I’ve gotten my fill of the pit’s bottom, and now I begin one of the most strenuous, terrifying and sublime climbs of my life.Read more "El Yoyo, Part 3: Going Up"
Having safely arrived at the bottom of my harrowing drop into El Sótano de las Huahuas, I take a moment to calm down, enjoy the atmosphere and contemplate why it is I do these things.Read more "El Yoyo, Part 2: At Bottom"
Yoyo-ing is a subdiscipline of caving where the vertical dimension dominates the horizontal. Being a climber, I’d expected Mexican sótanos to be a piece of cake. Boy was I wrong.Read more "El Yoyo, Part 1: Going Down"
There’s a radical transformation that takes place for those who descend into the caves of southeast New Mexico’s Guadalupe Mountains — as if the world were changing before your very eyes.Read more "Caving In The Guadalupes, Part 2: Hallowed Ground"
A first cave-centered pilgrimage to “The Guads” induces awe and reveals cosmic mysteries.Read more "Caving In The Guadalupes, Part 1: Wen, Christmas Tree And Lake Caves"
A trip to Cave of the Domes, the only cavern in Grand Canyon National Park that’s open to recreational caving.Read more "Caving The Grand Canyon, Part 1: Cave Of The Domes"
Unusually warm and dry weather in northeastern Arizona enables a trio of intrepid canyoneers to explore one of the countless side canyons of Grand Canyon country.Read more "Staying Dry In Badger Canyon"
After a caving trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the universe feels more infinite than ever.Read more "Exploring The Grand Canyon’s Fractal Dimensions"
Like poems, caves take a lot of time to interpret. And even when you do arrive at a coherent interpretation, there’s no guarantee it won’t be usurped by a competing theory.Read more "On Hermeneutics In Alabaster Cave"
Few motorists exit off I-40 to visit New Mexico’s El Malpais National Monument. Fewer still take advantage of the Monument’s wild subterranean offerings.Read more "Caving In El Malpais National Monument, Part 1: Xenolith Cave"