By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung
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Fearless cave photographer Peter Gedei took to a lesser known ice cave to capture these breathtaking images of Ivačič cave below Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia.
The explorer planned the trip as he had previously seen a picture of the cave on the internet but felt that no images had yet captured the beauty of the cavern.
He said: “We were interested in an Ivačič cave below Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak. The cave entrance is the fifth highest lying cave entrance in Slovenia, and is located about 50 metres below the Kredarica hut.
“Some time ago I saw a photograph of the ice filled hall from this cave, but the quality of this photo was not the best, so I decided I wanted to capture a better photo of this cave.”
Although unknown to the everyday tourist, the majestic cave is legendary among cave explorers and is named after the man who discovered it - the meteorologist Franc Ivačič.
Gedei said: “The cave was registered during research of the pothole Triglavsko brezno in the year 1961, and it is named after the man who discovered it.
“The team of researchers also found a 130-metre long cave, horseshoe-shaped with two entrances and a bigger rock fall hall inside, including an ice platform that transforms into a steep slide towards the second entrance.”
For the 46-year-old graphic designer one of the most difficult parts of the exploration was conquering the slippery ice and the short ice slide inside the cave.
He said: “For simple horizontal caves you need to use a head-lamp, suitable clothing, carefulness and a little courage.
“Ivačič cave is not one of the most demanding caves, but it has ice, which can make it very slippery. The cave has a short ice slide which really is not safe to use as it ends at a wall and a careless visitor could be seriously injured.
“The biggest challenge was the time consuming access to the cave, as the entrance to the cave is located nine kilometres from the parking lot and also 1500 metres higher. We needed four hours of walking just to get to the cave entrance.”
Peter’s hobby has seen him collect cave exploration snaps from all over the globe as he continues to capture the beauty of mystical caverns.
Gedei said: “The caves are the last unexplored areas of the planet and nobody knows how many of them are still undiscovered.
“The feeling when you enter the large, still undiscovered area is truly breathtaking, and I like to portray this with a photo.
"Some caverns' passages or formations can be very specific, so they make you really wonder how they got there in the first place.”