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NUTTY PUTTY CAVE - TRAINING

This probably should be first on the list, but many of the touring groups are already trained. If you have inexperienced cavers, then get them both equipped and trained.

The Nutty Putty Cave is an excellent cave for first time cavers, as long as they have been properly prepared and equipped. Unfortunately, for decades new cavers many new cavers arrived at the opening with no training and ill-equipped.

The Nutty Putty Cave is a dirty crawl cave that features tight passages, long slippery slides, vertical drop offs and unique rooms and passages. Tour Leaders need to ensure that their group members are prepared for the experience. This will include training and preparation in the following areas:

  1. Claustrophobia
  2. Physical Fitness
  3. Crawling & Climbing Techniques
  4. Safety Equipment
  5. Clothing & Padding
  6. First Aid

We encourage all Tour Leaders with newer cavers to teach their groups the Cave Softly, Cave Safely program before taking your group to the cave.

CLAUSTROPHOBIA
The Nutty Putty Cave is a great cave to teach people to overcome the natural fear of claustrophobia. Teaching group members how to recognize the signs and how to talk each other through the mental mid games that we all experience. Self-confidence can be gained if the group is trained to work together and help each other through the experience.
PHYSICAL FITNESS
The Nutty Putty Cave is demanding physically. Both adults and youth need to prepare before their trip by way of good diet, sleep, and exercise. Newer cavers will leave the cave completely exhausted. Tour Leaders must stop prospective participants from entering the cave if they cannot meet the physical demands of the experience. Tour Leaders must also cut any trip short if the weakest in the group cannot continue.
CRAWLING TECHNIQUES
Pre-trip training is needed to teach newer cavers how to make it through the tight passages. It is much easier to prepare outside the cave so that you do not have to overwhelm the new cavers with teaching inside the cave.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Safety equipment is a must. Helmets are a must. Teach new cavers what they need and then have a full equipment check before you leave home. Tour Leaders must not let anybody in their group enter the cave ill-equipped.
CLOTHING & PADDING
Shoes, clothing and padding are a must. Teach new cavers about the clothing and how they should best protect themselves from the sharp objects in the cave. There are several great books and guides that explain the topic in detail. One sharp rock bruising your shin can make every kneeling crawl to get out of the cave a miserable experience. Gloves are also a great addition to the outfit.
FIRST AID
Have special first aid training that simulates real cave experiences. Realizing that you only have access to the gear and clothing you bring into the cave, teach your group what to do with a laceration when your clothing and hands are filthy. What do you do with a broken bone, concussion, and hypothermia?
TRAINING - CAVE SAFELY, CAVE SOFTLY
We encourage all Tour Leaders to teach their groups the Cave Softly, Cave Safely program before taking your group to the cave.
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