Caving

Caving is a totally new world. Experience the magic of exploring underground tunnels and caverns, streams and waterfalls. Caving also provides the opportunity to discover the fascinating geology of limestone and the intriguing science of cave formation. High Points can provide a range of caving experiences to suit your abilities, from challenging courses full of tight crawls, abseils and steep climbs to a gentle descent to experience the cave environment.

 

Potholing is a caving technique where the cave (or pothole) is descended using ropes. This is a fantastic unusual activity for beginners and experienced alike. Experience the thrill of dangling on a rope while descending a cavern with only your headtorch lighting the space, learn more about rope work and practice the techniques of this amazing sport.

  

A typical session:  A caving day will start with the issue of your equipment and a briefing of how to use this for your own safety and comfort. Once everyone has fitted all their equipment it will usually be a short walk to the cave through wild Dales scenery. On your way your instructor will most likely describe some of the features of the landscape and how they relate to the cave morphology below your feet.

 

On reaching the entrance to the cave you will have a final check of equipment and will receive some basic instructions on how to look after yourself, the rest of the group and the cave. The instructor will choose an entrance appropriate to the needs of the group.

 

Once into the cave the instructor will talk to you about the caves and point out different features of this unique environment. You  should emerge from the cave being able to identify stalactites, stalagmites, flow stone, calcite and straws, as well has knowing about how the caves were formed.

 

As you progress through the cave you will meet different challenges, including waterfalls; small climbs; traverses; stream ways and tight squeezes. At all times your instructor will assist, encourage and guide you through these challenges. If at any point you don't feel happy, your instructor will usually be able to take you on an alternative route and will never push you beyond your limits. You will also be able to experience what it feels like be in total darkness, a phenomenon few people ever really experience.

 

If the group is up for it, the instructor will set you the challenge of finding your way through a section of cave on your own. This will of course be done in a safe area and with the appropriate safety instructions.

 

By the end of your trip you may be a bit damper and have found a few muscles you didn't know you had, but you will also have witnessed a totally unique environment that exists nowhere above ground. You'll come away having successfuly overcome all the challenges of the new environment and experienced something remarkable along with your group.

 

What we provide:

  • Fleecy under-suit
  • Over-suit
  • Wellies
  • Wetsuit socks
  • Gloves
  • Headlamp
  • All technical equipment

 

What you need to bring:

  • Swimming costume if you choose
  • Thin thermal in cold weather
  • A complete set of spare clothes

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