Caving with Crew 28

I met Jenna and Jasmine at the 2016 NER Area 6 Phenomenon. They had a great time playing with the squeeze box along with many other Venturers.

Jenna was one of the two youth who made the smallest squeeze at 5 ½ inches. Do you want to see what that was like? See it here.
Jenna invited me to a Crew 28 meeting to talk about caves and safe caving practices. Everyone was interested in trying a real caving trip, so we set a date in January to go.

As the date grew closer we had a rare opportunity offered to us. Clevesburg Sink is usually a flooded cave, but the water receded and for the first time in almost a decade, was dry enough to explore.

Mike Shank, a caver and Scouter friend who knows Clevesburg Sink, offered to guide us for the trip. Jumping at the chance, we took him up on his offer.

Amos Mincin and Andy Field met me at our normal place and we drove to New Holland to meet up with the Crew. We all went out together to the cave and met up with Mike there. This trip was going to be a rare privilege. Check out the video and pictures on the Facebook page to see what happened.

As of writing this article, Clevesburg Sink was filling back up and should be under twenty feet of water again for another decade. I’m glad we had the opportunity and took it. I know Crew 28 has a great stories to tell and pictures to prove it.


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