Thursday, 25 January 2018 15:29
Underground Caving at Chitradurga
Caving is also traditionally known as spelunking and potholing. A recreational adventurous pastime of exploring wild generally non-commercial cave systems. In contrast, speleology is the scientific study of caves and the cave environment.
Caving is a relatively cheap activity, especially for the beginner. The gear a caver uses depends on the type of cave being visited, fortunately, most caves suitable for beginners are fairly straightforward and the only basic kit is required.
Caves are dark so the most important piece of equipment is a reliable light. These are normally mounted on a helmet which also protects the head from knocks and bashes on low roofs.
Synthetic clothing is best as it keeps you warm even when wet. A thermal base layer with a couple of medium weight fleeces on top is suitable for most trips. One piece ‘furry suits’ are also popular. To cover these you’ll need a water-resistant layer, usually in the form of an oversuit.
Cave floors can be wet and slippery and there is likely to be some scrambling and climbing so good footwear is important. Most cavers use wellington boots which fit well and have a good tread.
Once you become experienced you may wish to invest in more specialist clothing, lights, and climbing equipment but this is not necessary to a beginner who wants to explore or give a try.