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PE 1630: Caving

A group of caving students

The most exciting and unknown terrestrial frontier lies deep inside cave systems! Expand your horizons to include the netherworld. Learn cave geology, map reading skills, rope systems, cave safety, environmental concerns, and hone teamwork and communication skills in this introductory class. Expect to be challenged and inspired as you explore caves in Eastern NY. You can expect to crawl and get dirty in these wild, beautiful caves. One weekend outing include car camping.


Course Fee

Students: $345
Community: $375
CU Faculty/Staff: $360

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course. 

Fee Notes

All group camping equipment, caving specific gear, and food is included. (Tents, stoves, fuel, cooking pots, etc.) If you don't have your own, personal camping gear (sleeping bag, headlamp, etc.) is available for rent at a 25% discount. You can see a complete gear list here.


First class is mandatory.
Students must attend all classes to receive PE credit.


No previous experience.

Drop Deadline

September 4th


Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


Equipment List
NCC Waiver
Medical Form
COE Participant Waiver

Section 1 Schedule




Tuesday 9/10/24 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday (optional) 9/11/24 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Fri-Sun 9/13/24 - 9/15/24 (overnights) 5:00pm (Fri) to 9:00pm (Sun)

Section 2 Schedule




Monday 9/16/24 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday (optional) 9/18/24 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Fri-Sun 9/20/24 - 9/22/24 (overnights) 5:00pm (Fri) to 9:00pm (Sun)