Before we unravel all the pictures from inside the cave, I want to begin this set by sharing a photograph of the entrance of Veryovkina [cave], that shows the surface topography at 2300m (7545ft) asl. and the beautiful weather we were experiencing before we descended the cave. No sign of rain or prolonged bad weather.
High up in the Western Caucasus mountains close to the coast of the Black Sea, lies the entrance of the now deepest cave in the world. Expedition leader Pavel Demidov is pictured here at the head of the entrance pitch. In the background, the lights of base camp are just about visible, as several team members finish off preparing for their two-week expedition down the cave.