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Sunday November 2, 2003
Exploring Batman’s domain

DARK and dank – home of bats, poisonous bats and snakes. Who in their right mind would want to explore caves?

For freelance writer and fulltime caver Liz Price, from Britain, caves are utterly intriguing.

“There is a lot to see and appreciate. Every cave is different too, and each is interesting in its own way,” she says.

CAVE DWELLERS: Thousands of bats live in Gua Wang Burma.

Price finds the fauna especially fascinating. “Anyone will find it interesting to see the animals in their element. For example, you can see the bats’ habitat and how they adapt to the conditions,” she shares.

Other interesting facets of caving are the geological wonders, such as underground rivers and limestone formations. Price’s favourite place for caving in Peninsular Malaysia is the Perlis State Park.

“I have been there about 14 times and there are so many caves to explore,” says Price who has also been on expeditions to restricted caves.

The most popular cave in Perlis is Gua Wang Burma, with its exciting formation of narrow passages and muddy tunnels – you need to crawl or squeeze your way through to reach the amazing water-worn rock formations.

Known for its streams and exotic species of insects and fungi, the cave system is divided into two main caves: Wang Burma Satu with its unique rock formations, and Wang Burma Dua, which is physically and mentally challenging with its dark hooks and turns.

Price who has been caving for 10 years, since she was a student, advises those who are interested to go with experienced cavers.

“You don’t really need specialised equipment, except for good lighting. Be prepared with spare batteries and bulbs because the caves are really dark.

“For caving gear, you don’t really need anything special, except for a helmet with a headlight. So, try to wear old clothes as you have to do a lot of walking, crawling and climbing,” she says.

Caving is still not a popular sport in Malaysia.

“In Europe it is a big sport; maybe because it is very challenging. Unlike tropical caves, it is narrower, cold and slippery in the West. Tropical caves are bigger and easier to walk in. They are also very beautiful with interesting creatures, so it is really a shame that not many people know about them,” says Price.

Those interested in caving can call the Malaysian Nature Soceity at 03 22879422 or e-mail :

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