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my caving career I have, unfortunately, witnessed cave damage,
caused by cavers, by sheer ignorance or stupidity. And being a
cave photographer I have often taken pictures of the damage they caused.
But I am also a very active caver, discovering and exploring new
caves and... taking care of them. I also have participated in cave restoration
or maintenance actions, such as taping off formations or cleaning them.
And of course, I have also taken many a picture of this.
Both negative and positive experiences, and all the pictures I have
collected, where the start for a Powerpoint-presentation that
was (and still is) used by the Flemish Caving Federation (VVS)
during "new" caver trainings
This presentation contains 64 slides and features many unique
pictures. It has been translated into French, for which
I must thank Michel Souverville (Arspan), Christian Marget and
Marc Legros. I did the English translation myself, which was
revised by Tony Knibb en Dave Steer. In April 2003 Sergey Seredin
from Moscow speleoclub Perovo translated it in Russian. This
translation was revised by Victor Komarov. In
May 2003 the Spanish translation was done by Evaristo QUIROGA
of the Espeleo Club de Gracia (Barcelone). Many thanks to
all of you!
You can view it online, in PDF-format, by simply clicking
the link below. But be warned: 2,5 MB so you need a fast Internet
connection. Otherwise, I recommend you download it first, and
look at it offline. To download, click on the link with right
mousebutton and choose "save target".
(Tip: in the presentation you go
from page to page by pressing PgUp/PgDn. Pressing Escape brings
you into the Adobe Acrobat Reader interface).
Anyway, you are free to download the presentation and distribute
it as wide as you want. The more people that see it, the better for
the caves! You can use it in your club or federation, for training
puposes or to animate or start a discussion or round-table. What you
may not do is decompile, dismantle or change the presentation
in any way. You may not extract or use the pictures.
Pictures to complete the presentation, comments and critics are welcome,