CATALOG OF DVD PROGRAMS

This listing of DVD programs is in alphebetical order. Click on the letter of your choice to go to the appropriate section.

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The A's      [TOP]

ABACO BLUE HOLES EXPEDITION LIVE

In December 2016 a group of explorers gathered in Abaco, Bahamas for an exploration, mapping, and survey project with a big emphasis on involving the local people in Abaco. Volunteer documentarian Jill Heinerth gave herself the challenge to shoot, edit, and post a video blog every night to make the expedition live and accessible online. This program is the compilation of the video blog of the Abaco Blue Holes Expedition.

D146b
Cave Areas
Jill Heinerth, ©2016
Professional
27:48 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 5 other programs from the 2017 NSS Video Salon:

 

ABIGAIL'S UNDERGROUND

This program is a surreal comedy looking at British caver stereotypes, which is loosely based on Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.

D141c
Miscellaneous
Ian Ellis Chandler, ©2013
Amatuer
23:46 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 6 other programs from the 2014 NSS Video Salon:

 

APPALACHIAN CAVING, RAMBLING IN TIME & SPACE Video of a slide program by Will White on his observations on caves and caving over time. Presented at the 1992 DC Grotto Christmas Banquet
D69
Cave Areas
Paul Stevens, 1992
Amateur
44:00 minutes. Comment: Slide Program. Also available on Video (V623)

 

The B's      [TOP]

BACK UNDERGROUND IN INDIANA

The rolling hills of southern Indiana are riddled with gateways to adventure and geologic wonders. In this video, you'll be guided to them by the greatest adventurer of all time - Indiana Jones! Follow Indy and see all of the opportunities for exploration, knowledge, and comradery available at the 2007 NSS Convention in Marengo, Indiana.
Indy begins the quest at the pre-convention camps, and then journeys to the convention site at Marengo. There you'll see the convenient layout of the facility and get a day by day description of events. After convention, you'll end the quest at the post-convention camps. You'll learn everything you need to know and a few things you'll wish you didn't!
Come to Indiana and experience the disappearing waters of The Lost River, beautifully decorated caves, and access to a vast compilation of karst knowledge. These are just a few of the many attractions drawing cavers from all over the world to the 2007 NSS Convention in Marengo, Indiana.

D42
Micsellaneous Programs
©2006 NSS Convention 2007, William Pea, Producer

Professional

21:00 minutes. Comment: This program won a Merit Award in the 2007 NSS Video Salon.

 

13 BAK' TUN, THE MOVIE

In 1940s British Honduras, an enigmatic and energetic explorer stumbles across an intriguing centuries old myth.
Thirteen crystal skulls from an ancient civilization were said to be scattered throughout the Central American Jungle.  For the first time in history, the skulls were found in the realms of the underworld.   Dr. Handley knew it was important to get them to Washington in order to discover their secrets.

Today….a hard-working professor, hoping to regain international notoriety by continuing his archaeological studies in ancient American civilizations, teams up with his best, most technically connected grad student to find out if the mysterious myth about crystal skulls from Belize being in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia was true.  And their timing couldn’t be better as they arrive in Lewisburg, WV one week before the start of the 2012 NSS Convention….
D127
Micsellaneous Programs
©2012 NSS Convention 2012, David Socky of Hodag Video Productions, Producer

Professional

50:00 minutes. Comment: Includes a 6 minute trailer which describes the movie and the 2012 NSS Convention in Lewisburg, WV

 

BATS, BATS, BEAUTIFUL BATS This light-hearted presentation set to a catchy tune is designed to introduce children to bats. Produced by Susan Barnard of Atlanta Zoo with help from BCI.
D60a
Biology
Susan Barnard of Atlanta Zoo with help from BCI
Professional, non broadcast
25:36 minutes.

Comment: Also on this DVD, Bats are Beautifull.

Also available on Video (V413a)

 

THE BAT THAT CRACKED THE FROG CODE An outstanding video of a story about Dr. Merlin Tuttle's work in Panama with the fringe-lipped frog-eating bat. Stunning photography.
D53b
Biology
©BBC, 1982
Professional, non broadcast
21:55 minutes. Comment: Also on this DVD - "MERLIN'S BATS" D53a. and Flying Fox and Flying Foxes. Also available on Video (V414a)

 

THE BAT, THE BLOSSOM, AND THE BIOLOGIST A fascinating explanation by Dr. Donna Howell of the symbiotic relationship between the bat and the agave (century) plant, told with wry humor and plain language
D51
Biology
Dr. Donna Howell
Professional, non broadcast
25:36 minutes. Also available on Video (V412)

 

BATS ARE BEAUTIFUL A good introduction to bats, their diverse nature, and their contribution to the ecology.
D60b
Biology
Jack Schmidling, 1985
Professional, non broadcast
25:36 minutes.

Comment: Also on this DVD, Bats, Bats, Beautifull Bats

Also available on Video (V413b)

 

BATS OF AMERICA A very entertaining video with scenes showing bat of America catching prey, pollinating desert flowers, rearing young, etc
D49
Biology
©BCI, 1990
Professional, non broadcast
16:00 minutes. Also available on Video (V406)

 

THE BATTLE FOR BATS

The Battle For Bats lays out the science and challenges of the White Nose Syndrome crisis.

This program won a Merit Award in the 2010 NSS Video Salon in Essex Junction, VT

D108
Biology
©David McGowan, Ravenswood Media, Inc, 2009
Professional, non broadcast
9:00 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio

 

BEN'S VORTEX On a hot August night, Ben McDaniel attempted the adventure of a lifetime. He slipped beneath the clear waters of Vortex Spring, with one goal in mind; to make a name for himself in the extreme world of cave diving.  He was never seen again.  Was it an accident? A well planned hoax? Or something more sinister? This investigative documentary explores the disappearance of Ben McDaniel.
D135
Individual Caves
Robert McClellan, Heinerth Productions Inc., ©2012
Professional
86:00 minutes. Comment: 2013 NSS Video Salon. Aspect ratio is 16:9

 

Beneath the Broken Earth In the mountains of northern Utah, a quiet group of cave explorers discovers a cave that could take them on a journey into what could become the deepest cave in the continental United States. They find, however, that the thrill of new discovery has its price.
D98
Individual Caves
Brandon Kowallis, © 2009 Blue 8 Productions
Professional
16:41 minutes. Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in USA. Aspect ratio is 16:9

 

BIKINI CAVERS, AKA CAVE FLORIDA: COME BLOCK OUT THE SUN

This unofficial convention promo mocks Florida clichés and stereotypes. Two young lasses are sunbathing when a third says their SPF 45 sunblock is not adequate. Instead, she takes them bikini caving, where they are protected by SPF 2008. Warning: Underground scenes were filmed by professional bikini cavers, and should not be attempted by novices.

D56c
Micsellaneous Programs
Cara Gentry, 2008

Amateur

5:00 minutes. Also on this DVD: New Wave Cave (D56a) and NSS 2008 Convnetion promo (D56b)

 

BLACK WATER

Cave diving preparation: Beowulf took a day to fight Grendel in a cave under the water. Today’s cave divers prepare just as thoroughly.

D141d
Miscellaneous
Ian Ellis Chandler, ©2013
Amatuer
6:10 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 6 other programs from the 2014 NSS Video Salon:

 

Borneo, la Mémoire des Grottes How a French caver and a French archaeologist have explored, since 1992, the limestone mountains of Katimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo Island, and discovered a new type of rock art in about 30 caves. This unique expression reveals a lost civilization which, 10,000 years ago, had relationships with spirits. The film starts with the author's first expedition in 1988, and concludes with the 2003 expedition supported by the National Geographic Society.
D91
Caving Areas
Luc-Henri Fage, © 2004 MC4, ARTE
Professional
52:00 minutes. Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in France. Aspect ratio is 16:9

 

BURIED TREASURE: KENTUCKY'S SALTPETER MINES IN THE WAR OF 1812 This video is about the history of salt peter mining in caves, cliffs, and shelter during the war of 1812. The very beginning of salt peter mining in the late 1700's is covered. This video contains many still pictures and graphics from historical documents. It includes interviews with 5 or 6 different persons in various fields of salt peter mining. This program covers the various locations of saltpeter works plus the different designs and techniques that were used in saltpeter mining along with some of the social aspects, like how many workers were required, the use of slaves versus local workers, and others.

Produced by:
Gary A. O'Dell
Jim Kiffmeyer
Jeffrey Hill

This video was created as a class project by a group of students at Morehead State University in History, Geography, and Communications.

D25
Micsellaneous Programs
Gary O'Dell, 2002
Amateur
45:00 minutes. Also available on VHS Tape (V954)

The C's      [TOP]

Cabo Espichel This movie depicts two years of exploration of the Portuguese Grotto (CEAE) at the Arrábica Karst, a Natural Park south of Lisbon. Here, CEAE cavers explored the coastal caves and captured footage of all their work. Every Image is real, there are no staged or reenacted shots. Intended for a local population largely unaware of the natural and geologic heritage around them, this movie is formatted as a documentary targeted for the general public, not cavers. Aesthetic and entertainment content were favored over purely scientific content.
D97
Caving Areas
Pedro Pinto, © 2008 CEAE
Professional
35:00 minutes.

Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in Portugal. Aspect ratio is 16:9

Disclaimer: This program is in its native PAL format, so that English subtitles of the Portuguese text can be seen. It will play in any computer and most quality stand-alone players, but not in cheap players.

The audio in this program is only in Portuguese, due to the limitations of the transcoding process. Try the PAL version first; it has English subtitles.

 

CASTLEGUARD EXPEDITION

This video is about the most recent speleological expedition to Canada’s longest cave: Castleguard

This video and documenting trip was put together by members of the Alberta Speleological Society and by the Societe Quebecoise de Speleologie, spring 2016.
D146C
Individual Caves
Richard Patenaude, ©2017
Professional
11:06 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 5 other programs from the 2017 NSS Video Salon:

 

THE CAVE

This is an educational DVD for teaching some of the basics of philosophy. It uses Plato's allegory "The Cave" as the basis for the instruction, and is played out entirely underground. This is not a 'caving' video but is nonetheless thought-provoking and fun to watch

D7
Miscellaneous Programs
Hugh Taft-Morales. Milk Bottle Productions 2003
Amateur
21:05 minutes

Comment:

 

CAVE BIOLOGY and CAVE BIOLOGY #2 and CAVE BIOLOGY FOR CAVERS

First program: Video of a good introductory slide program by Horton Hobbs III on cave biology presented during the Second Annual Biology Field Camp.

Second program: Video of a slide program by Horton Hobbs III on how cave animals adapt and evolve. Presented during the Second Annual Biology Field Camp.

Third program: Dave Culver and Horton Hobbs III leading cavers during the Second Annual Biology Field Camp through various West Virginia caves to observe biota in situ.

D52
Biology
Paul Stevens, 1993

Amateur

34:46 and 37:35 and 17:44 minutes. Comment: Slide programs. Also available on VHS Tape (V410)

 

CAVE CONSERVATION AND ETHICS

This 12 minute video is designed to foster a greater understanding of the world underground, to encourage safe enjoyment and to promote efforts for the conservation of these unique resources. It is not intended as a "How to" video of caving techniques.

D21
Conservation
Tom Zannes ©2000. Electronic Films, Inc and Guadalupe Mountains Association

Professional

11:26 minutes. Comment: Winner of the Best of Show at 2001 NSS Photo Salaon. Also available on VHS Tape

 

A CAVE DIVER STORY

Steve Bogaerts is one of the leading underwater cave explorers in the world. This film follows Steve through one of the most fascinating, challenging, and beautiful environments found anywhere, as it takes you inside the real world of an underwater cave explorer.
These underwater cave systems in Mexico are more extensive than anywhere else in the world. In fact all three of the planets longest submerged cave systems are found here on it's Caribbean coastline. Truly a cave diver's paradise!

