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…

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 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 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 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 or Meerkat 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.



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


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