American Caving Accidents
The Journal of Record for Caving Accidents and Safety Incidents
in North America
A special publication of The National Speleological
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American Caving Accidents Review Committee
Bonny Armstrong - Editor
Andy Armstrong - Jeff Bartlett - Richard Breisch - Scott Christenson - George Dasher - Yvonne Droms
Mark Minton - Stephen Mosberg - Rene Ohms - Forrest Wilson
Kyle Gochenour - Webmaster
About American Caving Accidents
American Caving Accidents is the journal of record for accident and safety incident reports from the North American caving community, published by the National Speleological Society. Besides providing an archival record of caving accidents and safety incidents, the ACA serves as an educational resource for cavers and cave rescuers. Each issue of the ACA includes incident summaries based on collected information, along with comments, analyses, editorials and feature articles on caving safety and accident prevention. Readers of the ACA benefit from shared experiences of others, and have the opportunity to learn from those experiences and become safer cavers.
The ACA is distributed automatically to all current members of the National Speleological Society. Back issues are available on-line to NSS members. Non-members may order copies from the NSS Bookstore while supplies last.
The 1994 through 2010 accident and incident report indexes are provided above. Full text reports and back issues are not yet available online. Back issues of ACA may be purchased from the NSS Bookstore for a nominal fee.
If you are aware of any accidents or safety incidents in North America that are not shown on the incident lists above, please submit a report or notify the editor. Unpublished incidents from prior years may also be reported for publication. American Caving Accidents is published as a special issue of the NSS News, and current NSS members automatically receive a copy of each ACA as a part of their membership in the Society.
How to Submit an Incident Report
Send hardcopy accident and incident reports, news clippings, etc. to American Caving Accidents by US mail at:
American Caving Accidents
In all incident reports, please be sure to indicate the name of the cave, the state where the cave is located, and the date of the incident. It is also helpful if you will provide contact information (your own, or that of persons having knowledge of the incident) so that we can follow up on missing details. When sending newspaper clippings, be sure to indicate the newspaper name, city and state, and the date of publication. A summary report in the style of American Caving Accidents is ideal.
Submitted reports become the property of the National Speleological Society, and may be published in full or in summary form in American Caving Accidents. Credit will be give to the author when submitted material is included in ACA.
Elders of the Tribe
American Caving Accidents is a teaching tool. It's a communication channel. It is a way for us to pass on to new cavers the collective experience and wisdom of the community. Those of us who have been around long enough to learn a few things, and who are still caving, owe it to the community and to the newcomers to serve as mentors for the next generation of cavers. That helps protect both the caves and the cavers from damage. In this editorial, published in American Caving Accidents in 1997, former editor Bill Putnam suggests that this is, in fact, part of our duty to our fellow cavers. Read more.
American Caving Accidents - Back Issues
PDFs of ALL back issues of American Caving Accicents are now available in the Publications Archives (login with NSS# and Zip Code required).
American Caving Accidents 2007 - 2008 was published in February 2010. The 73 reports include 51 caving incidents, 12 cave diving incidents, and 10 caving-related incidents. Editor - Ray Keeler. Copies may be purchased from the NSS Bookstore for US $5.00 plus postage.
American Caving Accidents 2006 was published and distributed as an insert in the March 2008 NSS News. The 38 reports included in the issue describe 31 caving incidents, 2 cave diving incidents, and 5 caving-related incidents. Editor - Ray Keeler
American Caving Accidents 2004-2005, a double-issue including reports from 2004 and 2005, was published in May, 2007. The 93 reports included in the issue describe 52 caving incidents, 11 cave diving incidents, and 30 caving-related incidents. Editor - Bill Putanm
American Caving Accidents 2002-2003 was a double-issue including reports from 2002 and 2003 and was published in September, 2005. The 98 reports included in the issue describe 76 caving incidents, 9 cave diving incidents, and 13 caving-related incidents. A feature article on "Developing Judgment in your Armchair", by John Gookin is included. Editor - Bill Putnam. Copies may be purchased from the NSS Bookstore or by calling (256) 852-1300. Cost for the issue is US$5.00, plus postage.
American Caving Accidents 1999-2001 was a triple-issue including reports from 1999 through 2001 and was published in June, 2003. The 162 reports included in the issue describe 123 caving incidents, 15 cave diving incidents, and 24 caving-related incidents. Two feature articles, "Water Caves", by Georgia Dasher and "Lightning Safety for Cavers", by John Gookin, are also included. Editor - Bill Putnam
American Caving Accidents 1996-1998 was a triple-issue including reports from 1996 through 1998 and was published in April, 2000. Feature articles include a special report of a bizarre caving incident that took place on 1 April, 1995 by Dwight Livingston and "More on Bad Air in Caves," by William Mixon. Editor - Bill Putnam.
American Caving Accidents 1994-1995 was a
double-issue including reports from 1994 and 1995, and was published in
December 1997. "Bad Air in Caves", by William R. Elliott Ph.D. is the featured article in this edition. Editor - Bill Putnam.
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