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Stop Run

An eclectic
take on the
mainframe
world

Underground Movement
Caving teaches valuable lessons for one IBMer
By Mike Westholder

F

or Michael Daubman, pushing himself to
new heights involves going hundreds of feet
underground. Over the past four years, the
System z Field Technical Enablement manager has
delved deeper and deeper into cave exploration.
It started with a trip to the Adirondack Mountains, where Daubman and
his younger brothers, Mark and Steven
(who works in the IBM High Availability Center of Competency), stayed
in a yurt. “It’s like a tent with walls,”
Michael explains. A guestbook there
gave directions to a nearby cave.
“We spent a good day not finding
it, and then realized we were headed
in the wrong direction,” Daubman
recalls. “We went the other way and in
about 10 minutes found the very small
cave that had a river running through
it.” Equipped with only a flashlight,
the brothers entered, but ran out of
room a few feet in.
“We all decided that this was
something we’d like to do more of,”
he says. “That’s when we started
researching it. We had no idea there
are so many caving opportunities
in the Northeast.” These include
countless caves in the Adirondack,

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Michael Daubman explores
Indian Oven Cave in Columbia
County, N.Y.

Shawangunk (also referred to as the
Gunks) and Catskill mountains. In
addition to research, the brothers
invested in helmets, lights, rope, an
aluminum ladder and waterproof
utility suits for when they have to belly
crawl through ice-cold cave water.
Many colleagues, friends and
family don’t understand the attraction,
Daubman says, but for him, “The
biggest appeal is when you’re hundreds
of feet underground and you shut your
light off and you’re quiet. I’ve never
in my life felt a silence like that. It’s
a very isolated version of you. You’re
only with your thoughts and whatever
sounds are in that cave—there’s
absolutely no light.”
“And bats,” Daubman adds. “There
are bats in a lot of these caves, and
they’re the coolest little creatures.”
Bats and Zen-like moments aside,
caving challenges Daubman to push
himself, he says. “That’s what keeps

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me going—pushing myself beyond
where I’m comfortable and trying to
discover what’s beyond that.”
His next challenge involves
exploring less-traveled and morevertical caves, which means learning
rock-climbing and descending skills,
he says. “With the Gunks across
the river, we have places to learn
how to climb from some of the best
instructors. Our plan is to get some
education on how to climb safely, and
then find some harder trips to do.”
In the end, caving teaches valuable
lessons about planning and testing your
limits, which parallel Daubman’s work.
“I see it in getting beyond my level of
comfort in my career,” he says. “Also,
I’ve got to be prepared. So it’s a great
way for me to build these skills.”

Mike Westholder is
managing editor of
IBM Systems Magazine,
Mainframe edition.


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Virtual Argument Over Cloud
IBM Perspective: The Perfect IT Combination
Data Display: IBM Mainframe: A Leader in Energy Efficiency
Trends: Batch Modernization Redefines Application Development
IT Today: Running Highly Stacked Workloads on System z Can Greatly Reduce Cost Per Unit of Work
Cover Story: Breaking Through Complexity: IBM Entry Cloud Configuration for SAP Solutions bring simplicity and efficiency
Feature: Reach Cloud's Potential: Build your IT environment with IBM zEnterprise and SmartCloud
Tech Corner: System z Virtualization Environment Provides Far Lower TCA Than Its Intel Alternative
Solutions: CA Database Management Solutions for DB2 for z/OS, and CA Mainframe Chorus; Attachmate Reflection 2011 R3; PerfTechPro for z/OS; Compuware APM for Mainframe
Advertisers Index
Stop Run
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Special Report: Mobile Mainframe
2013 Mainframe Buyer's Guide Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Editor's Desk: Virtual Argument Over Cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - IBM Perspective: The Perfect IT Combination
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Data Display: IBM Mainframe: A Leader in Energy Efficiency
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Trends: Batch Modernization Redefines Application Development
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - IT Today: Running Highly Stacked Workloads on System z Can Greatly Reduce Cost Per Unit of Work
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Cover Story: Breaking Through Complexity: IBM Entry Cloud Configuration for SAP Solutions bring simplicity and efficiency
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Feature: Reach Cloud's Potential: Build your IT environment with IBM zEnterprise and SmartCloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - BB1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - BB2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Tech Corner: System z Virtualization Environment Provides Far Lower TCA Than Its Intel Alternative
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Solutions: CA Database Management Solutions for DB2 for z/OS, and CA Mainframe Chorus; Attachmate Reflection 2011 R3; PerfTechPro for z/OS; Compuware APM for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Advertisers Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Stop Run
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - Special Report: Mobile Mainframe
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - MS8
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