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  1. Default 13th Gate Cave build 
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    Thought I would share a few pictures of our new cave system. Over 6 months of work and more than 30 tons of mortar & sand went into this 5000 sq ft cave system which has Neanderthal cave drawings, Ice, big waterfalls, wind tunnels, pools, streams, steam effects, echo effects, and a whole lot of detail featuring a variety of rock (flowstone, granite, etc), scattered plantlife ,albino catfish and insects including some nasty cave roaches. The pictures are well lit to show off some the detail but during the show the cave will be lit by torchlight/lanterns with lots of crevices and holes for our "creatures" to hide in (think "Descent") as well as many other scares and traps for you to spring if you come out to visit us during The Legendary Haunt Tour. Oh and did I mention the 400 live snakes?
     

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    And one of a cypress tree we built out of mortar also.20120831_13thgate-143.jpg
     

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    I'm digging it!

    Jake
     

  5. Default Incredible detail !!!! 
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    I gotta see this place !!!!
     

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    How are you going to keep those snakes in there?? Your cave looks incredible. How did you make them... was it foam then coated, or what... Larry
     

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    That is awesome, great job guys looks very convincing.
     

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    No foam, wood or hardcoat. It's made out of rebar, lath, and mortar. Every inch was hand carved.

    The snakes are in a pit in the cave with a rope bridge going over the top. There is a snake scare in the cave that is going to nail everyone. We have carved out shelves on the walls and the snakes climb up all over the place. They are non-poisonous Diamond back watersnakes but are still very agressive and will bite you in a heartbeat. The model in the picture (one of our actors) got bit twice during the shoot (she's a tough gal and a snake lover so no big deal for her) and our wrangler (a snake expert who caught all 400 in one night) got bit more times than I could count.
    Last edited by Midnight13; 09-01-2012 at 06:45 AM.
     

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    Awesome work, hope to see it sometime.
     

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    Bravo.

    What most cave builds miss that this one hits spot on
    is that the ceiling of most passageways is a shelf of
    limestone resting on water carved passage.

    This looks exactly like an Eastern U.S. cave passage; someone
    did their research. The undershelf dimpling is also accurate.
    I spent every college summer guiding in the world's longest cave .

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    Also, this is ONLY INTENDED FOR TRIVIA OR NATURE PEOPLE, not a dig
    on this haunt environment, which I think is stellar, and is a perfect place
    for these very rattler looking herps. For Haunt Dramatic License I like
    snakes and spiders anywhere they feel like being.

    For the record, even in the deep south snakes are never found deep
    in caverns, never. Caves take on the average temperature of their
    climate band, which in the Eastern US is around 56 degrees F, give or take.
    Snakes are ectothermic and need much warmer climes to function. If you
    did find a snake deep in, though alive, they'd appear dead from lack of
    movement.

    They do den underground but these are very shallow and warmer. You can
    find them around entrances at times but never in the bowels of the earth.
    Who knows about South AM. or Africa.
    Last edited by Twin Locusts; 09-01-2012 at 10:19 AM.
     

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