Caving Equipment

Minimum gear required for any safe caving trip:

— Helmet with chin strap

— Headlamp

— Gloves

— Knee pads

— Boots that cover ankles

— Cave pack with extra light, batteries, water, snack

— Thermal, non-cotton clothing and socks (required for wet caves)


Suggested caving gear for comfort

— Elbow pads

— Bandanna

— Cave suit / coveralls

— Med kit

— Trash Bag

— Change of clothes to keep in the car

— Handline, shovel, compass, flagging tape

— Camera

— Vertical gear for vertical caves

If caving multiple days, it is advised to bring two sets of gear for any items that are not easily washable. This is required if you are caving in different regions. Please check the WNS guidelines page for more information about how to prevent the possible spread of WNS.

We will have a gear vendor from OnRope1 on site to supply you with all of the gear you could possibly need. They do accept credit cards. Please support our vendor, he travels a long way to supply Speleofest with a quality selection of gear.



— Tent and typical camping gear. See the camping checklist to help you get started

— Folding chair

— Bug Spray (Deet products and Permethrin treated clothes are the best way to combat ticks and chiggers)

— Shower supplies (we do have primitive showers on site)


— Bring your own food for lunch

— BYOB. Hart County is a dry county. The nearest place to buy alcohol is 45 minute drive from LSP

Friday night we will be having our “Howdy Party” under the shelter house with bonfire at dusk. Breakfast and coffee on Saturday and Sunday will be available for purchase on site. The Banquet will be on Saturday; don’t forget to purchase a ticket. Sunday evening we will be having our Wine and Cheese Social in Lonestar Cave with live entertainment afterwards at the shelter house.

Kayaking and Hiking gear

Many Speleofest attendees take a day to enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors. There are several excellent kayaking routes and hiking trails nearby. There are no led trips for these activities but we are more than happy to provide directions to these locations so feel free to contact us beforehand or see the registration booth for directions on site.


Speleofest Registration