Robbie Shone is a British adventure, cave and travel photographer based out of Austria. His adventures have led him to the remotest areas of China, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, the Alps and Crete where he has photographed the deepest, largest, and longest cave systems ever discovered. These feats involve dangling on a thin rope 650 ft. (200m) above the floor in the world’s deepest natural shaft, exploring the far ends of a 117 mile long cave system, and spending nearly four days continuously underground on shoots.
Collected here are some of his most jaw-dropping shots, many from a 2012 excursion into cave systems in Wulong County, China.
The photographer dives deep into the vast underworlds of caves with fellow explorers.
He captures the incredible feats of adventurers curious and brave enough to journey into the deep, dark cavernous abyss.
Many of these thrill-seeking individuals dangle from thin ropes, holding on to dear life and not knowing what to really expect below them.
Shone has been right beside these rigorous adventurers as they carefully drop to depths reaching 650 feet below.
On the ground, the explorers continue to have endless obstacles to overcome.
These include anything from trekking through 117 miles of underground spaces that range in to battling raging currents of white water.
The temperatures so far down without any sunlight can also be brutal. Here, an explorer is huddled close to a single candle for warmth.
It’s incredible to think that Shone has been on an expedition that lasted nearly 4 consecutive days in order to photograph “the first cave to hold the 1 km depth record.”
You can explore more of his cave photography over on his website.