After breaking out from the tight meandering entrance series of Phantom Pot into a large river passage, we were lucky to have the option of exploring both upstream and downstream. The last three posts show photos taken upstream, here you see downstream in a fine 40 x 40 m beautiful river passage. Unfortunately the experience was somewhat ruined by millions of small midge flies. I don’t know how they got there, but they seemed very happy to see us and swarmed in small plagues around our lights. I swallowed many and others crawled up my nose. The passage finished after 200 m in a sump, only 132 m away from Ora cave. This photo was taken at 2:25am at the end of a very long and tiring day. Nearly everyone else who I had been with on the trip had headed out at 10:30pm, aware that they still had to get through the tiring entrance series followed by a two hour hike back to camp. Only two people stayed to help me take this final photograph. Short on assistants, I also had to get in the photo and hold a flashbulb. This photo is one of the few self portraits that I’ve ever taken. We were also left to de-rig the cave and take all the ropes out. Between us, we carried six huge bags of equipment out of the cave. All in all our trip underground was 23 hours, but nearer to 30 hours away from camp. One of the most tiring experiences of my life. Towards the end, I felt like I was taking two steps forward and one step back, pulling myself along on almost every tree branch.