Approaching the tunnels through the mist and water.
Our intention today was to push one of the tunnels in the area that I knew might go on to other unexplored passages. Most promising is a low escarpment into which burrows several joints. There are three joints that can be followed (the narrower ones) and several other wider ones that have their entrances filled with humus and stones. I suppose the wider joints got to wide but if the narrower joints lead to incredible beauty – imagine what the wider joints lead to!
The joints are connected intermittantly by wide shelves beneath the surface, at times choked by flowstone and stalactites – floored by rimstone dams. Alternately there are also sections of the shelf that are low but barren and we had theorized that maybe we could reach one of these buried joints by wriggling along a shelf.
We approached the underground tunnels along a joint that – like many in the area – was open to the sky. Jeff led the way, beneath the moss and through the mist.