In Ecrins massif, between Gap and Briancon, within two hours from Grenoble and five minutes from the station of Argentiere-la-Bessée, a beautiful spot in the small village of Les Vigneaux is identified as the next challenge to seize. Getting through the tight spaces in a cave is part of spelunking that many people find quite scary as activitiy.
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Caving / Spelunking in California Cavern, Angels Camp, California USA
Near Bear Valley lies Ebbetts Pass, which has one of the best known caverns, California Cavern. The cavern is located 11 mi/11.7 km east of San Andreas Mountain, on Mountain Ranch Road, 9565 Cave City Road, Mountain Ranch. Inside the cave you can enjoy the magnificent crystalline formations and the networked labyrinth of rooms.
The tours offered by experienced guides will teach you about the cavern formation and geology and also the rich history of the cavern and the surrounding countryside. The trail of lights walk tour, a 60-80 minute tour with a guide on well lighted paths is perfect for the whole family. The trail of lakes walk tour, a 50-60 minutes tour that replaces The trail of light walk tour during wet season is also suitable for the whole family.
The mammoth cave expedition, a 2-3 hours tour gives you a sample of real spelunking by crawling and squirming through some natural paths that connect via 13 chambers. The middle earth expedition, a 2 ½ -4 hours tour offers the opportunity to explore almost 80% of the cave through the historic mammoth cave area and into the newly discovered middle earth area.
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