Paris Catacombs with Menacer & Cap'n - 16th-17th June08



The tail of root, Menacer and Cap'n Chris

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I was picked up at 6am and Cap'n Chris tore down the motorway at breakneck speed shooting out speeding cameras from the window. We park and I am root marched 1.3miles to Hatton Cross station were we board a tuby train for a 50min ride. We discuss some points about the trip, later I am told the women next to me had a shocked look on her face when the maps came out. We hop on the eurotube and finally we arrive in Gare Du Nord, Paris and stowed kit in some lockers while the Cap'n waited in a long line for Metro tickets.

Not long after we were magical transported underground, we needed to get safely past the point the police cought me last time so we steamed up to Porte D'orleans then right and right to Rue Sarrette were we could relax and Menacer could put on her wussy waders  :wink: while the lads were just prepared to get wet in the watery bit.

Menacer celibates being dry in waders...   :rolleyes:

We arrive at the castle room, our 1st break stop, it features a castle....

The next stop is the flower room.


More water, very clear.

We wade though the water, the roof gets lower, but its ok the floor gets lower too and the water gets higher. We head to the Marie Rose Room to see the Foxy Plaque.

Next we headed for Bysance then on to La Plage were we met a couple of local cataphiles who spoke very good English, who were please to see us exploring and very friendly, pointing out another exit and places to see. On the way out we stopped to look at the robot.

The next room was Le Cellier which is also called the Mushroom Room. The involves a little crawl. Note hands on the roof!

Next the BAS Room.

Is via the crawl to the right, go on get in!

Menacer and Cap'n Chris investigate.

Onwards to the Lantern Room, part way we seam to take pictures of each other!

Finally we reach the Lantern Room, which way?

On route to the Ossuary we pass a well!

Finally we reached the Ossuary Crossroad. Menacer exits the crawl.

Cap'n Chris pops out after!

Next we decide to head for Round Pont but via a route described by the cataphiles we met as pretty, on the way we found the Feast Room.

Thats the bar and that's a skull Chrispy is pointing at!

Come on Menacer, we have to go!

Though the water...


Though The Round About. We are heading for a place to sleep now. The wall changes again. Ducting is found.

Ahh were here!

Down this passageway!

Finally we crawled into the Pharmacy Shelter. We stumbled about for a bit till I remembered the bits to find the sleeping room.

About 9pm, finally able to stop and rest for the night, we are in the usual sleeping room, I get sorted and start on my flameless heater to heat my chow. Cap'n and Menacer have pot noodles but forget something to heat the water in hehehe, however we try my sig bottle to heat the water and it works! Were knackered, and settle for sleep, however with my rhino snoring I keep myself and everyone awake all night. We plan to get up around 5am however wake at 6.30am instead and have to get up quickly and have some breakfast. Around 7pm were off! We need to get a move on so hammer on to Philibert Aspairt's Grave arriving at around 7.30am.

Back on the road and we pass a shaft Cap'n wants to climb... This is typical of an access shaft we use sometimes to get in or out.

Onwards to the Mineralogy Room for a 5 mins break then a quick look at the murals painted by trainee miners from the miner school nearby. Though the Sand Crawl, though the water and finally were out! Its about 10am....

We get changed and return via the Metro to Gare Du Nord for a sit down and a drink.

A crackling fast trip!


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I always fancied a go down the catacombes but was not going to be involved with any large clandestine (ahem)groups of cammo clad, night vision goggle stalking when Root offered a personalised trip for the 3 off us, CB and I jumped at the chance.

The Victims of the latest DP tour

Green ?5 Lidls waders = Dry feet ..... No waders = wet feet and more...

A Gargoyle and The castle room

Lots of graffiti

Map reading 200+km of mazes and passageways

To avoid the sad innevitable if you get lost...

Some Parisean catophiles at "The beach"- lots of stone work (ahem, cough)

Psycadelia follows the "stonework"

Hours underground and the chris's start to feel very strange....

Chris thinks he's an automaton..and on...and on...and on....

More passages

and more


Lantern rooms and libraries.

Steps and more steps

The original dig face and the flower room


We spent 1 night underground in "the Pharmacy room".
Thermarest a bonus and 1 season sleeping bag. Change of dry cotton clothes.

The temperature was very comfortable, I gradually shreaded layers in the middle of the night to avoid overheating.
Waders were a definite must have item....croc wellies were super light for backpacking with, Roots hot can packs were a better idea than a stove and pot noodles.....(the stove was confiscated at customs on the way back)

Maps downloadable on-line at  a 44mb file!! or an A0 laminated edition is obtainable from Root for ?15.


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That's a great report - the place looks brilliant.

Pity about the graffiti though, I think it's ruined it a bit...

cap n chris

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Nick, although I was going to write that they looked a bit peckish and simply wished to cook a pot noodle, the reason they implied was that the gas canister was a potential explosive device, disallowed in the channel tunnel (and couldn't be disconnected from the burner without all the remaining gas escaping in the customs area); although on the outward journey x-ray checking bay no-one had any issues with it (but the two separate parts of the gas stove were disconnected, one from the other, at that point in our trip.


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I could have taken hundreds of them through as, up until now, no-one has ever looked inside the car when we've been through the Chunnel, even when they've done swabs looking for traces of explosives; maybe they check more thoroughly on Eurostar.

Mind, these will probably be famous last words & they'll take the car apart tomorrow afternoon at Calais.



AndyF said:
That's a great report - the place looks brilliant.
Pity about the graffiti though, I think it's ruined it a bit...
A lot of the catacombs as you see it in the pictures isn't original stone workings, yet are still very old, in the 1700s ish they found Paris was having subsidence problems so (in short) a group was created to survey and stabilize the workings. Just like whats happening under Bath but better, stylish, less "oh lets just inject a load of foam cement rubbish here". So now you have lots of long tunnels of all different ages some date back to the revolution some Roman stone workings exist and some more modern passages exist. It seams the nice looking passages are left alone, while the plane walls (easier to draw on) in some places have a high quality of graffiti 'art'. The French seam to love painting on things (evident on the train ride in/out) but they have a much higher standard of graffiti then us Brits. In the UK the usual graffiti is of one colour and usually a big c0ck! Not very imaginative. In the catacombs I didn't notice any large single colour c0cks drawn on the walls. Just mostly very colourful well drawn murals which in some places really makes it an interesting place to visit rather then plane bare walls.