BOOKS ABOUT CAVING


The Complete Caving Manual

By: Andy Sparrow

Has anyone ever asked you what caving is all about? Give them a copy of this excellent manual and they will soon know. Has anyone ever asked if there is a book that they can read when they are taking their first steps underground, or on the end of an SRT rope or trying to photograph the wonder of the subterranenan world? This is the book to point them towards.

By turns instructional and inspirational, this manual will instruct you in the basics of all the techniques that you need for underground exploration in Britain and Europe, while taking time out to tell yu how the caves formed in the first place, what creatures you might encounter underground and why you shouldn't break that straw off! If you cave already you will want it as a reference; if you're just starting out it will help you to get the most out of your next training trip/course; if you're introducing someone to caving it will be an invaluable resource of the why as well as the what in a clear and consistent style.

Beyond the basics of clothing, equipment, ropework, ladderwork and moving underground, Andy has included valuable chapters on conservation, speleobiology, digging, photography and an overview of cave-diving (with all the appropriate warnings). He advises you where to go caving, how to find a club, how to evaluate the flood risk - just how to do it really.

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Texas Caves

By: Blair Pittman, Francis Edward Abernethy

Texas has about three thousand known, explored caves, ranging in size from small crawlways to huge caverns. Most of these caves, however, are generally restricted to exploration by trained, experienced cavers, geologists, and biologists."--BOOK JACKET. "Texas Caves introduces this seldom-seen world, providing basic cave geology and biology, a description of the seven show caves that have been opened and developed for public visiting, and information on state speleological parks."--BOOK JACKET. "The text along with a hundred full-color and black-and-white photographs reveal the glories of Texas caves, "wild" as well as commercial, showing different types of cave formations, the creatures that live in them, and the people who explore them.

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Adventure of Caving

By: David R. McClurg

This edition of Adventure of Caving is a complete update of the most popular how-to book for beginning cavers. Over 25,000 copies of this and earlier editions have been sold. Profusely illustrated, Advetnure of Caving covers everything the beginner needs to know about caving techniques and equipment. Its underlying theme is a strong emphaisis on how to cave safely and softly. Many colorful anecdotes and stories from the author's 40 years of caving expereience reinforce learning. Reviewers have called it "Best available basic introduction to caving as practiced in the U.S.," and "Presents the state of the art in a clear and well illustrated way...makes for good reading."

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Caving

By: Steven Boga

-- Complete guidebook for the beginning caver
-- Comparisons and recommendations of equipment and techniques
-- Thorough resource list of caving and caving-related organizations and publications

Undertaken first as a quest for shelter and lat

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The Cave Divers

By: Robert Forrest Burgess

Cave divers are a breed apart and this is their story-a story of pushing the limits of technology and human endurance. In 24 chapters Burgess takes you on an exciting and often harrowing journey from the earliest pioneering expeditions into submerged prehistoric caves in Europe to the most recent record-setting expeditions. You'll read about archaeological finds, including a 10,000-year-old skull in Florida's Warm Mineral Springs; the underwater passages feeding Bahama's blue holes; record depth and horizontal penetrations in Mexico and Florida; and explorations in France, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. You will feel the lure of the labyrinth and learn of the thoughts and struggles of divers lost but to God. You'll go on body recovery dives and thrill when a team dispatched across continents beats the odds. And of course you'll read about the divers: Dr. George Benjamin, Eugenie Clark, Carl Clausen, Jacques Cousteau, Sheck Exley, Steve Gerrard, Lamar Hires, Woody Jasper, Jon Lindbergh, Mike Madden, William Royal, Gary Salsman, Wes Skiles, Bill Stone, Edward Thompson and many more.

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