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Cave of the Bells, AZ
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Cave of the Bells, AZ 
Cave of the Bells, AZ
 
Caving avatar Apr 06 2013
GrottoGirl
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Another caving outing with Gary. He turned up the intensity a bit by taking us to see three case in one day. We did a short hike to Hidden Cave. We spent about an hour looking around. Gary showed us a chimney move and I decided to go and and try it out even though the chances of serious injury was high. The graffiti was disappointing. There was also a blue dot matrix left over from a cricket study.

Then we dropped by Fly Cave. It kind of is unremarkable but it was great to add another cave to our agenda. The trip thru the whole cave probably took five minutes!

Then we drove onto Cave of the Bells. We did two separate routes. The first to the lake. Gary let us led and basically told us to go down. And down we went into the bowels of the earth. We squeezed through several small passages and did many down climbs and scrambles. A few rocks rolled down towards the bottom and we heard a distinctive plop to indicate we had arrived. The water was clear and a pretty blue.

Then we returned to the main junction and had our lunch. Then we repeated the same route as our previous trip. Again, we were leading. As I was getting tired I was slowing down. Plus it made it hard to make route decisions. But we made it to the end. Found a cool passage way with crystals that looked like coral somewhere along our route. The climb out seemed pretty easy this time. The rock climbing is paying off!

We returned to the earth's crust very dirty, bruised, sore, and with smiles on our faces.
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