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…

I ‘m a Dirty Boy

I was looking through my notes and realized I never told you all about my adventure with Troop 8 from Downingtown, PA ( Yeah, I know. Troop 8 meets in Gutheriesville at the Township Building, but more people know Downingtown, PA. Or do they???

The Cave Talk
I was invited to go talk to them at one of Troop 8’s meetings. All my gear and other stuff I had to carry up to the second floor, but it was worth it. These guys were great to be around. They asked questions and put up with my talk about cave geology and biology. They just wanted the adventure and get underground. That’s normal for this age group.

The Cave
We went to one of our favorite caves and distributed helmets and lights and suited up. Heading inside and up to the first room they soon understood what I was talking about when I told them to maintain three points of contact. We divided into smaller groups and headed on into different parts of the cave.

The guys in my group you could tell had done high adventure together before. They joked and ribbed each other, but they watched out for each other, too. They moved well together as a team. This is critical when caving and they got it and did it.

I could tell you all about the details from the whole trip, but it’s just better to watch the two clips I’ve included to see how well they did while having fun. Hopefully they’ll want to do this again. Maybe we can find a slightly more difficult cave for them next time.

Dirty Boy???
Oh yeah, the title??? You have to watch the videos to understand.

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Take nothing but picture, leave nothing but well placed footprints, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed


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