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#1)  staying cool in a cool place

Postby sradivoy » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:39 pm

Did some wild caving recently for the first time. It's a lot different from visiting a show cave. I highly recommend it if you're physically able. Here's an article I wrote for the Cleveland Grotto's latest newsletter describing my experience: http://clevelandgrotto.org/ClevelandGro ... 6303_1.pdf
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#2)  Re: staying cool in a cool place

Postby Don » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:08 pm

I recall entry into Mammoth Cave, where out of a rocky floor, headlamped muddy denizens of the cave emerged as if from nowhere...yes, it is a very different experience, and after going through a section in  another cave that was called Fat Man's Misery, I realized I wasn't probably the body type that would excel at caving or rock climbing (at 6-3, and two hundred and plenty).  The real challenge I think are the caves that involve scuba diving skills and equipment...lots of advanced planning, equipment logistics, juevos...
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#3)  Re: staying cool in a cool place

Postby Rand » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:52 pm

Don wrote:....another cave that was called Fat Man's Misery, I realized I wasn't probably the body type that would excel at caving or rock climbing (at 6-3, and two hundred and plenty).


Myeah.. demonstrating your best Floyd Collins impersonation would be bad...
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#4)  Re: staying cool in a cool place

Postby Don » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:26 pm

Good point Rand!
For those who've not been to Mammoth Caves, or have forgotten the lore recounted by interpretive naturalists, go to:
https://roadtrippers.com/stories/mammoth-cave-used-to-have-the-corpse-of-a-man-on-display-meet-william-floyd-collins
for an accurate, if not humorous account!
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