Caving "101"...




Caving is an inherently dangerous activity, and without proper training and application of safe caving techniques, could result in serious injury, death, and/or permanent damage to the cave environment.  This page and the links contained herein are meant to serve as a source of information about caving for the beginner as well as the experienced caver.  This information can be used as a guideline for a safe and responsible approach to the exploration of caves.  This information should not be construed as a substitute for instruction from qualified, experienced cavers.

First, you should know that caves are protected by law, so before you plan a souvenir-hunting trip to your local cave, check out the Cave Laws!  Most states prosecute cave vandals to the fullest extent of the law, and the NSS offers a REWARD to anyone providing information leading to the legal conviction of vandalism directly related to caves anywhere in the United States. 

For a summary of some of the most important rules about caving, check out the Caving Rules page.

For information on what to wear and what equipment to bring on a cave trip, check out the Cave Trip Checklist and see if you are prepared!

Are you ready to "tie the knot"?  Then you should visit the VPI Cave Club's Knots Article for an awesome tutorial on how to tie the necessary knots for caving!    

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