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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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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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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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 20, 2015

Troop 677, Bozeman, MT Goes To Dragonbreath Cave, Idaho

    by -  Eli Kutsch, SPL, Troop 677

Troop 677 of Bozeman, MT recently headed to Idaho for our first caving high adventure (low adventure?) experience. We were guided by Vern Bowden, an experienced caver and scouter from Manhattan, MT. We were also joined by an adventuresome scout from Troop 676.
     Mr. Bowden came to our troop meeting the week before our trip to show us how to “be prepared” for this trip in terms of the necessary gear, caving “leave no trace” ethics, safety awareness, and positive attitudes. We thought we knew what to expect…..but were soon surprised by the rugged beauty of the lava desert and the cave itself!
We followed Mr.Bowden off-road through miles of sage and lava rock and wondered how anyone could have found this cave in such a remote area. We learned later that the rubble resulting from the collapse of a portion of the Dragonbreath lava tube caused a suspicious formation that was noticed from above by someone in a plane!

     When we arrived in the area of the cave, Mr. Bowden led us to a small area where there was more grass than sage and we set up our camp. We brought the troop fire barrel and stand so we could avoid leaving any trace of our campfire and could be especially cautious in the dry conditions.
     After camp was set up-we headed to the cave entrance. We put on our helmets and lights; got on our work gloves; loaded our daypacks with extra light sources, water, snacks and emergency gear. The cave entrance was a small crack in the lava boulder jumble-but it opened immediately into a giant room. Of course, the sight of this secret space caused my little brother Eric start to humming the theme music from “Indiana Jones”!
   The lava tube was massive in some spots, like an airplane hangar. In other spots it became more narrow, but never a tight squeeze. Mr. Bowden pointed out interesting things such as “moon-milk”, soda straws, roots sticking down from the roof, and the skeletons of pack rats. After a while, we got to marvel at the bright red “secondary lava flow” that cut a channel in the floor of the lava tube and was even hot enough to re-melt the rock walls of the original tube.The only cave life that we encountered was a single bat that fluttered past us.
    After nearly a mile of careful travel underground we stopped to rest and snack-being careful not to drop any crumbs. While there, we turned off all of our lights for a minute to experience total darkness.  We returned to the entrance. We climbed out back into natural light and desert heat-a different world! My Dad mentioned that several Native American tribes have origin stories that involve people emerging from the ground like we did.
 At that time we realized that we had not seen litter or any trace of other people in the cave. We were grateful to the cavers who went before us for allowing us to feel like we were the very first people to see this beautiful cave.
     We returned to camp and cooked dinner. That night we stargazed after our campfire and were lucky enough to see the International Space Station fly overhead!
We backed up early and headed back north after a quick breakfast. On the way home, we stopped to climb and play on some sand dunes.  
     We had a great time, learned a lot, and are very grateful to Mr. Bowden for showing us our first wild cave!    
 
                                                                       




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“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, August 2, 2015

Caving with Venturing Crew 26

by Buddy Hihn

July 11, 2015 Venture Crew 26 Carnegie Cave, Shippensburg, Pa. Cavers: Jordan, Ryan, Julia (newbie), Breanna, Belle (newbie) Advisors: Mr. Ron (logistics and support), Miss Randi and Mr. BuddyH Met at Our Lady of Grace at 8:30 AM. Headed up I-83 and as we approached Harrisburg, Pa the adventure began. PA 581 had an exciting detour through downtown, ugh an extra 20-30 minute detour. So much for an early start. It was after 10 when we finally arrive at the park on Airport Rd.

Having rest room available after the long ride was a big bonus, just don’t use them later to clean up. Being a warm summer day everyone opted to carry their gear to the cave entrance. Yes the electric fence is on. Don’t stand in the stream and test the fence. Just ask Randi who was in flipflops. Mr Bud tried to tell everyone it would be wet and muddy, no one realized how wet and muddy.

