Need a fun activity for you, your friends or family? Go caving and explore the hidden world that's below the Earth's surface. It's great especially for those wanting to have the adventure of a lifetime, and those looking to push their limits of fear for tight spaces, darkness, heights, and even bugs. Here's how to ensure you get the most out of your caving experience.
Go Spelunking with a Group
Bring along your family and friends, and split into groups of 4 or 5. Too many more and you'll be unable to move well. Of course, this is to mainly relish those moments of adventure with those close to you. However, it’s mandatory (for safety reasons) that you never go caving alone. In case of injury, you'll have someone to assist you.
Get the Right Gear and Equipment
Caves are not your ordinary touring sites. First, they are made of rocks, and those are hard. As you move, you'll be prone to getting knocked around a bit. So bring a helmet. Knee and elbow pads are also recommended. This will enable you to derive the most from the caving experience, and it could also mean the difference between life and death.
Protect the hidden life in the cave and wear gloves. This is because the oils on your hands can damage cave formations. Flashlights and extra batteries to ensure the full enjoyment of the dark caves. Don't forget a first aid kit.
Take a Look Back
Caves are an underground labyrinth that's teeming with glow worms. You will see fascinating stalagmites that have formed over millions of years. Catch glimpses of the underworld inhabitants who live in caves. More often than not, caves look different from the opposite direction. Take a snapshot and capture those moments. It will also help you find your way back.
Live the Adventure
Caving is both a physical and psychological challenge. It can involve belly crawling for hundreds of feet under low ceilings, complex rock climbing and shimmying maneuvers. You may find yourself rappelling, duck walking, even wading in water that reaches your neck. Squeeze through tight passages and meet the underground world of cave crickets, pack rats, bats, harvestmen and many more. The thrill is assured and you will have achieved a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Protect the Cave
Be sure to leave the cave the way you found it. It's a part of nature, and should be left to run its course unaltered.
“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, and kill nothing but time.”