Caving

If you have ever fancied exploring the deep dark depths of all the caves that are available in the world, then before experimenting on your own, consider joining an official caving club. Obviously safety factors have to be taken into consideration especially when you are new and inexperienced but caving clubs offer a wealth of experience and expertise in different types of caves and environments. There is also the advantage of being able to join the group when they are off on an organised caving trip.

There is much to learn and to face whilst on a caving trip. Whilst a great deal of knowledge can be accrued by investing in some good books or checking out any good website, there will be many skills which are necessary to learn before heading off with the club. Fortunately, many skills are practical and can be learned through observation and by the shadowing others. Conditions can vary greatly as the caves themselves can be vertical or horizontal; they can be wet or dry, muddy, humid, cold and sometimes a combination of all.

For some people, caving is a way of escaping normal mundane living and it can be like entering another world, to others, it is a different form of exercise. Strong bonds of friendship can be forged through regular caving groups and cavers often rely on each other when faced with arduous or difficult challenges.

Although caving can be dangerous, the majority of caving ventures happen without a hitch, providing safety precautions are taken into consideration. Great care is also taken of the environment and conservation of the caves should always be considered extremely important.

There can be a lot of equipment to purchase as you become more involved with regular caving enterprises although some clubs may have some spare equipment or provide you with access to equipment at club prices.

There may be an annual fee to join a caving club but considering the advice and social aspect of the membership and also the sense of camaraderie which can form between members, this can all add to the excitement and thrill of having caving as a hobby.

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