Are you interested in crawling into a hole that’s 8 miles long? Probably not. That’s not exactly how we’d spend our
weekend month either. It takes experts a couple weeks just to get to the bottom safely.
After reading the story of The Horrifying Upside Down Cave Death Of John Jones In Utah and writing that article, our curiosity grew about caving. Of course we will never go caving, especially after reading that terrifying story.
Caving, also known as “spelunking“, is a dangerous hobby. Falling rocks, flooding, injuries from falling and hypothermia make this sport very risky. It’s cold, wet and slippery down there. Secondly, even if a trapped individual is lucky enough to notify a rescue team, it’s really difficult for trained professionals to offer help. Caves are narrow, wet, require specialized equipment…and the rescue puts the rescuers in danger.
Relative to other outdoor sports, there aren’t many people that choose caving as a past-time. There’s only a few thousand cavers in the world. In fact, it’s hard to determine the exact number of caving injuries and deaths per year, because so few people do it around the world and often the data isn’t aggregated. However, we do know that approximately 3 people die per year in the United States while caving.
Where is the deepest cave on the planet?
Krubera cave, also known as Voronya Cave, is located in the northwest tip of the country of George, near the Black Sea. Specifically, it’s located in Republic of Abkhazia, which is an autonomous republic with a population of about 240,000 people. Just a small note…it’s damn cold there, being right on the Russia border.
How deep is Krubera Cave?
The cave is 7,208 feet deep into the earth, and stretches a total of 8 miles long (13.4 kilometers). Imagine 8 Eiffel Towers stacked on top of each other. That’s how deep the cave is. Notice the zig-zag pattern:
The cave itself has a zig-zag shape. If you were to go through it, you would have to crawl, hike, climb, and repel at various times for a total of 8 miles in order to get to the very bottom of the cave. It’s not a hole that goes straight down, similar to most of the worlds deepest caves (wikipedia).
Who was crazy enough to go to the bottom?
Good question. Who would want to climb into this random freezing hole in the side of a mountain and crawl/climb down for 8 miles? Nobody we know is that crazy. However, quite a few trained professionals have been to the bottom, usually traveling in large teams of 40+ people, from countries around the world. The cave has been travelled numerous times at this point, especially since becoming the world’s deepest cave in 2012.
In 2012, Ukrainian diver Gennadiy Samokhin extended the cave by diving an extra 52 meters, extending the caves known depth in 2012. Did you catch that? This Ukrainian cave diver carried diving equipment down to the bottom of the cave, strapped on his equipment, and swam 152 feet down into the depths of the cave. That is terrifying. But I’m glad someone’s willing to do it, because it’s interesting.
What’s at the bottom of the deepest cave in the world?
There’s really not a whole lot. The point of caving to experts isn’t really to find “cool” things, the point is to break records. It’s not different than the reason that people climb Mount Everest. Although, some things have been found. For example, this insect was discovered:
These small shrimp-like land bugs eat moss and don’t have eyes because they live in total darkness. For the most part, at the bottom, there’s just waterways that are still not completely explored. Aside from that, there’s just a whole lot of untouched rock and limestone. It sounds boring, but the pictures are absolutely incredible.
Want to visit Krubera Cave?
No you don’t. Go to the beach and enjoy being alive. Only professionals and crazy people go there.
All joking aside, it appears that there’s some public tours of the not-so-deep parts of the cave. I wasn’t able to find specific tours offered, but I found this TripAdvisor page with reviews of their experience when visiting.
For expeditions, I have no idea on how to find information about that and quite frankly, I couldn’t care less because I have no interest in providing info that leads to someone getting lost in the worlds deepest cave.
Thanks for reading!