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Looking for a mentor.....

Postby edrigg78 » Feb 15, 2011 12:31 am

Hey guys, My name is Eric. I have always wanted to start caving. I have finally made up my mind to give it a try. Im looking for a mentor or experienced group to show me the right way to do things. Im located in the north georgia area, from what I have read is called the tag area. If anyone wants to talk or help me out please let me know. have a good one guys
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Re: Looking for a mentor.....

Postby l lambert » Feb 15, 2011 1:31 am

Welcome, Eric. This is good timing as a few here just suggested that we should be more mentorly. :tonguecheek: The Chattanooga grotto or the Pigeon Mountain grotto would be good places to start. There are many friendly cavers hereabouts and you are in cave 'heaven'. If you have problems give me a shout I'll round up a cave for you. Kent Ballew
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Re: Looking for a mentor.....

Postby edrigg78 » Feb 15, 2011 1:50 am

Hey thanks Kent, I have heard this area has some good caving. I will def check out the chattanooga club. Im so excited about getting started. I have been looking at gear online, any advice?
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Re: Looking for a mentor.....

Postby NZcaver » Feb 15, 2011 2:19 am

Welcome to the forum.

By all means look around at gear online, but I suggest you contact/meet up with local cavers first. Find out what they use and recommend before spending your hard-earned money on something you might not want or need. Many cavers also have spare items they are willing to loan out to beginners for trips.

You have a few local pointers already, but if you need more we also have a nifty page which lets you find websites and contact details of grottos in your area here

Good luck! :grin:
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Re: Looking for a mentor.....

Postby wendy » Feb 15, 2011 11:56 pm

The chattanooga grotto are some good people. You will be in good hands!
"Blessed are they who learn from their mistakes. For they shall make, if not necessarily fewer of them, different and more interesting ones."

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Re: Looking for a mentor.....

Postby cavercrew » Feb 16, 2011 6:30 pm

Hi Eric,
Welcome to the forum! You are certainly invited to attend the next Pigeon Mountain grotto meeting on Friday March 4th. We will be meeting at our usual location which is the upstairs meeting room of the Rock Spring branch of the Bank of Lafayette on US 27 in Rock Spring GA at 7 PM.
If you are interested we also have a cave trip lined up for this weekend on Saturday. PM or email me if you are interested.

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