“Right from the outset a budding caver requires a good set of personal clothing and equipment. It might seem that any old clothes and a cycle lamp would suffice, but this is not so, because one's comfort and possibly one's life may depend upon having adequate equipment of the right type. With such things at stake, reliability must be the main consideration, and anything in the least shoddy should not be included.” The house | The dinner | Thermal pool | Expedition One | Expedition Two | Charades etc | Movies
Chapter 4: Yarrangobilly Expedition One
To make things simpler, I've divided the cave expeditioning into two sections (predictably, One and Two). It's not a true reflection of the caving, since we split our parties into smaller groups and tackled different caves at different times.
Caves mentioned here are The South Glory Cave (which is actually just a nice short-cut back to the lodgings after a swim in the thermal pool), and Jersey Cave, named not after the district or the cow, but a governor of NSW who first came here. Neil, our indefatigable guide, told us all about the caves, and extolled the virtues of Jersey Cave in particular (it was an orgiastic riot of spectacles).
The tricky part is to show the full colours of the formations that we saw: even digital cameras with strong flashes don't do them justice. Neil, our local guide and ex-manager of the caves answered all of our questions (and mine, too) and appeared to know a good deal more about the region than he at first let on. An interesting character...
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