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Introduction to caving with MCCC
Caving trips, skills practise days, permit trips, combined club trips or search and rescue exercises, are usually planned at meetings, supplemented with ad hoc trips. Flexibility is built in to planning to cater for vagaries in the weather and skills and interests of those who participate. We visit caves relating to all interests and abilities, as well we do training, walks and reconnaissance trips to find new caves. Monthly cave meets are held at Mole Creek. Trips to other areas include Ida Bay, Junee-Florentine, Mt Cripps, and other Tasmanian cave and pseudokarst areas. Some members have caved interstate and overseas. We consume chocolate at all times, and also have occasional speleosports, socials and slide nights.
Tasmanian bush is pretty friendly - no bears, lions, wild boars or anything out there to eat you. Neither are deadly diseases like malaria rampant. We have venomous snakes, but these are shy and will generally retreat. We have some irritants like leeches, march flies, mosquitoes, ticks, biting ants and stinging nettles. The most significant hazard is hypothermia, so you need warm clothes and rainwear in your kit. Karst forest is cryptic, and care is needed with navigation.
Caves in Tasmania are generally wet, cold (5-10°C) and totally dark. Drips from the ceiling, and wading through pools may dampen your enthusiasm. Hypothermia is a very real hazard. Caves are remote environments where rescues are difficult to perform - heed safety instructions. Tell your leader of any health issues, (for example; previous joint injury, asthma & allergy, epilepsy, phobias) before entering a cave. Read and sign the club Notice & Warning sheet, pay your membership, and go along on the next trip. Discuss issues, doubts or concerns with the trip leader or the club executive.
The cave environment deserves respect, and special minimal impact procedures are necessary to conserve the fragile ecology and karst processes. Take note of your leader's caving instructions, and learn the codes of practise. See if you can leave no trace of your visit to the cave.
Despite all the hazards,
difficulties and responsibilities for visitors, caves are a
fascinating delicate and ancient environment, have unique low-energy ecology, pose personal
challenges and can feed your soul with the rich, rewarding experience.
Basic gear for starters: Get your hands on (buy, hire, borrow, steal):
Please use your common sense, read our disclaimer, get quality guidance and cave safely.
We now also run a youth outreach program
offering presentations and caving activities specialising