With maps in hand the young men take the lead. It is amusing how everyone tried to stay dry while going through the culvert. Suddenly the culvert ends and there is a choice, go low right or high left. Oh, there is water. Splish splash and high stepping in attempts to stay dry.

A passage to the right, let’s go. Darn, there is nothing to grab hold of to get up. It sure is low but does it go. That didn’t go far, where to next? Let’s keep going down the main passage to the big junction on the map. Here we stand in knee deep water and a little island which Breanna took refuge on. Which way should we go, left or right?

Left we head with plenty of water. Up over the steps we go and start poking around ending up at the rice paddies. Time to take a rest and a snack. Heading back to the steps we head left in a wet muddy low passage. By now no one is trying to stay dry but being wet is taking its toll. People are getting cold.

The crew gathers up and discusses the options, go further or head out. The decision is made, they have been caving for about three hours. Some had plans for the evening that did not include caving so out we head. Everyone was out in a flash.


As warm as the day is, no one has a problem walking back. It takes a while to warm up when the body core is chilled. Back at the lot everyone bagged the contaminated gear then deconned themselves with Clorox wipes. Ron setup a tent which was used to change out of the last layer left on, either shorts and top or a swim suit for street clothes. Everyone is famished and head off to a local pizza joint for nourishment.


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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“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, July 12, 2015

It's almost like being there

If you are like me, you really, really wanted to go to the 2015 National Speleological Society's 2015 Convention in Pulaski County, MO . It's all nest week from July 13 to 17. There are also pre and post convention events. And from what I understand Missouri has some awesome caves.

Instead of standing in front of your house with picket sign chanting, “We wanna go! We wanna go!”, there are ways that we can follow what goes on, almost in real time.

First, if you have friends going, (Hi, Amos! Hi, Carol! Hi, Kathy!) you might be able to get “blow-by-blow” commentary by text message. Go ahead. Ask them. See how long till they block you.

2015 NSS ConventionThe first line communication for the 2015 Convention is the website http://nss2015.caves.org/. They are showing this as, “The Hitchhicker's Guide to Missouri Caving.” All the stuff in a nutshell. Read through it. Enjoy it.

There is a great Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NSSConvention2015?fref=ts. A lot of fresh content is added there all the time. Make sure you “like” and “follow” to get the latest information.

NSS 2015 Convention is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NSS2015. I'm hoping there's regular updates. Just in case use your favorite hash-tag tool and follow #NSS2015.

Maybe if we're lucky, very lucky, someone will have a few sessions on Periscope https://www.periscope.tv/ or Meerkat http://meerkatapp.co/. That would be awesome, too.

Anyway you do it, just do it. And don't forget to make tweets with #NSS2015 so we all can follow your conversation.

See you all next week.

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.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

So You Want To Go Caving

I came across this great video about what a "newbie" would expect on their first caving trip. It is a British video, but the terms and technics are all the same that we use in the USA. Keith Edwards does an excellent job of showing you what you can expect. This is a great way for Youth Group Leaders to assess if this is something they are personally capable of doing.

Please keep in mind, as an adult, that while this may scare the gajebers out of you, kids love this kind of stuff. We have been working hard to train our cavers to be the most capable guides you can trust with "your kids", even if you choose to not participate.




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, June 14, 2015

Bridal Cave Discovery News

I came across this little piece and thought it might be useful for some youth groups with younger kids who would like to talk about caves in their programs. I think this would also be useful for teachers and homeschool providers as well.
Bridal Cave is a commercial cave near Camdenton, MO.

They have special tours that target the imagination and curiosity of elementary school-aged childeren. They also have a PDF file called "Discovery News", which can be used in a classroom setting, even if the teacher doesn't know anything about caves or caving and even if you are nowhere near Missouri.
It can be downloaded at this link


here: http://www.bridalcave.com/pdf/kids_only_adventure_news.pdf. If you find it useful, email the cave owns at info@bridalcave.com and let them know. Oh yeah, and let them know that YOUCave sent you.


