- The Canadian Caver
The Canadian Caver was created by members of the McMaster University Climbing and Caving Club from
McMaster Universityin Hamilton, Ontarioto document their cave explorations throughout North Americaat a time when Canada's fledgeling caving clubs had no club newsletters. The first issue was produced in December 1969 and included articles on cave exploration in Alberta, Mexico, West Virginiaand Georgia, and climbing in the Bugaboo Mountainsof British Columbia.
By 1974 caving clubs in western Canada had achieved a level of maturity and stability (aided by the emigration of MUCCC cavers) that allowed the production and editorship of The Canadian Caver to move to
Edmonton, Alberta, where it remained for several years. In 1978 cavers from Vancouver Islandproduced an issue, which introduced the concept of a roving production/editorship that persists to the present day.
The advent of computers and inexpensive printing in the mid-1980s meant that Canada's principal caving clubs began to document cave explorations in their own newsletters, which presented a challenge of relevancy to The Canadian Caver. Rather than being the sole archive of
cave surveys and histories of cave explorations, The Canadian Caver now provides a semiannual synopsis of the more significant cave explorations by Canadians at home and abroad.
The Canadian Caver is possibly unique within the world in providing a national voice for cavers in a country that has no national caving organization. The Canadian Caver itself has no formal organization, no public funding, no fixed format, no long-range planning and no permanent editors.
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