Instructors: Aaron Stockton and

Jason Walz


Aaron Stockton and Jason Walz are highly experienced cave surveyors and cartographers. Aaron and Jason work as cave specialists, respectively for the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service.

Participant Max: 15 Duration: All Day (8 am – 4:30 pm) Lunch will be on your own between the field and classroom portions. Workshop Fee: $35 Description: This short course will provide a hands-on experience in the common practices employed in cave survey and cartography. A field excursion will provide participants the opportunity to learn in-cave survey techniques including instrument use, data collection and recording, as well as sketching. A classroom portion will show how to process this data using cave survey software, how to draft maps, and how to export data into GIS formats. Participants will learn how to use this information in a wide variety of management scenarios including mapping impacts on cave resources from visitation to siting facilities on the surface around cave passages. Subject Matter: In-cave survey techniques Survey team composition Instrument type and use Data collection and recording Sketching Classroom portion Data processing Digital map drafting Cave survey data use in GIS Land/Cave management using survey data Skill Level: Participants should have a basic understanding of the use of a sighting compass and basic map reading skills. Participants should be willing and able to take part in a short caving trip of moderate difficulty. Equipment: Gear will be provided, however you will need to provide 4AA batteries. Attire: Sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeve shirt and pants for caving, and gloves.  

NCKMS 2013 at NCKRI  -  400-1 Cascades Avenue  -  Carlsbad  -  New Mexico  - 88220