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Tom Scott goes caving

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aricooperdavis:
We've seen a few videos from Tom Scott on UKCaving in the past, but this time he goes caving in Peak Cavern with the help of Elise Freshwater-Blizzard and Pete and Beth Knight.

I think it's fair to say that it's not his cup of tea.



The team underground with him do an excellent job at helping him through his anxiety, which I do think is one of the most valuable skills that student cavers develop.

Pete K:
I was wondering when this might land on here!
It was not the way the day was planned to go, but I think they did an excellent job of editing something that was both interesting to viewers and thankfully not the usual "deadly caving xplore with...." crap. I've been very apprehensive about what they would come up with though. I've turned away all other past guiding requests from social media personalities, but I liked Tom's style and no-BS approach so trusted it would be something I'd be okay to be associated with. He's a nice chap (as were the whole team) and this was not staged for the camera. Also worth checking out Elise's stuff on the link in the YT video description.
I'm pretty sure we'll see him back again to face this demon at some point.

aricooperdavis:

--- Quote from: Pete K on October 03, 2021, 11:31:37 am ---... but I liked Tom's style and no-BS approach so trusted it would be something I'd be okay to be associated with. He's a nice chap (as were the whole team) and this was not staged for the camera.

--- End quote ---

That comes through really clearly, he's really open and honest about how he's feeling and about how frustrated he is not to be able to do it. A real lesson in managing anxiety and being able to weigh up the balance between pushing your comfort zone and knowing your limits. Good stuff!

Speleotron:
Most non-caving youtubers do my head in with their videos but this was good. I'd rather take Tom underground than the 'OMG DEADLY CAVE' brigade. Do you think his reaction to the water was physical or psychological?

aricooperdavis:

--- Quote from: Speleotron on October 03, 2021, 02:12:32 pm ---Do you think his reaction to the water was physical or psychological?

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I don't think those two need be seperate, my experience is that they're two sides of the same coin. His reaction looked a lot like the few panic attacks that I've seen, but I'm no expert.

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