Cave

Yesterday I was given a tour of a super cool cave in the nearby area.  I’ve never really done any “proper” caving, so it was a pretty cool experience and I’m looking forward to heading into some more, as the area is full of them.

Germany caving photo: Limestone cave, Franconia, Germany.  Cody Duncan Photography

The descent into the cave involved a 50-60 foot rappel, fun going down, but not so nice on the way back up.

Germany caving photo: Limestone cave, Franconia, Germany.  Cody Duncan Photography

Remains of an unfortunate animal.  Without a rope, there is no escape from this place.

Germany caving photo: Limestone cave, Franconia, Germany.  Cody Duncan Photography

The texture of the rock was so cool.  It looks like it should be all slimy and slippery, but it has a texture more like sandpaper.

Germany caving photo: Limestone cave, Franconia, Germany.  Cody Duncan Photography

Germany caving photo: Limestone cave, Franconia, Germany.  Cody Duncan Photography

In the center of the cave is a huge pile of debris from the surface world, and much of the floor of the cave is littered with quite large boulders.  We were wearing helmets, but one look at the average size rock made us think that our helmets wouldn’t be of much use!  While waiting to ascend back up, I heard a rush of wind and then the smashing of a rock a few feet away from me, sent a shiver up my spine.  And the cave is pitch black, so no chance to see anything coming towards you…

Germany caving photo: Limestone cave, Franconia, Germany.  Cody Duncan Photography

Germany caving photo: Limestone cave, Franconia, Germany.  Cody Duncan Photography

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