Post by Sharon Faulkner on Jun 23, 2006 7:36:42 GMT -5
Outdoor library: Look into below with this caver's guide June 22, 2006
As summer's heat takes hold, you might want to head underground for some outdoor fun. California is home to numerous commercial caves -- and to some almost-hidden ones known only to members of caving clubs.
You can discover the world of caving in "Cave Exploring: The Definitive Guide to Caving Technique, Safety, Gear and Trip Leadership" by Paul Burger (Falcon Guide, $15.95, 120 pages).
A longtime Colorado caver and graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, Burger has written a book that will educate beginners and perhaps entice veteran cavers, especially with his section on trip organization and leadership.
He makes it clear that climbing around in caves can be dangerous. To avoid the hazards, would-be climbers should seek instruction and good equipment.
Commercial caves in our area include California Cavern near Mountain Ranch, Black Chasm near Volcano and Moaning Cavern near Columbia.
Caving contacts include the Western Cave Conservancy in Santa Cruz, (813) 421-0485; and the National Speleological Society in Huntsville, Ala., (256) 852-1300.
The NSS has area chapters: Columbia Grotto, (209) 736-0656; and Mother Lode Grotto, (530) 756-4137 or (916) 334-2747.