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Does the CCG provide guide services for youth groups such as
Boy Scouts or for commercial trip operators?
The CCG policy is that we don't lead or guide youth
group trips, trips for commercial operations, or trips that pay us to lead them.
We encourage potential trip leaders (with or without caving experience) to cave
with us and other Grottos (caving groups) of the NSS to gain experience. For additional
info, see the NSS Youth Group page at : http://www.caves.org/youth/,
Does the CCG run classes or offer certification in caving?
We don't have regular formal classes, and certification
is not common in the United States. Beginner and novice trips usually do not require
prior caving or caving instruction. Some trips do utilize specific skills, such
as vertical techniques and surveying. These skills, especially vertical caving skills,
are taught in occasional classes. For training in cave rescue, see the
Where can I buy a book on Connecticut caves?
There are many books on various aspects of caving, but
none currently published concentrates on caves in Connecticut. Many decades ago
Yale (University) published a booklet on caves, which is out of print. The CCG published
a pamphlet around 1980 on Connecticut Caves, which is also out of print. There is
occasional talk, and sometimes a little work, on making a current publication (interested
Books that describe the location of some caves are: "The Connecticut Walk Book"
which comes in East and West editions, published by The
Connecticut Forest and Park Association. Another book is "50
Hikes in Connecticut", the 5th edition was published in 2002. Most
books have an index that list some caves.
Who is the Leatherman, and why are some caves (rock shelters)
in Connecticut named after him?
Please see these references:
- "Old Leather Man: Historical
Accounts of a Connecticut and New York Legend" is a fine book written by Dan
W. DeLuca published October 2008.
- A recorded interview with Dan W. DeLuca aired on 12/19/2008 on Connecticut Public
The Old Leatherman.
- A compilation by Carol A. Hanny:
Do you do trips with media reporters interested in producing
a segment on local caving?
Occasionally we do trips with reporters, see home page for contacts.
Where can I find out more about caving?
The National Speleological Society website,
www.caves.org, is a great source of information on United States caving, with
links to international caving and caving discussion groups.
Is there a list of suggested caving equipment?
Check out Caving Checklist
Where can I buy caving equipment?
Look on the bottom of the home page of the NSS site,
www.caves.org, for a list of businesses. The
CCG has loaner gear available to beginner cavers on CCG trips.