Muscat: Three new caves have been discovered in Oman by a group of cave explorers, the Ministry of Tourism has announced.
The caves were named Al Khishil Cave, AlNaqqah Cave and Al Faqa’a of Dima Wa Tayeen province, in the eastern part of Oman.
The Al Khishil Cave is believed to be 400 metres deep. If confirmed it make it the deepest cave in Oman.
Al Khishil is located about 7 km from the village of Hail Al Hareem.
Inside the cave are clear water springs and breathtaking cave formations but the terrain is still too dangerous for explorers to completely traverse due to the multiple vertical slopes and slippery surfaces.
The first vertical ditch of the cave is directly after its entrance and is about 140 metres deep.
This ditch is followed by several consecutive vertical ditches up to 30 metres deep.
While the Al Naqqah Cave is a well-known landmark for the villagers it has never been explored before.
From the nearest existing road, it is a 30 minute walk to the cave and after the cave’s entrance is a 25-metre ditch.
The cave also has a series of crevices and water pools.
The Al Faqa’a Cave is located about half a kilometre on the northeastern side of the village of Hail Al Hareem, in the southern flanks and mountain peaks of Wadi Daiqa.
The depth of the cave is about 47 metres.
Although the cave is relatively simple to access by ropes, the lack of competent rock beds around its entrance make the rope access technically challenging.
The discoveries, scientists say, are evidence that there are many more undiscovered natural formations in Oman.
Galería de las sierras en Cañuela, la foto no hace justicia a lo singular de esta cavidad. Esta foto la sacó todo un profesional con una càmara que no podía ser peor, humedad y oscuridad, las condiciones de una cueva la hacen uno de los sitios más complicados para sacar una simple foto.
Video by Carl Ryan - Black Planet Photography
DONT TRY THIS AT HOME FOLKS ..... A brief video clip from yesterdays gruelling trip in OFD Cave. Here my son Ciaran and I were tackling a landmark feature deep into the system fanously known to all cavers as the ' Letterbox ' In order to pass from one complex section of subterranean passages known as OFD 1 to enter another complex section of passages known OFD 2 this choke point as to tackled with a certain gymnastical technique 20 feet up a wall on the side of a chamber. The slot ot Letterbox is a mere 10 inches high and feels oppressivly tight. As demonstrated by my son Ciaran here we have to come out backwards, grasp a short chain above a steep wall, extricate oneself and climb done the side of a cave wall. The disconcerting height makes this manoeuvre a tantalizing mind game and people with no head for heights or who are claustrophobic have to tackle both phobias in one go.
Photos by Carl Ryan -"Black Planet Photography / Ciaran Ryan
MORE SHENANIGHANS IN THE NOT SO VELVET UNDERGROUND.... Images from caviing trip yesterday at The Letterbox squeeze in OFD Cave as outlined in the earlier video. Hilarious capers trying to extricate oneself from a flat out 10inch high tight squeeze over a 20 foot drop to the cave floor.
Just because term has ended, doesn't mean we've stopped! Members have been at the @dachstein_caving_expeditions Training Weekend, learning rescue drills at the TSG, as well as trips in Aggy, Daren and JH!
Torpid's @lowefairyjo gazes excitedly into the entrance of The Mistral in Ease Gill, looking forward to crawling around and getting her bright clean caving suit covered in mud... What kind of caving girl could resist all that mud? 😁
Raise From the DEEP
This old XIXc Lead Mine shaft was initially measured at a 80m deep using the “ free fall “ stone drop system (4.5 seconds free fall)
Once we Descent it we could verify the calculations as true !
We were pleased to discover large size chambers and various possible ways on up and down but rather perilous and precarious , the place was “death on a stick with overhanging boulders and deep internal shafts!.. we could only think of the monumental effort and dangers the old Miners went through to extract the valuable metals from our Mother Earth!
Many thanks to the Team
🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 @dave_cattell@miccave , Martin, John