Why You Should Brave The Caves

When you think of climbing you may immediately imagine a huge mountain with vertical sides and someone bravely making their way towards the tip in the sunlight. This is of course the common form of ascending these huge natural structures but there is another way of exploring these rocky behemoths – from the inside. Though it is less well known, those who tend to tackle a mountain from the inside reap just as great a reward as those who plant a flag on the exterior. From the outside up is the only way to go, yet internally there are often labyrinthine routes that must be tackled in order to pass from one side to the other. It may be called cave diving, but climbing is often a huge part of the process (especially if the only way out is the way you came in). There is a whole other world inside that only the most elite spelunkers and explorers get to see, here are just a handful of features awaiting the adventurous.

Deep Dark Secrets
Deep Dark Secrets

Deep Dark Secrets

One huge difference between the outside and inside of a mountain is of course light. Not only does this make things dramatically more eerie but also increases the danger and difficulty of traversing these places. Here your next handhold is far from clear, as are some of the hidden drops, pools and fauna you may stumble across here. It isn’t uncommon for cave divers to come across artefacts or find huge open spaces hidden within the shadows of the mountains.

Crazy Formations

As crazy as a huge rock jutting vertically from the earth is, inside things get even stranger. Along with the token stalactites and stalagmites that make for interesting looking pathways there are an endless number of anomalies that are found in cave systems. From glimmering rocks to bizarrely shaped mineral structures to the abundance of crystals that all lurk within the earths surface. Cliff faces are usually monochrome and generally far from aesthetically pleasing, but inside a rainbow of colours and a n incredible range of metallic textures await those brave enough to find them.

Indoor Waters

Indoor Waters
Indoor Waters

Another very natural part of mountainous interiors is water. This can come in the form of small springs which trickle liquid over the vertical rocks themselves, or it can come in far more dramatic forms. Rushing indoor rivers are often heard before they are seen as the sound of the rapid waters bounces through the cave walls. Similarly, indoor waterfalls wow those who stumble across them as they crop up in many unexpected places, some of which bring some outside light with them for a real spectacle.

Wild Creatures

Wild Creatures
Wild Creatures

If you climb outside you’ve probably seen your fair share of flies, a handful of birds and maybe a mountain goat or two as you’ve done your ascent. If you are cave diving things get a lot weirder. Thanks to the irregular needs of cave animals (such as not requiring light) the beasts both big and small that live indoors are often quite alien. Whether this be bats, cave crickets or blind fish, you need to be prepared to encounter more wildlife than you would outside, hopefully you wont ever bump into any big mammals.