By Steve Whitney,
Here are some
terms to get you started:
Caver: Someone who
explores the underground environment using appropriate
gear and practicing impeccable Leave
No Trace ethics while moving.
Spelunker: An ill-prepared
underground explorer who gets rescued by a caver.
Equipment that any good caver must possess. Everything
must be compact, tight, organized and functional.
“Good Kit… Good Caver.”
cave formations that are made of dissolved limestone.
Calcite: Primary mineral
of 90% of all speleothems.
that drips and/or grows from the ceiling. They begin
as small delicate “soda straws” and gain
size depending on many growth factors.
that grows from the ground up. Usually from stalactites
that drip water onto the cave floor. Over time, stalagmites
grow upward and outward.
Shields, helectites, cave pearls, popcorn, drapery,
Nylon Highway: Term
used to describe technical caving that requires ropes
and other safety gear.