Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Photo Shoot


Gretchen is one of those kids who will do what she wants even when people say she can’t. When she joined her Venturing Crew she contacted me about taking her Crew caving. She had a little difficulty getting her Crew interested in going caving, but that didn’t stop her. She joined our Crew as well and started a very active caving career.

We jump ahead a few years and now she’s in college studying photography. Why photography? Because she wants too. And she is really good at it too.  For a final grade she has to do a “behind the scene” photo essay. I’m still not sure why, but she asked if she could shoot behind the scene of what it takes to plan and follow through on a caving trip.

But this article does not have her photos in it. I’ll let her have all the thunder for that. This is just about the trip itself with the youth cavers that I have a great time caving with.




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


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Taking Troop 619 Caving


Troop 619 is in Chester County Council, BSA in southeastern Pennsylvania. I was able to meet and go talk to them in person about caves and caving before we went on our trip underground. They are a great Troop with great leaders. I've met Ann and Raul before. They are dedicated Scouters who have a genuine interest in these youth and Scouting in general. It was a no-brainer to take their Troop on a trip that the boys came up with themselves.

When we all arrived at the cave they could hardly contain themselves. Five of them practically bursting out of the van with enthusiasm. I was a little concerned that this was their first trip and they would be apprehensive. I very quickly was relieved on this concern.

I did have some help for the day. Alex Diamond was along to make sure no stragglers were left behind and to take these guys places I can not. I also had Ed and Eliza from Philly Grotto along and helping out as well. We also had Doug Cook and a few members of Venturing Crew 51 along. Doug has caved with me before and was excited about getting a couple Crew members out and underground with us. It was a great combination of cavers.


The video gives you just a glimpse of the fun we had.





I hope that Troop 619 takes back stories and pictures to share with the rest of the Troop. Hopefully this will inspire more of them to come along and play in the mud with us the next time.

More pictures can me found here.




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

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Boy Scouts Help With WNS Winter Survey

by Kirsten Alvey-Mudd



Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 864 from Wildwood, Mo and Christa Droste from Oakfield, Wisconsin for helping with WNS Winter surveys in Northeast Missouri yesterday!

The group learned about caves, cave safety, formations, cave biology and conservation while counting 241 bats, 11 live and 9 dead pickerel frogs, 10 creek chub, 2 wolf spiders and 1 dead raccoon. 127 tricolor, 11 little brown, 2 endangered gray and 8 endangered northern long-eared bats that were visibly WNS free. 1/3 of bats seen showed visible WNS, some quite extensive: 50 tricolor, 39 little brown, 1 endangered Indiana and 3 endangered northern long-eared bats.

This site has suffered an 87% loss of overall bat populations: 63% of tricolor and 74% of little brown. Since some recent movement has been seen in big brown bats already, we're assuming the 100% loss of those is due to early spring warm temps. Hopefully these same warm temps will allow some of these WNS bats to fly out, forage and survive at least this survey season.



Kirsten Alvey-Mudd is the Executive Director at Missouri Bat Censushttps://www.facebook.com/MissouriBatCensus/?pnref=about.work


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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Taking Troop 1 Caving


Trying to cover all the youth organizations in the NSS – Mid-Appalachian Region can be challenging. Fortunately technology helps. This was the first time I’ve done a “Cave Talk” over Skype. There were a few hiccups. We’ll figure these out over time and tweak out tech. But it was still amazing to me that we can reach out distances and make a positive impression on kids. How awesome is that.

We did get them underground. We took them to a cave in the central part of Pennsylvania. As much as I try to help them understand what to expect, I think they were surprised with what they were about to do. First timers are often in awe when they first experience what lays beneath their feet. And this is why I do this. I get to see the same old cave for the first time again with every new caver we take with us.

Please watch the video and experience it with them for the first time.




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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Caving with the Montco Community College Outdoor Club

One of the “groups” I’d like to spend more time taking caving is college students. The problem is that they are extremely busy, and always broke. But I can work with that. This is one of the joys of being a volunteer. Most of them can afford my rate. But getting the time scheduled is still tough.


Katrina Berry caving in WV
The Outdoor Club at the Montgomery County Community College is a great group to do this with. First, my friend, Katrina Berry, was a student there and she made the introductions and arrangements. Second, well, they just like to get out and do adventurous activities.



Instead of babbling on, just watch the video to see what happened. And special thanks to Mike Shank from York Grotto, Alex and Sarah Diamond, and Bill LaPorte from Dragon Breath Grotto.



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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Caving With Venturing Crew 363


Gretchen has been caving with me since she first started Venturing at 14 years old. This is her Venturing Crew four years later. Some new and eager faces that have heard her stories and want to experience caving themselves.

By the time we travel the two hours, distribute gear and get ready, it’s almost noon by the time we get inside the cave entrance. Here we talk a little and refresh everyone on cave safety. We divided into two groups and went our separate ways to explore.

We must have had fun because it was four and a half hours till we exited the cave. The sun was setting and it was dark by the time we were ready to go get something to eat.




None of this would have happened without a little help from my friends. Special shout out to Gretchen Hartman, Bill LaPorte, Mike Shank, Daniel Diamond and Sarah Diamond. You guys are awesome.

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