Mendip Caving Group Commission SplashMaps
SplashMaps are mapping the underworld in our latest Cave Map.
The cave maps are a commission from Bill Chadwick of the Mendip Caving Group (MCG).
“The great thing about the SplashMap is that it is so easy to stuff in and pull out from a Caving Oversuit.” says Bill.
MCG provided the hi-res pdf of the group’s own survey of the “Upper Flood Swallet” complex in the Mendips. With their own branding added to packaging and the SplashMaps, it’s a completely unique stock they received. Check their comments on the Uk Caving Forum here.
Seriously, what other types of map will survive? Forget GPS bearings and signals when you’re in the ground. Forget paper with all the water and mud down there. Did you know that the Mendips was where Cave Diving was born?
Really I’d love to know how people got around underground before the use of cave maps. And we’re proud to make it more possible for more folk!
Have a survey you want us to make on our fabric? Kick-off a commission here with our cave mapping capabilities.
Our Top Safety Tips For Cave Exploration
These top safety tips are our personal opinion, always consult a professional with experience of cave exploration.
1) Always let somebody know where you are going: Cave exploration can be dangerous and unforgiving to even the most experienced. So let somebody know in the outside World know which cave you plan to explore, ideally which route you plan to explore and what time they should expect next contact.
2) Go with a party of people and at least someone with experience in that particular cave. Going in numbers makes it safer for all members of the party. Never go in alone!
3) Have the right gear and clothing: Hardhat with a light source is, we feel, a necessity with layers of clothing that dry quickly and don’t retain water, you want to minimise the risk of hypothermia, especially in cold / wet conditions.
4) Pack water, food and a first aid kit, should you need it in an emergency.
5) Pack multiple light sources, just in case one fails, a backup torch can be a lifesaver.
6) Take multiple waterproof cave maps so you can check your route.