"Caving" has become a special theme of the film. The film about "caving" currently released in theaters draws my attention. "The Descent"(2006) and "Sanctum"(2011) can be the representative for the film of caving. Caving is meaning "cave adventure", has to overcome the uneasiness and fear of dark, but also the use of rope lift, rock climbing, swimming, diving and other expertise in order to explore the unknown cave system. Although claustrophobia and disorientation are the mystery of caving, infinite imagination of the mysterious cave world will satisfy our exploration and curiosity.

 

遇見柴山北峰極樂洞(閣樓留影)

Met North-peak Bliss Cave "Attic" pictures

 

  Although I yearn for caving, I did not expect to explore in my hometown! Chai Shan, also commonly known as Monkey Mountain, is the precious treasure of nature in Kaohsiung City in Taiwan. When I heard that there are caves in Monkey Mountain, I am restless and about to start caving.

 

旅行Map

Traveling Map

 

  Monkey Mountain, there is not only a lot of monkeys, but also a lot of caves. Location of "North-peak Bliss Cave " is clear, and easy to get to. If you never had a caving experience, recommend you go North-peak Bliss Cave and experience it. From "Long-quan Temple mountaineering" along the hiking trail to "Central pavilion", continue to come up to the intersection, into the right side of the trail, and then go for a walk, you can reach the entrance of North-peak Bliss Cave.

 

經過中心亭繼續向上來到路口

The intersection

再往觀景平台方向小徑

Into the right side of the trail

沿小徑走一段

Go for a walk

抵達「北峰極樂洞」入口

The entrance of North-peak Bliss Cave

 

  The entrance of North-peak Bliss Cave is wide, and setting up a rope for climbing. The exit also has rope ladder. Thus we can see North-peak Bliss Cave is not difficult to explore. It has become a popular tourist attractions in Monkey Mountain. Do not need professional caving preparation, as long as carrying gloves, headlights and other simple equipment, and with a curious heart, we can explore North-peak Bliss Cave.

 

北峰極樂洞入口

The entrance

準備垂降進入北峰極樂洞

Entering the cave

進入北峰極樂洞

Entering the cave

 

  From the bottom of the hole level is more than 10 meters, so it is safe to climb down with rope. After entering the cave, it is a simple caving trip and we can enjoy the special landscape in the cave.

 

洞穴內往入口看

See the entrance

北峰極樂洞「大堂」

North-peak Bliss Cave "Lobby"

「大堂」穹頂構造

Dome structure of Lobby

深入

In depth

 

  Geological composition of Monkey Mountain from the coral reef limestone, is the evidence that the seabed rose to land. After weathering, rain erosion and other geological effects, everywhere can be seen rugged sharp reef landscape in the mountain. Under the surface is due to ong-term dissolution of limestone layer with calcium carbonate bit by bit precipitation, so the formation of many limestone caves.

 

「大堂」穹頂構造

Dome structure of Lobby

洞頂景觀

View of Dome

牆上如片狀鰭板的石廉構造

Such as flaky fins

 

  It is not a long caving route, and can be finished within 10 minutes. The fantasy cave scene gods, the rocks like melting and solidified chocolate milk. It is truly eye-opener.

 

深入北峰極樂洞

Deep into the cave

三角形隘口

Triangle Pass

通過三角形隘口進入「狹廊」

Into "Corridor"

狹廊

"Corridor"

沿「狹廊」往上攀爬

Continuing to climb up

往上爬入「鑽上關」

Into "Drill-up Pass"

 

  "Drill-up Pass" is a hole that must be drilled from bottom to top. After drilling we can come to the final part "Attic", here is a wide enclosed space. lighting around the sweep, we can enjoy gorgeous texture on the wall of the limestone cave structure. From rock gap we can see the light at the exit.

 

「鑽上關」構造

Structure of "Drill-up Pass"

隱約可見出口光線

The light at the exit

準備攀爬「鑽上關」

Ready to climb "Drill-up Pass"

 

  After the pass, we came to the gorgeous "Attic". There is a rope ladder for visitors climbed to the exit, it is convenient and safe.

 

北峰極樂洞出口方向

The way to the exit

「閣樓」留影

"Attic" pictures

「閣樓」洞穴景觀

The view of "Attic"

「閣樓」深處華麗的黑暗角落

A corner of "Attic"

石灰岩洞穴岩壁紋理

Gorgeous texture on the wall

石灰岩洞穴岩壁紋理

Gorgeous texture on the wall

石灰岩洞穴岩壁紋理

Gorgeous texture on the wall

 

  Although the photos look very bright, in fact, it is to shoot the flash mode. The real cave is dark. we only can identify the directions by headlight and rely on the headlights to identify the direction. Filled with dark and claustrophobic space in the underground cave, we never know what the next will be seen and found. To explore the ultimate extreme touched, I think this is the strange charm of caving.

 

爬上繩梯前往出口

Climbing to the exit

出口處俯視閣樓

Overlooking from exit

北峰極樂洞出口

The exit of North-peak Bliss Cave

 

  The exit of North-peak Bliss Cave is very narrow, can only accommodate a person through. After passing we return to the bright world. My hometown is also a secret place, a trip to the secret. In addition to North-peak Bliss Cave, Monkey Mountain there is many caves waiting for us to explore!

 

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