31 Gift Ideas for People Who Go Caving

Updated on April 29th, 2021
By Louise
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If you know someone that likes caving then you may feel that when you want to buy them a gift, you would like to buy them something that is related to their hobby of caving. This might be tricky for you though, especially if it is something which you know very little about. This is where our list of gifts comes in. We hope that you will find it useful and be able to choose a gift from the list, so that you will be able to give them something that they will enjoy. We have picked a range of items to help everyone find the ideal thing.

31 Presents for Caving Fans

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This is ‘The Complete Caving Manual’ by Andy Sparrow who has been caving since 1971 and is an instructor. This paperback book includes diagrams and photos and the themes covered are how caves are formed, modern caving equipment, how to plan and prepare for caving exploration, how to identify and minimize hazards and deal with emergencies, vertical techniques and rope work and where to go and how to discover and explore caves.

This is a special caving bag. It is made of PVC and is abrasion resistant with very tough outer fabric, which is bright yellow so can easily be seen. It has drain holes, a cord lock drawstring closure and two shoulder straps, so it can be worn as a back pack. It is a long thin design, so less likely to get stuck an ideal bag for keeping ropes and other kit inside. It is 65cm high and 25cm diameter and holds about 40L.

This is a book called ‘Sixty Years of Caves and Caving’ by John Gillett. It is a book which explains the caving experience from the author through six decades and many countries. There are all sorts of tales about his experiences whether funny or terrifying. It makes an exciting read, as you never know what is going to happen to him next. It is a book which will be interesting to read by a caver of any level, whether a beginner or more experienced.

This is a folding pouch which can easily hang up using the top loop. It has lots of pockets and mesh sections so all sorts of equipment can be stored in it. It can be easily carried and will therefore transport things in a neat and convenient way. It can be used to hold carabiners or other equipment and then folded and zipped up to be easily attached to a belt or bag to carry around.

This is a ‘Caving technical Guide’ which is a paperback book published by the French School of Caving. It is in English though and is in full colour and has all sorts of information about caving such as: equipment and techniques. It also has information about conquering certain situations. There are also chapters on protecting the underground environment, organizing a trip, progress without vertical gear, control and management of equipment and rescue and self rescue techniques.

This is a caving harness. It fits on the waist, hip and legs and is black and made from sturdy polyester. Everything is really strong and wear resistant as well as flexible. It has 85-125cm waist loops and 60-75cm leg loops. It is comfortable as it distributes pressure on different points and it is breathable, but also comfortable to wear while keeping the wearer safe. It also includes a connecting and equipment ring.

This is a Petzl headlamp which is black and yellow. There is a comfortable headband to keep the lamp in place, so you can get light without needing to hold a torch with your hands. It gives constant lighting and there are two modes of lighting – high and low. It can be altered to fit different sizes of head, so that it stays snugly in place. It has a rechargeable battery and it is waterproof.

This is a sturdy rope which can be used for all sorts of climbing activities including caving. It is made from high quality polyester and is super strong and durable. It will therefore last a long time. It is soft and comfortable to use and can roll up to a small size for easy transportation. It is heavy duty though and can support up to 1000kg in weight. It is 10mm in diameter and 10m in length.

This is a 10mm static rope with loops at the end of it. It is available in 30 or 45 inch lengths and is made from high strength nylon. It is long lasting and can take a weight of up to 6000lbs. It can be used when you need a Backmann or French knot without the need to tie it and is really strong. The plastic cover also stops it from wearing.

This is a trolley pulley which comes in gold, red or blue. The shell is made from aluminium and magnesium and the pulley is made from stainless steel. It works with cables up to 12mm in diameter. It has efficient bearings, which means that it can work at high speeds if required. It measures about 11cm by 8 cm in size so is easy to carry around in a bag.

This is a mini pocket torch which is USB rechargeable. It has a super bright light with a zoomable range, so you can use it as a spot light. There are three light modes; low beam, high beam and SOS. It is palm size and measures 3.6 x 1 x 0.9 inches, so will also easily fit into a pocket or bag and it has a handy loop for hanging it on a belt etc.

This is a caving themed notebook. The black cover says ‘Caving because it is cheaper and more effective than therapy and more fun than people’ on it. It has 110 white pages, which are lined and so it can be used for all sorts of things. Things such as: note taking, using as a journal or diary or for lists. A practical item which will be appreciated and enjoyed because of the caving reference on it.

This is a personalised mouse mat which says on it ‘[name] [red heart]’s caving’ so you can choose the name to show that they love caving. The heart is red but the writing is black and there is a black rim around with a red rim inside – all on a white background. It is made from durable strong rubber and measures 225 x 185mm. Has a gloss coating so can be sponged clean if necessary.

This is a waterproof bag designed for caving. It is lightweight and compact but can hold 25 litres of items. It is made from rip stop tarpaulin, so is really strong with a sturdy welded seam. It has a solid roll top design to stop water getting in and also prevents mud, dirt or sand getting in too. Easy to wipe clean as well. It has side pockets and shoulder straps so that it can be worn on the back.

This is a 10oz mug which is mainly white with a red background and a crown with ‘keep calm and love caving’. It has the design on both sides of the mug, so works for left and right handed people. It measures 80mm x 92mm in size and is microwave and dishwasher proof. Comes in a polystyrene box, so will be easy to wrap up when giving away as a gift.

