Grab your helmets, headlamps, and a spelunking friend for a cave diving adventure in the Swiss Alps for this Geocache of the Week. With high peaks and the beautiful Walensee it’s easy to see why people come to this location, but cache owner, tuxracer, had their eyes set on something else. Deep below the skyscraping mountains and glimmering alpine lake is a vast underground cave formerly used for mining. A perfect opportunity for an ambitious D5/T4 geocache with an Indiana Jones feel.
For this cache you’ll need to have the following:
- A cave diving buddy
- Minimum 3 hours time and nerves of steel
- Good sense of direction and appropriate aid
- Helmet and headlamp (extra batteries)
- Good footwear
- Gloves and warm clothes
- No fear of the dark
Got everything? Great! Just walk right past the pretty nature stuff and look around for a wooden door in the side of the mountain. If you are greeted with a rush of cool air, you’ve found the right one. Entering the mine is an instant treat. Left over from years past are rail lines, railcars, equipment, and even newspapers.
On your journey to the center of the earth, there are extremely high ceilings and a vast openness that makes you forget this is all beneath the surface. You’ll stumble upon rusty relics, stairs leading to new levels and tunnels, and underground lakes that’ll give new perspective as to what could possibly be behind an old wooden door.
There’s a lot to explore in the mine and it’s easy to get turned around. Overall the cache takes around 3 hours to locate and get out. Keeping an eye out for a reflective arrow is key to finding the container and easier said than done. Though with 1000+ finds and 760 Favorite points, it seems like your chances are pretty good if you want to take the plunge.
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