No, this isn’t a Tarzan like story and the Rat’s Nest Cave isn’t where Max met his Jane, at least it’s not the likely story based on our conversation about his wife’s feelings towards the cave. He wasn’t technically raised in the cave either, but he did spend a good portion of his childhood exploring it with his parents.
Max does describe the cave as his true home, while his house is just somewhere he sleeps at night. Spending equal hours inside it and out, he’s intimately familiar with what’s currently been discovered of the cave so far. Max’s story is more similar to discoverers like Sir Robert McClure who was the first to transit the Northwest Passage. Keep reading if you want to hear all about how he came to caving and why he still sticks with it.