In January, I've decided not to work. I'll spend most of the month caving in Virginia with possible stops in WV on the way there or back. I will be camping in my van, surveying and ridgewalking. I will also be writing every day and will post an extensive trip report when I get home. For much the trip I will be alone. My wife and brother will join me for a week or so. This will be, to an extent, an exercise in solitude and simplicity and self-sufficiency. I will not use my computer during January, probably won't get to bathe a lot, and am determined to abstain from fast-food. I have four caves (200' - 5000' +/-) to finish surveying and a few digs in these same caves. I anticipate being finished with these in five or six days. Afterward, if I have no ridgewalking success, I will start on a survey of a known cave (1000-2000'), but I expect to find new caves. I'm beginning to plan now since I want to have a successful and productive month and I'm a notorious procrastinator. There are a few things you guys may be able to help with:
-My only extended camping experience has been in the summer. Tips on food, warmth, and comfort are welcomed (especially food. Cooking in the back of a van without killing myself with fumes, easy dry/cold foods, etc.)
-I have a search area of well over 1 square mile that is full of sinks. How can I best organize my search and leads?
-If anyone is interested in some surveying in SW VA during Jan. I might be able to use some help. I don't want to do a lot of survey by myself, at least not very far from the surface.
If I think of anything else in the meantime I'll add more. Thanks!