Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 16 Aug 1995 00:21:58 -0400
One thing that you need to be careful about is weather. Every summer,
when I was living in Southern Indiana, I would hear about "experienced"
spelunkers getting trapped or dying in a "dry" cave that flooded during a
heavy rain on the surface. This usually happened in limestone caves and
I can't tell you how many times the story was that the person in trouble
had been there many times before and supposedly knew all about the area.
I would definitely follow Milt's advice about getting a really
experienced guide and ask for a bit of training before hand. I would
also ask Milt whether the NSS has set any standards for what constitutes
novice spelunking. If they have a standard, I would use that as a guide.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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