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Bring CaveSim to
NSS Convention
What is CaveSim?
• 60 ft of constructed
crawling passage
• Computer
software tracks
caving skills with
video game-like
Artificial cave formations +
electronic sensors to detect damage
or bumps to the cave
Artificial cave life & artifacts with
electronic sensors too!
Why bring CaveSim to
• Popular at NSS Cons.
2011, 2012, & 2013
Test your caving skills
Free at Convention
Jr. Speleological Society
Educate general public
Great for cavers of all ages!
Speleolympics Communication
Challenge at MayaCon: stringing field
phones through CaveSim without
“damaging” the cave
Photo by Natalie Pheasant.
Who’s behind CaveSim?
Dave Jackson
NSS 60740: Life
Tracy Jackson
NSS 60741
Photos in
Huccacove Cave,
Williams Canyon,
Manitou Springs,
Electrical Engineer
Cave Construction
Science Teacher
Cave Artist
Southern Colorado Mountain Grotto Members
Dave & Tracy can’t make the trip this
year because Tracy is pregnant,
due July 31.
But we have an alternative plan:
The Plan:
Colorado cavers drive CaveSim to Huntsville, AL
– Dave Lester (former NSS BOG member) and Jeff Polk
(NCRC instructor)
Volunteers are signing up to operate CaveSim at
You can help!
Colorado cavers drive
CaveSim back to
How much $ to move 7 Tons?
• ~$1,267 Diesel 2,512mi round trip CO to
Huntsville @ 8.8 mpg, 286 gal. Est $4.44/gal.
• ~$475 Truck wear Tires last 20k mi towing.
$1000 for new tires, or $126 for this trip. Oil change
($120). Percentage of recent work for new alternator
($400), injection system, & glow plugs ($880)
• ~$500 Trailer wear Tires wear fast (need new
tires after <5000mi). $200 for tires this trip. $800 hitch
($100 for this trip). $200 undercarriage work planned.
New exterior lighting and DOT tape.
~$300 Electronics wear upgrade to
generation II sensors, add shock absorbers
• ~$440 Human wear 36.5 hours driving round
trip, 3 nights in hotels each way
• Total goal: $2982
How can you help?
VOLUNTEER to run CaveSim
for half a day at Convention.
Email or call Dave Jackson:
[email protected] or 914 330 7824
One grotto sponsored $600, but any amount
helps! Checks can be made to CaveSim LLC
and sent to 13 Kreg Lane, Manitou Springs,
CO 80829
Cavers (both adults and kids) waiting
to explore CaveSim at MayaCon. Photo
by Natalie Pheasant.
What do you get for sponsoring?
GRATITUDE: Thank you for
bringing CaveSim to NSS
Con 2014!
CaveSim at NSS Con 2014
Facebook &
Sponsor Signs thanking
CaveSim 2013 sponsors.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is CaveSim a non-profit?
A: No, CaveSim is a for-profit limited liability corporation, though as a new
startup, we haven’t turned a profit yet! This is why Dave and Tracy both
have other fulltime jobs.
We’re in this so we can share our love of cave conservation with others.
Q: What is our sponsorship money used for?
A: ONLY to pay for what is listed on the earlier slide: Expenses related to
transporting CaveSim to and from the 2014 NSS Convention in Huntsville.
Your sponsorship will NOT be used for: Paying volunteers, convention
registration, or our time.
Q: My Grotto wants a cave to use for cave conservation education and search
and recue training. How do we get one?
A: We love helping other groups build caves and have some experience in this
area. Check out for details. CaveSim is protected by US
patent 8574085, and is a trademark.
Who’s already sponsoring?
• Grottos:
•Other groups:
Jeff Martin of IMO gives Dave
a sponsorship check at the
2013 NSS Convention.
Why we need your sponsorship
• Some South Eastern
grottos are small, and
many have told us they
want to sponsor but have
no budget.
• We can’t do this alone
(Dave and Tracy
volunteer a huge amount
of time building &
maintaining CaveSim).
• We’re half way there and
convention is just ~2 ½
months away!
Dave Jackson building CaveSim.
Self portrait.
• Call or email Dave
any time (including
right now).
– cell: 914 330 7824
– [email protected]
• Visit
to see more
pictures of past
An evac team practices moving a patient in a
sked through CaveSim at an NCRC Orientation to
Cave Rescue, Glenwood Springs, CO, April 2013.
Photo by Dave Jackson
Summary: Please help sponsor
CaveSim at the 2014 NSS Convention!
“It’s the best
educational tool for
caving I’ve ever
seen. All that’s
missing is mud.”
Winnie Miller, at
Photo: Chris’ first
experience with
caving, in CaveSim.
By Phil Barnett
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