This program won a Merit Award in the 2010 NSS Video Salon in Essex Junction, VT

D107
Cave Areas
©Marty O'Farrell, 2009
Professional, non broadcast
52:00 minutes. 16:9 aspect ratio

 

CAVE OF THE WINDING STAIR

In late 1967 Stanley Ulfeldt, the Southern California Chairman of the National Speleological Society, proposed the making of the documentary film Cave of the Winding Stair. A shooting script was drafted and the first filming began in 1968. Ulfeldt's selection of 16mm high-speed black and white film allowed the use of only one auxiliary light during filming. The bulk of the picture was made solely by the caver's headlamp illumination. Ulfeldt's dedication to authenticity produced one of the most realistic films on caving made to date and also the first major caving film ever made in the Western U.S. All of the vertical techniques and equipment in the film are authentic to the period and Cave of the Winding Stair is a remarkable historical document of the period of changeover from the 1950's cable ladder era to the beginnings of modern single rope techniques. An actual rescue during one production trip also became the first confirmed cave rescue ever to be filmed in the U.S. Ulfeldt's remarkable foresight has created a lasting document of the cavers and the techniques of 1960's caving in the West .

D3
Individual Caves
Stan Ulfeldt. 1960
Amateur
26:30 minutes

DVD copy of a 35 mm film produced in 1960. The DVD has no menue or chapters.

Comment: Also available on VHS Tape

 

CAVER HOPE AND THE VAMPIRE CAVE

This is an original attempt at a short black and white film with a cave conservation and safety message. A town is harassed by a vampire who is looking to bring attention to the mysterious disease affecting his friends the bats.  A town member is kidnapped and Caver Hope is sent to the rescue.  Just as an angry mob gets out of hand, they learn a lesson about the value of caves.

D137b
Miscellaneous
Katherine Thorwart.  ©David Ader, Oct 2012
 
6:50 minutes

2013 NSS Video Salon

Comment: Joe Caver in "The Crystal" is also on this DVD

 

CAVERNS OF SONORA: NATURE'S ART GALLERY

Superb photography highlights this treatment of the well-known Texas show cave, including its discovery, development, evolution, and a selection on cave conservation. One of the better show cave videos.

From the back cover: Caverns of Sonora: Natures Art Gallery is a 48 minute glance at earth's inner beauty.  Join us on an informative and entertaining journey through the breathtakingly beautiful passages fo the Caverns of Sonora.  Along the tour you will encounter the most beautiful, crystalline formations anywhere in the world. In addition to helectites and our world-renowned butterfly, you will see sights few have ever seen.  After this experience, you will agree the Caverns of Sonora are truely Nature's Art Gallery.

D131
Individual Caves
GAB Productions, Atlanta, with assistance from the NSS. ©Seco Mayfield, 1990
Professional
47:27 minutes.  

 

CAVERNS OF SONORA: TEXAS' GREAT TREASURE

"The beauty cannot be exaggerated, even by Texans" - Bill Stephenson, National Speleological Society Co-Founder.

Plus Bonus Features:

  • Dr. Georage Veni, Hydrologist, and 3D Map
  • Cavern Class Instruction
  • Restoration Project
  • Discovery Tour
  • Dr. Veni Close
D133
Individual Caves
Executive Producers: Seco Mayfield & Gerry Ingham.  Produced and directed by Dale Anderson of Firefly Productions. © 2004 by Caverns of Sonora
Professional
   

 

THE CAVERS Pit-bopping in TAG country, set to rock-and-roll music, MTV-style. Includes Cagles's Chasm, Fountain Pit, and Neversink.
D75
Cave Areas
John Donegan, 1993
Amateur
9:34 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V628)

 

CAVES: CRITTERS, GROUNDWATER & SPELEOLOGY A group of young teens being introduced to caving by their teacher becomes the vehicle (through a lap-top computer, of all devices) for explaining the importance of conserving caves, cave life, and our water supplies.
D32
Conservation
Randall Blackwood, ©1998, USF&WS
Professional
19:50 minutes. Comment:Won Best of Show at the 1999 Video Salon. Also available on VHS Tape

 

CAVES: LIFE BENEATH THE FOREST This documentary explores the relationship between life in caves and the forest above them. Narrated by the world's foremost biospeleologists, the program provides an intimate profile of the organisms that inhabit the extensive caves of southern Indiana.
Drawing on their individual areas of expertise, these scientists describe how cave conditions have shaped the animals over evolutionary time.
From bats to bacteria, the connections between different groups of organisms are revealed. The program strives to produce a comprehensive picture of the cave ecosystem. It emphasizes the role of the forest and weather on the cycle of life in a subterranean environment.
This film is sponsored by the Indiana Karst Conservancy and the Hoosier National Forest.
D41
Biology
©2006 Ravenswood Media, David McGowan, Producer
Professional
32:00 minutes. Comment: This program won a Merit Award in the 2007 NSS Video Salon.

 

CAVES OF ISLA DE MONA, PUERTO RICO Video of a slide program by John Mylroie on the caves of Mona Island presented at the 1992 NSS Convention.
D71
Caving Areas
Paul Stevens, 1993
Amateur
19:37 minutes. Comment: Video of a Slide program. Also available on VHS Tape (V624)

 

THE CAVES OF SINKING VALLEY

A documentary on the interconnected caves of a 33 square mile karst drainage basin in Kentucky that culminates in the spectacular underground stream of Short Creek Cave. It represents the volunteer efforts of dozens of cavers and focuses on the ecological threat of the proposed I-66 roadway scheduled to be built through the drainage basin and the haz-ards of disturbing the natural karst drain-age. Initially produced for submission to the KY Transportation Cabinet's envi-ronmental assessment, it was later broad-cast via public access and local cable TV outlets as a public service. This video dramatically demonstrates the impact caver videography can have on karst issues

D12
Caving Areas
by Chris Johns and Larry Simpson. 2005
Amateur
55:00 minutes

Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V641)

 

THE CAVES OF SOUTHEAST ALASKA An introduction to the geology, hydrology, and biology of the unique caves and karstland near Ketchikan, AK
D76
Caving Areas
Ward Serrill
Amateur
13:19 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V630)

 

CAVES OF THUNDER The caves, land, and people of Irian Jaya, New Guinea, are featured in this spectacular 6-projector slide show by Gavin Newman (UK), with an original sound track by Rob Gould.
D64
Caving Areas
©Gavin Newman, 1993
Professional
18:15 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V632)

 

CAVES: THE SOCIAL UNDERGROUND

The experience of being in a place where no one else has ever been, and to capture and bring back images of wonder has a very strong pull. Why do some risk their lives to go into these places? As we follow three individuals into the deepest depths of caves around the United States we will unlock new sights never before captured by human eyes, and start to understand the pull that brings these intrepid explorers underground.

D33
Miscellaneous Programs
©Luke McMahon, 2012
Professional
9:37 minutes. Comment: 2013 NSS Video Salon

 

CAVES - UNDERGROUND REALMS

Caves are places rarely seen by most people.  This video illuminates the dark places, showing the beauty of what lies below.  We let the caves speak for themselves, using only music to guide the imagination.

D141e
Miscellaneous
Jonathan Spurgeon, ©2014
Professional
2:02 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 6 other programs from the 2014 NSS Video Salon:

 

CAVING FOR CURES

Brian Bachmann, an assistant professor of chemistry at Vanderbill University, has combined his interest in natural product drug production with his hobby of caving to set up the first systematic program to search for novel drugs produced by cave-dwelling microorganisms.  Microbes that thrive in these highly competitive environments are good candidates for producing compounds that can be used to fight disease.

D140a
Miscellaneous Programs
©Vivian Trakinski - American Museum of Natural History, 2012
Professional
8:12 minutes. 16x9 Comment: Best of show for 2013 NSS Video Salon.  Also on this DVD is "Get Wet" (D140b) by Benji von Cramon

 

CAVING IN CHINA: A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Welcome to the world of wild caving in China, where there is such a great quantity and variety of caves that there is truly a little something for everyone. This program shows, through the details of just one expedition in march of 2015, that caving in China can satisfy the desires of just about any caver. Not only is there plenty of vertical caving to be had, but there is even more very nice horizontal discoveries to be found.  Dry caving – sure. Wet caving – no problem.  Bit caves, small caves – you name it, it’s there..

D144c
Caving Areas
©David Socky - Hodag Video Productions, 2016
Professional
30:36 minutes. 16x9 Comment: Also on this DVD: Mist and Magic in Murder Hole by Randolf Walker and Murder Hole by Dave Socky. Also, see D145 for other programs from the 2016 NSS Video Salon

 

CAVIS AND ROCKHEAD This humorous takeoff on the MTV cartoon feature uses the disgusting duo to point out the need to cave softly. This feature marks the first use of digital editing in an amateur production to create great special effects; it garnered an Honorable Mention in the 1996 Salon. Narrated by Allen Padgett.
D27
Conservation
Fred Baumann, 1995
Amateur
15:10 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V204)

 

CHINA EXPEDITION Video of an entertaining slide program by Ian Baren on US caver exploration of caves in China's famous karst.
D73
Caving Areas
Paul Stevens, 1993
Amateur
43:00 minutes. Comment: Video of a slide show. Also available on VHS Tape (V626)

 

CLARKSVILLE DINNER

This fanciful little DVD documents a long-time tradition of the Boston Grotto: the annual April Fools Dinner in Ward-Gregory Cave, Clarksville, NY. The lo-gistics of getting all the necessary ele-ments into the cave are shown, culminat-ing in a formal dinner complete with tuxedos, gowns, fine wine, and dessert.

D6
Individual Caves
Morrie Gasser. 1996
Amateur
5:06 minutes

Comment:

 

CM CAVE ADVENTURE

What do goats and waterproof lipstick have in common? This part documentary, part comedy introduction to this cave exploration effort will leave you laughing.  Drive across the ranch with the landowner Joe Eisenhauer as he explains the history of the cave.  Follow tank haulers s they stoop walk through wet passage. Swim weightless through water filled cave passage as divers map and lay line in virgin cave in central Texas.  This movie was made by cavers using lightweight cameras, with all footage made entirely during original exploration.

D142
Individual Caves
Joe Furman. 2013
Caver made
35:45 minutes

Comment: Also on this DVD: Honey Creek Cave Extravaganza by Joe Furman. Also, see D143 for other programs from the 2015 NSS Video Salon

 

CRYSTAL BEACH REVISTED

Join veteran exploration divers Brett Hemphill, Michael Poucher, and Rudy Sturm on a fascinating journey through a unique Gulf Coast cave system, from the no-mount restricted entrance through dynamic scooter-sized passages to the mysterious and living phenomenon known as the Dragon's Lair.
There is some compelling video here, shot in the most difficult of conditions wherein the divers had to remove their tanks and gear and push it ahead of them through the very constricted entrance area. Equally compelling is the exquisite footage in the Dragons' Lair, gliding through the halocline.
This video is a follow-on to an earlier production on this cave, "Crystal Beach Spring Project 1996" (V751).

D37
Individual Caves
©2006, Mudbug Productions, Sandra Poucher, Producer
Amateur
30:33 minutes

Comment: See V751 for 'Crystal Beach Spring Project 1996'. This program won an Honorable Mention in the 2007 NSS Video Salon.

 

CRYSTAL CAVE

This video was made to mesmerize the viewers with the beauty of the smaller speleothems of a cave and has been set to a simple background of new-age style music.  It is meant to be enjoyed while sitting in a room with fellow cavers all drinking their favorite beverage and having soft conversations.  It was also made to help demonstrate to non-cavers one of the main reasons why we go caving, and to emphasis conservation practices to preserve our scenic underground splendors.  All of the footage was shot in one small, but spectacular cave in the southeast.

