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"
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"
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"
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"
Fun as it may look to scramble around on the walls of your local cave, the risk of causing irreparable damage is just too high.Read more "Climbers, Please Help Protect Caves"