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Spelunking Attire

Written By (sagada genuine guides association inc). on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 | 8:04 PM

What is the best Attire for the Spelunking activity?

Top photo: (Maricel R.) Left: (Rulan C.) Right: (Carol)

From the photos above, what do they have in common?
  • Beautiful (check)
  • Neat looking (check)
  • hotties (check)
  • athletic (check)
Not actually the answers we’re looking for, it’s about their attire.

All of emm are in leggings/tights/spandex right?
why?
  • It gives the lower body easy movement and flexibility.
  • creates a secondary skin to your legs reducing the risk from scratches
  • easily dries up when soaked wet, and helps keep the body warm
  • maintains a lovely figured image of your selves in photos.
*note: select the tougher garment when deciding to wear leggings because some rocks are sharp enough to tear your pants once you sat on it. An alternative is to wear a short pant over the leggings.

Photo sent by ms. Nulada Ma Theresa

@left: Bernade A. @right: Discover asia clients ? ?

Other options:
  • jog pants – this is maybe very helpful to protect your skin from possible scratches but might get heavy once soaked wet.

@left: Kimberly L @right: Lea in the middle
  • Short pants – makes movement easy and you look pretty much lovelier looking on photos, but, not as effective as long pants that protect your body from possible scratches.

@left: photo by Dianne @right: ammm???
For upper body
  • any shirt can do.
  • easy dry shirts are advised.
  • avoid using whites because of stains.
For MEN:
Any short pants can do however; we also would want to be incredibly amazing, neat and athletic looking in photo right?
So here are some suggestions:
  • cycling shorts/trunks
  • above the knee shorts ex. football shorts
For the upper body:
  • body fit shirts
  • sleeveless shirts
  • easy dry shirts
FOOTWEAR
Many tourists consider hiking sandals as the best footwear for the spelunking activity. Not actually right. Spelunking is quite different from Hiking.


What’s the best then?
  • Water shoe – the idea is to establish a good grip on the limestone rocks inside the cave. The flexibility of the rubber in the shoe adopts the contour of the rock in the cave trail and easily dries up when wet.
But if you don’t have it, don’t bother buying one. Instead use an:
  • Ordinary Slippers/tong/flip flops – there are other parts of the cave that walking barefooted is actually best, so for easier carriage and practicality, get the simplest one you can find. Notice that most of the subjects in the photos are barefooted.
  • Croc or clog type slippers – would also be functional enough to protect the feet from scratches and gives a comfortable feeling while making it to the cave trail.

Other things you can use:
  • gloves – although not necessary, gloves can protect you from sharp rocks and in contact from mud and guano
  • head lamp – very very helpful if you have one of your own, always have them turned off when pausing for a picture though but don’t bother buying one if you don’t have them. The guides have their own lamps to illuminate your path well.
to sum it up, this is an ideal attire one should be using.. for girls
photo: taken from kevinsky1985@multiply.com
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Anonymous
October 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM

can i bring my DLSR camera inside the cave? i also have a waterproof case but not the best one

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