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Here are some great basic rules for Safe Caving:
- Always tell someone where you’re going, and when to expect you back.
- Give your contact specific details: other persons to try contacting before they panic, the name of the cave, state, and county. Give a drop-dead time out with enough leeway for the unexpected (like: do cell phones work in the area?)
- Have your contact call 911 if they don’t hear from you or someone else on the trip by the agreed upon time.
- Carry 3 sources of light. They should ALL be helmet mountable. A handheld light is not much use in a full-contact cave environment!
- Carry some food and water. Especially if you have special dietary needs.
- RESPECT LANDOWNERS!!! Without good relations with the people who own caves, we aren’t going caving. Be as nice as you possibly can.
- Ask where to park.
- Don’t block roads or gates.
- Leave gates as you find them.
- Pick up trash every chance you get.
- Be willing to WALK, not drive across fields or roads that may upset someone.
- Be discreet – don’t yell, litter, or make lots of noise and always change clothes where you cannot be seen by anyone.
- Don’t get in over your head. Remember that caves are ALWAYS DIFFICULT RESCUE SITUATIONS.
- Don’t take unnecessary risks. If you don’t feel comfortable in any situation – turn around. If you are getting cold, time to go.
- Always cave with 3 or more people, but less than 10 when possible. A minimum of 3 will allow someone to go for help. Too many people angers landowner and puts too much stress on the caves at once. A group of 4-6 is a great target.
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