie Youngs Nelson (remembrance).

Back cover: Margie Nelson in Paiute Cave, in the Grand Canyon area, during an Easter trip in 1979.

December Explorer
December, 2012

Cover: Carol Vesley in Toppled Table Talus Cave. Photo by Scott Schmitz.

This Issue: Carbide Calendar; 745th Executive Committee Meeting Minutes; News & Announcements; The 2012 Western Regional.

Back cover: Holiday Tech Tips (from Petzl).