Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Dec 2013: When I went spelunking in the most complete and utter darkness I have ever experienced

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So moved down from the Batu temple caves to the Dark Cave

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Well, ive been warned off now

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its an interesting place, off the highly trafficked area

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spitting, the bloody desi trait!

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Its dark and in the shadow of the cliff

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Pollution is a bit bad…but the skyline is great

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I head inside

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Wow, its a very complex cave system. 

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I am waiting for my guide, so sit there and take photos of this amazing cave

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There’s the entrance

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how water flowed

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and water pools

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How the water and air has carved the limestone into fantastic shapes

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multi coloured stones

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I head in. its pitch black and because of the special animal life in here, you cannot use light easily…

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Tiny areas of light from small openings in the cliff face

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I look back at the cave entrance.

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this isnt for the faint hearted, that’s bat guano down there

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and some kind of insect life, a cave cricket

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a dog???

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With some cave snails

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the guide pointed out some centipedes

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amazing formations due to water flow

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absolutely fantastic

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how the caves have been carved

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how the water flowed into the caves photo 328-IMG_0993_zpsdba9a532.jpg

In this pitch darkness, a spider.

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damp and moist walls

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another species of spider

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Heading deeper into the cave

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it was pitch black, seriously pitch black

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Its like a glacier

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This is limestone, almost cloth like

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Amazing shapes and colours

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You can see how the various minerals flow

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the water flows into this crystal clear water but not for drinking, this is very poisonous because of the dissolved minerals and animal droppings.

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amazing pool

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More amazing shapes

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And then, of all the things, a bloody bench! who sits here????

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Stone flowers

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flowing stone

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bloody vandals

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Somebody made a meal here…can you see the bones.

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Im surprised they havent made a lingam out of this.

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we are this far into the caves.

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one of the deeper caves have been chained off…

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A giant centipede, you don't believe me?

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you dont want this to be crawling over you

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reach the end of cave 3

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Here’s fatface dasgupta

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absolutely drenched in the very hot humid conditions. we turn back

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I head out, this lady in the full niquab was hoping to go inside, you got to be kidding me.

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walk down the stairs

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holy cow

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very nice

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this chap is practising for some kind of trekking

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Amazing, very nice

I want some liquids inside me

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and had some durian :)

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final views of the temple

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fanning myself

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from argentina, a political leader…


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cleared out one side of the motorway

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very disciplined

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and on the plane…back to London

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