Ask Cavers: What Are Your Caving Traditions?

November 28, 2012
A Delicious Strawberry Ice Cream Cone

A Delicious Strawberry Ice Cream Cone. Photo by TheCulinaryGeek/flickr

Do you go for ice cream after every caving trip or attend a special event every year?

This week, we want to know: what are your caving traditions?

Share your traditions in the comments below.

Last Week’s Ask Caver Results

Responses to last week’s question, what piece of caving kit are you most thankful for, ranged from helmets to headlamps to the shirt a college wore on a caving trip in 1986.

Interestingly one of the most thanked pieces of gear were knee pads, with caving packs coming in closely behind.

Thanks for all the responses!

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Comments (4)

  1. Rob Harris
    November 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Mexican food.

  2. Richard Blenz
    November 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Caving Traditions:
    I think it is neat that I belong to an organization that decides for me when and where my next summer vacations will be, three years in advance. I like surprises and planning for the next convention trip leads to a lot of them. And then in late summer my camping trip with 1,500 of my best friends takes place just before Labor Day in West Virginia and this always leads to surprises some of which can be disturbing such as the unexpected death of one of your long time friends. Of course caving itself provides a surprise around every turn, even after many trips into the same cave. I don’t even like to see a weather forecast because it removes the surprise factor of a new morning.
    Now that my knees are getting too old (88) to go crawling thru caves anymore, I can vicariously enjoy the unexpected surprises of others because as NSS Cave Files Archivist I have to read every newsletter and collect data for the Files. What is especially neat is to read about the adventures of cavers, all over the country, many of whom are your own acquaintances.
    ‘nuf said……..Dick

  3. November 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm


    For many, many years we would pull out our cave surveying gear – and pass around the “Atomic Fireballs”(fierce tasting candy) ! If anyone slowed down, or even thought about breaking for lunch – it was time to pass around another round of Fireballs!

    Then after the trip, after we had a chance to get out of our cave gear and get civilized-looking once more – we would all stand around talking about what a good time we had had and how much we had surveyed. Our tradition was we all shook-hands “heartedly” – meaning no ones feelings were hurt in kidding around, just before we departed for our cars.

    The feeling we’re left with is; “Lets laugh, have fun – and look foreward to doing this once again, as soon as possible.”

  4. December 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

    BEER at the “Center of the Universe”


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