Cavers from CaveSim, Southern Colorado Mountain Grotto, and Catamount Institute gathered Sunday to provide special cave exploration tours at Cave of the Winds. Highlights included vertical (SRT) demonstrations, hands-on cave survey work, bat surveys, and speleogenesis classes. Everyone did a great job today and yesterday; special thanks to SoCoMoGro members Floyd, Patricia, Dan, LP, Mike, Donna, and Jonny. Dave had a great time teaching speleology and speleogenesis (in the pictures below, Dave gets to play with acid).
Dave teaches about corrosion residue and demonstrates acid on limestone. Photos by Emerson Killion.
Both The Denver Post and The Colorado Springs Gazette newspapers dig CaveSim too! Check out their fun, well-written articles: Gazette article online (full article), Denver Post article online (partial article), Denver Post article pdf (partial article).
CaveSim has now had over 1000 visitors in one year and eight months! Thank you to all of our visitors.
Thanks to Peter and Ann Bosted, we now have great 3D photos of CaveSim. Below is a picture of Ann inspecting a big stal in CaveSim.
Also, we have some final numbers from the Convention. We had 327 visits to CaveSim during the week with an average damage of 8.9 and an average time of 2:49.5. Below is a plot of the data that we recorded (click to enlarge).
The June issue of the NSS News features an article about the upcoming 2011 NSS Convention, including a writeup about CaveSim, which will be part of the Speleo-Olympics.
Here at CaveSim, we turn discarded electronics into sensors for amazing caves. We also use discarded latex paint and we reduce, reuse, and recycle wherever we can. We’re always interested in learning new techniques for being nice to the planet as we build caves, so we joined the Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network (PPSBN, part of the Catamount Institute). Look for us at PPSBN events!
We’ve added a new entrance to CaveSim. Built to look like real rock, the entrance communicates with the CaveSim computer to automatically start recording when you crawl through, and automatically stop recording once you’re completely out. It even talks to you when you start and finish.
We had a great time taking The Cave to the Catamount Institute’s Student Research Symposium at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO on April 21, 2010. This was a free event, open to the public, from 9am-2pm. Kids and adults enjoyed The Cave (an electronic cave that you can crawl through) and other hands-on nature and science exhibits, student projects, and workshops. For more information on the Symposium go to http://www.ppsbn.org./ We had 113 kids crawl through The Cave, thanks to our great team of volunteers. The kids crawled through in an average of 43 seconds, and damaged an average of 2.19 formations with 19 formations in The Cave (we’ll be adding more formations soon to make The Cave more challenging). In addition to crawling through The Cave, the kids learned about bats by playing the Bat Migration game, and about how to avoid hurting a cave or yourself while going caving. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Thank you to everyone who tried The Cave at the CCRN training, and to the CCRN organizers, including Marty Reames. We really appreciate all of the positive things that we heard from you, including the following:
Unidentified participant, talking about The Cave: “This is cool!”
Participant, caver, and geologist Jerry Elliott: “No, this is truly excellent.”