Lost reel at Esperanza Quarry / True Blue

Since my charter was canceled on 4/22 due to weather I decided to make the best of the weekend and headed up to Vermont and dive with Matt/Lea at Esperanza. They were already planning on going up there anyway but it was sort of a last minute decision for me. Matt/Lea drove up Friday night but I had a bunch of stuff to pack and organize so I drove up Saturday morning at 5AM. We decided to enter and dive from the open water portion instead of the air shaft…

My CCR Cave Diving Course with Paul Heinerth

A little background information first.  It was a while ago that I started my “full cave” journey.  In March 2012 I took Cavern/Intro/Apprentice with German Yanez in Cozumel, Mexico.   He was a great instructor and I really enjoyed class with him but this was all on open circuit and to be perfectly honest I haven’t dove doubles frequently enough in the last two years to want to complete my full cave on open circuit.  I still dive OC but I just prefer to be on a rebreather for most dives…

Esperanza / True Blue Quarry Trip Report

I decided to make another weekend out of diving in Vermont and headed back up to Esperanza / True Blue Quarry.   On Friday night I went to ECD’s Diver Social event at Bill’s Bar; I didn’t stay too long since I planned on driving up to Vermont Saturday morning to meet up with my friend Tom H. who was already up there.   Some of the ECD crew were also planning on heading up to True Blue on Sunday morning so I figured I’d meet up with them at…

3 Days Underground at Esperanza / True Blue Quarry

I decided to use the long Thanksgiving weekend as an opportunity to head up to Esperanza / True Blue Quarry to do 3 days of diving with my buddy, Matt H.  His wife/normal dive buddy was visiting family this weekend so it would just be two of us at the mine. The ocean looked pretty bad and the wind and rain forecast this weekend meant that dive boats would probably not be running anyway. Day 1 I drove up Friday morning around 5:30am and met Matt around 9:15am for quick…

Impromptu “cave diving” trip to Vermont (Esperanza quarry)

Esperanza Quarry This fall has been not been too kind for New England boat diving. As is the usual for fall the weather and winds can be unpredictable. That makes for a lot of blown out dive charters. So what do you do when you already have a rebreather prepped, packed and a car loaded with bailout bottles and a drysuit? Go cave diving in Vermont, of course. What is better than an impromptu trip up to West Rutland, VT for some “cave” diving at the Esperanza Quarry / True…