Equipment For Cave Exploring

Published: 11th March 2009
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Caving is generally considered as one of the most inexpensive sports in the world. However, it is also classified as one of the most dangerous sports in the world. Dangers are everywhere. Take this as a challenge of your personality and not as a frightening reality.

Meanwhile, whether you are an expert or a beginner in the world of caving, you have to secure yourself with the basic caving equipments. These caving equipments aren't that difficult to find. You may borrow, rent, or buy your caving equipment. But if cave exploration isn't included in your long-term plan, borrowing is a good option. You may borrow these equipments to anyone whom you know from a caving club. In most cases, trip leaders have a complete set of these basic caving equipments.

Here is the list of basic caving equipments with their corresponding descriptions:

• Head Protection Most caves have low ceilings. You never know when a rock is going to fall on your head. Those are the simple reasons why you need head protecting equipment such as a helmet.

While being fascinated by the views inside a cave, you may not be aware that you are running or standing where pointed rocks are above or on the ground. These are common cave exploration happenings. Basically, the helmet you need must have shock absorption. Most helmets for climbing have this. And if you choose to buy your own, it will only cost you $50 to $75.

Your helmet must be durable and its chin strap must be inflexible and easy to release. Your helmet is good if it contains a minimum of three point mountings. These mountings will be used for your light sources.

• Lighting When it comes to lighting, hands-free lightings are the best choices. Avoid climbing and balancing while holding a flashlight as much as possible. Doing the otherwise is such a dangerous thing. Your choice of lighting may vary according to your personal preference and to the type of cave you will be exploring.

If you are buying a flashlight or a headlamp, choose the one that has white Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). These have longer life span and often extend their life span than those incandescent bulbs. Plus, you won't be having burned-out bulb troubles. Also, buy a headlamp with a flexible headband at a minimum cost of less than $25 or more.

Just a reminder, have at least two helmet mounted reserved headlamps. You will have extras if in case the primary headlamp fails. Don't buy those undependable and short-lived flashlights like those bought on drugstores.

Also, bring some candles and waterproofed match sticks. Cyalume light sticks are good but you won't know if what you've brought is working. Of course, don't forget your extra batteries. You have to purchase batteries similar to the ones with your primary headlamp.

• Clothing Your choice of clothing depends on the temperature of your target cave. Ask for recommendations from your trip leader.

It is advisable to have groups within your whole team. It'll be better if each group has three to four members. This group will generate more body heat than the other groups with more than five members. It is because larger groups tend to move slowly and often take some pauses. Remember, your body will generate more heat when you are in action.

Now you know the materials. So prepare and be on the move!

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