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Re: Cold/Ice caving?

Postby danhowitt » Jan 16, 2018 9:24 pm

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danhowitt wrote:Regarding Alaska. Is there caving there or does the cold ground temperature limit it?

Ice caving? Is there such a thing? Exploring ice caves?

Yes, there are caves/caving/cavers in Alaska, although no active grottos/clubs right now. Most caves here require significant effort to access, like traveling by aircraft/boat/foot etc into remote locations. There is major limestone karst on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska, and also on other islands in that region. Also some pockets of favorable karst in other parts of the state, although most of the geology in southcentral and the interior doesn't lend itself to major cave systems.

Yes, there is such a thing as ice caving - though the term is often misunderstood. An ice cave is a cave formed in rock that contains perennial ice. You may be thinking of glacier caves, which are caves formed in ice, often melting and reforming each year. Alaska does have glacier caves.

Here's a link to more information about caving in Alaska. Click on the play button to listen to the audio.
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2014/10/31 ... in-alaska/


Wow thank you for this.
Helpful audio!
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Re: New user Dan Howitt, "Caving in the US compared to Europ

Postby CaverScott » Jan 17, 2018 4:23 pm

Also the Speleo Digest series had a LOT of articles from Alaska in the 90's (I think)

https://caves.org/pub/speleodigest/
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Re: New user Dan Howitt, "Caving in the US compared to Europ

Postby danhowitt » Jan 19, 2018 9:23 pm

CaverScott wrote:Also the Speleo Digest series had a LOT of articles from Alaska in the 90's (I think)

https://caves.org/pub/speleodigest/
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Re: New user Dan Howitt, "Caving in the US compared to Europ

Postby bennettbike » Mar 14, 2018 9:39 pm

Now I want to go caving in Europe.
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Re: New user Dan Howitt, "Caving in the US compared to Europ

Postby captnemo » Mar 22, 2018 10:18 pm

bennettbike wrote:Now I want to go caving in Europe.

If you're really interested start saving up now and keep an eye on the UIS site http://www.uis-speleo.org for information on the next ICS in 2021. Its being held in Lyons France. Not only a great opportunity to see some great caves but you'll be able to make contacts with caving clubs from all over the world. I was lucky enough to attend the last few and really had a great time.
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