Montague Cave

 Forrest Wilson (in red), Terry Hall (kneeling) and Chris Garguilo (standing, in yellow) helped carry in for the dive at Montague. Photo: Marbry Hardin.

Forrest Wilson (in red), Terry Hall (kneeling) and Chris Garguilo (standing, in yellow) helped carry in for the dive at Montague. Photo: Marbry Hardin.

With the help of Marbry Hardin, Forrest Wilson, Chris Garguilo, and Terry Hall, I managed to squeeze in a sump dive at Montague cave, right before rains that night sumped in the entire cave. The weird part? It is NOT going towards Russell Cave. The sump is at the top of the map (M1), with North oriented up. The passage is headed directly south. It seems instead of finding a passage towards Russel Cave, I ended up finding an unknown downstream passage that parallels the walking passage towards Widow's Creek and Campbell Spring.

 The line plot of the cave, North up. Though I thought I was going upstream, apparently I was travelling downstream.

The line plot of the cave, North up. Though I thought I was going upstream, apparently I was travelling downstream.

 Montague Cave entrance in flood- the morning after the dive. This is water going into the cave. Photo: Ryan Hoffman

Montague Cave entrance in flood- the morning after the dive. This is water going into the cave. Photo: Ryan Hoffman

 The sump area prior to the floods that night. Photo: Marbry Hardin

The sump area prior to the floods that night. Photo: Marbry Hardin