Arch cave is not an easy cave, it is definitely not for the claustrophobics out there… this 2+ km path will make sure your knees and elbows scream from agony. So don’t forget your knee pads. Half of this path is crawling on rocks, mud and dirt. The other half is a combination of some walking in dungeons, bouldering around large obstacles and climbing up and down some walls. But don’t think the latter is easier, this is where you need your focus to avoid falling into ditches.
Everything went well inside of the cave, up until we reached 7th hole cave. Joanna opened her Drum Barrel to take her jumper out, only to find out her drum barrel wasn’t sealed off properly and her jumper was completely wet. At this stage, Joanna’s clothes were completely wet due to the water we had to go thru, and she was cold. The wind in 7th hole cave didn’t help the situation, it made her shiver. I gave her my dry jumper, but her body was already fatigued and cold from within, one jumper won’t help much.
A negative aura has taken over us, Joanna had mixed emotions: sad, angry, frustrated… I tried to get her warm by wrapping myself around her without any luck. To my advantage, my body overheats quickly which dried off my shirt by then, so adding a warm shirt and jumper, plus body to body heat transfer, she slowly started to warm up. The situation improved; And hereafter, everything just worked marvelously despite the mental and physical challenges we faced in 3 Windows cave later on.
7 hours from the starting point, we reached the mouth of 3 Windows by 9:20 pm.