Emerge into Starlight

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

Harwood’s Hole connects to Starlight Cave after a series of tortuous squeezes and rocky descents. Suddenly the caver is surrounded by stars—a galaxy of tiny flecks of glass-like mica embedded in the rock that reflect the torchlight. The last stretch is a scramble around the river, a long wade out to the mouth of the cave, and the relief of warm air and daylight.

Episodes From This Location

The Squeeze

1 minute / 2022

Terrible twins

1 minute / 2022

Emerge into Starlight

1 minute / 2022

Climb through Shorty’s Terror

1 minute / 2022

The quick way home

1 minute / 2022

The Chamber

1 minute / 2022

Make camp in a cave

1 minute / 2022

Rig a Tyrolean traverse

1 minute / 2022

Approaching the chasm

1 minute / 2022

At the belay

1 minute / 2022

Abseil into Harwoods Hole

1 minute / 2022