Camping

Equipment

First-Aid Kit Light-Mounted Helmet Rope Secondary Light Source Waterproof Boots

Rules

No formal rules exist for caving, except common-sense safety practices. Participants should take note of restricted areas, which are common in caves.

Description

Caving is the recreational sport of exploring caves. Armed with helmets, rope and a much-need flashlight, cavers crawl through water, mud and tight quarters to find adventure in some of the last unexplored regions on Earth. Due to the unpredictable nature of caves, the sport is still considered dangerous. Participants should always use caution, and never explore beyond their level of experience.

History

Humans have taken to caves for shelter, industry or safety for thousands of years. The studying and exploration of caves was a natural offshoot of this. As civilization progressed, and caves were less visited out of necessity, man took to exploring caves for sport and recreation. In the early 20th century, groups of cave enthusiasts who called themselves, "spelunkers," began recreationally exploring caves throughout New England. The number of cavers soon grew, which led to an increase in the exploration of isolated and hard-to-reach caves. This more extreme form of caving became extremely popular in the 1990's due to the explosion of extreme sports.