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This time yesterday... - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
This time yesterday...
This time yesterday I was fifty meters underground in Aladdin's Cave, a moist, rocky, twisted series of caverns and climbs buried in the stony heart of the Blue Mountains, 1200 feet above sea level.

I was clinging to a near-vertical slope above a dark chasm. The rock was slick with moisture. My fingers were wrapped tightly around a rope, my feet just-barely lodged in the smooth nubs of stalagmites we were using for footholds. The caves were utterly devoid of natural light. My headlamp was on low beam and my overalls were muddy. In a moment I would clamber around a limestone column, climb down a corroded iron ladder, and slide - literally slide - down a slick 60-degree-angle stone, another rope slipping through my fingers fast enough to burn.

A few minutes after that I'd be wriggling through a tight passage on my stomach, turning my head to examine the skeletal remains of a Thylacine - the long-extinct Tasmanian Tiger - embedded in the limestone floor.

Today my knees and elbows are festooned with colourful bruises. I'm sitting on a soft desk chair at work, my fingers moving over the keyboard, which is clean and light and not at all muddy. There's nothing here that'll bruise.

7 have fought ~ fight the power!
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: September 1st, 2008 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahh, how I envy you!
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: September 1st, 2008 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a blast, I assume you enjoyed every moment?
tania From: tania Date: September 1st, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Goodness yes. :) That was just the tip of the iceberg too, I did so much, learned so much... now, my next big challenge will be getting the photos online. ;P
cateagle From: cateagle Date: September 1st, 2008 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like great fun, I rather envy you. You'll have to tell us more about that fun vacation.
nipper From: nipper Date: September 1st, 2008 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, the desk time pays for the cave time, unfortunately.
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: September 1st, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
wowwwwwwwwwww... Adventures!! 8>
yaochi From: yaochi Date: September 2nd, 2008 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Spelunking is the shiznits !

Some years ago came across the complete ( and articulated ) skeletal remains of a Short Faced Bear. They have only been extinct for about 10,000 years.

Was quite exciting.
7 have fought ~ fight the power!