Ask Cavers: How Many Sets of Caving Gear Do You Own?

August 14, 2013
Clean his & hers gear drying after a weekend of caving.

Clean his & hers gear drying after a weekend of caving. Photo by David A. Riggs/flickr

With the unabated march of white-nose syndrome across North America, two sets of gear—one clean and one WNS—seem to be a necessity for many cavers.

For this week’s Ask Cavers question, we’re curious to find out how many duplicate sets of gear you own and, if not for WNS, why you have them.

Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Aaron
    August 15, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Three…one WNS, and two sets for KY

  2. August 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Not including cave clothes, I have 15+ complete sets of caving gear. I use it for educational outreach activities for community groups and schools.

  3. David
    August 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Living on the west coast, I am fortunate that I don’t have to keep WNS free and WNS zone gear separate. None of it has been used east of Colorado.

    I have seven helmets, including three sized for children. I have three full sets of vertical gear. I have just one cave pack. I have three coveralls in various weights and condition. I have a bin full of hiking boots of various sizes and conditions.

    When I go caving with the kids (and perhaps one of the kid’s friends) we mix and match to see what boots and gear fit, and what gear is in good working condition.

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