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Jakarta Post

Vertical caving: Underground excitement

  • R. Heru Hendarto


Yogyakarta   /   Sun, August 29 2010   /  11:02 am

The crescent moon had slipped through the night as we entered the village. The darkness of the night made us disoriented as the surroundings looked familiar. As we got lost and missed the signboard at the entrance, a motorcycle guided us in and we slowly drove on the village’s bumpy road for 15 minutes. Beautiful ray of lights in Grubug.Finally, we got to our destination and we immediately sat down on the floor of a terrace (pendopo), trying to give our exhausted bodies some rest and get some sleep before the next day.A beautiful sunrise accompanied us, rising above the shade of teakwood trees surrounding Jomblang village, about 17 kilometers from Wonosari. Located about 40 km southeast of Yogyakarta, Wonosari is the capital of Gunung Kidul regency.The area where Jomblang cave is located is not famous. But among cave enthusiasts, nature trekkers and backpackers, it is has become well k...