Exploration is basically a term used to describe any trip into a cave. For me, cave exploration is relaxing; an escape from my "other life" above ground. Some people like it because it is physically challanging while others get a thrill at seeing places that relativly few other people will ever see. Amber likes it "'cause it's awesome!"
There are a few important points to remember before you explore a cave:
- Never go caving alone! Always have at least three other people with you.
- Always tell someone where you are going and when you'll be back.
- Always use proper equipment.
- Always carry at least three sources of light.
- Never leave any trash in the cave. If you carry it in, carry it out. This includes urine and feces!
- Never disturb animal life in the cave. This includes bats, fish, crickets, etc.
- Never touch formations with your bare hands. In fact, don't touch them at all!
- Never remove anything from the cave that you didn't carry in with you, unless it is another careless caver's trash.
- Have fun but be careful. Caves are a dangerous place.
If you are interested in exploring caves, your best bet is to join an organized group like the NSS. They can put you in touch with local caving groups in your area.
In Indiana, you could try:
You could also try a wild tour at Wyandotte Cave. All three are good tours at a good price and will help you get started in caving. Marengo Cave also offers a wild tour, but I've never been on it.
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