If you are fond of adventures and love to explore new unfamiliar places then caving is one of the best experience you must have. But for that, you need to be comfortable with heights, tight spaces, bugs and darkness. To start with caving, it is better to be accompanied by cavers who are well experienced and observe them minutely.
Guidelines for Caving
Always prefer to go in a group for caving, even if you are an experienced caver. At least two people must accompany on such trips for any emergency. In case if someone gets injured, then one could go seeking help and the other would stay back with the injured person.
If you are exploring a new cave, then better to take a professional tour guide who has already visited earlier and who knows the cave well.
Caving can become a horrible experience including a life-threatening one if you are not well equipped. Make sure to carry a helmet with really powerful lights mounted on your head. Better to keep extra sources of lights with fresh batteries.
Prefer to wear pants and long sleeves clothes as caves are usually very cool. While venturing a cave, you must wear elbow pads, gloves and kneepads as you might need to squeeze and crawl in tight spots. Better to carry your own food and water. Also, not to forget a first aid box.
The directions inside a cave are very confusing because of which, a lot of times inexperienced cavers get lost searching the right path even if they might be very close to the entrance. Thus, look back to take a mental snapshot of the passage you are crossing so that you don’t end up losing your track while coming back. You can also mark your path using tapes of bright colors which while coming back you can take back.