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Caving v. Spelunking
Do you cave or do you spelunk? Chatting just after today's conversation about caving, Chris Wiley, chairman of the Willamette Valley Grotto, admitted that those who call themselves "cavers" look down a bit on those who say they're "spelunkers."
Spelunkers are amateurs, Wiley says. Cavers know what they're doing.
"But spelunking is such a much cooler word!" I said.
That got him to admit he'd been mulling just the same thing as he sat in his car before coming in to the station. Now, he says, he's rethinking the whole cave/spelunk divide.
So: do you cave or do you spelunk?