After years of being fascinated by caves and such I've decided to actually try it for myself to see if it's something I'd like to get into. I signed up for Speleo-Ed 2009 (next weekend) and am trying to prep my gear. Since this is my first trip, I don't have anything specific or optimal for caving, but I think I can get by with what I've already got on hand. I was hoping you guys could tell me if I'm on the right track.
For a headlamp I'm talking my Zebralight H30-Q5 for back up and will be using my modified Cheapo Rayovac 3-in-one headlamp as my primary. I also figured out that I can attach my E1L or E2DL (with diffuser) to the strap using the extra silicone bracket that came with my Zebralight.
To my eyes, the large LED (used to be incandescent) on the Rayovac is as bright as my stock 6P, so I figure that should be enough light. Right?
What do you guys think? Will this suffice for my first trip?
Lastly, although a helmet is not lighting related, I thought some of the members here could help. I realize it might not be ideal, but I already have a skateboarding/cycling/multi-use helmet. It seems to me that it's built to withstand the same typed of impacts (except maybe for huge rocks falling on your head) and that it would protect me just fine, but I'd like to get some more experienced opinions on the subject. Do I need to buy a climbing or caving specific helmet?
Thanks in advance for your help!