D124
Individual Caves
©2011, Al Ogden
Amateur
13:10 minutes

Comment: Accepted in the 2012 NSS Video Salon

 

The D's      [TOP]

DARK CRYSTALS Caving adventures in Southern Africa with a team of Swiss filmmakers; includes interesting caving fantasies.
D59
Caving Areas
©Spéléfilm, 1987
Professional
51:16 minutes. Also available on VHS Tape (V604)

 

DESCENT INTO DARKNESS

Documentary on biological work in the submerged caves of the Bahamas. Features Dr. John "Capt. Karst" Holsinger and Jill Yager, discoverer of a new family of crustaceans called "Remipedia" in 1981.

D47
Biology
 
Professional
52:20 minutes. Also available on VHS Tape (V401)

 

DESERT VISION Splendid photography of National Parks and Monuments in the West, employing a steadicam for surreal camera movement; includes a beautiful segment in Carlsbad Caverns.
D81
Caving Areas
©Miramar, 1987
Professional
51:20 minutes. Also available on VHS Tape (V611)

 

THE DIG

Scenes of Fred Luiszer pursuing several promising digs near Cave of the Winds, CO. After 9 months of digging, Big Alcove Cave was connected to the NE Passage of Cave of the Winds. Also shown is an impressive find of a Pleistocene bone in the cave.

D61
Caving Areas
Gerry Estes ©2000
Amateur
19:30 minutes. Also available on VHS Tape (V638)

 

THE DISCOVERY OF GRAND CAVERNS

This program is about all the new dis-coveries made in Grand Caverns (Au-gusta Co, VA) in 2004-2005. After a lit-tle history of the cave's original discov-ery, this program portrays the challenges that confronted cavers as they probed and mapped huge new areas of the cave. The main emphasis is on the fantastic formations that were discovered around every corner in the new section of this cave that has been commercialized for over 150 years. This program shows what lies beyond the "tight crawl" and small squeezes that prevent entry by all but the slightest cavers, and lets viewers appreciate the wonders and beauty of the "other" Grand Caverns. Excellent videography of this pristine world

D18
Individual Caves
Produced by David Socky, Hodag Video Productions ©2006.
Professional
28:00 minutes.  

 

DOWN UNDER TEXAS

This segment of the Made In Texas series gives an overview of caving in the Texas hill country. Includes a strong groundwater conservation message.

D82
Caving Areas
©Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept., 1990.
Professional
28:00 minutes. Also available on VHS Tape (V613)

 

DROP STORY

An odyssey across Australia as a Swiss film team attempts to follow the path of a drop of water; includes an underground city, climbing, hard-core caving and cave diving.

D26
Geology/Hydrology
©Spéléfilm, 1987
Professional
50:25 minutes. Also available on VHS Tape (V301)

 

THE DUNBAR/WOODWARD CAVE SYSTEM

This is a DVD of a electronic slide show of the Dunbar/Woodward Cave System in Montgomery County, Tennessee, by Tom Cussen. This program covers the exploration and mapping of the cave by the Northern Indiana Grotto of the NSS

After an initial set of photos, there is a short introduction to the slide show, and then the rest of the program are slides of the cave system set to music.

D14
Individual Caves
Tom Cussen ©2004.
Informal
13:30 minutes.  

The E's      [TOP]

EDGEWOOD CAVERNS

Edgewood Caverns is located in the East Mountains, outside of Albuquerque in the small community of Edgewood.  Closed for many years due to landowner relations and liability concerns, a trip into the cave was finally organized. This video documents the trip to Fossil Flats, perhaps the most beautiful part of the cave.

D146d
Individual Caves
Jim Cox, ©2010
Professional
13:00 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 5 other programs from the 2017 NSS Video Salon:

 

THE EDWARDS AQUIFER: EZELL’S CAVE AND THE SEARCH FOR THE BLIND MONSTER

The Texas Blind Salamander was first discovered in Ezell's Cave around 1870, but was not de- scribed until 1967 and was the first species placed on the Endangered Species List. In 2007, the first scientific mark-and-recapture study was made, affording a unique opportunity to document the underwater world of the Edwards Aquifer and this unique troglobyte.

D55
Individual Caves
©2007 Joe Furman, Producer

Amateur

40:00 minutes. Comment: This program won a Merit Award in the 2008 NSS Video Salon.

 

EXPEDITIONS TO THE EDGE: CAVE FLOOD

Eighth in the Expeditions to the Edge series (NG Channel), the Cave Flood episode presents a reenactment of the 1997 McBrides Cave rescue near Stevenson, AL. Trouble strikes soon after eleven of TAG's finest take on this classic wet pulldown trip after days of rain. The highly realistic portrayal, shot in McBrides with most characters playing themselves, serves as a cautionary tale for anyone challenging the weather gods. An honest depiction of cavers saving cavers, Cave Flood aired on the National Geographic Channel in December 2004.

D11
Individual Caves
Field Producer: Benjy von Cramon. GRB Entertainment ©2004.
Professional
46:00 minutes. Comment: This DVD won Best of Show in the 2005 NSS Video Salon. Also available on VHS Tape (V771)

 

EXPLORATION IN THE SIERRA JUAREZ, OAXACA MEXICO

Entertaining video of a slide program by Matt Oliphant on one of the most exciting areas of Mexico caving using slides by Bill Stone and other participants.

D72
Caving Areas
Paul Stevens, 1993
Amateur
23:40 minutes. Comments: Video of a slide program. Also available on VHS Tape (V625)

 

EXPLORATION OF SNOWY RIVER Discovered in 2001, the Snowy River passage in Fort Stanton Cave, New Mexico, may be the longest calcite formation in a cave, anywhere in the world. This documentary covers the initial discovery, the trials encountered in maintaining access, and further exploration and documentation of the resource.
D99
Individual Caves
©2006, James T. Cox
Amateur
30:00 minutes. Comments: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in usa. Aspect ratio is 16:9

 

EXPLORING SISTEMA HUAUTLA 2015

The biggest challenge in Huautla caving isn’t facing the rigors of the deepest cave in the Americas; it’s on the surface dealing with the ancient beliefs about the caves held by the Mazatec Indians. While annual expeditions happen and teams are long-term camping underground, a concerted community outreach effort is taking place on the surface.

D146e
Individual Caves
Whole Earth Provision Company (Bill Steele), ©2015
Professional
16:09 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 5 other programs from the 2017 NSS Video Salon:

 

EXTREME SCIENCE: ICE CAVES

Italian scientist Giovanni Badino specializes in studying glacier caves, a unique world that holds promise of revealing the secrets of glaciers and of new organisms that may help fight disease. Follow Giovanni through icy crevasses that can kill the unprepared.

D66
Caving Areas
Larry Engel, ©2001, Engel Brothers Media.
Professional
26:00 minutes. Comment: lso available on VHS Tape (V639)

 

The F's      [TOP]

FIVE SHORT HOURS OF CAVING

This is a caver's music video, set to the tune of Jim Croce's "Five Short Minutes." The storyline is about two cavers ridgewalking on public land, only to come upon a fence. They must decide whether or not to cross the fence in order to check out the sinkholes they can see on the other side. This music video is about the consequences of their decision. The title song, ably written, played and sung by Dan McConnell, won a Merit Award in the 2004 Cave Ballad Salon.

D9
Miscellaneous Programs
Produced by Dave Socky, Hodag Video Productions ©2005.
Professional
15:00 minutes. Comment: This DVD won a merit award in the 2005 NSS Video Salon.

 

THE FLOYD COLLINS NEWSREEL

In 1925, explorer Floyd Collins became trapped in a tight, descending passage in Sand Cave, Kentucky. Despite the heroic action of the rescuers, Floyd died before a shaft could reach him. This film shows the event as seen through the eyes of the newsreel camera. The newsreel footage is in black and white and color.

 

D109
Miscellaneous Programs
©Dean H. Snyder, 2010
Amateur
7:00 minutes. 16:9 aspect ratio

 

FLYING FOX and FLYING FOXES

Flying Fox: The story of the world's largest bats, narrated by William Conrad.

Flying Foxes:More great photography of these giant bats

D80 (or D53)
Biology
©Time-Life Films, 1978
Professional, non broadcast
22:26 & 15:00 minutes. Comment: also available on VHS Tape (V415). Note that this program is also on D53 with Merlin's Bats and other programs

 

THE FORGOTTEN SPECIES

This video is about the search for unknown and forgotten species of underwater creatures.  The search starts from the beautiful Boka Kotorska (Montengro) bay, in the springs from the Orjen Mountains.  The search is carried out by scuba, diving deep into the underground river.  The first creature to be found was a common cave shrimp.  In another area, the search is for the rare blind cave salamander, Proteus Anginus.  In the back of the cave, on the way back, they find two white, blind cave salamanders.

In Turkey, they dive in the unexplored Sekerpinari spring.  Far in the back of the spring, they come upon a large school of foot long, light colored fish, of unknown species.  The school consisted of hundreds of fish, maybe more, at a depth of 30 meters.  These fish are the forgotten species.

D125
Biology
©Sasa Milanovic, 2004
Professional, non broadcast
22:33 minutes. Comment: Won an honorable mention in the 2012 NSS Video Salon.  Note that the narration is in a foriegn language, but does contain english subtitles.

 

The G's      [TOP]

GET WET!

This is a ‘short’ of different caving scenes set to music.  The program opens and closes with a caver doing vertical in and around waterfalls, but includes some great scenes of photographing large rooms.

D44
Miscellaneous Programs
©Benjamin von Cramon, 2012
Professional
5:18 minutes. 16x9 Comment: Also on this DVD is 'Caving For Cures" (D140a)

 

THE GIANT OF THE SOUTH

This exciting video follows a group of 70 cavers from Andalucia (Spain) as they attempt to push deeper into Sima GESM, one of the world's deepest caves, located in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. After establishing a base camp at an incredible -950 meters, the push team of 10 cavers sets about exploring leads remaining from the end of the 2005 expedition. The video quality in such an extremely remote location is exceptionally good, and the viewer becomes a part of the team, feeling the disappointment of defeat and the exhilaration of discovery.

D44
Individual Caves
©2006, Marcus Taylor
Professional
40:00 minutes. Comment: Winner of the Tom Zannes Award for the 2007 NSS Video Salon

 

GRAND CANYON CAVERNS DRILLING

An access hole to an electrical service was desired in a newly discovered section of Grand Canyon Caverns (a private, commercial cave). A cave radio beacon location set the drill location.  This video includes scenes of the surface drilling and what the room experienced underground during drilling.

D145b
Individual Caves
©Paul R Jorgenson, 2016
Professional
8:48 minutes. 16x9 Comment: Also on this DVD: The Hunt For Bat Boy - Episode 1 by Mark Passerby, PESH Expedition Story by Bill Steele, and Priet's Grotto Project: Making of a Virtual Environment by Benjamin von Cramon. Also, see D144 for other programs from the 2016 NSS Video Salon

 

THE GREATEST CAVER: FLOYD COLLINS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE COLLECTOR

Floyd Collins is touted as being the greatest caver in the world. But this reputation was obtained only after his tragic death, in 1925, due to being trapped in a small and unstable crawlway in Sand Cave, Ky. Because the rescue was widely publicized, it captured the hearts, minds, and hopes of millions of Americans. Not only did the rescue attempt make for a dramatic story, but the fact that thousands of Americans from all over the country showed up to watch, wait, and hope, made Floyd into a great American folk hero.
Because of the drama, the tragedy, and the excitement of the event, people from all walks of life began collecting memorabilia about Floyd Collins. As time went on, the photographs, letters, banners, and other items increased in value, making a these collections quit valuable.
This program is about some of the Floyd Collins collectors, and their collections. In describing their old photographs, postcards, newsreels, and other items, the story of Floyd Collins, and his untimely death, is told.
The DVD version contains 2 extras. The first is an extra interview with Dr. Halliday and the second is the uncut version of the 16 mm newsreel film.

