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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.

Phreatic tube with bell holes

Types of Cave Passages: Advanced illustrated guide

Written by Jim Belt

Phreatic tube, rifts, drain shaft - if you're interested in how cave passages come to shape, this article is for you. For each type of passage I'll briefly discuss how it's formed and what it looks like. From now on, identify any type of cave formation using my illustrated guide below.

Picture of speleologist working in a passage

Everything You Need to Know to Become a Speleologist

Written by Jim Belt

Do you want to get paid for caving? Me too: so badly that I've done the research and created this guide. It takes some effort to build your cave exploring career, but it can be done. You need to become a speleologist. In this article I explain how to do it.

Epic image of PETZL Fractio harness floating in mid-air in cave

Caving Harness Buyer's Guide: Find the best one for you

Written by Jim Belt

If you're interested in buying a caving harness there are a lot of things to consider. Your harness needs to keep you safe when you're floating in mid-air, so you should definitely do some research before buying the prettiest. As with all vertical gear, safety should be your number one priority.

Man doing a cave survey

What Do I Need for Cave Mapping? - Full equipment list

Written by Jim Belt

If you're interested in mapping caves, you're in the right place. Cave surveys are important to understand how a cave relates to the surface, and of course, it's just fun to do. Whether you want to contribute to science or simply want to show off your drawing skills, cave mapping is a great way to learn more and help others. But what stuff do you need?

Very old cave map

How to Read a Cave Map: Illustrated guide to all symbols

Written by Jim Belt

Creating and reading cave maps is one of the most important skills for cavers and speleologists. But how to read one? In this article, I'll explain how to do it step by step.