ENTER A CAVE ALONE!
cave has an owner. Respect landowners
& their property - ALWAYS get permission before caving (failure to do so is
in groups of at least 3 or 4, and have an experienced caver in the group.
your group; make sure your group understands and practices cave conservation
and safety techniques. Otherwise, don't
take them caving.
someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
have at least 3 reliable sources of light.
the cave and check weather conditions before entering.
wear a helmet & have proper equipment in good working order.
your limits & have proper training & safety equipment before attempting
advanced techniques (vertical caving, cave diving)
and abide by the state and federal cave protection laws.
is illegal to break or remove broken formations; disturb, harm, or remove cave
creatures; disturb or remove historic artifacts or bones; deface the cave by
leaving litter or writing or marking on the cave walls.
leave garbage in the cave; take out all man-made litter & trash and dispose
of it properly.
use any ropes, ladders, etc. that have been left in the cave.
run in a cave, and never jump when you can climb.
stay clear of people above and below you.
you dislodge anything while climbing, scream "ROCK"!!.
stay with your group - don't wander off. If you get lost, STAY PUT...someone will find you.
drink cave water - it may look clean, but can be polluted.
any person on the trip becomes injured or tired, experienced trip members will
escort that person from the cave ASAP.
give cave locations to just anyone! They may damage the cave, or trespass, or
get hurt or lost.
report cave vandals to the cave owner & police. The actions of a few slobs can ruin caves
& close caves for EVERYONE
Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but
time. (NSS motto)