Tuesday, June 9, 2009

lumiang cave connection - sagada

seeing how deep the cave entrance was, our guide asked "ready now?". without hesitation we answered "yes. we are" yet deep inside there was a bit of doubt if we will really do it after looking at the cave's opening.very few people choose to do the cave connection in Sagada's cave system. the treacherous and dark Lumiang cave is part of the Philippines' deepest cave system. reaching a vertical range of 534feet or equivalent to about 53floors of a standard flooring height.most of the tourists would take the Sumaguing cave spelunking which is also part of the Sagada cave system. one enters the opening of Sumaguing cave and comes out from it after reaching the basin. but only a few takes the challenge to do the cave connection. which means that we enter in Lumiang cave and comes out of Sumaguing cave. three to four hours of spelunking that can actually be life threatening.our guide Mang Wilbur, lights his Petromax lamp as if giving us enough time to rethink if we will really be doing it. but with a motivation, coming from someone who told us that we've never been to Sagada if we didn't do this, the three of us were determined to do it."we will be going down there" Mang Wilbur pointing in a small hole, which was only revealed after the lamp was lit. we can't see what was down the hole as the lamp's brightness was limited to the first chamber that we were in to.he enters the hole ahead of us bringing the lamp which then revealed that the darkness was not only caused by the absence of light but also because it was deep. about fifteen feet high. travel buddy Nadz went ahead as Mang Wilbur guides him where to step and where to hold on.i followed and travel buddy and official photographer Kit, came last. after successfully coming down, a mini terraces-like flooring came into sight. it was impressive to think how it formed in such beauty.we then continued our way down from one dark chamber to another, passing on high steep inner passages which required flexibility and focus to the guide's instructions. there were areas where one can actually fall down and hit the cave's rough rock floors. that can happen if the instruction of the guide was not followed properly.every chamber that we surpassed safely, we felt like it was one great fulfillment. we enjoyed every stop that we made, took some photos on some parts. drips of water comes from the top and no other sound can be heard.we didn't see any bats nor small insects except for an occasional sighting of a black bird passing over us. the temperature was getting colder as we went deeper. we were still clueless of how deep we will be going but what was on my mind that time was the lower we go, the same height we will be climbing up.there was a part when we have to go up using a rope and totally rely on it or else we can fall on a high dark cliff. it was at that part when my left ankle was injured. from there i already had a hard time walking. yet still endured the journey most of the time using my right foot.we went down to about ten chambers some even bigger than a two-floor height room. there were parts when we were required to remove our slippers as some areas are very slippery. the lowest part was when we were to cross a chamber of water that reaches up to our shoulders. we were asked to remove our shirts as it can cause hypothermia. we wrapped our shirts on top of our head and crossed this almost ten-meter length of water stepping on rocks. we took a break after that and continued our journey to a bigger chamber which signified that we were already at the boundary of Lumiang and Sumaging cave. we were already spelunking for about two and a half hours. a granule shape rock and a chicken-foot shape rock symbolized the boundary.we reached the dancing hall as they call it, which was really huge. a chamber comparable to the size of an indoor basketball court.

on the coming post, our journey continues to Sumaguing cave or popularly known as the big cave.

54 comments:

walkwithmetothemoon said...

Wow its so amazing. You must be so proud to make it to the dancing hall. Spelunking is too risky. I remember my mother would always discourage my brother when he was still active in caving before. Parang dumadaan kayo sa butas ng karayom. Or parang nagtake kayo ng pagkahaba habang final exam. Hehe. I am claustrophobic so di ako pwede sa mga ganyang kasikip na cave baka mamatay ako sa loob. Hehe. Astig ka Dong Ho!

walkwithmetothemoon said...

I am the first commenter. Yehey! Happiness. Hehe.

Photo Cache said...

That is something. Your adrenalin must be kicking in high gears.

Quite scary for me personally, the darkness and the descent and all, but I enjoyed watching your photos.

KRIS JASPER said...

Mr Dong!

That place looks so steep... I dont know how you managed to take fotos while trying to get out of that cave alive.

:)

Belated....

gillboard said...

Nice, spelunking!!! One other thing, I'd like to do before I die... hehehe

paoruiz said...

im not sure if i have the guts to go down there.

darkhorse said...

Dong - matindi ka! malamang pitch black yan tapos very risky pa...lol bilib ako sa lakas ng loob mong mag adventure - yan ang weakness ko sa cave tapos pitch black kc dito dami lindol eh...ok ka naman cguro kc nai-post mo pa to eh...-ingatz!

Luis Batchoy said...

kalaking 'granule' naman nyan! How exciting dong! Cheerios

Chyng said...

Eto pala ang famous cave, pero ang delikado.. Scary for our lives, and the cameras! hehe

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Another interesting post!

-ellesig- said...

sure, they do it all the time in fear factor! :)hehe..

tapang mo! at ang gaganda parin ng kuha!

Lawstude said...

there is something about caves that is mysterious yet enchanting. maybe it is the unknown, yet we are anticipating of things we might see there. this is a great adventure and it gave me chills just reading the text and seeing the photos. great job buddy.

alicesg said...

Wow fantastic. What a great adventure! It is great you share with us your experience, the type of experience which I would not do. Wonderful.

