Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

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Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Aug 14, 2011 6:44 pm

Sometime back in the 1980s (I think) Echo Cave was connected to Snail Shell Cave by cave divers and the connection was mapped.

Can anybody tell me who the divers were and it there was a written report of their dive, the connection, and the mapping?

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Re: Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby FW » Aug 15, 2011 5:55 am

I have an idea, I will check and post the results.
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Re: Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby FW » Aug 15, 2011 10:00 am

Well, I guessed wrong. Other ideas would be Wes Skiles, or Ron Simons, but they aren't around anymore to ask.
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Re: Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby joestewart » Aug 15, 2011 10:28 am

The TCS narrative file for Snail Shell simply says:

"...Paul Smith cave dove the sump between Snail Shell and Echo Cave."
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Re: Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Aug 15, 2011 11:19 am

Thanks for the information. Is this the same Paul Smith the NSS Members Manual shows living in Gainesville, Florida?

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Re: Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby joestewart » Aug 15, 2011 10:14 pm

Interesting article in the August 1982 NSS News on the exploration of Snail Shell.

http://digital.lib.usf.edu:8080/fedora/ ... CUMENT_PDF

Some good Gerald stories and the Echo connection portion is on page 211.
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Re: Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Aug 16, 2011 11:46 am

Thanks, that was it. The August, 1982 NSS News has the complete story of the connection. I hadn't read that article in quite a few years, and it is just excellent. If you have never read it, it is worth taking the time to find a copy and reading it.

Jeff Sims and Charles Clark did a wonderful job writing it. Paul Smith was indeed the diver who made the connection. The sump was 310 feet long.

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Re: Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby JR-Orion » Aug 23, 2011 1:23 pm

Great article. Thanks for posting the link. Sounds like an amazing cave.

Seven hours of survey for 7,000+ feet, wow. I usually wind up in cramped, twisty passages where 7 hours = 300 feet. :grin:
Letting the days go by / water flowing underground
Into the blue again / in the silent water
Under the rocks and stones / there is water underground.
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Re: Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Aug 23, 2011 2:12 pm

The great news is that Snail Shell Cave is owned by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, so you can still go visit it.

It is best explored with wetsuits and inner tubes.

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Re: Echo Cave, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Postby rchrds » Oct 19, 2011 4:41 am

Paul was at the hot tub at TAG this year. I hadn't seen him in years. He's still around.
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