Horizontal Caving

Leadership Requirements for Horizontal Caving

See the list of current leaders, here.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS:

  • Instructs beginners on proper cave attire
  • Anticipate food and water needs for trips
  • Can read and understand cave maps and descriptions
  • Knows locations of: Speleobooks, Schoharie Cabin, Gage Cabin
  • Familiar with cave terminology : karst, formations, sump, etc.
  • Inform beginners on cave ethics: pix/footprints/time
  • Keep track of club gear and ensure it’s return to the E-room

TECHNICAL SKILLS:

  • Fitting/maintenance of caving helmets and headlamps
  • Cave packs – what goes in them and why
  • Knowledge of advantages/disadvantages of various fabrics when wet
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely cross varied cave terrain such as:
  • muddy/loose slopes, deep pools/streams, small climbs/descents, tight crawls, and exposed areas (those with drops beneath/next to)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability of how to place and use a webbing hand line if and when necessary
  • Operate/repair electric headlamps
  • First Aid packs – what goes in them and why

WHAT CAVING LEADERS MUST BRING ON TRIPS:

  • Personal caving gear
  • Extra lights for group members without/that forgot
  • Extra polypro in case someone is cold
  • Extra food and water
  • Trash bag folded up and stuffed inside of helmet for hypothermia tent
  • Group cave pack, packed and inspected by leader
  • Water bottle(s)
  • First Aid kit
  • Extra lamp
  • Extra batteries

WHAT INDIVIDUALS MUST BRING ON CAVING TRIPS:

  • Helmet
  • Headlamps(2)
  • Small flashlight
  • extra batteries
  • hange of clothesANDshoes
  • Trash bag for muddy clothes
  • Polypro underlayers,NO COTTONlayers
  • Gas money
  • Food and water to snack on

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