Preserving Son Doong, ‘the biggest cave in the world’; Andy McKenzie; Stuff.co.nz


Viet Nam – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

In places it was hard to tell where jungle stopped and the incredibly beautiful cave began.

People often ask me why I go caving. It’s dark, tight, claustrophobic, cold and dangerous and you might get lost – why would anyone want to do this? And for fun?

There are a lot of misconceptions about caving, it isn’t really dangerous – well, it is if you don’t know what you’re doing and if you don’t risk assess; it is if you push beyond your risk assessments, if you compromise on your equipment or don’t plan and train for rescue, but generally it is a safe sport.

Contrary to popular assumption it really isn’t easy to get lost underground.

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