D2
Miscellaneous Programs
Produced by Dave Socky, Hodag Video Productions ©2002.
Professional, not broadcast quality
31:00 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape

The H's     [TOP]

HART ATTACK

What waits beyond some of the most challenging, difficult, and dangerous restrictions ever negotiated by cave divers? Hart Attack explores the psychology of pushing extreme underwater cavers and the rewards that wait beyond. Exceptional underwater footage by the master of the craft.

D58
Miscellaneous Programs
Produced by Wes Skiles, Karst Productions ©2008.
Professional
6:00 minutes.  

 

HAWAII - CAVE DIVING IN PARADISE

Beautiful visuals highlight this visit by Florida cave divers to the crystal waters of Hawaii, including an underwater lava cave.

D77
Caving Areas
Mike & Sherry Garman. ©Hydro-Geo, 1999
Professional
16:18 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V637)

 

HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE YUCATAN

Follow a group of cave divers to the premier underwater caves of Mexico's Yucatan. Includes the logistics of getting gear to the often remote sites, and some spectacular underwater footage.

D63
Caving Areas
Mike Garman, ©1998, Hydro-Geo.
Amateur
22:36 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V635)

 

THE HISTORY OF MCFAILS CAVE

Fred Stone gives a talk, along with a slide show, about the history of New York's McFails Cave at the 1991 NSS Convention is Cobbleskill, New York.

D102
Individual Caves
Paul Stevens, ©1991
Amateur
28:00 minutes.  

 

HOFF CAVE PRESERVE DEDICATION

On July 9, 2011, Berome Moore Cave, the 3rd longest cave in Missouri, was dedicated as the Lloyd and Ethel Hoff Underground Preserve.  Cave discoverer Dr. Stan Sides, and Jerry Vineyard, Dwight Weaver and other notable Missouri cavers spoke at the event.  The cave was open for general visitation and a great celebration was held in Perry County.  Vale, a member of MMV, recorded the proceedings, and then processed the event for easy viewing.  If you couldn’t be there – or you’ve ever been to Perry County, this is the show for you.

D126
Individual Caves
Eugene Vale, ©2011
Amateur
120:00 minutes.  

 

HOLLOW GROUND

This is a conservation video which covers the problems of water pollution in caves and karst areas. The program starts with a short discussion on the formation of caves. It then presents the many sources of water pollution involving caves and karst areas, and includes a number of solutions. This is an excellent educational resource on the subject of conservation and water pollution.

D29
Conservation
Produced by Patrick Jackson & Al Ogden ©2001, TDEC
Professional, Non broadcast
15:42 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape

 

HONEY CREEK CAVE EXTRAVAGANZA

Backup diver David Moore wakes up early, nestled in a hammock that is strung up across an improbably low, wet, muddy passage near the sump. He checks his watch, and wonders wy the dive tea hasn’t returned…

This is a story of a dedicated team of haulers lead be Ellie Watson that moved mountains of dive gear nearly three miles underground.  It is a tale of two exploration divers, Jean Krejca and James Brown, that have pushed Texas’ longest cave nearly a mile beyond it’s last furthest point of exploration.  This movie was made by cavers using lightweight cameras, with all footage made entirely during original exploration.
D142
Individual Caves
Joe Furman. 2013
Caver made
39:56 minutes

Comment: Also on this DVD: CM Cave Adventure by Joe Furman. Also, see D143 for other programs from the 2015 NSS Video Salon

 

THE HUAUTLA INTERVIEWS

Now here is some history - interviews of a young Mark Minton, Bill Steele, and Jan Fitzimmons from around 1990. The interviews incude discussions about the Sistema Huautla exploration and archeaological studies in the area.  The interviews are 14 minutes long. 

In addition, there is 31 minutes of raw footage of caving in Huautla from Jay Arnold, which is set to music.

Huautla: The Mexican Cave is 35 minutes long.

This DVD was edited and mastered by David Socky of Hodag Video Productions

D136b
Individual Caves
Jay Arnold. ©Deepest Cave Co., 1990/2013.
Professional
44:00 minutes. Comment: Also on this DVD - "Huautla: The Mexican Cave"

 

HUAUTLA: THE MEXICAN CAVE

See original exploration as it happens, as American cavers push Sistéma Huautla to a world depth record. Includes scenes of Anthodite Hall, heavy water in the Gorge, Camp III and beyond.

Also on this DVD - "The Huautla Interviews"

This DVD was edited and mastered by David Socky of Hodag Video Productions

D136a
Individual Caves
Jay Arnold. ©Deepest Cave Co., 1995.
Professional
35:00 minutes. Comment: Merit Award in the 1996 Video Salon.  Also available on VHS Tape

 

THE HUNT FOR BAT BOY - EPISODE 1

The Hunt for Bat Boy is an award winning documentary that follows a team of scientists and cave explorers as they venture deep into Lost World Caverns in Lewisburg, WV in search for the elusive creature known worldwide as Bat Boy. In episode 1, we find that Lost World Caverns in Lewisburg, WV is where it all began. It was there that in 1992 the Weekly World News reported that a Bat Child creature had been spotted and subsequently captured. In this episode, Steve Silverberg the owner of Lost World, shares his experiences and knowledge of Bat Boy with The Hunt for Bat Boys mobile reporter Chuck Frostick.

D145a
Miscellaneous Programs
©Mark Passerby - Underground Productions, 2015
Professional
7:19 minutes. 16x9 Comment: Also on this DVD:Grand Canyon Caverns Drilling by Paul R Jorgenson, PESH Expedition Story by Bill Steele, and Priet's Grotto Project: Making of a Virtual Environment by Benjamin von Cramon. Also, see D144 for other programs from the 2016 NSS Video Salon

 

THE HUNT FOR BAT BOY -
EPISODE 1 TO 4

The Hunt For Bat Boy tracks a team of explorers and scientists as they go deep into Lost World Caverns in Lewisburg, WV in search of the elusive bat child commonly known as Bat Boy.  The cave is situated on a massive fault that drags the limestone over 2 miles deep that Weekly World News reported may be home to a highly developed underground world. In total the series will span over 20 episodes and involve drops, waterfalls, sump diving and a mysterious steel door in the floor at around 2 miles deep!

D146f
Miscellaneous Programs
Underground Productions & Weekly World News (Mark Passerby), ©2017
Professional
17:39 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 5 other programs from the 2017 NSS Video Salon:

 

The I's     [TOP]

ICS2009 PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

This program is a promotional video for the 2009 International Congress of Speleology (ICS) which will take place in Kerrville, TX. The program shows the viewer where the ICS will be located, including views of the town of Kerrville and Schreiner University. It shows what facilities will be available, and what activities will take place during the convention. Also included are descriptions of the caving and other activities that will be available before, during, and after the Congress.

D43
Miscellaneous
©2007 ICS 2009, produced by Dave Socky, Hodag Video Productions
Professional
6:56 minutes. Comment:

 

Ice Island In the spring of 2000, the largest moving object ever seen on our planet began its voyage - so grand in scale that it changed the earth's rotation as it moved. A special team was the first to employ a bold new technological approach to exploring above, below and inside this giant island of ice.
D96
Miscellaneous
Jill Heinerth & Wes Skiles, © 2003, Karst Productions
Professional
56:46 minutes. Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in USA. Aspect ratio is 16:9

 

IN SIGHT OF LIGHT

This short art film depicts how the author, poet Ian Ellis Chandler, is developing his art based on the experience of exploring caves. The poems, taken from his book of the same name, are about mustering the determination to go caving and then finding inspiration in the dark recesses of the earth, and are read by Chandler over beautifully crafted images by producer Antony Rohald. There is a wonderful blend of technical features and artistry in the visuals, such as displaying moving images in the static paintings on the artist's walls, and superimposing images on moving water.
Mr. Chandler is expat Brit living in Spain; he is an NSS member and recipient of the Arts and Letters Award.

D38
Miscellaneous
©2006, Tartala Entertainment & and Ian Ellis Chandler
Professional
5:22 minutes. Comment: This program won an Honorable Mention in the 2007 NSS Video Salon.

 

IN THE CELLARS OF THE WORLD

New and improved.  This DVD includes 3 reels of Russell Neville's 1927 caving films.  Also included is a 20 minute audio introduction by George Jackson which included a number of stories on caving around Mammoth in the 1920's.  This DVD also has a photo montage of old photos from Neville's day plus data files of supporting material.  This is a treasure trove of historic information from the 1920's.

Shot by Russell Neville in 1927 using magnesium flares, this historic film includes scenes in Mammoth, Carlsbad, Salts Cave and others. B&W, along with background banjo music.

D83
Caving Areas
DVD produced by Dave Socky, 2011
Professional/Informal
23:00 minutes. Comment: The original is also available on VHS Tape (V610)

 

INSIDE BRACKEN BAT CAVE WITH NCKRI & BCI

This video includes some scenes and interviews from the electrical resistivity test done inside Bracken Cave by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute in January 2014.  Their goal was to find the deepest area of guano inside the cave where core samples will be drilled so scientists can study the guano to learn more about the history of the cave, its past residents, and the area around it.

D143b
Individual Caves
Robert Garner, January 2014
Professional/Informal
13:04 minutes. Comment: Also on this DVD: Thunder Hole by Richard Patenaude and the NSS Video Salon 2015 Awards Show. Also, see D142 for other programs from the 2015 NSS Video Salon

 

INTO DARKNESS

Into Darkness is a short adventure essay about the experience of exploring the secret underworld of caves. Journey along with a group of cavers who push impossibly small passages to access some of the final frontiers on earth. The images and sounds of spectacular and remote wilderness caves will reveal a fantastic world unlike anything we experience on the surface.

This program won a Merit Award and the Tom Zannes Award (Best of Show) in the 2010 NSS Video Salon in Essex Junction, VT

D110
Individual Caves
©John Waller, 2010
Professional, non broadcast
14:51 minutes. 16:9 aspect ratio

 

INTO THE DARKNESS

This program follows Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, two of Europe's most successful cave divers, at they attempt to explore the Cogol dei Veci, a massive flooded cave in Northern Italy. The film follows their attempts in 2004 and 2005 to find a dry cave passage beyond the 2400m long first sump, and at the same time provides a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes and understand what it takes to be at the cutting edge of under-water cave exploration. Excellent narra-tive and videography, including scenes beyond the sump.

D19
Individual Caves
Produced by Marcus Taylor ©2006.
Amateur
35:00 minutes. Comment:

 

INTO THE DEPTHS OF FERN CAVE

This program is a slide show from 1966 that has been trasfered to DVD. It includes audio. The program is about the exploration of Fern Cave

D46
Individual Caves
Produced by The Huntsville Grotto of the NSS ©1966.
Amateur
27:40 minutes. Comment: Transfered to DVD by Dick Mitchell on August 2004

 

INTO THE GROUND.... INTO THE WATER

The dangers posed by groundwater pollution resulting from sinkhole dumping are discussed by cavers and local experts.

D31
Geology/Hydrology
©VA Tech Relations, 1990
Professional
14:48 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape

 

The J's      [TOP]

JACKSON BLUE

Beautiful photography of cave diving in Jackson County, Florida with scenes of Florida Caverns State Park. Strong conservation message.

D68
Caving Areas
©Charles Bickelman 1992
Professional
18:30 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V622)

 

THE JEWELS OF THE DARK

Philippe Axell and a video team set out to document Europe's finest caves on high-definition video - particularly those caves and passages which are never accessible except on very special occasions. A unique opportunity to visit the best of the best. Exquisite photography!

