Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Rappelling down a boulder with a rope.  The only caving "convenience" on offer during the whole caving experience.

Rappelling down a boulder with a rope. The only caving “convenience” on offer during the whole caving experience.

In the northern part of Luzon island in the Philippines is Sagada in the Mountain province. The town attracts a small amount of adventure tourism, including caving.   I had never done anything like it before. We were inside an underground cave for approximately 2 hours and descended about 200 metres.  What made this cave experience unlike any other was that it was left completely natural inside. No gravel path ways, signs, concrete steps or taped music.  And no lighting….save a kerosene lamp.  Just slippery limestone and marble pathways that needed bare feet to travel safely, lots of bats, even more bat shit, and the darkness!  Truly a descent into the unknown.  For the full story see my earlier post, Caving in Sagada.


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6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

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  2. I went caving in France a few years ago, and I have to say that I think it is the thing I have most disliked in my entire life! Dark, scary, slow, slippery… You name it, I felt it! I’ll try anything once and I did it really for my son’s sake, but never again. Sounds as if you had altogether more fun!


    • I would do ours again, but it was on the absolute edge of my physical capabilities, and I was worried about first aid and what happened if I fell. I was scared most of the unknown challenges ahead even though they weren’t so bad in retrospect. A pretty good life lesson I suppose!


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