The Oregon High Desert Grotto (Bend's local caving club) is sponsoring a beginner caving academy to help people learn about caving and cave conservation. There will be experienced cavers there to talk about cave geology, biology, equipment and techniques. The group will visit several caves south of Bend including at least one gated cave currently closed to public visitation (Skeleton Cave). Any vehicle will be able to make the trip. Participants will need gloves, sturdy shoes, at least 3 lights (1 helmet mounted), spare batteries, and a helmet. Climbing helmets are best but bicycle helmets are acceptable. The caves will be cool, so warm, durable clothing is recommended. Please contact me if you have questions. The 10th and 11th are repeats of the same event. Please only sign up for one date to allow room for others.