Saturday , February 4 2023

Do not get out of the cave or pay $ 1M – BC Nevs


The discovered cave and environment in the provincial park Vells Grei is closed to the public, with threats of fines up to one million dollars for those who do not stay.

An order issued this week by BC Parks says anyone who gets into the environment or a cave can be punished with a prison term of up to one year. A person can be charged up to one million dollars a day for each day when he violates the order.

"Until the risks to public safety are assessed and the engagement of the First Nations completed, the newly discovered cave and the environment are closed to public access," it says.

Geologist Catherine Hickson, who first went to the cave in September, greeted the news.

"I think it's better than parks (BCs) to do it," she said. "It's a very dangerous and generous area and repeat, we passed with permission."

It is unlikely anyone will try to enter the cave or the surrounding area, Hickson said. "But you know there are many crazy people in this world. I would not say that someone is trying to enter that area," she added.

The entrance to the cave is about 100 meters long and 60 meters wide, and while the depth is difficult to measure due to fog of the waterfall, initial inspections show that the depth is at least 135 meters.

In March, a cavernous helicopter crew was spotted with the Ministry of the Environment, which conducted a population census in the northeastern part of the park.

Hickson said that the cave is a helicopter flight from Clearwater.

In winter, the cave can be accessed by skiing about 100 kilometers from the entrance to the park, and during the summer it takes a 45 km journey and another 15 kilometers of walking.

"It's not easy to get on foot," she said.

The cavern descended vertically with a lot of water and ice, she said.

"People can try to get into the cave, and that's risky if you're not well-trained and well-equipped," Hickson said. "This is not a climb that you can do to anyone."

Those who first noticed a cave from a helicopter called it Sarlacc's Pit because of their similarity to the strawberry Sarlacc, creatures from Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi.

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