Summary of what to bring:
There are two key messages about caving clothes:
Caves in NY are typically cold, muddy and damp (some are very wet and a wetsuit may be appropriate). You will enjoy the trip more and the party will be safer if you are warm. Polypropylene long underwear is very good if you have it. Wool or woolblend pants, shirts, and sweaters are also good. Remember to bring a FULL change of clothing including footwear and underwear for when you get out.
Everyone must wear a helmet and the standard rule is "3 sources of light" for each person. Each person should plan on bringing two headlamps and backup batteries for each, as well as any third source of light you like. The club can provide helmets and both headlamps, as well as some little mag-lites for use as backup lights which require 2 "AA" batteries. If you have a suitable backup flashlight, please bring that (preferably on a cord which you can dangle around you neck). If you have a headlamp feel free to bring your own, along with a full set of backup batteries. If you are intending to use a club lights then you should bring 16 AA batteries (4 four the main headlamp, 4 for the backup headlamp, and a second set of batteries for each).
The club has a few kneepads (optional and highly recommended) and a few pairs of gloves (optional). If you particularly want gloves then I suggest getting a pair of inexpensive plastic-coated gardening gloves. We also have 3 sets of vertical gear.
The Cornell outing club has a huge amount of gear to equip outdoor trips. All of this gear is located in the basement of Carpenter Hall. To borrow any of our gear, please contact our caving chair(s) or our gear manager. A descriptive list (with brands and ratings) can be found here. Below is a brief summary of our gear:
Caving activities with COC require that trip leaders become certified in order to lead trips. In order to become certified, one must be approved by two certified individuals. Contact the caving chair(s) for more information about specific requirements.