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.

 

See other entries for this weeks photo challenge here.