Sam Stroman is a Boy Scout leader from Saratoga Springs, and he was trying to procure helmets and headlamps for his boys. He shared the following lead...
Hi Michael, Thanks for all your help. I have another question for you. We are meeting with the boys' parents tomorrow night to discuss the equipment list for visiting the cave. Do you know of a place that sells or rents inexpensive helmet/headlamps? Can the boys use a substitute like a bike helmet with underlying headlamp? Thanks for your help. Sam Stroman
Sam: Since this is a horizontal cave, the risk of objects falling on you is not an issue. Bike helmets with headlamps duct taped to them is fine. The issue lies with bonking your noggin. Bike and skateboard helmets often have a lower profile and are easier to get through than most climbers helmets. I would head to Savers and DI before I had them invest $60 to $100 for a climbing helmet (unless you are going to start a climbing program in the future). However, if you want to rent climbing helmets, Hansen Mountaineering has them for rent. I don’t know if they also rent headlamps. Hope this helps!
Michael Leavitt -
Nutty Putty Cave Access Manager
Thanks for the reply Michael. I've been searching around and found a resource that you may want to promote to others if you didn't already know about it. BYU Outdoors rents equipment to non-BYU students and they have caving helmets and headlamps. They do not have combination headlamp/helmets, but they said that the headlamps work fine on the helmets. You can rent a helmet for $3 and headlamp for $5 for 24 hours. Sam Stroman
UPDATE 8-26-2009: I recently visited a vertical cave with two of the participants having rented gear from BYU Outdoors. When they both turned on their rented headlamps they were no brighter than an piddly little LED light on a keychain. The helmets were perfect, but the headlamps were a complete joke. DO NOT RENT YOUR HEADLAMP FROM BYU OUTDOORS. Instead, you want to find the brightest headlamps possible and I currently do not know where they can be obtained by rental.