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"
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"
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"
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"
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"