D78
Caving Areas
©Axell Comm., 1993
Professional
50:17 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V633)

 

JOE CAVER IN "THE CRYSTAL"

This is an original attempt at a short black and white film with a cave conservation and safety message. A group of spelunkers explore a cave to find the famous crystal and inadvertently lead a thief to the crystal. A chase ensues with Caver Joe coming to the rescue.

D137a
Miscellaneous
Katherine Thorwart.  ©David Ader, Oct 2012
 
5:02 minutes

2013 NSS Video Salon

Comment: Caver Hope and the Vampire Cave is also on this DVD

 

JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES

DESCEND INTO WORLDS WITH NO LIGHT, NO AIR, AND NO ROOM FOR ERROR
Journey Into Amazing Caves is a visceral, suspenseful expedition with a new breed of scientists who boldly explore places once thought off-limits to human presence, let alone IMAX cameras. Join Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach as they travel to unique and forbidding ice caves in Greenland, underwater caves in the Yucatan, terrestrial caves in the Grand Canyon and other spectacular locations. You will wriggle through tiny, twisting passages, swim through flooded underground vaults, drop into gleaming blue labyrinths of ice, and enter a world so extreme the microscopic creatures who live there are called extremophiles. For those compelled to push their limits in the world's most hostile environments, the risk of fatal danger and thrill of new discovery are the everyday factors that make cave exploration such an awe-inspiring experience.
Includes: "Making of" Documentary

D1
Miscellaneous
Produced by Greg MacGillivray, Alec Lrimore,and Steve Judson. 2001
Professional
80 minutes (featrure is 40 min. and "making of" is 40 minutes)

Wide Screen (16x9) and full screen (4x3) on same disc. DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio.

Comment: Also available on VHS Tape

 

JOURNEY INTO FOSSIL CAVE

This video documents a beautifully preserved, rare paleo cave located in Southeast Kentucky. The program digs into the history of early cave explorers, including confederates during the Civil War, and then uncovers the mystery of the "tri-colored bat". The video explores the mystery of the Hidden Waterfall, that can been heard but not seen. It explores the nature of caves and karst.

 

D111
Individual Caves
©Christopher Johns and Art White, CJ Productions LLC, 2009
Amateur
52:02 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio

 

JOURNEY INTO THE EARTH

This film presents the adventures of a team of speleologists who have set out to capture images that reveal to the general public the incredible forms and colors of the subterranean world. Exquisite scenes from the lava tubes of Lanzarote (Canary Islands), the caves of Postonja (Slovenia), the sunken depths of Fontaine de Vaucluse in France, and the crystal palaces of Cigalere in the Pyrenees.

D62
Caving Areas
©Byzance Film, 1999
Professional
50:56 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V636)

 

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE WORLD

This is a pilot for a potential caving series on the History Channel. The producers wanted to examine man's historic and prehistoric relationship to caves, and so turned to the ancient Maya, a culture whose cosmology places caves at the center of their physical and spiritual world. NSS cavers Hazel Barton and Paul Burger explore Naj Tunich cave in the Yucatan.

D57
Individual Caves
Field produced by Benjy von Cramon. Lone Wolf, ©2007
Professional
46:33 minutes

Comment: This program won Best of Show in the 2008 NSS Video Salon.

The K's      [TOP]

KARST TOPOGRAPHY: A UNIQUE AND FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT This short educational video is ideal for professors, teachers, government regulators, and conservation groups who wish to educate their audience about the unique and fragile nature of karst topography.  It covers cave and sinkhole origin, ground water contamination, sinkhole flooding, and sinkhole collapse,.  The video is professionally narrated and has many animations of the subsurface.  A subtle music score occurs behind the narration.  The video is approximately 17 minutes long and can be viewed online on YouTube (2 parts) and at Vimeo.com in its entirety.
D117
Conservation
Al Ogden, ©Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, 2010
Professional
17:41 minutes. Comment: This program won the Tom Zannes (Best of Show) Award in the 2011 NSS Video Salon.  4:3 Aspect Ratio

 

Kawachi Kawachi Cave (kawachi-no-kazaana) holds significance for the people of the town for which it is named, but it is not a cave that has been explored by many people, as it's deemed too dangerous for tourists to venture 300 meters past the entrance. Because of this, the cave has a mystique that inspired us to conduct numerous expeditions into its depths to document the wonder within. We were amazed by what we found, and really wanted to share our discoveries with others, so we set about producing our first documentary, simply called Kawachi.
D94
Individual Caves
Sayaka Hioki, © 2008 VINZ
Professional
48:00 minutes. Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in Japan. Aspect ratio is 4:3

 

The L's      [TOP]

L'Abisso (The Abyss) In the fall of 2004, Italian cavers discovered an impressive new branch in the Spluga della Preta Abyss, long known as the deepest cave in the world, and still the deepest in Italy. This reenactment of that recent discovery includes along the way a lot of the history of earlier expeditions and the achievements they made with the technology of their day. Included are commentaries by several of the explorers from the 1963 expedition that discovered the major part of the cave, considered one of the toughest in the world.
D100
Individual Caves
Francesco Sauro, © 2006 Accademia della Lessinia
Professional
1:15:00 minutes. Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in USA. Aspect ratio is 4:3

 

LAVA TUBES IN EL MALPAIS, NM

Video of a fast-paced slide program by Bruce Rogers on the lava tubes in El Malpais National Monument.

D84
Caving Areas
Paul Stevens, 1992
Amateur
17:46 minutes. Comment: Video of a slide show. Also available on VHS Tape (V618)

 

LAVA TUBES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Video of a fascinating slide presentation by planetary geologist Ron Greeley from Arizona State University on the volcanism which recent spacecraft have observed on various planets and their satellites.

D85
Caving Areas
Paul Stevens, 1992
Amateur
32:51 minutes. Comment: Video of a slide show. Also available on VHS Tape (V616)

 

LECHUGUILLA CAVE: THE HIDDEN GIANT (CAVER'S VERSION)

A video of this famous cave with its fabulous formations emphasizing its "wilderness" potential. The main program is about 25 mintues long. The extended section includes in-depth interviews with the explorers and plenty of outtakes and makes this DVD a full 68 mintues long.

D24
Individual Caves
©Denver Museum of Natural History, 1989
Professional
68:03 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V720)

 

LIVING ON KARST

Living On Karst introduces the general public to the basics of karst, how it functions and what makes it so sensitive to land use. The history of Hidden River Cave is presented as the poster child of polluted caves, whose ultimate restoration in modern times points at a hopeful future for raising consciousness about the value of providing good stewardship. David Foster, founder and director of ACCA shares personal thoughts about the tangible and intangible value of caves to humans and to life itself.

D33
Conservation
Benjamin von Cramon Procuctions©2002
Professional
18:00 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V209)

 

LUMINARY TALKS 2012 - DWIGHT 'DIRTDOC' DEAL

The National Speleological Society is pleased to unveil the initial presentations in its long-awaited "Luminary Series" — featuring pioneering cave explorers, karst scientists, and other long-time NSS members.These talks are designed to give young and old cavers alike the opportunity to learn from some of the true superstars in our Society.

This program is the brainchild of AVP Geary Schindel, and is produced by Dave Socky and Webmaster Alex Sproul.

in addition to being a rock-climber, a mountaineer, a hiker, a scuba diver, a canoeist, a white- water river runner, a pilot, an engineer, and a scientist, Dwight Deal has enjoyed a great life as a cave explorer. Loaded with funny anecdotes, fabulous photography, and a great store of tales and skills, Dwight Deal's presentations are always popular features at caving events. Dwight's talk here explains a thing or two about calcite—and also employs the double-refraction property of calcite as a metaphor for his lifetime of adventure both above and below the ground.

D129
Miscellaneous
David Socky, Alex Sproul, Geary Schindel ©2012
Professional
53:00 minutes. Comment:

 

LUMINARY TALKS 2012 - JEANNE GURNEE

The National Speleological Society is pleased to unveil the initial presentations in its long-awaited "Luminary Series" — featuring pioneering cave explorers, karst scientists, and other long-time NSS members.These talks are designed to give young and old cavers alike the opportunity to learn from some of the true superstars in our Society.

This program is the brainchild of AVP Geary Schindel, and is produced by Dave Socky and Webmaster Alex Sproul.

Jeanne Gurnee is one of the most accomplished women in the history of American speleology. In addition to having served the NSS in many ways, including as president, Jeanne is Vice President and Trustee of the National Speleological Foundation, and for a number of years was a member of the board of the National Caves Association. Somehow, all of these administrative duties have not prevented Jeanne Gurnee from enjoying more than a half-century of adventure underground.

D128
Miscellaneous
David Socky, Alex Sproul, Geary Schindel ©2012
Professional
43:00 minutes. Comment:

 

LUMINARY TALKS 2012 - WILLIAM B. "WILL" WHITE

The National Speleological Society is pleased to unveil the initial presentations in its long-awaited "Luminary Series" — featuring pioneering cave explorers, karst scientists, and other long-time NSS members.These talks are designed to give young and old cavers alike the opportunity to learn from some of the true superstars in our Society.

This program is the brainchild of AVP Geary Schindel, and is produced by Dave Socky and Webmaster Alex Sproul.

Dr. Will White is one of the most prolific, famous, and well-loved cave scientists on the planet. Will's career has taken him to an expansive array of dark, scary, and far-away places while coaxing secrets out of the earth. A long and distinguished career at Penn State University has given Dr. White the occasion to pursue significant ground-breaking science, supervise numerous excellent students, and enjoy a lot of interesting, challenging, and humorous adventures along the way.

D130
Miscellaneous
David Socky, Alex Sproul, Geary Schindel ©2012
Professional
48:00 minutes. Comment:

 

THE LURE OF THE LINT

A history of the Carlsbad Caverns Lint Camp, from its inception in 1988 through 2004. The program uses over 250 caver volunteers who spend their vacation time to remove accumulations of lint, hair, and skin left by cave visitors from the formations on the tourist trails. Tech-niques include everything from tweezers to compressed air and vacuum cleaners. Included are interviews with Pat Jablon-sky, founder of the program, interspersed with video and slides of the restoration work, which nets over 20 pounds of lint each year.

D17
Conservation
Produced by Greg Glazner, ©2005
Amateur
18 minutes

Comment: Also available on VHS Tape (V207)

 

The M's      [TOP]

MADAGASCAR - AN ADVENTURE TALE

Four Americans set out to experience remote regions of remote Madagascar on foot, by boat, and by a rickety 4x4. From the fabled Crocodile Caves of the Ankarana, down some 160 miles along the Tsiribihina and Manambolo Rivers, then crossing the Spiny Desert stretching from Morondava by the Mozambique Channel to Tulear, it’s unscripted adventure  documentary storytelling all the way.

D147, D148, D149
Miscellaneous Programs
Benjamin von Cramon, ©2006
Professional
3;03:13 hours (4x3)

Comment: This is a three disk set. Each DVD is about an hour.

The program was entered in the 2017 NSS Video Salon. For other programs in the 2017 NSS Video  Salon, see DVD 146

 

MANAGING CAVES - A Special Challenge

A Special Challenge. Caves are more popular for recreation than ever! And their ties to the surface world is increasingly more important. Because of this, proper cave management has become critical. This BLM video points out (very well) the importance of the cave resource and the need for good stewardship by federal agencies under the provisions of the Federal Cave Resource Protection Act.

D30
Conservation
Bob Kyle & Randy Hayes, NARSC Resource, Video Production, for the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management (BLM), ©1995
Professional
11:43 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape

 

MEGADOLINES

Dramatic adventures highlight early explorations in Papua New Guinea by a Swiss/French team, including 360- meter deep sinkholes and kayaking into a giant resurgence.

D15
Caving Areas
©Spéléfilm, 1987
Professional
55:15 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape

 

MERLIN'S BATS

Merlin Tuttle studying Mexican Freetail bats in Bracken Cave, Texas. Excellent bat-flight footage.

