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11 Fascinating Facts About Extreme Spelunking

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There's nothing more thrilling than the mystery of the unknown. Extreme spelunking combines the desire to discover a world unseen by most and the thrill of conquering a physical feat. Also known as caving, extreme spelunkers specialize in cave exploration. Extreme caving can unearth so many interesting things. Perhaps it’s the buried treasure of an ancient civilization. Perhaps it’s a brand new animal species never before seen on Earth. Perhaps its a newly discovered cave system that spans miles. 

Caving was established by Edouard-Alfred Martel, a Frenchman who explored the Gouffre de Padirac in France in the late 1880s. In 1941, a group of explorers created the National Speleological Society and coined the phrase spelunking. During this era, the sport gained a good deal of notoriety despite the fact that so many spelunkers lost their lives on wild expeditions.

But just like other extreme explorative sports - free diving, scuba diving, and mountain climbing - it can be dangerous.  Spelunking horror stories will chill you to the bone - serious injury, hypothermia, even death can happen while caving if you're not careful, or just unlucky. 

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