Return to: the Stevens Family Homepage
Caving in: Oman | California | Saudi Arabia


The site that this picture was stolen from is no longer on the web :-(

General Information

What do people see in caves, anyway?

Self_rescue egroup

Cindy Heazlet has started a caving self-rescue listserv which is archived at You have to be a list member to consult the archive. Subscribe at

From Cindy's list of recommended readings, posted on


Caving in Oman

Caving in Saudi

Caving in California

Bobbi and I were out hiking in Castle Rock park near San Jose when we came across a group of people ascending "Goat Rock". I stopped to chat, left a card, and got e-mail next day telling me where they met each month.

So I attended a series of meetings, a month apart, where people told about discovering caves locally, and gave slide presentations describing expeditions that were elaborate and challenging. And it became obvious there are some interesting opportunities in California to get claustrophobic. Nothing to equal Majlis Al Jin in Oman, but ample opportunity to get cold, damp, and muddy.

A list of personal accounts appears at right.

Other urls:

 *Footnote: Glenn joined in too

On a misty cold Saturday, February 1, 1997, there was a session with the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the National Speleological Society in nearby Castle Rock Park put on by Cindy Heazlit on vertical rope techniques. Glenn went to learn how to rap (rappel, or ab, abseil). He not only went down a short practice pitch a number of times, but he made an ascent using what the Americans call the frog system, a chest ascender lifted by squatting and standing in a sling attached to an ascender pushed constantly overhead. Vance worked on honing his technique, and learned a number of basics about rigging and tuning his gear that his mates in Oman neglected to tell him before, during or after those harrowing fixes they almost got him into. Or maybe it's just a case of "when the student is ready, the teacher appears."

Use the navigation at the top of this page or your browser's BACK button to return to a previous page

For comments, suggestions, or further information on this page,
contact Vance Stevens, page author and webmaster.

Last updated: July 25, 2002
Then on March 1, 2010 relinked to files formerly at Geocities, rescued to my own web host

March 6, 2010

Copyright 2010 under Creative Commons License:
in which you are free to share or remix this work as long as you attribute its source (this author, this page)
and share alike (under the same creative commons license cited above)