Here is the entrance to the Gargantua caves. The photo on the right is of my husband hiking the last little stretch of the trail to the entrance, it was a steep climb through lots of rock and shale.
After exploring the caves for a good 2-3 hours we made it to the cave exit, which is literally a little crack in the wall that has been nicknamed the birth canal. By this time I was pretty cold and tired from the hike up the mountain and then climbing and rappelling through the caves. I’d been most nervous about getting out the exit since I tend to get claustrophobic, but by this point in the day I was just ready to get out, so I handled it much better than I thought I would! 😉 The second photo on the right gives you a bit of an idea of what a tight squeeze it was. Once inside the narrow passage you had to manoeuvre up, over and between rocks. At a few points you are laying down on your stomach pulling yourself through the crack. You even had to rotate your helmet a time or two to be able to fit between some of the narrow spots and really work at fitting your body through. It was pretty intense!
Once through the tunnel area you reach the exit of the cave which is directly behind a waterfall. You have to lay down and crawl out the small opening. Here I am once I got out, I was absolutely spent but was equally as excited to have made it!
After getting all our gear off and taking a short rest we started to make our way back down the mountain. The day for us had started at about 6:30am and by the time we had hiked back down to our camp, packed everything up and driven back down to the parking area it was about 4:30pm.