Extreme caving: months in the dark

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21 Responses to “Extreme caving: months in the dark”

  1. monstrinho_do_biscoito says:

    and that is why Gollum looks the way he does.

  2. Ugly Canuck says:

    The most interesting tid-bit is the fact that immune systems begin to falter without light.

    Why?
    What is it about the energy we receive from light which enables our bodies to be better at fighting off infections?
    What is the bio-chemical mechanism here?

    • peterbruells says:

      You are jumping to conclusions.

      Even if its the lack of sunlight causing the effect, it could be a thousand different reasons apart from „energy“. It could be simply stress or the upsetting of the natural cycle which casuses the imune system to fail.

    • Will says:

      UV radiation from sunlight does a pretty good job of mild disinfection. I often see UV lights in delis for that very reason.

      The fingernail infection is a combination of the lack of UV radiation killing a percentage of bacteria and the damp environment.

  3. Chris Tucker says:

    It would probably be a bad idea to read “The Descent” before going on one these prolonged caving trips.

  4. gwailo_joe says:

    Too deep we delved there, and woke the nameless fear.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Anyone interested in this subject may want to read Jeff Long’s amazing piece of fiction, ‘The Descent’. And yes, it is far far superior than the ripoff movie by the same name.

  6. MrsBug says:

    Um…no. Just no. Actually, make that ‘hell no.’

  7. Brainspore says:

    Brendan Frasier didn’t need all that fancy high-tech crap.

  8. Teller says:

    Actually reading this right now. And so far would agree these folks are stout and crazy.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I would be lucky to last an hour. I might have a panic attack just thinking about it.

  10. Hirsty says:

    This is where the shit gets Morlocky.

  11. caipirina says:

    Saw this guy recently on the Daily Show … fascinating topic … but I keep wondering … WHY .. just WHY?

    I somehow get the thrill of climbing high mountains or scuba dive really deep … but spending weeks / months going deeper and deeper … well, i guess the answer is ‘because it is there’

  12. Rich Keller says:

    Panic attack on speed? Do they run around the caverns like Cthonic the Hedgehog? (I’ve been waiting years to work that into a conversation. Sorry.)

  13. Anonymous says:

    after a few hours wandering around caves in Minecraft, I get a little anxious too. It’s unsettling!

  14. MelSkunk says:

    I used to think this (why caves, why?) but when I was diving once I saw a rope going into the depths of a tech-dive cave (super dangerous stuff) and I felt so so compelled to go there. One day I shall!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Remember, if you reach the bottom of an adamantine vein you’ve gone too far….

  16. pidg says:

    I was really interested in the idea of “the Rapture”, but I’ve been unable to find anything else about it, except in relation to this book.

    In fact, every reference I can find either says “The Rapture is like a panic attack on speed”, or “The Rapture is like a panic attack on meth”.

    So is this something well-known/documented in the caving community, or is it just something in this book?

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