Cave pictures from the Port Alberni area, on Vancouver Island.
Caving is the recreational sport of exploring caves.
The Challenges of the sport depend on the cave being explored, this may include the negotiation of pitches, squeezes, water and on those rare occasions, bears. Climbing or crawling is often necessary, and ropes are used extensively. It is highly recommended to get proper training when using ropes to access any cave.
Caving is often undertaken solely for the enjoyment of the activity or for physical exercise, but original exploration is an important goal for many cavers. Unexplored cave systems comprise some of the last unexplored regions on Earth and much effort by the caving community is put into trying to locate and enter them. In well-explored regions, the most accessible caves have already been explored, and surveyed. Finding new caves often require endless hours of searching the karst for new entrances.
CAVE EXPLORATION IS A DANGEROUS ACTIVITY, WHICH POTENTIALLY COULD CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY, PERMANENT DISABILITY OR DEATH.
If you are interested in exploring the many wonders found underground join your local caving club. Learn to cave safely.
Cavers and caving groups are encouraged to submit their articles and events.