Good logic, I used to carry an 'emergency snickers bar' that had been forgotten in the pocket of a tackle bag for months. It would have needed to be an emergency before I ate it!a dark choc Bounty wouldn't last even 5 minutes, I'd need to take something I didn't actually like.
One thing you’ll learn (if not already) is that most cavers have a dry wit, are usually joking if something sounds ridiculous, will always be helpful and want to pass on their hard earned experience. Learn from yours and others mistakes, we’ve all been there.Well LadyMud, you seem to have stirred up a bit of a hornets' nest here! All I can say is consider the options, choose what you think is fit – and have a really good time. Welcome to the world of caves & caving. (And take the above with a pinch of salt.)
As a personal tackle bag you could use a 15l bag of petzlI second Leclused and Pete's suggestions.
In my opinion it's important to carry a knife on SRT trips, even if it's only used for slicing cheese. I hope never to have to use it but even for cutting hair/beard out of a descender it could save you a lot of pain and faff as long as you could see what you were doing
Sometimes I carry a dangly bag (small personal tackle sack) on my belt, and sometimes I don't. It depends if there's room in other tacklesacks, in which case I'll put things in those, or if I think a small bag will really get in the way.
If I'm taking my dangly bag I'll stuff most things in there. Otherwise, I'll shove them in my oversuit & undersuit pockets and down the front of my suits. I wear a belt so this works even if I'm not wearing my harness.
I carry some things on cord round my neck (spare light, knife, whistle).
Not everyone chooses to carry a first aid kit, so if that's something you're keen on and no-one else is carrying one, I would put something small together inside a waterproof container or a tough drybag and either carry that in a dangly bag or find space for it in one of the big tackle sacks.
A friend carries a puffy jacket in a very thin dry bag, which is inside a tough dry bag, which he carries in a dangly bag. But a personal survival bag is a good call. It's a shame those thin clear ones are not so easy to get now - they fit into an oversuit pocket and were really good when you needed them.
In terms of food - definitely take something you do like! It's more than just calories. And don't be afraid to eat it. I eat much more these days on caving trips than I used to - it has taken me years to get round to that way of thinking, but I run out of "go" otherwise.
Please let us know how you get on Exciting!
I would agree with this.Oh something especially relevant to rope trips. If you think something looks odd or wrong in someone’s rigging say something as you might be right and after all everyone’s safety is at stake.
The only time I carried Kendal Mint Cake I noticed the stream I was crawling in developed a fine minty smell.
Car key needs to be in a waterproof bag and to be fastened to your person. Unless you are happy to secrete it somewhere outside.