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Successful Cave Tracking With These Devicesfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
Cave exploration is an exciting and challenging adventure of personal discovery. As you go along with this quest, you'll certainly need cave exploring tracking devices or pieces of equipment with you. Here's a checklist of the instruments or devices you must bring and will use when the need arises.
While you're inside the cave and you're well-lighted, you'll be able to move to every corner of the cave using your handheld compass. You won't know your direction unless you have a compass or a map.
Most cave trackers in the U.S. prefer using a Suunto compass. The Suunto KB14 may be packed with rubber covers, which are optional. You could borrow a compass from a colleagues who also goes caving occasionally. If you expect to be frequently doing cave tracking, buying a good one is practical. Suunto's compass range in price at $200 and up.
Other brands of compasses can be found at stores that specialize in forestry products. Speleo vendors may also provide you with one that doesn't burn a hole in your pocketbook. However, in most cases, the higher the cost, the longer the life span.
Even an expert cave tracker needs a map, much more so if you're a first-timer in this field. Maps are generally written on a wide sheet of paper. But for special cases, like tracking a cave, special papers are used in plotting the points of direction on to the map. Usually, your map is waterproofed so you can pull it out anywhere inside the cave.
A cave has several openings that lead you in different directions. You never know if you are only going around the same place or you are lost. This won't happen if you have a map. But an understanding on how to read a map is a requirement. There are set procedures on how to read a map, something you should have learned during your cave exploration training.
* Special Robots
Going technical, there are available but expensive hopping microbots that will support you in your tracking. Due to modern technology and the power of microchips, the possibility of having a robot companion while you track a cave is a reality. Allegedly, NASA is also using specialized robots like this in their experiments.
In this connection, these hopping microbots are tested to conduct special functions. These functions can be recording what's inside the cave through video or can be calculating the changes in temperature. Whatever functions these hopping microbots have, they're absolutely great help to you. Your next cave tracking activity won't be the same if you secure one of these hopping microbots.
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