Slightly off topic but what do people do crossing the lakes in coventosa these days? [...]
We used it a week before you and was v full if water so bailed most of it out to make it stable enough for the crossing
We went in easter this year and brought in three medium sized (big enough for two people each) inflatable boats and a smaller one for kit (which was really packed to the brim), plus several buoyancy aids. Didn't have any problems except our gear boat starting to sink as we arrived at the end of the last lake . We didn't follow the cord as this seemed to lead us into the path of more rocks. We did speak to someone who swam them a few years ago but decided that sounded too crazy, especially with how cold they were (we did have to get wet up to our waists wading in and were very glad not to have to swim them).Slightly off topic but what do people do crossing the lakes in coventosa these days? And what do the Spaniards do? Is there a difference? In 2000 I did the through trip with a student group and we used inflatable dinghies, removed wellies and srt kits and put them in the bottom of the boat and paddled across. This Easter some acquaintances did the same thing but Aparrently a Spanish document they saw advised against this and suggested swimming in wetsuits instead. The walls and submerged rocks are razor sharp and boats are easily popped for the careless.
Now after 10+ hours caving would you rather have carried a wetsuit all the way though and swim dragging a floating! bag of kit or jump in an awaiting boat and fend off the rocks? If you don’t know the lakes are 50, 100 and 150m long.
Only a madman would wear neoprene all the way through the cave btw. They’d need to consume their own body weight in water to combat dehydration!