D53a
Biology
©NGS
Professional
8:30 minutes. Comment: Also on this tape "THE BAT THAT CRACKED THE FROG CODE", D53b. and Flying Fox and Flying Foxes
Also available on VHS Tape
(V414b)

 

MESA JUAREZ, MEXICO

This video is of the Explorer’s Club Flag expedition to Sierra Madre.  An annual caver’s event to the Mesa Juarez in search of access to the Sistema Parificacion in Tameulipas, Mexico encouraged Explorer Club members to register the annual trip as a Flag Expedition.  For over 20 years cavers have been searching for an alternative access to Sistema Parificacion, the largest air-filled cave system in Mexico.

D123
Caving Areas
Ben Edelstein, ©2011
Professional
10:00 minutes. Comment: Won the Tom Zannes Award (Best of Show) in the NSS 2012 Video Salon

 

MEXICO: FEBRUARY 2002

The adventure of six members of the Cullman Grotto during their winter break south of the border.

The sport of vertical caving knows no greater thrill than the deep shafts located in central Mexico. Six cavers from Alabama, Ohio, and Wisconsin spent a week exploring a few of Mexico's greatest caves. There are moments of relaxation and moments when the cavers thought they could go no further. The focus of this trip was the 618 foot deep Hoya de la Luuz, but the voyage there was no easy task!

Also includes Sotano de Cepillo, Grutas de Tolontange, and Pyramids.

D13
Caving Areas
©O'Diam Editing, 2004
Amateur
30:00 minutes.  

 

MIST AND MAGIC IN MURDER HOLE

On June 6, 2014, a cloudless day near the summer solstice, sunlight penetrated deep into Murder Hole Cave in Catawba, Virginia.  Property owner Marian McConnell took three friends into the cave, including video producer Randolph Walker. The warmth of the sun on the moist rocks formed mists that rose in the sunbeams, creating shifting, multicolored patterns.  No special effects are used in the video. Walker, who is also a musician, created a soundtrack using singing bowls and flutes to complement this impressionistic journey into inner space.

D144a
Individual Cave
©Radolph Walker, 2015
Professional
2:53 minutes. 16x9 Comment: Also on this DVD: Caving in China: A Little Something for Everyone by Dave Socky and Murder Hole by Dave Socky. Also, see D145 for other programs from the 2016 NSS Video Salon

 

MURDER HOLE

This program is the story, and history, of one of the largest caves in Botetourt County, Virginia – Catawba Murder Hole. Besides the history and legends, this program will show the viewer the splendor and beauty of this large cave, from the Daylight Cave to the depths of the lower levels. Come along and enjoy not only the legends of the past, but the beauty and adventure of the cave itself.

D144b
Individual Cave
©David Socky - Hodag Video Productions, 2016
Professional
28:06 minutes. 16x9 Comment: Also on this DVD: Mist and Magic in Murder Hole by Randolf Walker and Caving in China: A Little Something for Everyone by Dave Socky. Also, see D145 for other programs from the 2016 NSS Video Salon

 

MY SOUTH

This very short (1-minute) piece is actually a commercial. Turner South Television, the corporate owner of numerous TV stations, held a contest that invited viewers to film a short commercial depicting some aspect of what they loved about 'their' South. Caver Michael Gilbert and the Central Alabama Grotto entered the contest with a 'down and dirty' spot about their caving passions - and they won! Their prize was to be able to reshoot and edit the piece using Turner's professional equipment and services, and have the spot air on the network.

D40
Miscellaneous
©2006 Turner South Television, produced by Michael Gilbert & Central Alabama Grotto
Professional
1:00 minutes. Comment:

 

Le Mystère de la Baleine How to explain whale bones found 150m inside a cave, located on the west coast of Madre de Dios Island, Chile, and 8 meters above sea level? Discovered 8 years ago by the first Ultima Patagonia Expedition by the French Caving Federation (FFS), the cave is studied by the same team during the last Ultima Patagonia Expedition in 2008. Attempting to reach the cave, first by dinghy and then by foot, the cavers discover significant remains of the Indian nomads, now long gone, in burial caves, and the most human-decorated cave in the Patagonian Archipelago.
D93
Caving Areas
Luc-Henri Fage, © 2009 GEDEON, LH Fage, Centre Terre
Professional
52:00 minutes. Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in France. Aspect ratio is 16:9

 

THE MYSTERY OF THE GIANT CRYSTALS The Mystery of the Giant Crystals is a fascinating adventure in scientific research. A journey into the depth of the Earth in search of the most beautiful treasures of the mineral world, to explain one of its great mysteries: the formation of giant gypsum crystals. From the Roman mines of Segobriga described by Pliny the Elder, to Europe’s biggest geode, found in Almeria, Spain; from the volcanic depth of the Andes, to the grandiose “Cueva de los Cristales” of Naica, an authentic crystal palace hidden beneath the Mexican desert of Chihuahua, we shall discover the wonderful world of crystals, their science and their beauty, through the guiding hand of Professor Juan Manuel Carcia-Ruiz.
D122
Individual Caves
Triana - Sci & Tech ©2010
Professional
50:00 minutes. Comment:

 

NEW WAVE CAVE

The focus of this program is a project to map The Devils Sinkhole, near Rock Springs, TX. Visitors to the site can peer into the abyss from a platform near the edge of the 160-foot pit. Using the latest LIDAR laser technology, a group of geologists and cavers is creating a virtual 3-D model of the cave. This is an early edit of a program to be featured on Texas Public Television.

D56a
Individual Caves
Texas Parks & Wildlife, ©2008. Don Cash, Producer
Professional
7:40 minutes.

Comment: This program won an Honorable Mention in the 2008 NSS Video Salon.

Also on this DVD: NSS 2008 Convnetion promo (D56b) and Bikini Cavers (D56c)

 

NO PLACE ON EARTH

October 1942-Esther Stermer, along with some family members and a group of other families, seek asylum underground to evade being caught by pursuing Nazis.  They remain hidden below for nearly a year and a half-the longest recorded uninterrupted underground survival occurrence.

Their harrowing story is unearthed by accident when cave explorer, Chris Nicola, stumbles upon remnants left behind by the cave dwellers.  Through extensive research and determination, Nicola locates a few of the survivors and has them share their incredible story of strength and perseverance.
D138
Miscellaneous

Magnolia Pictures and History Films presents a Sierra/Tango Films production in association with A List Films Unanico Group Delirio Films and Bayerischer Rundfunk

©2012 Into the Dark L.L.C.

Professional
83 minutes.

Comment:

 

NSS CONVENTION 2008 PROMO

A humorous intro has a convention staffer dreaming that he is Steve Irwin, rescuing an errant cave diver who has become trapped in a swimming pool and needs to be returned to its native habitat. The rest of the program high- lights the facilities and events of the Lake City, FL NSS Convention.

D56b
Miscellaneous
Dan Straley, ©2007, NSS
Amateur
11:38 minutes Comment: Also on this DVD: New Wave Cave (D56a) and Bikini Cavers (D56c)

 

NSS CONVENTION 2014 PROMO

This 7 minute video is an invitation for all NSS members to attend the 2014 Convention in Huntsville, AL. The video highlights why Huntsville is the perfect location for Convention and the new relocation of the NSS headquarters.  The video was created almost entirely from still photographs set to the narration of Ed Yarbrough..

D141b
Miscellaneous
Jody Bailey, ©2013, NSS
Professional
7:30 minutes

Comment: Also on this DVD are 6 other programs from the 2014 NSS Video Salon:

 

THE NSS 2003 PHOTO SALON

This DVD is a reproduction of the 2003 NSS Photo Salon from the NSS Convention in Portersville, California. The program shows the best of the 2003 photo salon, fading from one slide to the next, and includes titles showing the name of each photographic along with the photographer. The entire slide series is set to music.

This DVD was produced by Dave Socky of Hodag Video Productions in 2006.

D16
Miscellaneous
©NSS, 2006
Professional
14:46 minutes. Comment:

 

THE NSS 2006 PHOTO SALON

This DVD is a reproduction of the 2006 NSS Photo Salon from the NSS Convention in Bellingham, Washington. The program shows the best of the 2006 photo salon, fading from one slide to the next, and includes titles showing the name of each photographic along with the photographer. This program includes 111 photographs. The entire slide series is set to music.

This DVD was produced by Dave Socky of Hodag Video Productions in 2007.

D20
Miscellaneous
©NSS, 2007
Professional
17:00 minutes. Comment:

 

THE NSS 2008 TO 2015 PHOTO SALONS

This DVD contains the NSS Photo Salons from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  This is a data DVD - it contains Window Media Video (*.wmv) files which can only be played on a computer. 

These Salon programs are exact duplicates of the Power Point presentations shown at the NSS Convention Salons.  All eight Salon programs are set to the original Salon music by Keith Goggin.  The Photo Salons are from the following NSS Convetions. 

  • 2008 Lake City, FL - 26:57 minutes
  • 2009 Kerrville, TX - 36:35 minutes
  • 2010 Essex Junction, VT - 22:30 minutes
  • 2011 Glenwood Springs, CO - 26:50 minutes
  • 2012 Lewisburg, WV - 34:39 minutes
  • 2013 Shippensburg, PA - 22:30 minutes
  • 2014 Huntsville, AL - 33:25 minutes
  • 2015 Waynesville, MO - 51:56 minutes

This DVD was produced by Dave Socky of Hodag Video Productions in 2013.

D118
Miscellaneous
©NSS, 2015
Professional
4 hour 33:00 minutes. Comment:

 

NSS VIDEO SALON 2014 AWARDS SHOW

This 20 minute program was played at the 2014 NSS Awards Salon for the NSS Video Salon.  It includes 2 to 4 minute clips of the videos that were accpeted into the 2014 Video Salon and then announces the winners at the end.  A listing of the entries is shown below.

D141a
Miscellaneous
David Socky, ©2014, NSS
Professional
19:51 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 6 other programs from the 2014 NSS Video Salon:

 

NSS VIDEO SALON 2015 AWARDS SHOW

This 14 minute program was played at the 2015 NSS Awards Salon for the NSS Video Salon.  It includes 2 to 4 minute clips of the videos that were accpeted into the 2015 Video Salon and then announces the winners at the end.  A listing of the entries is shown below.

D143c
Miscellaneous
David Socky, ©2015, NSS
Professional
14:20 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 2 other programs from the 2015 NSS Video Salon:

See DVD 142 for the other two 2015 Video Salon entries

 

NSS VIDEO SALON 2017 AWARDS SHOW

This 12 minute program was played at the 2017 NSS Awards Salon for the NSS Video Salon.  It includes 2 to 4 minute clips of the videos that were accpeted into the 2017 Video Salon and then announces the winners at the end.  A listing of the entries is shown below.

D146a
Miscellaneous
David Socky, ©2017, NSS
Professional
12:23 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 5 other programs from the 2017 NSS Video Salon:

 

The P's      [TOP]

PESH EXPEDITION STORY

PESH (Proyecto Espeleologico Sistema Huautla) is an official NSS Project.  It fields annual full-scale speleological expeditions to the caves of the Huautla de Jimenez, Oaxaca, Mexico area.  These caves were first discovered by NSS cavers in 1966 and have been explored and studied ever since.

This video is an interview with Bill Steele, PESH Coleader, who along with Tommy Shifflett organizes the annual expeditions and gives leadership in the field.  Steele joined the NSS in 1964.

