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Devils’ Spring Run – Scootering 101

Breathing Gas– 32%
Max Depth
– 21ft
Visibility– 100ft+
Water Temp– 72F
Dive Time: 123min

Notes:
Met Bryce after he got off work at EE and went out to Ginnie.  I was very surprised at how hard scootering was.  We practiced towing each other, dealing with runaway scooters, turning, and getting used to riding his Gavin.  Fun time, and I REALLY want a scooter now!

Posted 10 years, 2 months ago at 5:18 pm. Add a comment

Ginnie Springs – Full Cave Class – Expressway Circuit

Breathing Gas– 32% Travel / 100% Deco
Max Depth
– 97ft
Avg Depth
– 85ft
Visibility– 150ft+
Water Temp– 72F
Deco Schedule:

Notes:
Second dive of full cave class.  To avoid giving Rich’s class away, I wont go into much detail here.  I placed all the jump spools in, and lead this dive.

Expressway Tunnel Full Cave Class Dive 2

Posted 10 years, 7 months ago at 5:17 pm. Add a comment

Ginnie Springs – Full Cave Class – Parallel Lines

Breathing Gas– 32% Travel / 100% Deco
Max Depth
– 94ft
Avg Depth
– 80ft
Visibility– 150ft+
Water Temp– 72F
Deco Schedule:

Notes:
First dive of full cave class.  To avoid giving Rich’s class away, I wont go into much detail here.  I placed all the jump spools in, and lead this dive.

Double Lines Dive During Full Cave Class

Posted 10 years, 7 months ago at 5:11 pm. 2 comments

Devils – Grand Tour – New Years Dive

Breathing Gas– 32% Travel / 100% Deco
Max Depth– 97ft
Visibility– 150ft+
Water Temp– 72F
Deco Schedule:

Notes:
Dove with Michael Gibby and Jeff Marchand.  Completed the circuit setup earlier in the day, and met our goal of being underwater at midnight!

Posted 10 years, 8 months ago at 9:51 am. Add a comment

Devils – Grand Tour Setup

Dive Time– 66min Total, 62min dive time
In Water– 3:51pm
Out Water– 4:57pm
Breathing Gas– 32% Travel / 100% Deco
Max Depth– 104ft
Visibility– 150ft+
Water Temp– 72deg
Deco Schedule: 1-40ft / 1-30ft / 2-20ft

Notes:
Dove with Michael Gibby to do a setup dive for our midnight dive.  Placed jump @ the Expressway Tunnel, about p600ft on mainline off to the right.  The expressway is a marked jump on the right of the two lines that you’ll see just to the right of the double arrows…the left is the mud tunnel.  About half way through the expressway, there’s a marked jump off to the right, which we took.  Be sure to drop an arrow or non directional marker for yourself if you take this route, as the arrows all point towards junction rock, which is technically the fastest way out, but not an option since you haven’t verified that the line is in tact, and there wouldn’t be a continuous guideline leading to the surface anyways, as that’s a jump off of mainline.  From there, we got on the big/bone room line.  We continued to the mainline, where we left the reels in place.  I was nearing 1/3rds, so I dropped a cookie and thumbed the dive right at mainline and exited the path that we entered, with only a light decompression requirement for exiting.

Posted 10 years, 8 months ago at 4:57 pm. Add a comment

Devils- Sherwood Split

Dive Time– 96 Minutes Runtime
In Water– 8:19pm
Out Water– 10:16pm
Breathing Gas– 32% Travel / 100% Deco
Max Depth– 99ft
Visibility– 150ft+
Water Temp– 72F.)
Deco Schedule: 1min-50ft / 1min-40ft / 3min-30ft / 13min-20ft(o2)

Notes:
Dove with Jeff Marchand.  Same stage planning as always, 100psi off turn pressure, and half +200psi on the stage.  I placed the jump to Hill 400.  We stopped and placed a jump reel in the Wormhole so we could hit that on the way back, and then I lead to the siphon tunnel jump, installed that, and then installed the jump to double lines.  I then followed Jeff up until the Sherwood split jump, where we only made it about 100ft (not quite to the first T) before I had to call the dive on gas.  We looked around on the way back, dropping cookies around passages that we think might go further, but didn’t explore very far back into there.  On the way back we went down wormhole, and then hurried out of the cave to limit deco, as I had to get home to do some work. First dive with my TLS350 and Weezle undergarments, and I was surprisingly warm!

Posted 10 years, 9 months ago at 10:16 pm. Add a comment

Devils- Whale Bone and Parallel Lines

Dive Time– 85 Minutes Runtime
In Water– 12:17am
Out Water– 2:08am
Breathing Gas– 32% Travel / 100% Deco
Max Depth– 100ft
Visibility– 150ft+
Water Temp– 72F.)
Deco Schedule: 1min-50ft / 3min-40ft / 3min-30ft / 10min-20ft(o2)

Notes:
Dove with Jeff Marchand.  Same dive plan as usual, reserve 300psi of backgas and a stage to 1/2+200.  I placed all the jumps, and Jeff would run a primary reel once we got in double lines to the whale bone.  The p1000 marker on Hill400 gives the siphon tunnel jump away, and the put in the floor lets you know when to run the primary off to your left towards the whale bone.  Once we saw the Whale Bone, we took the left at the Y nearby, and continued until I turned the dive because it was tighter than I was comfortable with.  On the way back, we hit the p800ft entrance to parallel lines.  After deco, we played with stages and a stage leash (as pictured).

Posted 10 years, 9 months ago at 2:08 am. Add a comment

Devils- Mainline to p700(ish)

Dive Time– 55min
Breathing Gas– 32%
Max Depth– 97ft
Visibility– 100ft+
Water Temp– 72(F.)

Notes:
Dove with a basic diver.  Entered the Ear, I ran the line.  Continued along mainline until we hit our turn pressure of 3000psi (started with 3600) just after the marked jump off to the right that goes to the mud tunnels area.  I believe this is around p700.

Posted 10 years, 9 months ago at 6:11 pm. Add a comment

Devils – To the Insulation Room and Double Domes

Dive Time– 154min
Breathing Gas– 32%
Max Depth– 103ft
Visibility– 100ft+
Water Temp– 72(F.)

Notes:
Dove with Jeff to the insulation rooms.  Plan was simple, single stage 1/2+200, reserve 300psi from backgas to make up for a lost stage.  Swam to the insulation rooms, did the circuit and hit 1/3rds.  Turned the dive, grabbed my jump spool on the way out, and then headed back.  Dropped by double domes on the way back since it was so close.

Posted 10 years, 10 months ago at 12:57 am. Add a comment

Ginnie Springs – Siphon Tunnel

Breathing Gas– 32% Travel / 100% Deco
Max Depth
– 96ft
Avg Depth
– 80ft
Visibility– 150ft+
Water Temp– 72F
Dive Time: 102min + Deco

Notes:
Met up with Adam Gonzales and Bryce Thompson during the NACD Haloween social for a dive.  Got started really late, but it was an excellent dive, as no one was in the system.  This is one of my favorite places in the front part of Ginnie, very pristine compared to the rest of the cave.  Bryce and AJ had been there before and had more experience as a team, so Bryce lead the way, I took the middle, and AJ was in the back.  This was a single stage dive, I dropped my stage just past Hill400 jump, Adam dropped his about 100ft past mine, and Bryce managed to somehow carry a stage to almost 800ft :-o!

Posted 10 years, 10 months ago at 10:00 pm. Add a comment