Caving Caving


  • Oct 8
  • 10:00 AM
  • Corner Of Echols Dorm


  • Oct 8
  • 05:30 PM
  • Corner Of Echols Dorm


  • Oct 7
  • 06:00 PM


  • $0


  • Mill Run, suspended bridge, swimming hole and cave., State Route 678, Williamsville, VA, USA


Lockridge cave is one of my favorite caves that I have been to so far, largely because of how cool the watery aspects of it are. When I got home, I described it to my friends as looking and feeling like the treasure room at the end of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.” Also, the entrance to the cave is partially underwater, adding an intense element to an otherwise beginner friendly cave. We will be spending a lot of time in the water, and although you can nearly always stand, if you dislike submersion in cold water this might not be the trip for you.

One important note: the water is VERY COLD. I will be attempting to bring all the wetsuits with me, meaning that you won’t have to find one on your own, and everyone can have one. Please wear only NON-COTTON clothing (polyester/fleece/wool is best), as anything you wear under the wetsuit will get wet and cotton will not keep you warm when wet. I would also recommend that you dry-bag anything important you want to take into the cave with you (a simple ziploc bag will do).

10:00 – Leave Echols
12:00 – Arrive at cave, go over safety/conservation information, and start caving
3:30 – Finish caving and head back to car
5:30 – Back at Echols

Gear to Bring:
– Water
– Snack/Lunch
– 24 hour emergency food supply
– A trash bag for hypothermia kit (this is super important for this cave in particular; especially with the water, hypothermia is a real risk)
– A container for any human waste – pack it in, pack it out
– Clothes that can get dirty/ripped/ruined *see above note about wetsuits and clothing*
– Close toed shoes that can get dirty/ripped/ruined (trust me, you will not want to be in chacos)
– Caving helmet (please don’t use the club’s climbing helmets; the caving helmets are the old Petzl Ecrin Rocs with a suspension system instead of a foam system)
– No fewer than 2 working headlamps with spare batteries, at least one should be safe to submerge for the entrance
– At least 1 spare light (can be a headlamp or flashlight)
– A bag or backpack that can get dirty/ripped/ruined
– Clean clothes/shoes for the car (please please)
– Trash bag for dirty clothes, shoes, and backpack (make sure it’s big enough)

Important notes:
– You MUST read the Caving Checklist provided by the club. It can be found under the Resources tab on the website. I have also linked it here:
– You are responsible for gathering all of your own equipment. Most of the gear is available at the club’s gear room.
– You should be comfortable crawling around in tight spaces and being in the dark.
– Because caving is such a dangerous sport, I will be very strict in ensuring you have the proper equipment (i.e., if you are not properly equipped with EVERYTHING mentioned above (even trash bags and spare clothing), you are not entering the cave).
– It is a good idea to not have anything massively important scheduled for the evening of the trip in the unlikely event we are delayed

**Drivers needed! Gas will be reimbursed.**




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