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August 23, 2009

If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends

David Rose describes a week exploring the Asopladeru la Texa cave complex. Follow the link for some spectacular imagery.

Above me, beyond the reach of my headlamp, the roof is also invisible, but I know it's holding up about 2,500ft of limestone. My aching muscles don't need to be told. To get here from the entrance, a gaping rent in a flank of the Picos de Europa mountains in northern Spain, we've already descended more than 30 vertical 'pitches', from shortish drops the height of a house to vast echoing chimneys up to 300ft deep.

Related: A description and rigging guide (pdf) for Flea-readers inspired to a bit of cave exploration.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 23, 2009 07:38 AM