The Squeeze Box

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When cavers talk about squeeze boxes, they aren't talking music. A caving squeeze box is an artificial crawlway with adjustable height. This caving accessory allows you to measure how thick you are. Knowing this, you can make better judgements about which narrow spots in caves (squeezes) you can expect to get through. One of about a dozen squeeze boxes in North America makes its home in Toronto and comes out to party once each winter.

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Dale Holtze breezing through the squeeze box with it set at 7.75 inches, an ample height for her. (Photo by Kirk MacGregor 8 February 2009)

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Lori Nichols fully squeezed into the box. As she continues from this point, it gets easier. The light-coloured object on the box is a small sheet of canvas for those who forget to wear trousers with no metal buttons. When tucked over the buttons, the canvas prevents them from gouging splinters out of the wood. (Photo by Kirk MacGregor 8 February 2009)

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My fingers are through! Of course there's a bit more to it than that, and the 2 people standing on the box are there to keep it from sliding away when the person inside pushes mightily with his or her legs. (Photo by Kirk MacGregor 8 February 2009)

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Dale Holtze struggling through the squeeze box with it set at 6.5 inches. She got through and joined the half-dozen TCG members who have matched this club record over the years. (Photo by Kirk MacGregor 8 February 2009)

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