Poll: As a caver, do you visit show caves?

February 13, 2012
A tour at Australia's Jenolan Caves

Photo by evilhayama/flickr

Recently the question came up, how many cavers out there actually visit show caves?

It seems that some cavers are fond of visiting caves regardless the experience, while others are much more committed to experiencing caves in their natural state, without the manicured setting.

What are your thoughts, do you bother visiting show caves? Do you visit them only as a last resort, if all other means of access are restricted, or do you specifically visit show caves? Answer the poll and/or let us know in the comments

As a caver, do you visit show caves?

Of course, a cave is a cave. 60% (40 Votes)
Sometimes, if it's the only means of access. 33% (22 Votes)
No way, that's not the real deal. 7% (5 Votes)

  Total Voters: 67

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Last Week’s Results

Last weeks poll found that most cavers will take anyone of any age caving with them, with many folks specific commenting on the positive experiences of taking their young children with them.

It’s interesting that curve of the results highly favored taking people at a younger age than older.

Thanks for all the responses!

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Comments (3)

  1. February 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

    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 recomend that a youth group visit a commercial cave first before I take them underground. It helps them appreciate the wild cave experince more. It also helps weed out those who are clostrphobic and don’t realize it.
    Many commercial cave owners support the efforts of the NSS, and some are members themselves.

  2. February 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I certainly fit into the majority! I manage a showcave and visit other caves (both developed and undeveloped) as much as I can. I also am a life member of the NSS and think that showcaves play a very valuable role in the conservation of other caves. We educate 1000’s of visitors annually about the geology of caves, the organisms that live in caves, and the fragility of the subterranian environment.

  3. January 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    As an enthusiastic caver and also the manager of a showcave, Poole’s Cavern in the Peak District of England,I’m a little bias. I hope cavers appreciate how much educational, conservation and scientific work is carried out by showcaves. Many actively support cave research and exploration. Showcaves most importantly offer an insight into the magical world underground for many who have little understanding of our sport. So visit and support your local showcaves.


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