Introduction to Caving
- Duration: 9 Hours
Normally 4,950 THB, Now 15% Off Through April!
Scrambling around inside of caves is a lot of fun, but what do you do when you come to a hole in the ground? A big hole?
This course will help you find the answer to that question. Develop the skills to assess an opening, build an anchor, and descend into a cave safely (and get back out!). In this course, you will be taught Single Rope Techniques (SRT) in the Anxiety State Crisis Cave at Crazy Horse Buttress, a beautiful and massive cavern that lies in the heart of the mountain.
This caving course is a true introduction, and will give you a survey of the basics of caving. In addition to the technical rope aspects, our instructors will introduce you to the local geology and and explain the formation of the fantastic flow stones, stalactites, and stalagmites that will surround you all day. The goal of this course is for rigorous, comprehensive, technical instruction to combine with a beautiful backdrop to teach SRT in a safe, awe-inspiring, and fun way.
Your day will begin with basic rigging techniques as you prepare your equipment and rig the ropes for your 40 meter descent into the earth. Once inside the cave, explore massive caverns, crawl through tight squeezes and make your way deep into the hillside that many never see. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch of sticky rice, northern Thai sausage in the company of bats by the light of your headlamp. Finish your day by ascending the rope back to the surface using SRT .
CMRCA’s Introduction to Caving course, or equivalent experience, are prerequisites for the Exploratory Caving course.
Instruction, transportation from CMRCA to caving site, equipment, lunch, water, insurance, coupon for 20% off anything at the CMRCA adventure store, one day bouldering gym pass, and discount on additional courses. Multi-day courses do not include lodging or other meals (unless explicitly stated). Please arrive at our shop between 8:00-8:15 in the morning. All courses will return to the shop around 17:00-17:30. Pick-up/drop-off requests can be made during the booking process. Additional charges will apply. We strongly encourage all clients to find their own way to our shop. Give us a call -- we can help!
What to Bring:
Closed-toed sport shoes and athletic clothing. Consider bringing a reusable water bottle, mosquito spray, and sun screen.
Duration of Courses
All courses are run on a daily basis. Itineraries are not set in stone and can be adjusted according to a clients needs. A sample itinerary is as follows:
08.00 - 08.15: Arrive CMRCA and receive equipment
08.30 - 09.30: Transport to Crazy Horse Buttress
09.45 - 12.30: Morning Caving Session
12.30 - 13.30: Lunch
13.30 - 16.00: Afternoon Caving Session
16.00 - 17.00: Return to CMRCA