LEARN ABOUT THE COMMUNITY
Caves are home to some of the most rare natural habitats and speleothems (formations) shielding these resources from the exposed elements and preserving them to evolve over long periods of time. Some are visible and some are so small that they must be observed under a microscope. to the left is an image of a rare mummified bat frozen in time on long strings of gypsum flowers.. an example of what hides beneath the surface.
nothing beats the feeling of being the first person to ever set foot on soil below surface. Being apart of discovery and history in the making gives a sense of value to the exploration. The path to reach that soil is full of geological challenges from crawling passage to technical work on ropes. This is why cavers take pride in they're training to ensure safe passage to discovery.
WITH GREAT EXPLORATION COMES THE CONCEPT OF AWARENESS... EACH FOOTPRINT CAN MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE ECOSYSTEM BELOW SURFACE. jUST AS ONE WOULD PRACTICE LEAVE NO TRACE IN THE MOUNTAINS... THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT UNDERGROUND WHERE FORMATIONS ARE SO FRAGILE THAT ONE FOOTPRINT CAN LAST A LIFETIME WITH NO RECOVERY. iN OUR CURRENT TIME VANDALISM IS THE LARGEST FIGHT FOR PROTECTION AS CAVERS STRIVE TO IMFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CAVE ECOSYSTEMS.
Interested in joining the community? believe it or not there is a local grotto sitting in your neighborhood where you can connect and learn more about how you can be apart of exploration. Join the National Speleology Society the largest organization in the world and find grotto near you.