For six exciting years Doug Thompson worked as a park ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In Underground Ranger he passes along the essence of what he learned on this unusual job. He overcame his fear of tight spaces and heights, learned to climb rope, and went on to explore many of the deep vertical caves in the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico - including Lechuguilla Cave, one of the most spectacular underground wonders of the world. He even became a member of the park's technical rescue team and made a fifty-story rappel into one of the world's deepest underground pits. He also describes his adventures exploring the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert and shows how caves are related to the earth's surface in a variety of ways, especially through the creative actions of water.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"In this book Doug Thompson takes us to underground places that even few cavers have explored and shows us their marvels--helicites, aragonite, draperies, columns. Best of all, in this compellingly personal book Thompson candidly shares his own fears and anxieties as he becomes initiated into the strange subsurface world."--Robert Julyan, author of Hiking to History: A Guide to Off-Road New Mexico Historic Sites
"Ranger Doug Thompson captures life in an underground national park and humanizes one of the greatest careers a lover of the outdoors can have."--Melody Webb, author of A Woman in the Great Outdoors: Adventures in the National Park Service