Meeting Date: 4/1/2021 - 7:00PM
Since 1997 Jim "Crash" Kennedy has been visiting an area in northern Mexico to document previously-unknown caves. It is in the Sierra Madre Oriental which is almost entirely limestone, with local elevations of over 2900 meters (9500 feet). The majority of the area is in a National Park, and accessible only by poor roads or by trails. In seventeen trips (so far) with the help of another 112 total cavers, they have increased the number of known caves from 3 to 224, and mapped over 4.5 kilometers of passage. At least 30 known caves are still unmapped, and more than a hundred additional sinkholes have been GPSed but are yet unpushed. With a relatively short distance to the U.S., a friendly, cooperative community, use of both a field house and primo campsites, and drop-dead gorgeous scenery, this Project has evolved into an "Expedition Lite" model for those wishing for an introduction to Mexican caving. During this presentation, Jim will take you on a geographic, geologic, biologic, and scenic tour of the area, and conclude with an invitation to participate in future, post-COVID trips.