For many years caving and the locations of caves was learned through experience and word of mouth. This sport has done a great job staying off the radar and only gives to those that seek it with a passion.
The locations and details of these amazing places has done what it does best…stay in the dark. The internet has had a large impact in the caving world. With the locations being shared to many the traffic of these fragile places has increased and thus hurting them in permanent ways which has resulted in having many of them closed to the public. Once the location has been posted or shared using social media, you can not get it back and the location will be available to anyone who wants it..forever. This has created a group of cavers doing everything in their power to make sure the locations of the caves is kept secret. The grotto (which is a caving group in any state) is comprised of these cavers doing what they can to keep them safe. (i do recommend joining the grotto to learn safe caving techniques) The down side they never share or show the locations of these caves, and many times take the location to the grave. Caves are lost and only re -found sometimes. There tends to be only a few people in the area that know all the locations of the currently known caves. They take it upon themselves to be the “gate keeper” and only teach the elite the in’s and out’s of the caves. They take the opportunity away for many people to experience caving. Why do they get to decide? This puts caving in a difficult spot. How to manage the locations and traffic of these amazing places. Is all social media for caving bad? The answer is NO, social media can be a very effective tool to educate and inspire everyone to protect and conserve the caves. Because photography is getting better the true beauty is starting to be seen. I encourage anyone that is interested in learning more and see pictures showing how special they are, please visit the link to the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CavingRocks I hope this helps you see the beauty of these mysterious environments.