This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves… What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Robbie Shone is a British photographer who’s made his home in the scenic alpine town of Innsbruck, Austria and has a taste for caving, and cave photography in particular. Over the past decade, Shone’s passion has taken him to the remotest areas of China, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, the Picos, the Alps and Crete where he has photographed the deepest, largest and longest cave systems known to man.

Among Shone’s extraordinary achievements are photographing 200 m above the floor in the world’s deepest natural shaft, exploring the far ends of a 189 km long cave system and spending continuous 94 hours underground, in an effort to photograph the first cave to hold the 1 km depth record. Here is what he sees down there.

1. The crossing of Lake Cadoux in a small dingy. This 4m deep pool of water blocks the way forward through the Starless River.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

2. Miao Keng in Wulong County, China, is one of the world’s deepest underground shafts

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

3. Home to 3 million Wrinkle-Lipped Bats, Deer Cave is one of the largest cave passages in the world.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

4. A lonesome cave explorer wanders down a sandy ramp in a giant fossil passage called 1954 underground in Clearwater Cave, Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

5. A cave explorer admires this amazing shower head formation issuing water underground in Racer Cave, Sarawak.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

6. A bat flies overhead the main streamway in Clearwater River Cave — the eighth longest cave in the world.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

7. A silhouetted cave explorer inside the mighty Kavakuna doline on the island if New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

8. Awe-inspiring crystal formation known as Blanc de Blanc (whiter than white).

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

9. Suspended on a thin rope, engulfed in cloud, a tiny figure is dwarfed by the sheer size on a monumental scale of Cloud Ladder Hall, in Quankou Dong, China.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

10. Perfectly situated in the middle of the passage this giant calcite stal boss makes a huge statement underground in San Wang Dong.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

11. Skylight entrance illuminates a local Chinese hill farmer inside Dong Wan Dong, China.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

12. Gravely battling the elements, a caver struggles to pull her way across a raging torrent of white water in Quankou Dong, China.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

13. The long cold swim through the Pseudo Siphon on the way to the sump at -1120m deep underground in The Gouffre Berger.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

14. A caver peers over her shoulder into a giant void of cloud.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

15. A cave explorer climbing out of a Maelstrom on the fixed rope in Boxhead Pot, Yorkshire Dales.

This Guy Is Going Around The Globe, Diving Into The Deepest Caves... What He Sees Is Out Of This World.

Photograph: Robbie Shone.

Via This Isn’t Happiness.

Robbie does much more than cave photography and you can see some of his wildlife, travel and landscape work, along with his cave images, on his website.

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