Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cave Geology 101: Stalactites and Soda Straws

I am not a geologist, nor do I play one on the internet. But, I do have a friend who is and does. No really. Dan is a geologist and he has a few posts on YouTube explaining some formations.

I want to share some of his posts with you. Check these out.











If you want to learn more about cave geology we are going to create a few more videos as we go along. I hope you find them entertaining and informative.

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Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.



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Allen


“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed




National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

What Makes A Good Cave Guide?

In my position as Chair the the National Speleological Society's Youth Group Liaison Committee, I've been asked a few times, "How do I know is a good guide?" I put this out in front of a few cavers to see their opinion.



A few links that are mentioned in this video are:

National Speleological Society
NSS - Youth Group Liaison Committee
Cave Chat

Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.



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Allen


“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed


National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Why YOUCave

Hi, I'm Allen. I Chair the NSS
Youth Group Liaison Committee
and the Founder of YOUCave.

This week I don't have an exciting caving story to tell you. I do want to let you know what's going on in the background and behind the scenes of Youth Opportunities Underground.

As most people know I Chair the National Speleological Society's Youth Group Liaison Committee. The Committee is rather passive. The web-page is up and there for anyone who wants information or needs help with a caving activity for their youth group or youth organization. But you cannot just hang out your shingle and expect the world to see you. If you build it, they will come.” only works in the movies. We have to reach out to the communities that have no idea we even exist and convince them to trust us and to use our expertize. Doing this with a handful of dedicated volunteers and a budget of $0 is not helping with our mission.

YOUCave started out as a hobby blog. Just a way for me to document my adventures and share them with friends and family.

A few year back I found a use for it and all the posts I wrote. That was to help reach out to non-cavers and show them what we do and how much fun we have doing it.

About a year ago I thought about taking this a step further. Morphing YOUCave into it's own nonprofit that would outreach to non-caving communities in general and boast the legend that is the Youth Group Liaison Committee. I also want YOUCave to raise the funds to provide the tools and resources the YGLC needs to do a kick-ass job.

These are some of "my kids". Alex, Katrina,
Damian, and Julianna
Right now as I'm writing this post I have filed and working on the details to make YOUCave an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. This would give us the authority and muscle to raise funds and purchase tools and other resources for the YGLC to do what it was really intended to do. I hope the changes and improvements you see over the next few months and years you will like and enjoy as much as I will. It's going to be an awesome ride.

I would also like to ask a favor of you. Help spread the word of what we do. Share this post with friends and ask them to sign up for the newsletter, too. They won't want to miss the ride either. They just don't know it yet.

Cave Safely, Cave Softly, Cave Often,
Allen

Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.



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Allen


“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed


National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Do You Eat Well for Caving?

Most people know that I feel there is little in common between climbing and caving. However, nutrition is a common denominator. Without the right nutritional balance you'll run out of gas too soon and not have an enjoyable and productive caving trip.
Christina Lazarazo has a great climbing website and blog, Conquer the Crux http://conquerthecrux.com. This is a reprint from her enewsletter. I hope you find this informative. Go to http://conquerthecrux.com. Sign up for her weekly tips.

Hello fellow climber!
Christina Lazarazo
Do you put a lot of thought into your pre-climbing meals?

A well thought out pre-climbing meal will keep you from feeling hungry, will maintain optimal levels of blood glucose in your muscles, and will help boost your climbing performance. 

Do you like the sounds of that?

Well, the good news is that planning and creating your pre-climbing meals is super easy as long as you know what guidelines you need to follow; hence the purpose of this email. :)

So, to help you get well on your way to crushing your current project, I've listed for you some simple rules of thumb that you can keep in mind while preparing your next pre-climbing meal.

Remember, optimize your body with proper nourishment and you'll optimize your climbing!

Pre-Climbing Meal Rules of Thumb:
  • Your meal should be high in carbohydrates (mostly complex carbohydrates), non-greasy, non-gas producing, have a small amount of healthy fat, and be readily digested. Carbohydrates are your primary fuel source and also help restore your glycogen stores, which may be called upon during long and/or high intensity training sessions. Healthy carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
  • A maximum of 25% of the calories from your meal should be from healthy fats. This percentage should be reduced the closer your meal is to the time you climb to avoid any indigestion, nausea, and gastrointestinal distress. Healthy fats (like nuts, seeds, and avocados) will keep you satisfied longer and provide easily digested energy.
  • The amount of carbs you should include in your meal depends on the amount of time you have between eating and climbing. The closer your meal is to your climbing start time, the fewer carbs it should contain. A general rule of thumb is that the number of hours that your meal is before climbing equals the number of grams of carbohydrate you should consume per kilogram of body weight. For example, say you weigh 60kg and you are having your meal 3 hours before you go climbing. This means you need 3 grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight, which gives a total of 180g of carbs (3x60).
  • This final point is closely related to my previous point. Since carb intake should be reduced as your meal time comes closer to climbing time, this also means that your entire meal size should be reduced the closer it gets to climbing. This is kind of obvious since carbohydrates should be making up the majority of your plate. But to be a bit more specific, allow 4 hours for a large meal (about 1200 calories), 3 hours for a moderate meal (up to 900 calories), 2 hours for a light meal (up to 600 calories) and an hour or less for a snack (up to 300 calories).
Giving that extra thought into your pre-climbing fuel may just be that extra boost you've been looking for!

Happy Wednesday! :)
Climb & Conquer!

Cristina Lizarazo
Your Climbing Buddy and Crux Crusher
http://conquerthecrux.com


Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.



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Allen


“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed

National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Taking Troop 393 Caving

Dragon Breath Grotto and Philadelphia Grotto took Troop 393 from PA Dutch Council, BSA on a caving trip in central Pennsylvania. I think the boys had a good time. We had a couple "newbies" along too. They had a great time.



If the video does not show in this email, go to https://youtu.be/hSrfD4-vLz8.


Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.



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Thanks,
Allen


“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed

National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Getting Really Muddy

We took Venturing Crew 253 from the Baltimore, MD are caving with us in central Pennsylvania. There was a lot of mud and laughs.







Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.



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Thanks,
Allen


“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed

National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

I'm just sharing some reminiscing from last year. The "kids" decided to go to West Virginia to do a BIG CAVE...
It was a blast. Had so much fun we're going to do it again, and again, and again....
I hope you enjoy this short version of a spectacular weekend,

Cave Safely, Cave Softly, Cave Often,
Allen







Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.



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Thanks,
Allen


“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed

National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.