Showing posts from January, 2012

Caving With Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Council 11-18-18

Yes, they were at it again. This time there were two new Troops to introduce to caving. Eastern PA Council set this one up at the same time as the one in October. This trip originally had sixteen people, but one Troop backed out at the last minute. It’s a shame because they missed a very good time with these girls. Maybe they’ll come out again when they can. We have been having a tremendous amount of rain and unprecedented snowfall for this time of year. As a result the cave actually had a good bit of water in it.

I like to use this cave for beginner trips because it is stable. But I’ve never seen this much water in this cave. Parts that usually have a little sticky mud had water over the top of my thigh. I choose to avoid the lower parts of the cave. For most of the girls this was their first wild caving trip. I didn’t want to take any chances with them and I didn’t want anyone cold and miserable. But they all got very muddy, and had a blast. How could I tell? Watch the video. L…

NSS Brochures

The National Speleological Society ( has a little known and used FREE resources for youth organizations, or anybody, wishing information about caves and caving. The NSS has 5 brochures that they will send you for FREE.The NSS Membership Information” tells what the benefits are of being a member of the NSS and what they do for the environment. This also tells you how to join. ‘The Guide to Responsible Caving” talks about caves and the many elements of caving such as safety, training, and cave owner relationships. This is very important to know before you start planning your caving trip. “Fragile Underground” talks more about what you find in a cave and why it’s important to leave what you find and how easily destroyed the cave environment is. “Lava Tube Caves” talks about how lava tubes are formed and the differences between them and the more popular solution caves. “Bats” is about, well, bats. What bats do and why we need them. When you order your brochures please let th…

New Regional Coordinator in OVR

Please welcome Eric Edelman as the new Regional Coordinator for the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee Ohio Valley Region. Eric lives in Indiana and is a member of The Eastern Indiana Grotto and The Bloomington Indiana Grotto. Some of his caving experience involves helping Scouts with their caving trips. Eric has Regional specific information for both youth organizations looking for a caving activity as well as cavers who can offer help to those youth organizations in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Please go to his NSS-YGLC RC web page to see more about him and welcome him to his new position.
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National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving

Philly Grotto's Dead Dog Cave Trip 1-7-12

Philly Grotto was heading off to Dead Dog Cave for a fun day of caving. This is not what we would consider to be a cave for novices. It is technical and has a few tricky spots, but no vertical skills are required. There have been a few youth from some of the youth group trips that we’ve done that have shown a interest in doing more than the intro beginner cave that we take them to. We invited them a few of them. Clark and Alex from Venturing Crew 23 of Downingtown, PA took us up on the offer. Alex has done about 6 caving trips with me and this was Clarks 2nd caving trip. Both are good cavers and comfortable doing this type of trip. Seven of us met in Morgantown, PA were we all pilled into Amos van and headed to West Virginia for the day. Along the way we picked up Andy and met Bill and Kathy at the entrance to the property. This cave is on private property so I won’t give away any more information on it location. We did stop and talk to the land owner and exchanged a box of Dunkin …