First-hand account of caving expeditions

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to go on an expedition? How about one that takes you hundreds of feet underground, miles from any access to the surface?
Come learn all about expedition caving from local caver and PEEC staff member Beth Cortright, 7-8 p.m., April 30 at Mesa Public Library.
Everything, from cooking meals to using the restroom, is complicated when done in fragile cave environments.
This presentation will provide details, pictures and videos of a typical caving expedition where a small team of highly trained cavers spend about one week underground.
During this time, the group lives and works together inside the cave. Based out of a camp, teams travel to predetermined areas in the cave every day to map it to within a few degrees of error.
The end goal can be pure exploration or related to geology, biology, hydrology, and many other information-seeking sciences.
Beth Cortright has been caving for about six years. She began exploring underground in southern Kentucky, where she learned to safely explore, survey, and camp in caves.
Through her adventures with fellow cavers, Beth was fortunate enough to join weeklong expeditions into Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Beth will share her experiences in Lechuguilla and many other caves to highlight these important expeditions.
The free talk takes place in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library, adjacent to the gallery where 3-D photographs of Lechuguilla Cave are on display. The exhibits, with photos at the library and films at PEEC, are organized and circulated by the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and are made possible with support from the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@Pajarito.EEC.org, or call 662-0460.