Squirrel Girl wrote:I'm not generally freaked out by breakdown,but the one site that got to me was the fractured rock in Huautla. It was near the entrance (relatively speaking!). And I was told, "don't touch the rock with the crack in it." There was no way I could pass without touching it (as lightly as I could manage in the chimney-esque squeezey climb). Since I'm here today to type this, it obviously didn't squish me like a bug. Actually, it probably wouldn't have squished me like a bug, just painfully pinned me until I croaked.
That reminds me of an Australian caver who cam caving with us while on a trip to Ireland. He had been exploring a cave back home in Oz by himself and hadn't told anyone.
He got pinned by a fallen rock in a crawl for around 24 hours and he told me that all that time he was just about able to breathe as it was pressing on his chest.
After a search, once someone realised he was missing of course, he was relased from his trap and brough to the surface (you can probably find news items about it by googling).
To add to his misfortune, he was later presented with quite a large fine for bing in the cave as he wasn't supposed to be (I think it was a protected cave in a national park or something).
Anyway, he's obviosuly still caving and didn't seem to too concerned while we were underground in Ireland, but then we weren't in any caves with dangerous breakdowns and we had permission to be in them, so no massive fines looming on the horizon! He seemed more concerned over his "waterproof" camera leaking in water...