This is a Typhoon underfleece which comes in sizes XS – XXL. It has a front zip to make it easy to get on and off and ankle and thumb loops so that it stays in place. It has long sleeves, so it works well as a base layer and fits under a dry suit. It is made from a warm thermofibre fabric. It has broad sizing if required. Could also be worn under other clothing to keep you warm.

This is a woman’s t-shirt, which is yellow in colour and on the front in black writing says ‘caving addict’. It is made from 100% cotton so releases no microfibres when being washed, it is really soft and comfortable to wear and has short sleeves. It has a relaxed fit so will feel comfortable and has a round neck. It is machine washable so easy to keep clean and looking good.

This is a pair of elbow pads. They have a foam grid to provide protection from injuries to the elbows and come in size small (7.5 – 10 inches), medium (10-12 inches) or large (12 – 14 inches) sizes. They are made from abrasion resistant material, which means that they can be used for all sorts of sports. They have a snug fit but still allow you to comfortably bend your arms.

This is a baseball cap which has 5 LED lights on it. It is useful for all sorts of outdoor activities where you need a good light, such as caving. The lights are super bright and built into the peak of the cap, with a switch that is easy to reach when the cap is on. The cap is adjustable to fit most head sizes and is made from 100% breathable cotton and is black in colour.

This is a paperback book called ‘The Caves of Northumberland’ by Chris Scaife. It is a detailed guide to every known cave in the area, explaining where it is, the history of it, the local area and suggestions for activities to do nearby. Most can be explored without specialist equipment too, which means that it can be useful for families and people looking for fun as well as more hardened cavers.

This is a pair of men’s socks made from Marino wool. They come in grey or green and they are designed for hiking, trekking or other activities where the feet need comfort and support, such as caving. They come in size 6-8 or 9-11.5 and they have cushioning to prevent blisters and ventilation areas to help air flow and breathability. They are made from a mix of materials including wool and elastane, so they stretch but are thick and comfortable.

This is a pair of men’s outdoor cargo pants. They are green in colour and size 4XL. They are made from cotton, are water resistant and wind proof as well as being warm, abrasion resistant and breathable. They have plenty of pockets in for holding things and they are therefore useful for all sorts of activities such as caving. They have a straight leg design and are comfortable to wear.

This is an outdoor jacket for men. It is made from 100% polyester and has a thick lining, so is wind proof and is also water resistant and quick drying. It is very strong as well so lasts well and resists damaging when scraped against rocks or branches. It has lots of pockets, both internal and external, which can be extremely handy for holding various items really easily. Great for wearing in damp and chilly caves.

This is a special bag for holding a rope. It will hold an 80m rope easily and it has straps on it to attach it to the body but it is a small – medium size. It performs well. It is an easy solution for carrying a rope, which should help to stop it knotting up and to allow quick access to it. Therefore, would make a great gift for a caver who needs to carry a rope with them.

This is a short sleeved t-shirt with a cartoon caver on it and says ‘caving’. It comes in sizes suitable for children aged 2 -12 year old as well as adults size small – 2XL. It also comes in different colours such as: red, green, black, blue and grey. It is a lightweight top in a classic fit and is made from a cotton and polyester blend, so that it is soft and comfortable to wear and does not stretch.

This is a headlamp battery which is rechargeable. It is for the Petzl headlamp and so if the original stops charging efficiently you can get this replacement. It charges using USB and includes a charging cable. There is a charging indicator light to make it easy to see when it is charged up which takes up to 3 hours. It even performs at low temperatures and it weighs just 23g.

This is a fun, long sleeved hoodie which says on it ‘The voices in my head are telling me to go caving’. It comes in a choice of colours – heather grey, jet black, Oxford navy, arctic white, fire red, desert sand, charcoal, baby pink, olive green, royal blue or sky blue and is printed using an eco-friendly process, which gives a vibrant finish. It is machine washable. It comes in sizes small to 3XL and has a regular fit.

This is a book called ‘Chauvet Cave: The Discovery of the World’s Oldest Paintings’ by Jean-Marie Chauvet and Eliette Brunel Deschamps. It is the story of how cavers discovered the paintings and what was on them. They were 30,000 years old and there were 300 paintings many of animals and even the footprints in the caves were prehistoric. As well as the story the book has photos, so that it is possible to see the paintings even though the cave is now closed.

This is a stainless steel water bottle. It comes in different sizes – 350, 500 and 750ml and also in lots of pretty colours. It will keep water cold for over 24 hours, but will also keep drinks hot. It is suitable for anyone to use and even comes with a brush to clean it well. The neck is wide enough for ice cubes and the rubber seal is also easy to keep clean. The lid is leak proof.

This is a fun keyring which has a square pendent on it. It is orange with a black border and says ‘man cave’. It is a fun item and is chunky to make it easier to find keys with a ring and clip, so you can use the one that is the easiest. It can be used with keys but also as a bag charm too. A fun budget gift that even has free delivery.

This is a book called ‘Cave Art’ by Bruno David. The author is an archaeologist and reveals how we can unlock the mysteries of the past by looking at cave art. There are pictures as well as words explaining the oldest known painting kits, the various murals that have been discovered and what they tell us both about the past and about ourselves today. Available as a paperback or a Kindle edition.

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