“Spelunking – the recreational past time of exploring wild caves system. The challenges involved often include the negotiation of pitches, squeezes, and water. Climbing or crawling or is often necessary, and ropes (and human bodies) are used extensively for safe negotiation of particularly steep or slippery passages.”
Wheew, that’s the definition of spelunking… just heard the word 2 months back from a fellow traveler while in Puerto Princesa… ohh… no idea, but I catch along with the ideas… yun pala yun. I never did realized that I will be doing this extreme adventure just few weeks after. Actually, honestly, after our boat ride in PP underground river,it somewhat makes me “dread” another dark cave. Don’t get me wrong, Underground River of Puerto Princesa is SOooo amazing! Excitement and amazement precede everything! But after I amazed myself during the 40 mins boat ride IN, going back made me so anticipating to see the “light at the end of the tunnel” ewan ko ba, parang “OK na ko, tara labas na tayo”… (kabog-kabog) and that’s for another 40 minutes….
Well, I just made kwento, kasi imagining that in Sagada’s Sumaguing Cave, I’ll have to walk, climb, squeeze and crawl in muddy, slippery, guano-packed, dark caves…for 2 hours… ohhh… makes me fretful… the darkness and uncertainty makes me “shiver” a bit (“antayin ko na lang kaya kayo sa labas… :>)
BUT the “adventurer-me ” prevailed so I purged on with others… gearing (in red) to explore the unknown… at the “mercy” of our 4 magigiting na guides… to do what they’ll ask us to do (crawl, climb, jump!, slide, roll, hang, squeeze, fall?!, spelunk!) all the 18 of us!
And while we are looking for more, the 12 of us (masisigasig), proceeded to another 40 minutes of extreme spelunking deep into the cave, where, at some point, you’ll doubt if the rocks will open up according to your body size and shape (and it did!), and you’ll doubt if the rope can hold your body weight (or else you’ll into a very deep well or hell-hole – seeing the photo of it made me shiver later, see below)…. and you’ll doubt whether you’ll trust the guide when he asked you jump into cold water while hanging on to him by the “cliff” (he didn’t actually waited for an answer and binitawan na niya ako!). We walked in tiny cave waist-high cold water, not seeing the front of us because of darkness and “fog” smoke of electrolites (daw), and not knowing if it will go deeper or we’ll step on some hole. (Sige lang, lakad, asan na ang butas palabas?)… But we emerged victoriously and going back up seemed so easy na… SARAP!
SURE WORTH IT! Everything in it and what you can do and see and experience in there!… pati ang pupu ng bats!
What a wonderful adventure moments with cousinhood! Ulitin natin!
Thanks to our amazing guides from SAGGA, Sagada Gunuine Guide Association
I hope the pictures will tell how we’ve done it and survived it!…