miércoles, 30 de mayo de 2012

Daredevil cavers descend 162 foot into pitch-black abyss

By Emma Reynolds

These remarkable pictures show two daredevil cavers descending 162 foot into a black abyss.
Fearless Aaron Davis appears in silhouette against the sunny woodland above, his limbs outstretched as he appears to free-fall into the gloomy cavern curving out beneath him.
The brave US climber is in fact suspended by a rope as he abseils at speed down into the beautifully named Neversink Cave in Jackson County, Alabama, joined by climbing partner Brian Stoltz.

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Terrifying descent: Brian Stoltz prepares to take the plunge into Neversink Cave, a 162-foot deep open-air vertical abyss
Sheer drop: Aaron Davis drops into the incredible cave, which bells out from 40ft in diameter to 100ft at its base, with a cool breeze blowing into it

Sheer drop: Aaron Davis drops into the incredible cave, which bells out from 40ft in diameter to 100ft at its base, with a cool breeze blowing into it

Great depths: Mr Stoltz comes to a stop at the base of Neversink, which was bought using the donations of cavers after a fundraising drive called 'Buy a piece of the pit'

Falling sunlight: Brilliant rays and a waterfall pour into the deep cavern, which is filled with rare and endangered ferns

All angles: Talented photographer Amy Hinkle lowered herself into the pitch-black hole at a slower pace as she captured the breathtaking pictures

All angles: Talented photographer Amy Hinkle lowered herself into the pitch-black hole at a slower pace as she captured the breathtaking pictures

Fantastic scenery: The fearless pair rest on a ledge at the start of their journey deep into the earth

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