What is Caving?
Caving is the art of safely moving through a natural cave to a
destination and returning to the surface without hurting yourself or the cave.
In order to explore safely, you will need the right equipment and the right
skills. The following sections will provide you basic information and links to
help you get started exploring caves.
What Equipment Do I Need?
The equipment you need will most depend on what types of caves you plan on
going to. The cave environment such as amount of water and temperature will vary
from cave to cave. The following table will give you the basics. I have much
more detailed information in the guide to caving (follow pictured link below,
left to learn more). >>Equipment
What Skills Do I Need?
Different caves have different technical demands. There are different
skills needed for horizontal caves, vertical caves, ice caves, and underwater
caves. The following checklists will give you some basic guidance, but there is
no substitute for learning from experienced cavers. >>Skills Checklist
What are the Hazards of Caving?
Caving, like many other outdoor activities, are not inherently dangerous. The
danger comes when you are unprepared either without the right skills or without
the right equipment. Follow this link to learn about the most common caving
Where Can I Go Caving?
Every state has at least one caving club or grotto in their area. Grottos are
local chapters of the National Speleological
Society. Many National Parks also have caves and some offer guided caving
tours. Some private caves and state parks also offer guided wild caving trips.
To find out about potential caving opportunities in your area follow the link.