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Choosing Clothing for Cave Exploringfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
Cave exploring, also known as caving, is getting to be a popular sport for both physical fitness and scientific exploration. Cave exploring doesn't require special clothing, but there are certain requirements your clothing should have. Consider the following when choosing clothing for cave exploring:
* Determine the kind of cave you're exploring. Different caves mean different clothing requirements.
* If you're exploring a cave located in a cold area, you'll need several layers of clothing. The bottom layer should be made of material that provides insulation even if you get it wet (polypropylene is a good example). The layers on top should be sturdy and waterproof.
* When exploring a cave in a warm area, you can wear lighter clothes, especially if it's a dry cave. Polypropylene clothes are still a good choice for dry, warm caves because they provide some protection if you scrape your elbows or knees on rough surfaces inside the cave.
* You might want to wear a wetsuit if you're exploring a very wet cave, or if the cave you're exploring requires you to wade or swim across one or more streams.
* It's a good idea to always wear gloves since you never know what you'll find in a cave. Gloves protect you from cuts and scratches and insect bites.
* If the cave you're exploring requires you to do a lot of crawling, wear elbow pads and knee pads to protect against scrapes and cuts.
* It's a good idea to wear hiking boots in dry caves and rubber boots with neoprene socks in wet caves. Lighter footwear may not give your feet sufficient protection.
* You should also wear a helmet to protect your head in case you knock it against the top of the cave, or an object suspended from the top of the cave. A helmet will also protect your head from falling objects. Make sure you mount a light on the helmet and that you have extra batteries for the light. You should also carry a backup light source in case your helmet light fails.
Cave exploring carries a certain amount of risk, but being prepared and knowledgeable will help protect you from any danger that might arise. Cave exploring is an activity where you really are what you wear. If your clothing is safe and appropriate, you'll likely be safe throughout your cave exploring trip.
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