We did another big push in upstream Snail Shell September 25th.
Amazingly, the temporary last survey marker we left last month survived the flood caused by Ivan.
We surveyed about 1500 more feet. The survey we did last month turned out to be more like 1200', once we actually added up all the shots. My guess is we are just short of half a mile past the sump.
The temperature seemed higher past the sump, and the humidity was less (you couldn't see your breath like on the Snail Shell side of the sump). There were numerous small insects flying around. My guess is there is another entrance, but may not be big enough for a human.
The main passage past the sump is very much like the rest of the upstream Snail Shell passage. It is winding stream cave, with a few areas of breakdown and "dry" floor. There were some side passages, mostly small, but one good sized walking passage on the right (north) side. We didn't check out any of them.
The cave is still "going".
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