Ask Cavers: How Would You Handle Being Lost in a Cave?

August 21, 2013
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What would you do if you became lost while exploring a cave?

This week’s rescue of the Spanish cavers lost for four days underground, made us wonder what our readers would do if they became lost underground.

Would you sit and wait to be rescued? Would you have enough supplies to last you until rescuers found you? How long would you wait before trying to find your own way out?

Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Laura
    August 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I’d leave a message (initials, date & arrow) on which way I’d head and make sure to keep a pace that best fits my current food/water/headlamp battery supply. Of course I’d be with a few caving buddies as I never go alone.

  2. Phil
    August 22, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Duh, I always have my cell phone on me for such an emergency.

    (yes, I’m joking).

  3. Jerome
    August 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Well it happen “oftenly” in the network of “Dent de Crolles” in France (Chartreuse mountain, near grenoble) wich have a lot of enter and different level. In fact the map is horrible to understand ! In that case the best is to wait without moving. Usualy local cavers knows the tricky place where people made mistake so they find you in short time.

  4. Rodney Tennyson
    August 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    In forty years of caving I have never been so turned around that I couldn’t figure it out. Some times I have impressed people by not knowing where I am going, but I always recall the way out.

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