|The nameless cave (standard:mystery, 2931 words)|
|Author: Lev821||Added: Nov 06 2015||Views/Reads: 2364/872||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Is the myth of the cave, where those who enter do not come out, real?|
As they reached the crest of a peak with a chill wind greeting them, they looked down into the small valley, 60 metres below and all saw what they had sought. The leader of the expedition continued onwards, downwards, and the rest followed. In the Dokriani glacier, in the eastern Himalayan mountains, the expedition of eight made their way towards what was a large gaping maw of a cave. They trekked just over a hundred metres across the jagged ice and stony ground until the expedition leader, Andrew Rouse turned and held a hand up. "Ok, here we are, at this cave. At this cave without even a name. As we scheduled, four of you will camp overnight inside, if it's possible to do so, and at exactly 8am we will all need to regroup outside, where we make towards the Jaonli peak, and if the weather allows us, we should be there by nightfall. In two hours from now, it will be dark, so the four of us will pitch here". Andrew turned and looked into the cave, forty metres away, seeing only darkness. It was a privately guided expedition initiated by a tour company who sometimes allowed paying members of the public to join scientific researches for a fee. In this case there was room only for two. Misha and Yan, one year married from Poland. The expedition was primarily to find and trek areas of the mountains that had never had human contact, never had a human footprint in the snow, and along the way, for three members, Dhanjay Regimi from Bangladesh, Gregory Childes from Connecticut USA, and E.J from New Zealand, conduct research into the potential effects of global warming. Could more evidence be found that linked climate change with the actions of humans? Although they each had separate aspects of it to study. There were two Tibetan guides, Sonam Gyal and Kalsang who both knew the mountain terrain well and knew where the places where that had not had human contact, and as they had headed deeper into the mountains they knew they could make a slight detour and visit this particular cave that had garnered rather a reputation in the locals, so much so that they advised against going in there. It was a place to avoid, and although it was fairly well known in the myths and legends of the Himalayas, it was certainly not as well known as the Yeti, but those that knew of it, were curious and fearful of a cave, where it is said, and certainly believed by the locals, that if you enter it, you never come out. Nobody who has ever walked in, has came out. No-one. This was the folklore that dated back since the birth of the mountains, before the Yeti took up residence, and the two guides had already strictly stated that they would not enter. The team could enter if they wished. The team could do what they liked, but the guides were not entering as they believed in it. The others though, were more sceptical, some having only scientific minds that stated simply: 'Show me the evidence'. Everything was evidence based with many scientists who could not think outside the box, because to them, the box was all there was, and was closed. Sonam, Kalsang, Andrew, and E.J, nobody knew what the initials stood for, he was never asked and never said, all put down their gear. Gregory walked across to Andrew: "Ok, we'll see you in the morning, 8am sharp". "Yes," said Andrew, "If you come out," he said with a smile. "If the Yeti hasn't dined out on you". Gregory nodded and smiled. "Alright then, see you in the morning". He, Dhanjay, Misha and Yan, all began to trek towards the cave, and as they reached the mouth, they each turned and gave a little wave to the others, who waved back, before they walked without hesitation, without fear, into the gaping maw of the nameless cave. A bird circled somewhere high above, and flew beyond a mountain peak. The light from outside did not penetrate far, and they all found themselves putting on their torches. It was damp, and the stony ground sloped slowly downwards until it opened out into a spacious area after around 80 metres where dripping water reverberated every few seconds. This was where the cave ended, and they could see that the ground was dry, flat and spacious enough for them to set up camp. Click here to read the rest of this story (210 more lines)
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