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.
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"
We’d like to think that scientific measurement is a fairly straightforward undertaking. It’s really not. Just spend a day surveying underground.Read more "Caving In El Malpais, Part 2: Making Measurements"
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"
The Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas are a vast playground for climbers, hikers and cavers. Crazy thing is that they’re composed almost entirely of defunct sea creatures.Read more "Piles Of Dead Bodies"
There’s a lot of life living underneath us in the deep and dark of the Earth’s crust — probably more than we’ll ever know.Read more "Deep Life"