1. Helmet (climbing grade, with chin strap, not a construction hard hat) with a head-lamp and two back up light sources. If you need to borrow a helmet and/or lamp, let me know.
2. Sturdy clothes appropriate for the cave environment; dress warm, the cave is cool & damp. (Temperature is approximately 54ºF.) I wear a synthetic t-shirt and running shorts under polypro long underwear under cotton overalls and have a fleece & stocking cap I put on if I'm cold. No shorts. Bring a change of clothes to protect your car on the drive home.
3. Sturdy, ankle-high, lace up leather boots or hiking shoes appropriate for the cave environment.
4. Gloves for warmth and to protect hands. Gardening type gloves are great.
5. Elbow and kneepads. (OPTIONAL but recommended.) The hardware store has kneepads for just a few bucks. Get two pair and use one on your elbows under your long-sleeved shirt!
6. Water bottle or canteen, with water. You only need 1 quart. No hydration packs.
7. Lunch and high-energy snack, cave-safe non-crumbly, non-gooey foods + Medicine if needed (we may not be out of the cave until 4 depending upon what time we go in/what we do, etc...). Bring any regular/emergency medication you might need (example: inhaler)
8. Emergency whistle
9.Empty bottle in case you have to pee (Caving is a major LNT trip) We will have an extra "solid waste" kit...
10. Small backpack to hold your gear