Cave Safety Tips
Cave exploration can be fun and exciting. It can also be dangerous. Christopher Columbus was a great explorer, but he didn't set off for the New World with only a canoe and a peanut butter sandwich! He had the right equipment and supplies for his adventure and so should you.
Imagine you are deep in a cave. You are looking at a beautiful stalactite, you take a step back... you step on a loose rock......it shifts, you stumble...... you drop your flashlight..... it hits a rock...... it breaks.... TOTAL DARKNESS!
It would be impossible to crawl out to safety. It's cold.... it's dark.... your foot hurts.... you are beginning to get hungry. What are you going to do? The best way to get out of this situation is not to get into it in the first place! The following safety rules will keep you safe. They are the ones followed by the National Speleological Society, a group of professional cave explorers.
Caves are beautiful and fascinating parts of the natural world. Enjoy them safely!
Did You Know?
About 1.5 million people come to Missouri's Ozark National Scenic Riverways each year. Most come to canoe, but many also enjoy hiking, horseback riding, camping and fishing. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...