Sumaguing Cave Spelunking
This was one of the highlights of this trip. How would I start this? Hmmm… let me see… Perhaps those who were weak at heart and claustrophobic can’t really do this. But I can also say it’s still worth a try.
Spelunking at Sumaguing Cave was really challenging; a good vitamin for adventure seekers. Unlike spelunking in Palawan, doing it in Sumaguing was totally the opposite: the directions, the trails, the emotions I had and even the guts. The cave was really dark inside; the only source of light was the lamp(s) used by the guide(s), or flashlights, if any. Holding on to the rocks was a necessity to survive, I swear! Even touching the cave bats’ stinky poops was not important anymore as long as we had something to hold while descending the cave. It was really steep and slippery and extra cautious cells in your body will be very handy.
Footwears should be removed and left in a specific part of the cave; the guide told us that it’s necessary to avoid accidents. I was not quite fascinated in walking barefooted but I followed. My feet was aching at first but I can no longer felt the pain due to the fear the trail going down had caused me. I really tried my best not to lose my balance and to keep up with the group’s pacing. Good to know that we were the first group to enter the cave that day (5:00AM) because it may be more slippery than we had if others already had walked by the trails.
The most difficult part I could remember was the portion of descending on which the only way down was to trust the guide’s balance. He required me to hold his left hand while his right hand was holding the rock on the side. He then instructed me to step on his foot while being hung half on that 90-degree rock formation. My mind were asking “what if we fall down and stumble directly to the lowest part of the cave?, What if he lose his balance and pull me down with him?”. I hesitated at first, honestly. It took me 30 sec to finally gave in and followed his instructions. I reminded myself that the guides were the ones who know the cave more than anyone else. I was then glad I did trust him.
The bottom part of the cave showed us a carbon deposit hanging on the rocks’ wall. We then ascended back following the same trail as we went down. And I told myself, “not again?”. But I had no choice, I had to see the sunlight again way up to convince myself that I was already safe. The rays of the sun gave me hope, literally.
This spelunking activity taught me lessons; that I could and should trust myself more than I should & learn to trust some people I knew nothing about. It built my confidence in conquering future melodramatic life scenes.
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