I’ve always thought spelunking was a made-up activity invented by Big Cave to get us to care more about stalagmites and shit. Well, not only is spelunking an actual thing, but it’s something that college kids are apparently really into these days. (Take note, social chairs; a few handles of absinthe and some glow sticks would make for a sick cave lock-in).
But, like most underground activities, spelunking has its downsides. Mainly, getting lost; something that one Indiana University freshman found out the hard way.
From Star Tribune:
Indiana University freshman Lukas Cavar was on a spelunking trip to Sullivan Cave about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Bloomington when he became separated Sunday afternoon from 12 other members of the university’s Caving Club.
When he eventually reached the cave entrance, Cavar found club members had padlocked its gate, unaware that he remained inside. He couldn’t get a cellphone signal and screamed for hours, hoping motorists passing on a nearby road might hear him.
First of all, how the fuck did the group not immediately notice that their boy Lukas was missing? There were only 13 of them total. That’s a head count you need to be on top of. I guess the Caving Club isn’t all about that ride-or-die squad life.
To be fair, though, Lukas doesn’t necessarily get off scot-free here. The first rule of Caving Club? Don’t get lost during Caving Club. You can’t go wandering off away from the group just because a shiny piece of bedrock caught your eye. Not the best cave awareness from Lukas. But what Lukas lacked in keeping track of his surroundings, he definitely made up for in survival skills.
Dressed in light clothes, hiking boots and a helmet, Cavar had a plastic bag, two energy bar wrappers, two empty water bottles, a cellphone and a wallet. He used the energy bar wrappers to collect moisture and the water bottles to collect rainfall and puddled cave water.
Cavar also licked the cave’s damp walls to quench his thirst. Hunger drove him to consider foraging for cave crickets, although he didn’t eat any of the small insects.
After his parents filed a missing person report with university police, a high school friend informed the Caving Club’s president that Cavar was missing.
Two club leaders immediately returned to the cave late Tuesday after finding a pile of clothing in a vehicle club members used to travel Sunday to the cave. They discovered Cavar uninjured and asleep behind the locked gate.
Licking the cave walls? That move deserves a handshake from Bear Grylls. The fact that he considered eating cave bugs also absolutely earned him some points towards spelunking intangibles.
Seriously though, good for Lukas for living in a cave for 60 fucking hours and making it out in one piece. Treat yourself to a couple Icehouse tallboys, man. You earned them. And maybe also ditch the Caving Club. A crew that leaves one of its own behind is not one you want to be rolling with..
[via Star Tribune]
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