If you are thinking of doing a caving route for the first time, you should first get some information about everything that this sport entails, as it is not completely off risks... But you are going deep into a cave! What did you expect? However, you will see nothing compares to the sensation of seeing what being truly and absolutely in the darkness is.
The UK it is full of caves to get into, whether they are caves, old mines, caverns... Without a doubt, this is the best way to understand in person everything that this type of underground formation involves. But to do so, you must always be accompanied by an expert team that not only trains you on the subject but also guarantees your safety throughout the route, equipping you with specific materials and guiding you through everything you will have to do.
Like in any other sport, and even more if it's a risky one like spelunking, the first thing you should know is what your level of skill is and the physical shape you're in right now. Let experts give you advice on which cave is right for you and we will offer you all the options available in our country to practice speleology.
The different types of caving vary according to your knowledge of this science. You should choose wisely when practicing it because not everyone is prepared to go into a cave that has a specific level. The main difference between one cave and another lies in how each of them was formed, distinguished mainly between:
- Rock caves or also called karst caves, which are those that have been formed between the spaces left by fallen rocks.
- Lava tube or Tubular Cave, are those that have been created by the lava that has come off a volcanic vent.
- Epigenetic or Marine Caves. These have been formed due to the water that soaks into the ground, thus forming cavities.
- Hypogenetic caves: these are caves that form when water rises from under the rock and dissolves the rock, usually because the two waters have mixed.
But for the type of cave that a speleological beginner or an avid caving fan of it practices, this sport can be broadly divided into two types: by its horizontality or by its verticality.
- Vertical caving involves much more technicality. The most dexterous of speleologists here will walk along walls to the depths of the cave, abseil, and avoid darker areas of the cave...
- In horizontal caving, one must crawl, bend, walk, enter through somewhat narrower crawls... Pure fun!
As for the rest? Leave the rest to enjoying and learning from the incredible formations you will find in the different galleries of the cave.