Welcome to Cavechat.org, the official forum of the US National Speleological Society
We're here to help facilitate discussion among cavers and to share information about caves and caving. All persons interested in cave-related topics are welcome, regardless of location or NSS membership status.Please note this forum is for CAVERS and people with a genuine interest in caves and caving.
If you're not in favor of caving or you don't support the NSS goals of studying and protecting caves and promoting responsible exploration, this is not the forum for you. So you have a question, comment, or other information to share with the forum? Great! Here are a few basic tips:- Firstly, please respect each other. Take a moment to read our forum Terms of Service hereWe have zero tolerance for personal attacks, inappropriate language and offensive material. We don't allow political or religious discussions, or the posting of cave locations. Each person may only have one user account, and may not impersonate or misrepresent him or her self. Now be sure to click the link and read the full TOS, which you agreed to comply with when you joined the forum.- Search existing topics before deciding to start a new oneThe search box is in the top right corner of the page. As you read through the results you may find your question has already been asked and answered, or the information you were about to provide has been shared by someone else.
Feel free to post your question or other information in an existing relevant topic. Keeping information together makes it easier for others to search in the future. - When starting a new topic, please place it in the most appropriate section of the forum Click on the Forum Index Page and scroll down the list of over 20 sub-forums. The Caving General Discussion and Questions forum at the top is for caving topics not covered in other areas of the forum. If a discussion starts to move off-topic (as it often does), please feel free to start a new topic to continue the new line of discussion. - Avoid posting the same information in multiple places on the forumChoose the most appropriate sub-forum and topic, and post there. If you know of another related topic on the forum, consider helping out by adding a link to that topic. - Please be selective when posting news articles, personal correspondence, and other copyrighted materialWe recommend you quote only brief portions (perhaps 1-2 paragraphs) of copyrighted material, and provide a link or other information identifying the source. This is generally acceptable under the "Fair Use" doctrine of US copyright law for noncommercial educational/commentary purposes. Otherwise, permission to post copyrighted material must be obtained from the original source.- General information about using the forum can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page here- Looking for a cave to explore? More information here- Would you like to introduce yourself to the forum? Start a new topic under Caver Introductions here