Caving equipment

All cavers need the proper gear for safe cave exploration. At minimum, this includes:

  1. A helmet with chinstrap

  2. Three sources of light (at least two of which are headlamps)

  3. Extra batteries

  4. Gloves and kneepads

  5. Bottles of water

  6. Backpack, sling pack or fanny pack

 

Check the following links for more information (links are provided for information only; endorsement is not implied):

Climbing helmet
Climbing helmet

Most cavers use climbing helmets. They have four-point chin straps and clips for headlamps.

Construction helmet
Construction helmet

Construction helmets can be modified for caving use. Most will require the addition of a four-point chin strap and clips to mount a headlamp.

Backpack or sling pack
Backpack or sling pack

Cavers should have some form of pack in which to keep their gear. Avoid packs with many zippers and Velcro closures; they become clogged with mud. Drawstrings and buckled flaps work much better in caves.

Climbing helmet
Climbing helmet

Most cavers use climbing helmets. They have four-point chin straps and clips for headlamps.

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