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MANUFACTURERS

  • BEAL - climbing rope manufacturer, product catalog, technical information
  • Speleo Technics - manufacturer of climbing head lamps, product catalog, technical data
    (Also see manufacturers under the COPE/Mountaineering category)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Caver's Digest
  • "An Introduction To Caving: A Guide For Beginners" Volume 20,#1-2 of Missouri Speleology. 1980 An excellent beginners guide.
  • "Caving", Boy Scouts of America, No. 33446A, 1991, ISBN 0-8395-3446-9. An introduction to spelunking
  • "Caving Basics", National Speological Society, 1992. Caving basics from the NSS Caver Training Committee
  • "Caving Practice and Equipment", British Cave Research Association, David Judson, 1991. Illustrated guide for both beginners and experienced cavers
  • "On Station", National Speleological Society, 1994, George Dasher A complete handbook for surveying and mapping caves.
  • "The Art of Cave Mapping", Missouri Speleology, Volume 31, #1-4, Thomas and Taylor, 1991. Well written presentation on cave mapping.
  • "The Complete Caving Manual", Andy Sparrow, 1997. Basic caving guide from Britain
  • "Caving for Explorers and Boy Scouts", Boy Scouts of America, No. 19-102, BSA caving guidelines
  • "The Art of Caving", Heslop, Linda, Cave Books, 1996
  • "On Rope", Padgett, Allen and Bruce Smith, NSS Books, 1987
  • "Caving Basics", Tom Rae, NSS Books, 1987

VIDEO TAPES

  • Cave Safe Video Series - VHS These excellent caver training videos were produced by Andy Sparrow, a professional British cave guide, and are a thorough introduction to caves, caving equipment, caving techniques, and technical rope work. Most of the instruction takes place underground. Third Eye Films, Glastonbury, England.
  • CAVE SAFE I An Introduction to Basic Caving - Part 1 of a 3-part series by Andy Sparrow of the UK. Shows how to organize a caving trip, choose the best equipment, take safety precautions, negotiate obstacles, survive in an emergency, and understand cave formation. ©Third Eye Films, 1992. 57 min
  • CAVE SAFE II Ropes, Rigging, Ladders, & Lifelines - Part 2 of a 3-part series by Andy Sparrow of the UK. Shows how to choose a suitable rope, tie a range of useful knots, select safe anchors, lifeline safely, rig ladder pitches, and avoid problems and hazards. ©Third Eye Films, 1993. 55 min
  • CAVE SAFE III: SRT and Advanced Ropework - Part 3 of a 3-part series by Andy Sparrow of the UK. Covers kitting up, rigging, getting up and down (including rebelays & directionals), pull-downs, problems, and emergency techniques for self and buddy rescue. ©Third Eye Films, 1994. 76 min
  • A SCOUTING APPROACH TO WILD CAVES. (1998) VHS 103 min - 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. Produced by Terry Wall, ©1998, Troop 381, Shawnee Mission, KS.
    Troop 381 also has available A Scouting Approach to Rock Climbing Aud: P. (J. Carlson)
  • SPELEOLOGIE: ADVENTURE MODERNE - VHS 56 min - An introduction to organized caving, European style; stresses safety and conservation while demonstrating good techniques in a variety of caving situations. ©Spelefilm, 1987
  • THE WORLD WITHIN - VHS 28 min A professional film providing an excellent introduction to caving for the non-caver. Produced by John Slavin & Paul Crawford. ©Orisis Productions, 1978.
  • ROPE RESCUE - OVERVIEW - VHS 65 min - Part 1 of 4 part series. Covers history of rope rescue and overview of techniques. ©Thorne Group Inc, 1989.
  • ROPE RESCUE - ROPE & EQUIPMENT - VHS 65 min - Part 2 of 4 part series. Covers physics of rope use, rope care and use, and carabiners. ©Thorne Group Inc, 1989.
  • ROPE RESCUE - KNOTCRAFT - VHS 55 min - Part 3 of 4 part series. Step by step instructions for tying many knots, bends, and hitches. ©Thorne Group Inc, 1989.
  • ROPE RESCUE - BELAYING - VHS 55 min - Part 4 of 4 part series. Step by step instructions for how to provide a friction safety for a person in an exposed position. ©Thorne Group Inc, 1990.
  • CAVE DIVING - THE NEED FOR TRAINING - VHS 5 min - A short primer on the dangers of cavern diving and the consequences that await the unprepared. By Mike Garman and Brett Hemphill. ©Hydro-Geo, 1997.

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