Trip Report
Cantabaco Exploring the Womb Cave
Monday October 29, 2012 6:55pm
My wife and I moved to the Philippines seeking high adventure, much like Conan the Barbarian. After arriving in late May 2012 I began searching for someplace to get my climbing fix. It didn't take long to find Cantabaco, a small village about 40 minutes bus ride from the coast. Getting off the v-hire with our backpacks full of gear we were approached by Raymund Daculan unknown to me he was one of the local climbing guides. I asked him how to get to the giant cliff towering over the jungle. Raymund directed me to a path leading past nepa huts to a small river. Three bamboo logs formed a bridge to cross the river. The bamboo bridge e was narrow and bounces a little as the water rushes just a couple of feet below. Climbing a set of stairs up the embankment we enter the jungle path on the left. After a minute we come to a nepa hut whose property we need to cross to access the cliff (Na Meng's) we pay the required 5 pisos and continue into the rain forest. 2 minutes later we are at the base of the cliff. Here we were greeted by the local Cantabaco climbers who shared our passion for climbing, adventure, fitness, and friendship. We were amazed at the quality of the limestone, and I knew I had found my new favorite place on earth.

We return every week and there is a plethora of climbs at all grades to keep yourself stoked. As I began to get acquainted with my new friends we found out there was a cave directly behind the climbing wall. We all decided to explore the cave soon.

July 31 was a monday which made me especially happy because adventure seems to be a little sweeter when most everyone else is working. We brought our full packs of gear to climb after exploring the cave. Here is proof of our journey.

To access the cave we climbed 10-12 feet into a small cave then scaled...
To access the cave we climbed 10-12 feet into a small cave then scaled a tree to a small squeeze entrance about 35 feet off the ground.
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Raymund retrieving the rope we used to belay the girls into the cave. ...
Raymund retrieving the rope we used to belay the girls into the cave.

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my wife Elna descending after the entrance
my wife Elna descending after the entrance
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the descent
the descent
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looking back at the entrance
looking back at the entrance
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inside the cave
inside the cave
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Raymund Daculan carrying the rope. We are about to leave our harnesses...
Raymund Daculan carrying the rope. We are about to leave our harnesses and gear near where we will rap after exploring.
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mineral deposit inside the cave
mineral deposit inside the cave
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my wife and I
my wife and I
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pack of explorers
pack of explorers
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marveling at the formations inside
marveling at the formations inside
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the cave is huge in place, narrow in others
the cave is huge in place, narrow in others
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unusual flowing rock
unusual flowing rock
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A little 5.3 climbing with slick holds and muddy feet is necessary <br/>
w...
A little 5.3 climbing with slick holds and muddy feet is necessary
we downclimb this on the way back.
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descending deeper into darkness
descending deeper into darkness
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spelunkers unite!
spelunkers unite!
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group pic
group pic
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Baby stalactites forming
Baby stalactites forming
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stalactite and stalagmite in love
stalactite and stalagmite in love
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Elna surrounded
Elna surrounded
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watch out for cave dwellers...this one is a tarantula
watch out for cave dwellers...this one is a tarantula
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mineral deposit
mineral deposit
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crystal "river"
crystal "river"
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wild flowing formations
wild flowing formations
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cave exit
cave exit
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the rap down from the cave exit &#40;route is Sadako 5.11b&#41;
the rap down from the cave exit (route is Sadako 5.11b)
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onsight of pork barrel 5.10b after caving
onsight of pork barrel 5.10b after caving
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pork barrel 5.10b
pork barrel 5.10b
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rapping pork barrel
rapping pork barrel
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never let em see you sweat...yeah right
never let em see you sweat...yeah right
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Enie Yonson cleaning pork barrel barefoot no less!
Enie Yonson cleaning pork barrel barefoot no less!
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Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
  Oct 29, 2012 - 06:59pm PT
Enjoyed the TR, man!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
  Oct 29, 2012 - 07:02pm PT
Oh those photos of the limestone underground are amazing, that cliff looks rad too, great TR, thanks!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
  Oct 29, 2012 - 07:10pm PT
Damn.. I want a crag with a super cool cave in it.

And sharks with frickin lazerbeams attached to their heads..
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Oct 29, 2012 - 07:10pm PT
Wowsa...such interesting rock formations. Not too thrilled about that spider!



Susan
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Oct 29, 2012 - 07:11pm PT
Caves scare me but that limestone looks like extra high quality. Keep on truckin!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Oct 29, 2012 - 07:50pm PT
Thanks for posting, and I like the combination of caving and climbing.

Darwin
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Oct 29, 2012 - 08:43pm PT
Yes!
Captain...or Skully

climber
  Oct 29, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
Sweet Limestone, eh? Very nice, man.
I, of course, can dig it.
No caving for me, thanks. I'm an outside guy.
I get claustrophobic in squeezes.....
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Oct 29, 2012 - 08:51pm PT
Great TR, great fanny-pack, great cave! Liked how everything was red, even the spider.
Zander

climber
  Oct 29, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
Looks like fun. Cool cave.
Zander
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Oct 29, 2012 - 09:04pm PT
Way cool! Try not to touch the formations and deposits. :-)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  Oct 29, 2012 - 09:17pm PT
wow. super cool!! thanks for posting up!!!
Lolli

Mountain climber
...silence, like a cancer grows
  Nov 11, 2012 - 11:36am PT
Cool. :-)
Being slightly claustrophobic, I shudder at the thought of caves... if they're not big and roomy.
tiki-jer

Trad climber
fresno/clovis
  Nov 11, 2012 - 11:58am PT
That was way cool!!
Studly

Trad climber
WA
  Nov 11, 2012 - 02:42pm PT
Cragging and caving at the same karst. Nice.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Nov 11, 2012 - 05:53pm PT
hey there say, mountainlion...
very nice share... thanks so much!
:)
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Nov 11, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
Love the caves, looks like a blast!!!
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
  Nov 12, 2012 - 06:54am PT
nice post--you guys look like you're having too much fun. if you're not careful, you'll draw climber traffic down off thailand.
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