This project will explore and record cave features of the alpine karst landscape in the Badshot Range of British Columbia’s West Kootenays including the spectacular Jawdrop Cave.
The area is the mountain range north of the town of Howser between the Trout and Duncan Lake drainages. Further exploration of the cave entrances recorded on the 2017-2018 trips requires considerable rope rigging and caving gear. A team of five to six and gear will be transported by helicopter to an alpine base camp to pursue exploration of cave systems for up to seven days. While on site, Robin Beech’s team will also install bat monitors collect soil samples and conduct alpine flora and bee surveys for researchers if funding supports.