The Carbide Caver - this site will help you find a lamp, help determine a reasonable price, tell you where to find repair parts and how to keep the lamp operational.
Cavediggers - a forum for those interested in caves, caving and cave digging.
Intro to Caving - provides a basic introduction to the world of caves and caving. Has many links to additional resources providing: introduction for the beginning caver, cave sciences, conservation, advanced caving techniques, vertical caving and surveying.
NSS Brochures - download or order brochures like the "Guide to Responsible Caving."
Project Underground - is the National Education Program on Cave and Karst Science. Their guide can be used to teach citizens of all ages about karst topography and the management needs of the karst resources.
Youth Group Caving - contains information that will help adult youth group leaders plan and execute the best and safest trip possible.
The NSS Audiovisual Video Catalog has many videos to view under the category of Safety and Techniques. You can rent materials like slide shows, videos, and DVDs.
The NSS Bookstore has a some of the following books available for purchase, plus many more about safety and different underground techniques, like vertical and project caving.
A complete guide to safe and efficient caving. Emphasis vertical caving and rigging practices, also presents new and thorough discussions in other aspects of cave exploration such as: equipment use, training, mental well-being, traveling efficiently through the cave, on and off rope, systematic prospection methods and emergency self-and small party-rescue techniques.
A very readable, yet thorough manual for beginning cavers. Detailed discussions with photographs and diagrams acquaint the reader with lighting systems, helmets, clothing and other caving equipment for both the horizontal and vertical caver. Other chapters geology and biology of cave systems. Emphasis is placed on cave conservation and safety.
This book provides ideas and practical tools for cave conservation. It contains current concepts and practices in cave conservation, identifying and protecting cave resources, methods for cave restoration and repairing speleothems. Nearly a hundred pages of appendixes include a cave-protection act, sample management plan, sample agency cooperative agreement and a reference list.
Encyclopedia of Caves is a self-contained, beautifully illustrated work dedicated to caves and their unique environments. It includes more than 100 comprehensive articles from leading scholars and explorers in 15 different countries. Has hundreds of full-color photographs, maps and drawings from the authors' own work.
This book brings together the knowledge and experience accumulated by cave rescuers during 50 years of rescue in American caves. Intended to serve as a comprehensive reference for those interested in cave rescue, it is useful as a field guide for rescue squads and search and rescue (SAR) personnel.
Whether you are just beginning to take pictures with a point-and-shoot camera, or have many years of experience photographing in the dark, you will find information tailored to your needs. This book will enable you to take better photographs and inspire you to do so!
This book covers North American Vertical Rope Techniques. It covers ropes, knots, harnesses, rappelling, ascending and belaying. There are over 700 detailed drawings. Coverage of European SRT rigging techniques and climbing systems is covered. Includes detailed descriptions of other rope uses including used by arborists, river rescuers, window cleaners and circus riggers.
The most comprehensive manual for surveying and mapping caves available, divided into three sections: collecting data, managing data and drafting the map. An appendix contains numerous sample cave maps, with comments by the author. Table of cave-map symbols on the endpapers. The definitive work on cave surveying.
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