Half way to West Virginia

The National Speleological Foundation (NSF) has agreed to fund CaveSim’s return transportation to Colorado from the 2012 NSS Convention, MayaCon.  Now all we need is help getting to convention is the first place.  The NSF was generous enough to fund half of this trip, bringing CaveSim to thousands of convention goers, community members, and teachers across the county.  Can you or your grotto help CaveSim with the rest?  Contact us.

CaveSim staff teach kids speleology in Cave of the Winds

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 demonstrates acid on limestone

Dave teaches about corrosion residue and demonstrates acid on limestone. Photos by Emerson Killion.

245 people explore CaveSim at 2011 CoolScience Festival at UCCS

We had a record number of visitors crawl through CaveSim today, including some repeat customers from the Colorado Springs festival last year who came to check out all that we’ve added.  People can’t get enough of CaveSim!
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Kids learn about caves while waiting in line at UCCS. 
Kids learn about caves while waiting in line, and excitedly peer into CaveSim. Photos by Bruce Hutchison.

Over 1000 served

CaveSim has now had over 1000 visitors in one year and eight months!  Thank you to all of our visitors.

New 3D photos by Peter and Ann Bosted

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.

Ann Bosted and large stal
3D photo by Peter and Ann Bosted

Glenwood’s Post Independent publishes article on Speleolympics

Glenwood Springs’ newspaper, the Post Independent, published a great front-page article on Friday about the Speleolympics and CaveSim.  Visit the Post Independent site to read the article, or check out the pdf below:
In addition, we heard some great comments from participants during the week.  Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback.  Check out some of the comments on our Testimonials page.

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).

Histogram of caver "damage"

Announcing the Speleo Olympics winners for 2011 NSS Convention

This year’s speleo olympics included CaveSim as a new category.  Competition started on Monday morning and closed at 1PM today (Thursday).  Thanks to everyone who competed, and congratulations to our winners:
Women’s:     Andrea Corlett from Alberta, Canada with:   0 damage in 1 minute, 28 seconds
Men’s:          Derek Bristol from Colorado with:                0 damage in 1 minute, 37 seconds
Youth:          Philip Weaver with:                                     0 damage in 0 minutes, 33 seconds

Andrea Corlett receiving prizes from Dave Jackson for being a Speleolympic champion. Photo: Andy Belski

Great turnout for CaveSim at 2011 NSS Convention

Over 200 people have tried CaveSim in the first three days of the Convention.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by, including Peter and Ann Bosted who took 3D photos of the CaveSim formations.  Some CaveSim formations are based on Peter and Ann’s pictures.  Peter and Ann are world-renowned for their pioneering work in 3D cave photography, and they have an awesome website.
Our best youth score so far is 0 damage in 33 seconds, and our best adult score is 0 damage in 1 minute, 45 seconds.  Speleo Olympics awards for CaveSim will be announced after the other Speleo Olympic events, which are on Thursday.  There’s still time to compete – stop by the gym at the Glenwood Springs High School.

A facelift for CaveSim

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.

CaveSim participates in Cool Science Festival 2010

CaveSim’s excellent volunteers helped set up The Cave at the Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival at UCCS.  We had an amazing turnout – a record 218 people enjoyed The Cave over the course of seven hours, and it was all our volunteers could do to keep up with demand.  We presented new interactive educational materials focused on cave and bat science, cave safety and conservation, and other cave trivia.  Thanks to Cool Science for hosting the event!

Catamount Institute Student Research Symposium at Colorado College

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  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!

Cave simulator now patent pending

We are happy to report successful application to the USPTO for a cave simulator patent — the USPTO has accepted the filing, and The Cave is now patent pending.  If you are interested in purchasing a custom-built cave, contact Dave at  Thanks for your interest!