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tekewin
tekewin
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11/9/2020
tekewin
tekewin
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Been on my list a while. I didn't have any specific beta, just drove out and looked around. I tried five or six promising starts but only two led to long tunnels/slots. I know there must be more I didn't find.




Cave #1:









Cave #2:








Heart of mud

Some video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEQypprK8kE&feature=youtu.be
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Rocko1
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11/9/2020
Rocko1
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Very nice. Did those about 5 years ago. Found some cool routes that popped up a vertical shaft near the top of a hill. Could really get 'lost' out there is enough time is spent.
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tekewin
tekewin
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11/13/2020
tekewin
tekewin
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Rocko1 wrote:
Very nice. Did those about 5 years ago. Found some cool routes that popped up a vertical shaft near the top of a hill. Could really get 'lost' out there is enough time is spent.



"top of a hill" is where the danger is. I got about 20' up a side branch of cave #2, then my footsteps sounded hollow. Immediately went back.
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Buford
Buford
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11/16/2020
Buford
Buford
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Nice. I like the idea of exploring the mud caves, but I don't think you'll ever find me in there. Too scared. I was in Arroyo Tapiado a couple days after a storm once and saw a couple/heard cave ins and slides happen in different sections of the wash over a couple hours. It was kind of eerie standing in the wash bottom when all of a sudden you hear small pebbles rolling down hill followed by a bigger thump sound. This happened more than once that day. People were still crawling around the caves as this was happening.

I talked with a SAR person about the guy that disappeared. His last known location was only feet from where he was found yet it took them weeks to find him from what I remember of the case.
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