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Sharon goes Spelunking in Santander!

ON A TRIP TO SANTANDER, OUR VERY OWN SHARON HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO SPELUNKING! HAVE A READ BELOW, SOUNDS FANTASTIC!!

Now, exploring caves is very interesting but try “Spelunking“!

So, I went exploring caves in Santander. WOW was that interesting. Amazed at seeing drawings dating back 19,000 years ago and only discovered in 1903 in Cava Covalanas & seeing in Cava Cullalvera the deepest group of rock art in Northern Spain with a series of figures over a kilometre long from the huge entrance of the caves. The main figures are horses painted in black lines & red dots. Just incredible how they drew these with their bare hands.

If that wasn’t enough to take in, my expert guide asked me to put on a boiler suite, hard hat with lamp & a harness. As I only ever wear high heels, I found this a little strange so we then proceeded to walk up a very steep hill only to go down into the very deep cave Coventosa, 800 metres to be exact!!

I was asked to pick up my tempo as we needed to see everything in 4 hours!! What would take 4 hours?? Well I followed practically running up and down rubble for an hour when we stopped as you couldn’t go any further (I thought !!) there was just this sheer drop. So, this is what the harness is for!! We then abseiled what felt like 1000 feet but only to be told to my disappointment that it was only 60 feet. Forgetting to tell you that this is all in pitch darkness !! This was the only way to see the amazing rock formations down below.

We clambered through chambers and chambers of them. After another hour, we finished the tour. Great so we must just go out the other end. NO, we had to go back the way we came so at the quick pace we ran (nearly) up and down the rubble again, through the chambers and climb back up the sheer drop. My god, I didn’t realise how heavy my body is!! With this achievement and another hour later the tour was finished and we were back in day light.

That was the most challenging thing I have ever done but my goodness it was worth every minute. You have got to do it, see it.