Caving in the Pyrenees
A moment apart, cut off from the world!
While the visible face of the Pyrenees is often lush and bears witness to the exceptional climate of these mountains, its hidden face is a unique world sculpted by water full of hidden wonders.
We went to meet Laurent, mountain guide, canyoning and caving specialist, for a journey back into history, in the heart of these rock giants, to learn more about a discipline that’s so often overlooked – caving.
A moment when time stands still
“ I’ve been passionate about caving for over 10 years. What I like about caving is the exceptional landscapes you discover, which you’ll only see in caves.
It’s a world apart, isolated, as if suspended in time, moments of sharing you won’t find outside.
When we’re underground, a special relationship of trust develops with the people we’re with.”
La Grotte du Diable Rouge
““Don’t be fooled by its name! This ‘Red Devil’s Cave, near Bagnères, is perfect for discovering caving. Here, it’s not about crawling through narrow passages. Visitors follow the course of an underground river with a few rappelling descents along the way. There’s a surprise with each new waterfall you discover – it’s an incredible feeling of exploration!
Don’t panic if you’ve never gone caving before! The route is open to children as well as adults, and my role is to teach you the basics of this activity in complete safety. You’ll learn how to use caving equipment to help with climbing in a relaxed atmosphere. “
An accessible activity
“Speleology is an activity accessible to everyone from 5 years old, and there are a lot of beginners.
You just need to be reasonably fit to enjoy it with friends or family. In addition, you can go caving in all seasons and all weathers; caves are cool in summer and retain their warmth in winter.
During our outings, we stop at the bottom of the cave to enjoy a nice picnic. It’s a very friendly atmosphere. We once blew out a little boy’s birthday candles. It was a great memory and a very nice moment. It’s always a good-humoured event. “
If you want to learn more and overcome your preconceptions about caving from a passionate guide, click and book!
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