D145c
Caving Areas
©Whole Earth Provision Company, 2015
Professional
30:40 minutes. 16x9 Comment: Also on this DVD: The Hunt For Bat Boy - Episode 1 by Mark Passerby, Grand Canyon Caverns Drilling by Paul R Jorgenson, and Priet's Grotto Project: Making of a Virtual Environment by Benjamin von Cramon. Also, see D144 for other programs from the 2016 NSS Video Salon

 

PHANTOM SPRING

Phantom Spring is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and because of endangered life in its related surface pool it is an ecologically highly sensitive site.  In 2011 Dr. Tom Iliff of Texas A&M University obtained a permit to dive, document, map, and explore the site. New exploration immediately uncovered a deep source passage dropping deep under the nearby Davis Mountains which was pushed over the next year to a maximum depth of 462 feet.  This video shows some of the upstream passage in the system. 

This video is has no narration and is set to music. This is some excellent underwater videography.

D141f
Individual Cave
Andrew Pitkin, ©2014
Professional
8:00 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 6 other programs from the 2014 NSS Video Salon:

 

PITS, CRATERS, AND LAVA TUBES A Swiss film team visits the lava caves of Hawaii, even rappelling into a smoldering crater.
D86
Caving Areas
©Spéléfilm, 1987
Professional
50:05 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS Tape

 

PLANET EARTH: CAVES

The Cave of Swallows (Sotano de las Golondrinas), in Mexico, is a 400-meter vertical shaft. It's deep enough to engulf the Empire State Building, yet few people even know of its existence. Caves are Planet Earth's final frontier, and this program will go where few have been before.
From Lechuguilla Cave's astonishing 6-meter long crystals to the vast Deer Cave in Borneo, the daytime retreat for 5 millon bats, from cave swiftlets, who build nests out of just saliva, to the extraordinary snottites of Villa Luz, Planet Earth 'Caves' is the first to go deep into this hidden world.
This landmark nature series was produced by a consortium of The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and NHK (Japan). Its eleven 50-minute chapters were filmed entirely in High Definition and were five years in the making. The series first aired in the UK in 2006, and in the US in May 2007.

D39
Miscellaneous
©2006, ©2005 BBC Bristol, Huw Cordey, Producer
Professional
48:00 minutes. Comment: This program won a Merit Award in the 2007 NSS Video Salon.

 

PLAYING SMART AGAINST INVASIVE SPECIES

This program is not particularly about caving, but it does have a section on caving and WNS. A synopsis of the video is below:

Americas spectacular public and private lands and waters provide some of the greatest opportunities for outdoor recreation in the world. But these beautiful and inspiring natural places in which we enjoy our outdoor recreation heritage are under attack from hundreds of invasive plants, animals, and pathogens. In response, outdoor enthusiasts - campers, cavers, climbers, hikers, and many others - are fighting back to protect and enjoy the places they love by becoming aware of what they can do and taking steps to prevent the spread of these invaders. Prevention and control of invasive species is an achievable goal linked directly to common outdoor recreation ethics and stewardship principles. Caring for the resources they love, Americans realize tthey can make a dirfference against invasive species while they enjoy the great outdoors. By working together, all of us can keep Ameraca's lands, caves, and waters protected for future generations.

There is different and new material in each of the 4 tracks, so to see everything, it is best to view all the tracks.

D113
Miscellaneous
©2010 USDA Forest Service Invasive Species Program

Professional

Track 1: Full length program - 26:46

Track 2: Short Version - 16:26

Track 3: Trailer - 6:05

Track 4: Bonus Program - 19:15

26:46 minutes. Comment: Some of this program was filmed at Grand Caverns, VA with the help of the NSS and VAR.

 

POWIE, ALASKA Description of the caves on Prince of Wales Island and the POWIE expeditions by Dave Klinger using slides.
D87
Caving Areas
Paul Stevens, 1991
Amateur
28:00 minutes. Comments: Video of a slide show. Also available on VHS Tape

 

PRIET'S GROTTO PROJECT: MAKING A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT

Excerpted from a longer and more technical version, the film introduces a traveling exhibit about the Priest’s Grotto’s survivor story and showcases the supporting platform for one component of the exhibit, a photorealistic virtual environment each visitor will explore to “learn” the cave and discover story elements. Highlighted are the key challenges encountered with photogrammetric 3D mapping, lighting, and post-processing, not to mention making it all work underground in a gnarly maze cave.

D145d
Miscellaneous Programs
©Benjamin von Cramon, 2016
Professional
30:40 minutes. 16x9 Comment: Also on this DVD: The Hunt For Bat Boy - Episode 1 by Mark Passerby, Grand Canyon Caverns Drilling by Paul R Jorgenson and, PESH Expedition Story by Bill Steele, . Also, see D144 for other programs from the 2016 NSS Video Salon

 

The R's   [TOP]

A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

In 1954 a limestone quarry in the Mendip hills broke into an unknown cave system filled with superb statctite formations.  This ave was the first of many revealed by the adnacning rock face including the equisite Balch's Cave.  But, "the quarry giveth, the quarry taketh away."

This film is a dramatised depiction of the real events based on the recollections of two of the original explorers, Brian Prewer and Bob Whitaker.

It is a story about caves and those who are drawn to explore them.  It is a story about friendship, about discovery and destruction.  It is a story that poses a fundemental question.  How do we place a value on the world around us?

D139a
Miscellaneous Programs
Andy Sparrow, ©2003, Third Eye Films
Professional
59 minutes. Comment: Also on this DVD is "Solo" another Andy Sparrow production.  Also on VHS Video at V952

The S's   [TOP]

SCHOOLHOUSE CAVE FOR FUN Come visit Schoolhouse Cave on this fun and comical film produced by the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh on black and white film in 1963. This program includes original narration and music. The quality is not great, but this show does have some historical value. The original film was transfered to VHS tape a good number of years ago. In 2010, John Harman loaned Dave Socky the VHS tape in order to transfer it to DVD.
D114
Individual Caves
Explorers club of Pittsburgh, ©1963, Lloyd Production
Amateur - historical
11:28 minutes. Comment:

 

A SCOUTING APPROACH TO WILD CAVES The NSS has long wished it had a good video introduction to caving. Well, the Scouts have beaten them to it! This very thorough production looks at everything from caving equipment and techniques, to cavern genesis, to vertical work and self-rescue. And it's all neatly packaged into 10-minute chapters. This program is very professional and won a Merit Award at the 1999 Video Salon.
D23
Safety & Techniques
Terry Wall, ©1998, Troop 381, Shawnee Mission, KS
Professional
102:41 minutes. Comment: won a Merit Award at the 1999 Video Salon. Also available on VHS tape

 

SECRET CAVE

This video was produced for the pleasure of those who enjoy beautiful caves and cave exploring.  Sounds of new age style music in the background provide a soothing atmosphere for appreciating the splendor of the cavernous world beneath our feet.  It is a particularly good video to show non-caver friends to let them see why you go caving.  I bought Secret Cave, the title of the video, 22 years ago to protect it from vandalism.  The difficult vertical entrance and its remoteness have kept it pristine.  Secret Cave has been gated with access granted only to National Speleological Society grotto members.  The video is approximately 16 minutes long and can be viewed online on YouTube in 2 parts, and at Vimeo.com in its entirety.

D116
Individual Cave
Al Ogden, ©2011
Amateur
15:50 minutes. Comment: Aspect ratio is 16:9:

 

SECRET WORLD OF BATS

The long-awaited documentary by BCI which aired in prime-time on CBS. Features astonishing slow-motion photography by Dieter Plage. A delight to watch

D115
Biology
©Survival Anglia, 1991
Professional
47:23 minutes. Comment: Aspect ratio is 4:3:

 

SECRETS OF LIMESTONE GROUNDWATER A short documentary by Frank Binney educates on the sources of groundwater pollution.
D28
Geology/Hydrology
©Indiana University, 1987
Professional
13:23 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS tape

 

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENT MAYA CEÑOTE Divers penetrate a Mexican cave, now underwater, to preserve bone samples and charcoal from Mayan era.
D74
Caving Areas
©Sea Impressions.
Professional
31:26 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS tape

 

SINGLE ROPE ASCENDING SYSTEMS, AN INTRODUCTION Whether one does vertical caving just because they enjoy going up and down a rope, or because pits and climbs always get in the way of exploring a cave (or both), one must learn the proper techniques in order to vertical cave in a safe and efficient manner.

When caving, the most common feature encountered that requires knowledge of vertical techniques is: “the pit”. Getting down is usually pretty easy (but it does require a fair amount of knowledge in order to do it safely). But if one goes down, it is usually necessary to get back up.

Getting back up the rope is the main subject of this video. This program is intended to be an introduction to the different techniques and rigs that are used around the world to ascend a rope.

The program will start out with how to set up a climbing rope for training with a heavy emphasis on safety. Then we will cover the workings of different climbing systems such as the Frog system, knots, the rope walker and others. Important aspects of each system will be described, including how to use them in a safe and efficient manner.

D5
Safety and Techniques
©David Socky - Hodag Video Productions, 2003
Professional
14:00 minutes. Also available on VHS tape (V114)

 

SINNETT-THORN MOUNTAIN CAVE SYSTEM, WV A through tour of this well-known cave near Franklin, WV using slides by Paul & Lee Stevens. Produced by Alex Sproul, 1987.
D67
Individual Caves
Alex Sproul, 1987.
Amateur
8:38 Minutes  

 

SNOWY RIVER AND THE DIG BETWEEN DON SAWYER MEMORIAL HALL AND MUD TURTLE PASSAGE This video documents two years of digging by the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project to connect Don Sawyer Memorial Hall to Mud Turtle Passage for the purpose of continuing the exploration of Snowy River and the rediscovery of Mud Turtle Passage and Snowy River. After determining by radio location where the two passages overlay each other, the group excavated 36 cubic yards of material and installed 4 8-foot ladders to make the connection in June 2007.
D54
Individual Caves
©2008, James T. Cox
Amateur
44:00 minutes. Comment: This program won a Merit Award in the 2008 NSS Video Salon.

 

SNOWY RIVER AND THE MUD TURTLE RADIO LOCATION The Snowy River Passage, in New Mexico's Fort Stanton Cave, is a single, mile-long bright white flowstone formation that has achieved worldwide recognition and federal protection. Part of the passage leading to this exceptional feature is very unstable, prompting the BLM to place it off limits and gate it. In order to avoid a very long detour, cavers used underground radio signals to precisely locate a spot on the surface at which to dig a new entrance. This video documents that effort with still slides, maps, narration, and a little video
D35
Individual Caves
©2006, James T. Cox
Amateur
53:00 minutes.  

 

SOLO

Within the earth, within the mind - a journey of discovery and obsession. What drives a person to risk their life deep underground, and alone, in an unexplored cave? Solo explores the innermost thoughts and fears of a lone caver as he ventures into uncharted caverns, culminating in a tense and dramatic struggle for survival..

Winner of the National Speleological Society Video Salon Best of Show in 1999 and the Aon Prize at the Speleovision festival 2000.

D139b
Miscellaneous Programs
Andy Sparrow, ©1998, Third Eye Films
Professional
33 minutes. Comment: Also on this DVD is "A Rock and a Hard Place" another Andy Sparrow production. Solo is also on VHS Video at V941

 

SOTANO DE LAS GOLONDRINAS

This program is a slide show from 1967 that has been trasfered to DVD. It includes audio. The program is about the exploration of Sotano de las Golondrinas in Mexico.

D45
Individual Caves
Produced by The Association of Mexican CAve Studies ©June 1967.
Amateur
25:46 minutes. Comment: Transfered to DVD by Dick Mitchell on August 2004

 

THE SOUNDS OF THE SILENCE This video was produced by Cuban Speleological Society. The program is a video montage of three very beautiful Cuban commercial and wild Caves. There is no narration, but the program is set to music. This video is definitely worth watching. The caves are unique and very beautiful, and the camera work is very well done.
D79
Caving Areas
Video Atenas ©2002
Amateur
25:10 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS tape (V640)

 

SP CAVE
Underground Symphony
Cottonwood Cave

SP Cave - Forest Service efforts to protect and preserve this spectacular Arizona cave are the focus of this documentary. Unique monitoring and restoration techniques are highlighted.

