ACRO/Trip Plan


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If you are planning a caving trip, you should file a trip plan with those you know and trust. A trip plan serves three purposes:

1) increases trip preparedness through structured trip planning

2) initiates an emergency response plan quickly in the event that you are overdue

3) provides important information to emergency responders that will enable them to respond more effectively

Ensure that your contact person(s) has all of the emergency numbers and is comfortable contacting emergency response agencies. Ideally, they will be someone that is reliable, able to think clearly in urgent situations, who will follow through on the emergency plan as directed, and has the time available to make the appropriate calls and handle the follow-up discussion.

A Cave Trip Plan template is provided below:


[edit] Cave Trip Plan

(Note: either make a separate trip plan for each cave or combine information – as long as one can understand what is planned)

[edit] Destinations

(name, location description, coordinates, describe access type and routes)

  • Initial meeting area
  • Staging / parking area
  • Camping area
  • Cave entrance / exits

[edit] Trip Purpose

  • (i.e. recreational tour, cave exploration / survey, dig, multiple day, etc)

[edit] Participants

(for each participant in the party)

  • Name (indicate if leader whether informal or formal):
  • Mobile Contact Info (including phone network):
  • Caving experience (years caving, proficient in SRT, preferred style of caving, have you been in this cave before? when? with same trip purpose?):
  • Personal Description (personal, clothing, etc):
  • Clothing/equipment description:
  • Gear marking / identification:
  • Vehicle driven (colour, make, model, license):
  • Next of kin (name, contact info):

[edit] Equipment (who’s bringing what for camp and into the cave)

  • Tent /sleeping bag description
  • Describe group rigging gear (i.e. type/colour/diameter/length of rope, colour of webbing)
  • Describe each individual’s gear
  • Other notes / tips:

[edit] Schedule (what, where, when)

  • Meetup – who, where, when, describe carpooling arrangements
  • Access camp – where, when, how
  • Access cave(s) – where, when
  • Anticipated pace in cave (slow or leisurely, average, fast)
  • Return from caves – when
  • Return to staging / parking – when
  • Return to home – who, where, when
  • Include when you plan to call your emergency contact to confirm you are safe, who that is and from where

NOTE: Do not always count on cell phone reception, especially in areas of intermittent service such as Gargantua.

[edit] Emergency Plan

  • Communications – describe communication methods, coverage areas for providers, who’s carrying what
  • Rescue Initiation – describe what situation will trigger a call to response agencies

Example: If <name> is not called by <time> on <date>, verify that party has not returned by <method> and initiate response by calling <response agency> via <phone numbers or forwarding call centre> and provide the following information <list details i.e. location of cave and jurisdiction>, request involvement of <names of rescue organizations and contact numbers, or people that may have local knowledge of the area, knowledge of the party or similar recent trips done>

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