Month in Review: January 2013’s Must Read Caving News

January 31, 2013
Inside the Vietnam'sPhong Nha Caves.

Inside the Vietnam’s Phong Nha Caves. Photo by Mountain/\Ash/flickr

It’s time for a review of the ten most popular tidbits of caving news published on Caving News in the last 30 days.

This monthly recap gives you, our valued reader, a chance to see what other readers found interesting, and to allow you to catch anything important you may have missed.

January was an interesting month, with all sorts of interesting news and a some great comments in the new “Ask Cavers” posts. If you haven’t already, check out the riveting stories from cavers telling of the most unexpected situations they’ve experienced.

This month also saw the first reports on this winters new White-nose syndrome infections with bats at Mammoth Cave National Park and Missouri’s Onondaga Cave State Park being confirmed for the disease.

Finally, January seemed to be a pretty accident prone month. Although some folks were successfully rescued, far too many cavers and cave divers lost their lives. Take their misfortunes as a lesson and remember to be careful out there.

Now, without further ado, we count down January 2013’s most popular articles of caving news, ordered by the number of views.

January 2013’s Top 10 News Items

  1. Buckingham Palace Recognizes Top English Cave Diver
    An English cave diver was made a Member of the of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours list announced late last year by Buckingham Palace.
  2. Amazing Ice Formations Photographed in Cold Storage Building
    A recent trip to an old cold storage building has yielded photographer Gary Jensen with some truly amazing results.
  3. Phantom Springs Cave Becomes Deepest Underwater Cave in the U.S.
    An early January expedition to explore Phantom Springs Cave in Texas saw divers hit a depth of 140.8 meters (462 feet), making it the deepest underwater cave system known in the United States.
  4. Two French Cavers Rescued After Rising Water Traps Them Underground
    Two French cavers were rescued on Sunday, January 22nd after rising water trapped them underground.
  5. Trapped Man Rescued From South Knoxville Cave
    A man was rescued on Saturday, January 12th after he became trapped in a cave in South Knoxville.
  6. Swedish Cave Diver Dies in Hospital After Incident in France
    A Swedish cave diver died in hospital on Monday, January 28th after an incident while diving in the Landenouse resurgence between Cadrieu and Cajarc in southwest France.
  7. Underwater Incident Claims Life of Italian Cave Diver
    An Italian cave diver died on Saturday, January 19 after an incident while diving in Covolo Veci, one of the two active branches of northern Italy’s Oliero cave system.
  8. Cave Divers Expand Quintana Roo’s Sistema Sand Crack
    In a recent update, the Quintana Roo Speleological Survey reported that the Quiet Diver Team has connected Cenote Herradura, Cenote K’oxul, Cenote Maya, Sistema Ak Tulum, Sistema Sand Crack, and Cenote Little Fish into one underwater cave system.
  9. End of Year Accident Kills Experienced Swiss Caver
    A 30-year-old Swiss woman died on Sunday, December 30th, 2012 after she fell about 40 meters (130 feet) during a caving trip in Switzerland’s Siebenhengste-Hohgant cave system.
  10. Caver Dies, Others Injured After Vehicle Falls Into Cave
    In a freak accident, one caver was killed and two others injured after a vehicle fell into the cave they were descending.
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