Since I was without a car, my guide was super helpful by picking me up and dropping me off at the train station near their location! There was no real public transportation outside of the nearest town to their headquarters so it was super helpful since the day I choose it decided to pour and I wasn't too keen on walking the 2 miles out to them. It was also super convenient to go through them because they lent me all the equipment I needed and didn't bring with me (like shoes and waterproof pants). They also supplied harnesses, helmets (which I desperately needed), and a head lamp.
|Entering the mine|
Our first task was taking a raft across a pool of water which used to be a drainage system but hasn't been drained since the mine shut down operation. In the middle of it they had us shut off our lamps to see how dark it really was and let me say it was dark.
Afterwards we had a lesson on traversing and tried our hand at it. During this activity, I admit, I became known as 'that girl'. I literally got tangled midway across the course and had to be rescued. I still remember my one guide encouraging me and the conversation we had:
Guide: "You can do it! Just take the step!"
Me: "I'm stuck"
Guide: "No you're not, I know you can do this!"
Me: "No, I'm literally stuck."
This led to me being rescued on the first obstacle. Our second obstacle was a zip-line where I again managed to get tangled in the ropes. The zip-line only brought you half-way and the rest you hand-over-hand it which is when I got tangled.
The rest of my day I managed to stay tangled free but everyone kept checking on me. We did some climbing and repelling which was pretty good. We stopped for a lunch break in the deepest part we made it too and had some free time to explore the surrounding area.
After lunch we started our climb up and out of the mine. The next place I got a bit tangled was when we had to climb up a waterfall. If you did it right you didn't get too wet but I ended up tumbling under the main stream because I slipped and was drenched by the time I got my bearings. I made it up and then came the last climb up a steep ladder where you saw daylight getting closer and closer to you. It was a good motivator to keep climbing because it was a long climb.
Here are a few pictures from the day:
|Thumbs up in the mine|
|Repelling down further into the mine|
|The eyes which are watching you in the mine|
|The ladder up to the light and fresh air|
|The great adventurer!|
|On the trail hiking back to the cars|
|Some slate statues along the hike|