Symphony - This whimsical piece demon-strates the magic that digital editing and animation have brought to amateur video. Cave formations come to life, playing classical accompaniment to dancing hodags and gremlins.

Cottonwood -Well-known cave specialist lead a thorough tour of this well-known New Mexico cave, describing its features and Forest Service restoration efforts. Strong conservation message for cavers.

D4
Individual Caves & Miscellaneous

Produced by Fred Bauman
SP Cave - 1997
Underground Symphony - 1997
Cottonwood Cave - 1997

Amateur
SP Cave - 18 minutes
Underground Symphony - 10:06
Cottonwood - 35 minutes

 

 

SPELE-ICE This made-for-TV film by Swiss producer Gerald Fávre explores ice-filled caves in the high Alps, glacier caves, and geothermal caves in Iceland.
D88
Caving Areas
©Spéléfilm, 1987
Professional
50:05 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS tape

 

THE SPELUNKER A classic early B/W film directed by Roger Brucker which provides a fascinating view of how caving has changed over the years...and how much remains the same.
D121
Miscellaneous Programs
Bill Hulstrunk, 1951
Amateur
22:25 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS tape

 

SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION Stunning videography by Tom Zannes highlights this tour of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, including off-trail portions of Carlsbad, Slaughter Canyon Cave, Spider Cave, and of course, Lechuguilla. Good history of the area and unique cavern genesis.
D70
Caving Areas
©CCGMA, 1993
Professional
58:00 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS tape

 

The T's      [TOP]

TAG - YOU'RE IT! A wonderful retrospective on T.A.G., its caves and cavers, produced by Benjy von Cramon as the program for the 1998 NSS Convention Banquet. Full of history, characters, and yarns; includes `fantastic' pit-bopping and even exploration of virgin cave. A great grotto program!
D22
Caving Areas
Benjy von Cramon, ©NSS/BVC, 1998
Professional
52:05 minutes. Also available on VHS tape (V634)

 

TEXAS UNDERGROUND This segment from Texas Parks & Wildlife seeks to educate the public on the importance of caves and the need to protect them. Features NSS cave biologist Dr. Bill Elliott.
D65
Caving Areas
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Professional, non broadcast
11:30 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS tape (V631)

 

THUNDER HOLE

This program is about the discovery of a new cave in New York State, Schoharie County. After nine year, the diggers were rewarded by breaking through into real cave on August 25th, 2007.

This program won an Honorable Mention in the 2015 NSS Video Salon

D143c
Individual Caves
Richard Patenaude, 2014
Professional/Informal
11:18 minutes. Comment: Also on this DVD:Inside Bracken Bat Cave with NCKRI and BCI by Robert Garner and the NSS Video Salon 2015 Awards Show.  Also, see D142 for other programs from the 2015 NSS Video Salon

 

TIME Within our bodies, there's a mind-boggling dimension. A paradox that has always fascinated and frustrated us. An elusive boundary: Time… In 1962, a young man went deep underground to explore this invisible frontier. Michel Siffre spent two months down in an ice-cold cave with no clock. The only notion he had of time came from his own body's rhythms. Though Siffre barely made it out alive, he revolutionized our vision of biological time. His "do-it-yourself" experiment opened new horizons for a science that was still in its infancy, a science that studies the rhythms of human life. Michel Siffre was fascinated by the unusual discoveries he made in 1962, and threw himself headlong into more investigations. The young caver became the guinea pig of his own experiments.
D101
Miscellaneous Programs
Florence Tran, © 2006 ZED
Professional
1:15:00 minutes. Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in France. Aspect ratio is 16:9

 

À travers la Pierre An exploration through the world-class cave system, Pierre Saint-Martin, in the French Pyrenees. We follow scientist and caver Richard Maire, who shows explorer Priscilla Telmon the secret way of the rainwater from the lapis to the resurgence of the underground river in the valley, 1000m below. During the 10 km trip, dropping 1058m of elevation, the scientist points out unusual speleothems, underground life, and explains the creation of the exceptional Verna Chamber, one of the largest in the world.
D92
Individual Caves
Luc-Henri Fage, © 2005 MVC, France 5, France 3
Professional
52:00 minutes. Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in France. Aspect ratio is 4:3.  NOTE - This program is in French with no english subtitles.

 

Tyrolean New World Record 2008 This project was accomplished during the European meeting at Vercors, France, in 2008. A tyrolean was put in place with a single rope of 1100 meters in length. We had 240 meters between start and arrival. Many tests were done before the big day by specialists from French Cave Rescue. Over 100 cavers from more than 30 countries would ride the tyrolean at speeds up to 140 km/hr. The accomplishment was recognized by Guinness as a new world record. This is a documentary of the event, produced by the French Federation of Speleology (FFS).
D90
Miscellaneous Programs
Christian Dodelin, © 2008
Amatuer
29:40 minutes. Comment: From the Texas 2009 NSS/ICS - Produced in France

 

The U's      [TOP]

UNDERGROUND FLUTES

In October 2004, a large group of Native American flute enthusiasts gathered in Dixie Caverns, VA to have a flute con-cert in the cave's excellent acoustics. Twenty-six flutists are featured in this video, playing a wide range of traditional music. Each performance is intermixed with beautiful scenes from a number of caves, with scenes ranging from striking formations to underground waterfalls. It is a pleasure to watch

D10
Miscellaneous Programs
by David Socky, Hodag Video Productions ©2005
Professional
55:00 minutes

Comment:

 

THE UNDERGROUND WORLD OF SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

Come explore the unknown gems of Se-quia National Park as we visit the under-ground world found there. From the al-pine caves of the high country to the re-mote canyons of the Kaweah River, join us as we crawl, climb, and rappel through dozens of the over 200 caves found throughout the park. Along the way, we'll learn about the geologic forces that created so many caves, we'll see some of the animals that call the caves home, and we'll learn the interest-ing human history of cave exploration in Sequoia, all from the cavers who know the caves best!

D8
Caving Areas
by Steven Bumgardner. 2004
Professional
60:00 minutes

Comment: This DVD won a merit award in the 2005 NSS Video Salon.

 

The V's     [TOP]

VAMPIRE: NOT AS BAT AS YOU THINK An excellent study of these over-dramatized creatures shows them to be relatively innocuous and fascinating. Shown on "The Wild Side" on PBS, 1979.
D50
Biology
PBS, 1979
Professional, non broadcast
11:30 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS tape

 

VOICES OF THE CAVE This 16mm film owned by the NSS was converted to DVD in 2008. The original film was produced in 1984. It is a program on the history of Mammoth Cave, starting with the indians 4000 years ago. It is in color and narrated with background music. According to the Mammoth Cave online calendar, this program is shown daily at the visitors center.
D103
Individual Caves
Robert McBride, Earthrise Entertainment for the National Park Service. 1984
Professional
14:26 minutes. Comment:

 

VULCANO-SPELEOLOGY SYMPOSIUM, HAWAII An educational and entertaining moving-image program on the lava tubes of the Big Island from its rain forests to high on Mauna Loa.
D89
Caving Areas
Paul Stevens, 1992
Amateur
63:50 minutes. Comment: Also available on VHS tape

 

The W's      [TOP]

WE ARE WATER For the first time in history, clean fresh water has become a finite resource. Many experts agree that without significant changes in water policy, wars of the 21st century will be fought, not over oil, but for control of clean water. In this very personal documentary Jill Heinerth describes how her life swimming through underwater caves has shaped her understanding about water literacy; a message that she feels a great urgency to communicate to the global community.
D134
Conservation
Robert McClellan, Heinerth Productions Inc., ©2013
Professional
50:00 minutes. Comment: 2013 NSS Video Salon

 

WHAT TO DO WITH THOSE PESKY SPOILS?

Cave digging is used extensively to find new cave, both from within known caves and new surface entrances.  But no matter where the dig is located, there is always the issue of what to do with all the dirt, mud, and rocks (spoils) if the dig is in anyway extensive.  This short 10 minute program portrays a number of digs and how the spoils are moved from dig to dump, set to music, and using a poem to describe the action. The conclusion is that many miles of cave can be discovered through patience and well planned digs.

D141g
Miscellaneous Programs
Philip Lucas and David Socky, ©2014
Professional
9:51 minutes (16x9)

Comment: Also on this DVD are 6 other programs from the 2014 NSS Video Salon:

 

White Cat Cave This is the story (in Slovenian with English subtitles) of the discovery and exploration of a large new cave on the northern rim of Planinsko polje in Inner Camiola, halfway between Ljubljana, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea. There are four main characters in the film - Marko, Janko, Matej, and Metka, with a supporting role by a forester. The movie was filmed in one of the most popular non-tourist Slovenian caves, where caving courses are often run by the Ljubljana Speleological Society (DZRJL) and Železni?ar Speleo Group (JKŽ).
D95
Individual Caves
Primož Jakopin, © 2006
Professional
1:58:00 minutes. Comment: From the 2009 NSS/ICS. Produced in Slovenia. Aspect ratio is 4:3

 

Whitenose Syndrome in Bats: A Conservation Challenge A talk by WNS specialist and WNS Laison for the NSS Peter Youngbaer given in California, October 28, 2010.  This talk, with lots of slides, is an hour long and provides a wealth of information on the deadly Whitenose Syndrome in bats.
D120
Miscellaneous Programs
NSS, © 2010
Professional
1:07:00 minutes. Comment:

 

WILDER CAVE

Producer Nathaniel Bluedorn says: "My brother Hans and I have never made a movie. So we decided to hide our bad technique in a cave. Viewers may forgive a caving documentary for being amateurish.
"We wanted to bring viewers on a caving trip - to experience caving the way cavers do. Part of caving is dealing with extreme situations underground. We want viewers to think to themselves, 'If I was in a cave, or climbing a mountain, I want to be that way - confident, helping my team members, safe, etc.
"We filmed in HD, but editing HD files was too time-consuming, so we mastered our movie in standard definition. After experimenting, we chose to use only headlamps and flashlights held by our actors to light our movie. We didn't have trained actors, so we wrote our dialog to match our personal experiences as much as possible.
"We learned that being organized isn't enough. We have to be more organized than we can possible imagine, because it won't look so organized on shooting day. And we learned that movies are made by teams, and teams are built by networking and building trust."
For a first-time production, Wilder Cave is well worth watching. It is visually stunning, and captures the essence of being underground.

D34
Miscellaneous Programs
©2006, Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
Amateur
19:00 minutes

 

 

THE WORK OF DARK WATER: ROLLINS CAVE

The producer says: "My objectives were to give the impression of actually going through this (Missouri) cave, to provide maximum time for my volunteer assistants to see themselves in the video, and to provide myself with a souvenir of this beautiful cave, my favorite. I am 69 years old and unlikely to ever enter it again."
All of these objectives were met in this thorough documentary of Rollins Cave. The first half shows the cave's size (both crawlways and corridors), extent, and challenges. The second half is the reward, showing the exquisite beauty of the left branch's terminal room and the grandeur of the right side's galleries.

D36
Individual Caves
©2006, Ronald R. Jaeger
Amateur
1:05:00 minutes

 

 

WORLDS BIGGEST CAVE

More than three times the height of Niagara Falls, much of Vietnam’s Mountain River Cave has remained untouched by humans. With exclusive footage, National Geographic reveals, for the first time in history, astounding evidence that this could be the largest cave in the world.

Together with renowned expedition leader Howard Limbert, cave geologist Darryl Granger uncovers the formula for how the cave grew so grand. And international zoologist Annette Becher identifies unique underground species that evolved there. Finally, the team climbs to the cave’s ceiling. Will their readings help confirm that they have just ascended to the top of the World’s Biggest Cave?

D119
Individual Caves
©2009, National Geographic Society
Professional
45 minutes