Windloch Sackdilling – Night Caving

I’ve been getting more interested in caving lately, as I should, since the Franconia area around here is full of them. So when I got an invitation for a night trip to the Windloch Sackdilling cave, I had to go along.

This cave has several entrances into the first section. The easiest way is to just walk in, as seen here.

Windloch Sackdilling cave: caving photos of Windloch Sackdilling hoehle. Cody Duncan photography

We figured the sub zero temperatures of the last weeks would create some cool ice features, as this cave in known to have. But these ‘interesting’ shaped ice-stalagmites were all that we saw. I also forgot to remember that an underground cave would stay warmer than the surface (during winter), and indeed it was, once we got back to the surface, it was utterly cold again. This ice was in the first ‘surface’ section, so maybe a bit more will form in the next months.

Windloch Sackdilling cave: caving photos of Windloch Sackdilling hoehle. Cody Duncan photography

Rappelling down into the first lower chamber.

Windloch Sackdilling cave: caving photos of Windloch Sackdilling hoehle. Cody Duncan photography

A little climbing was involved to get to another area at the back of the lower section.

Windloch Sackdilling cave: caving photos of Windloch Sackdilling hoehle. Cody Duncan photography

Windloch Sackdilling cave: caving photos of Windloch Sackdilling hoehle. Cody Duncan photography

View looking straight up towards the ceiling in the ‘rear upper’ section.

Windloch Sackdilling cave: caving photos of Windloch Sackdilling hoehle. Cody Duncan photography

This little hole led to a 20-25 foot tunnel to crawl/slide through into another fairly small chamber
Windloch Sackdilling cave: caving photos of Windloch Sackdilling hoehle. Cody Duncan photography

Windloch Sackdilling cave: caving photos of Windloch Sackdilling hoehle. Cody Duncan photography

Heading back through the forest, trying not to get lost in the darkness…

Windloch Sackdilling cave: caving photos of Windloch Sackdilling hoehle. Cody Duncan photography

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