Report #11 of the EJIDO JACINTO PAT EXPLORATION EXPEDITION
Monday morning - June 24th, 1996
The two week "Grand Finale" is completed. Wow! I'm exhausted. Everyone is
The "running total" - unofficially - for Sistema Ejido Jacinto Pat (known as Dos
is over 183,000 feet of explored, surveyed passage. Everyone is very happy
with the results. This doubled my personal expectations. We had a wrap-up
summary party at Villas DeRosa "La Terrazza" bar Saturday evening.
Spoke with Nicholas Heath-Brown of the Guiness Book of Records in London,
England a few days ago. He informed me that the last correspondence received
from the Cedam Cave Diving team listed Sistema Nahoch Nah Chich at:
According to a statement posted on the Internet on April 20th, 1996 ......
Nahoch was at 159,600 feet. Interesting. In two months, Nahoch grew 9,000
feet without anyone getting wet.
We are now compiling all the data (it is massive) into the SMAPS computer
software. This will take several weeks if not a month to do. We have hired
RoseMary Redgen full time to do the computer work.
On Saturday, Pat Watson installed 750 feet of line south of Cenote Mott Mott
which is located 600 feet east of Dos Ojos. Pat, Keith Kinard and Connie LoRe
concentrated on this area for two days. Steve Berman, Steve Irving and David
instaaled 985 feet into the LSD area.
Friday, Bill Rennaker and Rich Chapski wrapped up Cenote Hilario's Well. With
help of Lee Gibson earlier this area totaled 5,300 feet. Bill Rennaker did
most of the work. Bill's survey notes and working map were impressive. Bill
was certainly very happy and it was obvious he enjoyed his two weeks. Everyone
thought very highly of Bill.
Also on Friday, Steve Keene put in 450 feet with a lead out of Kentucky Castle
south-southeast. Added 100 feet on Saturday. All, nasty side mount passage.
Found another opening to the surface. Sue Sharples made excellent
contributions. A total of over 16,000 feet of new, explored passages came out
of Cenote Kentucky Castle. Very successful.
Also on Friday with Cenote M1, Bil Philips put in 750 feet. Brian Kakuk placed
675 feet. Thursday, Bil Philips and Kay Pozda Walten installed 1500 feet in a
great lead off the Wild West area. Bil earned the title: LINE KING. In
total, over 50,000 feet of new, surveyed line was installed in Cenote M1 area
and beyond with four new cenotes discovered. In retrospect, this new area,
only found three weeks prior to the two week Grand Finale, saved our butts and
made our expedition a huge success. Incredible.
Now, the hard part begins. We have been asked to submit a letter of
application to the Guiness Book of Records in London. To support our claim, the
SMAPS one dimensional data is the evidence. The data will take weeks to sort
We based our running total from 115,000 feet as of January, 1996 with Dos Ojos.
The SMAPS data submitted by Jim Coke and Harve Thorn is several thousand feet
less than this total. So, we have missing SMAPS data from 1995. Dan Lins
has this missing data. When he quit the team in December, 1995 he took the
data with him and refuses to return it. The Ejido Jacinto Pat has a letter on
file signed by Dan agreeing that all survey data belongs to the Ejido - the land
We know what areas of the cave system is missing and if we cannot get the
missing data back from Dan Lins then we will go back and resurvey it.
between myself, Gary and Kay Walten we have about 40% of this missing data in
our personal work sheet files and can recomplile it with RoseMary. Everyone
on the team is bewildered why Dan Lins will not return the information.
Hopefully, he will reconsider the situation, salvage his reputation and with
compassion and dignity - return the missing data. Time will tell.
Once all the data is in SMAPS, I'm sure the accurate total will be different.
Whether is is less less or more than 183,000 feet, we shall see. But, it is
very safe we are past 180,00 feet as of June 24th, 1996.
We are not quitting. Basecamp will stay in place on Macco's property. The
portable compressor will continue it's fantastic job. Yes, it was down three
days but Buddy got it running again. Ed Grossenbacher of Austin, Texas (the
Electric Fish) is staying here all summer and will continue exploring. Anyone
who wishes to help our team to explore is invited. Our goal for 200,00 feet
hopefully will occur by the end of July. And, within a few weeks - we shall
hopefully have a major announcement to make.
Tomorrow, I will post REPORT #12. Review the two week Grand Finale and
acknowledge all of our wonderful sponsors and friends. WE thank everone for
their gracious help and support. Must go, have to take some team members to
Be safe. Maintain. STEVE GERRARD