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  Interested in vertical caving?  That's great!  My name is Bob Johnson ( Vertical Bob ).  I started rope climbing in 1985 and in 1989 I was made the Vertical Chairman for the Willamette Valley Grotto (WVG).  It is now 2015, so I have been vertical chairman for 26 years.  The Oregon Grotto (OG) and the WVG have been caving together for many years and are great friends with lots of members in each grotto.  Since the OG doesn't at present have a vertical chairman, I volunteered to help the OG members.  You may contact me at verticalbob1@gmail.com or call me at 503-665-4449.  I prefer one-on-one training but will do classes.  Our two grotto's have been doing joint vertical practices for many years. 


I have written an article about my system, it's similar to how a Frog System works, and you can access it here:http://www.frightfx.com/verticalbob/   That article, and this next one, will help you to get started to become a vertical caver.  The Basic Vertical Training Student Manual can be obtained here:http://caves.org/section/vertical/2012%20Basic%20Vertical%20Manual.pdf   (Note: the Figure 8 rappelling device is no longer used because it, and other things like it, cause a twist in our ropes.)  Never learn to do rope techniques by yourself.  Always have someone with you that can get you down and safe.  Vertical caving is not the same as rock climbing and our equipment is different, both are dangerous, so get training.




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