Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 1:36 AM
Subject: New To Caving

Hello Saudi Cavers!

I am now (finally) officially heading back to the Kingdom after almost 6 years.

Anyway, I want to get involved with cave exploring in the area after I
get settled, and was wondering if Expats in the Riyadh area are into this sort of activity!
I am completely new at this cave exploration thing, but REALLY want to give it a go!

Before I leave the USA, I will need to get some gear-related items.  I really don't know exactly WHAT to buy!! so HELP!

Specifically, I'm considering a purchase of a Petzl cave exploration helmet with a combo acelelyne / battery light system. See : <> .

Dave in Savannah, GA
A detailed reply was sent directly to Dave, but other readers may be interested to know that no cavers have ever been able to find the proper kind of carbide in Saudi Arabia (Small chunks are needed, but here we can only find a powdered version).
As for training for novice cavers, just send me an email at and we will try to arrange a small course in Riyadh or Jeddah.
John Pint