Rico said...

Wow! Adventure to the max! Parang Journey to the Center of the Earth. This might be one of those things I wouldn't dare do, unless drunk hehe

collapsingbarrycade said...

what an adventure. ang tapang mo tsong! hehe. this is another good reason to visit sagada before i die. hahaha. not that im dying soon.

zherwin said...

wow, up to your shoulders? matindi pala talaga ang cave connection, we only did sumaguing and enjoyed it tremondously, mas grabe siguro ang adrenaline rush kapag lumiang-sumaguing no? sarap!!!

at congrats, galing nyo!

fufu said...

amazing buddy!!! i would definitely like to do spelunking if i had chance =p

nuts said...

Wow, wow, talaga! hangang photos na lang ako dito sa eskapo. pano yun kung "you've never been to Sagada if you didn't do spelunking/caving" takot ako sa madilim, sa mataas, sa malalim at masikip na lugar. Salamat sa pag-share. Mabuhay ka Dong!

Inkversified said...

i have a hard time breathing... gawk!

Pietro said...

Interesting photos in the cave, Dong. Very nice post.
Surely I'd be claustrophobic there!

livingstain said...

ang ganda ganda dong, kaso pang ang lalim lalim, parang hindi ako makakahinga sa loob...
nice photos... para na rin akong nakarating dahil sa mga larawan mo!

witsandnuts said...

It looks a little scary but I think I'd like to try. It's like joining the defunct Extra Challenge. I remember going through that hole in Crystal Cove (in Boracay). It was worth it because there was a clear and cold water that did bathe us after that.

Lantaw said...

ah the famous caving adventure! I bet it was THE adventure of the year

Luke Wiley said...

Looks like so much fun!

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

very interesting indeed!

here's where we went last weekend:

http://livinginscandinavia.blogspot.com/2009/06/quick-trip-abroad.html

Bengbeng said...

Dong this is so exciting. I practically ignored everything while reading this post n seeing the pics. Awesome experience.

Cza said...

Wow.. you really did it! Nice!

Borneo Falcon said...

I love cave exploration too. Just been one lately which is filled with bat and guano

.pOot! said...

the cave looks SOOO scary!

uncleawang said...

That is a wonderful place of nature:)
I enjoy the visit via yr blog,thanks.

Heart of Rachel said...

The way to the cave looks very challenging. Reaching the inside of the must have given you a great moment of triumph.

Lalaine said...

wow... yan ata yung sinasabi ng pinsan kong cave... mukhang kaka excite yan at the same time... mukhang kakapagod =D.

Raft3r said...

hay
ganda dyan, dong
sana makapunta ako dyan
hay talaga
hehe

luna miranda said...

my friends and i explored Sumaguing, we were too tired for the next cave. it was one hell of an experience...and i mean it in a good way.:D i salute the guides in Sagada!

SandyCarlson said...

I love going on these adventures after you do and with you. Exciting! These are some amazing photos.

Jinjiruks said...

dong dapat isama mo kaming mga bloggers dyan. para ma-experience naman namin.

Layrayski said...

Dong, hope you're ok now.

that said, i think its cool that you dared to go to the cave and tell us about it. =) I can't imagine myself in your position slithering (?) into holes because I'm a bit claustrauphobic. Kudos!

Tita Beng said...

Beautiful place! As if I'm there through the stills. Would you mind sharing the brand and description of the camera you are using? Did you take photography lessons? I'm always amazed with your shots. 'Galing mo!

I am Xprosaic said...

Hehehehhehe sarap naman... nakakamiss... Naalala ko nung nagcacave kami noon gamit lang namin na ilaw torch kaya ayun paglabas namin ang mga ilong namin nangitim na! jijijijiji...sayo kasi lampara na!... jijijijijiji...

nuts said...

I just read your awesome story on new website of Philippine Tourism, Awesome Philippines. I came back here to say CONGRATS Dong!

Rawr Prince said...

wee.
great place!
napaka adventurous naman.tsk.tsk.
(hihi)

^^^ bravo!

backpacking philippines said...

such an adventure. i remember ironwulf wanted to do that too when we were there last time

coolwaterworks said...

Wow! What an adventure... :D
I hope would have the chance to do that too when i do visit Sagada... :D

Joy said...

Only for the brave! And that's you. Sounds really exciting! Fab photos.

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Axrealm said...

nakakatakot pero adventure!

sumaguing cave pa lang ang napuntahan ko!

Axrealm said...

hm, nakakatakot pero adventure1

sumaguing cave lang ang napuntahan ko!

REDLAN said...

Napakagrabeng experience. bawal sa mga may sakit. after nagbody dip kayo, nawala na ang sakit ng ankle mo?

bertN said...

Without a competent guide, you'll never make me enter a cavernous, dark cave with a lot of climbing, sliding, squeezing, wading, rope swinging and whatever else is needed to get in and more importantly, out of it LOL. Even with a sexy guide in a short short, I'll pass. I'm getting too old for this kind of kick. It used to be fun for me, though.

bw said...

wow, really awesome shots from inside a very threatening cave !

Chyng said...

Extremely challenging and FULFILLING!

Apir! Ü

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Anonymous said...

Wrong step it's either broken bones or your dead. Adventure talaga dyan.

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