Our young people returned with good news. Indeed, there was a passage under this mountain that disgorges onto the other side.
With this comforting knowledge we settled down to pass the night in the safety of the cave.
Come morning we pressed onward led by Tomas and Mei.
There were a couple of tricky sections where we had to descend a good height by handholds chipped from the rock by persons who had explored this way before. Who knows how long ago?
Once through to the other side, Mei and Tomas waited for us to catch up. Tomas collected our firebrands and suggested that we rest up and spend the night again in the cave.
His thoughtfulness was very welcome.