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

June 30, 2013
Rushing water in Tennessee's Rocky River Cave.

Rushing water in Tennessee’s Rocky River Cave. Photo by Matt Tomlinson/flickr

The beginning of shorter days means that June has come to an end and it’s once again time to recap of the ten most popular tidbits of caving news published on Caving News in the last 30 days.

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

As usual we’ve had some excellent responses to our weekly Ask Cavers questions, with folks sharing their thoughts on the best footwear for dry caving, what makes a great show cave tour, and how they deal with claustrophobia.

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

June 2013′s Top 10 News Items

  1. Vandals Remove Stalactites at Popular Sequoia National Forest Cave
    A visitor has discovered evidence of recent vandalism inside California’s Sequoia National Forest’s Packsaddle Cave.
  2. Connecticut Quarry Planning to Build Artificial Bat Cave
    O&G Industries, a Connecticut based construction materials and services company is planning to build a new hibernaculum for bats at a limestone quarry it operates near New Milford.
  3. Sign Up For an Upcoming NSS Webinar on Underwater Exploration
    The NSS webinar featured underwater explorer Jarrod Jablonski sharing his incredible stories of cave diving and shipwreck exploration.
  4. New Species of Thread-Legged Bug Described in Kartchner Caverns
    A new species of cave dwelling thread-legged bug, first discovered in Arizona’s Kartchner Caverns in 1990, has recently been described in the journal Zootaxa.
  5. Caver Trapped in Pit After Mud Clogs Vertical Gear
    A caver spent 17 hours trapped in a pit after his rope and ascending equipment failed due to an accumulation of sticky mud.
  6. Alabama Cave Explorer Rescued After Flashlight Batteries Died
    A young man was rescued after he became lost in Hughes Cave in Alabama’s Morgan County.
  7. New Video Features Ogof Ffynnon Ddu’s Fault Aven Series
    A new video by Keith Edwards highlights the Fault Aven area of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, the deepest cave in the U.K. and the second longest in Wales.
  8. Alabama’s Sequoyah Caverns to Close in September
    After nearly 5 decades, Alabama’s Sequoyah Caverns is closing its doors at the end of summer.
  9. Indiana Caverns Opens to Rave Reviews
    After a 380 day marathon of development, Indiana Caverns, America’s newest show cave, opened to the public.
  10. Nearly 5,000 Cave Paintings Discovered In Mexico
    Archaeologists have discovered nearly 5,000 paintings in the caves and ravines of the Sierra de San Carlos, municipality of Burgo, Tamaulipas.
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