Mountaineer tallk features caving expeditions in New Mexico, Belize, and Mexico

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By Special to the Monitor

The Los Alamos Mountaineers on Wednesday evening will host long-time cavers Brian Kendrick and James Hunter as they share their incredible photographs of and exciting adventures in some of the most spectacular caves in the world.

Brian Kendrick has been actively caving for over seven years primarily in New Mexico with a few caving trips to Colorado, Arizona, and the Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia (TAG) areas.

Until recently, Kendrick served as chairman of the Pajarito Grotto, a post he held for five years. He has participated in numerous cave restoration trips in the Guadalupe Mountains and is level-one certified in cave rescue by the National Cave Rescue Commission.

He is actively participating in the exploration of all three branches of Lechuguilla Cave, Ft. Stanton Cave, and several smaller caves.

He is an avid cave photographer, and will share many of his own very special photos.

During this presentation, Kendrick will discuss basic caving and expedition caving, which include the recent exciting discoveries in Lechuguilla and Ft. Stanton caves.

Hunter first became interested in caving through the New Mexico Tech caving club in 1999 and has been an avid caver ever since. His primary interests are new exploration (surveying), vertical caving, cave climbing and cave photography.

In addition to caving in the U.S., James has been involved in expedition caving in Mexico and Belize for several years.

He will discuss and show slides of the discovery and exploration of Soplo de Los Toros, Purificacian Kart, and Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Soplo de Los Toros was discovered in 2006 and after three expeditions has been mapped to a depth of 450 meters, using more than 2,000 feet of rope, with passage continuing at the bottom.

Hunter’s slideshow is aimed at displaying the spectacular beauty of the underground as well as the difficulty, danger, and team spirit that define expedition caving.

The meeting will be held Wednesday in the main room of Fuller Lodge. It will begin with dessert and social time at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion of trips past and future.

The presentation will begin at approximately 8 p.m.

The Los Alamos Mountaineers welcomes the public.

Los Alamos Mountaineers offers trips that range from easy hikes to technical mountaineering and is committed to safe outdoor practices.

Membership information aheir web address, www.lamountaineers.org.