Poll: Do you belong to a caving organization?

February 20, 2012
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Photo by guy schmidt/flickr

Recently we were wondering how many of our readers are actually members of an organized caving group, whether it be their local club or grotto or a national organization like the National Speleological Society or the British Caving Association.

While there are many benefits joining a group, there are some who prefer to go at it alone.

Do you belong to a caving organization? What are your reasons for or against joining? Answer the poll and/or let us know in the comments below.

Do you belong to a caving organization?

Yes. 92% (86 Votes)
No. 8% (7 Votes)

  Total Voters: 93

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Last Week’s Results

Last weeks poll saw most folks agree that a cave is a cave and they were going to visit it regardless if it was a show cave or not.

Allen Maddox of Youth Opportunities Underground made an excellent comment in favor of supporting commercial show caves.

I think it’s important to support commercial caves. They are on the front line in the outreach to the general population on education about cave and caving. Many times I recommend that a youth group visit a commercial cave first before I take them underground. It helps them appreciate the wild cave experience more. It also helps weed out those who are claustrophobic and don’t realize it.
Many commercial cave owners support the efforts of the NSS, and some are members themselves.Allen Maddox, Youth Opportunities Underground

Thanks for the excellent response!

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Comments (6)

  1. Tony
    February 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    As a new caver nearly thirty years ago I resisted joining a club for many years. When I finally did and looked back through the club journals at what I’d missed I realised what a mistake I’d made. Once you’ve made the contacts it less essential, but I’d always advise new cavers to join.

    Also I’d be more likely to vote if you avoided the phrase “sure do!” as a possible answer :-)

    • Caving News
      February 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Excellent points. Thanks for the suggestion. The poll has been modified.

  2. Peter Norris
    February 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Poll did not work for me. I am a member of a caving org.

    • Caving News
      February 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      There was a little problem with caching, but it should be remedied now. Any other problems let us know.

  3. February 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Many times being associated with others that have same passion have many benefits, like fighting to keep the sport, or sites open(for example). one single person is not enough to do that, is cool to be responsibility free, but is even better if you can join the efforts to make things better

  4. February 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    We are the BEC,
    And this we must confess,
    Whatever is worth doing,
    We’ll do it to excess!

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