Caves with unspoken names

November 5, 2012

There are caves, which should not be spoken of. There are also caves of which we speak, but we withhold the name. And there are also caves whose names are known, but their beauty is, despite the guardianship, gone. They are soiled with mud, written over in graffiti, bruised and destroyed, some accidentally, others on purpose. It is a sensitive world and even if the caver tries very hard, he cannot leave the cave without a muddy footprint, a climbing hold stained with a glove, or a piece of the wall, soiled by his dirty suit. This is sometimes difficult to avoid, but he can greatly diminish the damage with a great deal of care and respect to the wonderful creations of nature. The caves are usually damaged by humans and every one of us bears the burden of responsibility. With those who destroy it is, of course, the lightest.

Does a caving photographer carry a part of the blame for causing the damage as he tries to share the beauty of the underground with a photograph? Are the photos a silent invitation to other cavers to see the cave and, with their entry, cause additional damage to the already damaged space?

That is why some cave names are better kept in secret.


1 comment

  1. Comment by Franz Lindenmayr

    Franz Lindenmayr Reply November 6, 2012 at 22:10

    You hit the nail right on the head. Secrets and caves – they are as close connected as possible. Publicity is often poison and sometimes the only anitdote. You never know – and most often only afterwards.

    My lips are sealed – and sometimes not.

    Kind regards


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