Departing at 7am, it’s a two-hour drive to the remote mouth of the cave. (Note: Participants staying in St. George can arrange for a pick-up there to eliminate needless back-and-forth driving.) During the drive, you’ll learn about your equipement, how to move safely underground, and caving-specific Leave No Trace principles. After a practice rappel near the cave entrance, underground you go - and then the real excitement begins!
Entering a cave feels like stepping into another world: it's a dark, humid, 65 degrees underground, and your route requires varied - often graceless - movement. The serious nature of a cave environment demands respect; after rappelling 150 feet into the depths of the cave, the group will work together to crawl, crouch, shimmy, and climb their way back to the surface.
- Intro to caving techniques, navigation, and movement
- Rappelling and belaying
- Downclimbing, stemming, and spotting
- Climbing on belay
- Cave-specific Leave No Trace practices (this is very important and is required during this trip)