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Cave Air Smells Fresher Than You Might Think

Written by Jim Belt

It is a common misconception that the air inside caves is bad: bad smells and low oxygen. Generally, the opposite is true. Let me explain.

Create the Perfect Caving Emergency Kit

Written by Jim Belt

The number one rule for caving is 'come prepared'. A solid emergency kit is essential to your caving gear. But what should be in it? Let's explore a little.

What to Wear (and Bring) on a Cave Tour

Written by Jim Belt

If you're going on a cave tour you might be wondering what to wear. Getting it right can make the difference between a great day and a cold and wet disaster.

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List of Caving Equipment Suppliers

Written by Jim Belt

Below you'll find a complete list of all caving equipment suppliers I know for the UK, US, and some other countries. I've tried to include as many suppliers as possible, and I've linked to their website (click on name) and have added their physical address. I've checked all the suppliers and these are still in business as of November 2018. This list is by no means complete, but it should be a …

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List of Caves in Alabama: Locations and Map

Written by Jim Belt

Alabama truly is a caving hotspot. With over 4,800 discovered caves, it's one of the highest density cave areas in the US. It's home to millions of endangered gray bats and endemic species.

Where to Go Caving in Kentucky? - Caves list and map

Written by Jim Belt

Kentucky, cave capital of the US Home of the world-famous Mammoth Cave, the longest cave on the planet (more than 400 miles or 640 km long) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides Mammoth, Kentucky has plenty of wild caves left to explore . Yes, cavers can feel quite at home here.