Day 73. Tuesday 13th October 1970 – India

We left the col, after spending an hour or so eating breakfast and drying out our sleeping bags, and traversed a high mountain peak path which headed in the general direction of Mangu. During the morning and early part of the afternoon we tried one or two of the villagers out with our questionnaire that Het-Ram had written out in Hindu for us. As it turned out it was not until we had reached Mangu, about three in the afternoon, that we had any success. Here we were told to wait for a short while until a man was found who could show us a cave near the village. Before we set off to look at the cave we had tea and biscuits at his house.

The cave was a bit of a disappointment in so much that it was only a rift about 80ft long formed by a landslip. In places it became very tight with one small crawl through conglomerate which was a little disturbing, the entrance was about halfway down a rocky outcrop, in fact the outcrop was a thin band of vertically bedded limestone protruding from the hillside like a dyke, and well covered by the usual sub-tropical vegetation. However, there was good bit of luck; before we left our guide gave us about five names of other caves in the area.

We returned back to base camp about eight o’clock in the evening after walking most of the way back by road. One bit of good news when we got back was that the cave Jim, Hodge, and Het-Ram had visited was the longest so far. Estimated length 400ft and about 200ft deep. I’d also a letter from home.

The weather as usual was sunny and warm all day.

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