9/8/2006 (5:30 PM)  -  9/10/2006
Beaver Bay
Absolute Essentials


  • 3 Sources of Light
  • Warm Clothing
  • Sturdy Shoes

The light sources can be anything from a propane lantern to an AA cell flashlight- just make sure you have back ups- and extra fuel or batteries. Standard 6 volt lanterns work really well.



Bring a sweatshirt and sweatpants- and some sturdy shoes. The shoes are more essential in the upper cave, but even in the lower cave you should have at least some hefty sneakers. Standard running shoes are adequate for the lower cave, but some of the lava formations are sharp enough to shred the material on them. Open-toed sandals and thongs are definitely not a good idea- (even though I have seen people attempt it... wasn't a pretty sight.)

Not essential, but nice to have:

  • A headlamp, so your hands are free
  • A hard hat or a bicycle helmet
  • Kneepads


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