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.


Subscribe to our newsletter Join me on Twitter @youcave. Check us out on Face Book and Google+. And share us with your friends. If you ask a question in the comment section I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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, May 31, 2015

Kids Trip Into Butler Cave

- by Tony Canike, President: Butler Cave Conservation Society

The Butler Cave Conservation Society organized a kids trip into Butler Cave over the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend which included five adults and nine kids aged 16-7. Two of the adults and four of the children were new to caving; all of the kids (and the adults!) had a lot of fun crawling and scrambling for three hours. Two of the children, a 15 yo boy and a 13 yo girl were familiar with the route; they led much of the trip and guided the other kids with a little assistance from an adult trip leader. One of the first-time cavers, a 14 yo girl, is an experienced rock climber and boulder and she showed the other kids how to spot each other on scrambles.



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.


Subscribe to our newsletter Join me on Twitter @youcave. Check us out on Face Book and Google+. And share us with your friends. If you ask a question in the comment section I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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, March 29, 2015

Girl Scout and Browie 2015 Badge and Patch Events

Lincoln Caverns, near Huntingdon, PA, has designed specialized workshops to specifically fulfill GIRL SCOUT BROWNIE BADGE and our own PATCH requirements. 

Saturday: April 11, 2015 Event Day – Brownie Rocks Rock Patch OR Junior Geology Rocks Patch Saturday: May 9, 2015 Event Day – Brownie Letterboxer OR Junior Geocacher Badge

Saturday/Sunday, April 11 – 12, 2015: Going Batty Patch & Letterboxer Badge 
Saturday/Sunday, April 25 – 26, 2015: WOW! Wonders of Water … Underground! 
Saturday/Sunday, May 16 – 17, 2015: WOW! Wonders of Water … Underground! 
Saturday/Sunday, May 30 – 31, 2015: WOW! Wonders of Water … Underground! 
Saturday/Sunday, June 13 - 14, 2015: Cave Explorer Patch & Letterboxer Badge

For more information go to the Lincoln Caverns website: http://lincolncaverns.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.


Subscribe to our newsletter Join me on Twitter @youcave. Check us out on Face Book and Google+. And share us with your friends. If you ask a question in the comment section I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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, February 8, 2015

Gretchen Hartman: A Strong Leader & Teacher of Leaders


Re-blogged with permission from Extrodinary Women Leaders in Speology http://extraordinarywls.blogspot.com/




Besides being an impressive caver, Hartman recently earned the Venturing Silver Award from Venturing Crew 363 after chartering Ephrata’s Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church and serving as president of Crew 363 for two years. As president, she has been hailed for increasing membership of her crew. Her scouting experience has included being the first female youth in the Pennsylvania Dutch Council to attend National Youth Leadership Training. She also has served on the staff at Bashore Scout Reservation as an open-water lifeguard, teaching Boy Scouts the skills for canoeing, kayaking, and rowing merit badges.
SOURCES
Image: Allen Maddox




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.


Subscribe to our newsletter Join me on Twitter @youcave. Check us out on Face Book and Google+. And share us with your friends. If you ask a question in the comment section I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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, February 1, 2015

Women Cavers: Extraordinary Women Leaders in Speleology - Katrina Berry Leader & Environmentalist

Katrina Berry is a 20 year old college student who has been caving with the NSS youth program for 2 years. In this short time she has shown to be a very strong leader and organizer. She attend her first MAR event and is known as a dependable resource by members of the Philadelphia Grotto. Berry has planned and ran her own trip of 12 Scouts and leaders to caving in West Virginia. She is working and studying to become an Environmentalist. "I have no doubt she will be doing this [accomplishing in an Environmental career] soon. She is currently helping me plan several other future trips, at least one of which will be outside of the USA. Her leadership is exemplary." says Allen Maddox, NSS Youth Liaison Committee Chairperson.
SOURCES
http://www.youcave.org/
Image: Allen Maddox