53nd Caving Week, Poland – invitation

Dear friends in mountains & caving!


I warmly invite You to participate on the 53rd Caving Week of the Slovak Speleological Society, which will be held in polish part of the High Tatra Mts. near the city of Zakopane (Poland) from August 1st to 5th, 2012. During the meeting we plan plenty of high-mountain surface & caving trips, see the detail programme in annex here. The Tatra Mts. is taken as the smallest high-mountain of the world, which peaks tower above the area of two states (Slovakia & Poland) to the high of 2655 m a.s.l. The caves in programme belong to the longest and deepest caves not only in Tatra Mts., but also in whole the Poland. The SRT equipment is recommended in few localities, but it is necessary, together with excellent caving skills, only in few cases. Most of caves here are horizontal shaped and therefore not difficult. On the other hand, few of them are the most difficult caves in Tatra Mts., but the caving trips will be not oriented neither to the deepest points, nor to the most distant parts of them. There will be organized here also many of popular-scientific, speleological and nature protection events & lectures, SRT techniques training & exhibitions, selling the speleo material, books & equipment during the Caving Week. If You´ll decided to come, please, contact me via e-mail and I´ll register You (the list of participants is necessary to know before starting of the Caving Week bcs. of agreement of Nature Protection in the National Park of High Tatras). We are looking forward to Your attendance!


on behalf of Organizing committee


Lukas Vlcek & Jaga Trojan

-217 m underwater

A short clip from a cave exploration Hranická Propast. This time during the 7.5 hour dive and managed to swim through and observe narrow passage at the bottom of the main wells. Newly discovered well starts at -200 and is huge. I think it could have easily more than 150m depth. Already in July, will do another series of dives to investigate and measure it. The maximum depth that I accomplished in the new wells is 217m. Pictures taken by camcorders GoPro Cabinet sub iQ-light LOLA and Gralmarine.



Seram 2012

Seram 2012
Italian Cavers in Indonesia
An italian team just ended one month of cave prospection in Seram Island (Indonesia) to investigate karst potential areas.
150km of hicking from sea to the top of mount Binaiya (3027m), 20 new entrance identified,almost 2km of new passage explored, half surveyied.
The most interesting activity is the documentation of the Sapalewa Underground River. This river collect the water of a 250km2 catchment and disappear in a huge portal (100h x 50m) with a discharge estimated of 50/80 cubicmeters per second. One of the biggest underground river in the world as discharge and appear again 2 km downstream. The new karst area identified will be further investigated in collaboration with indonesian cavers in the next future.
Guido Baroncini Turricchia
Andrea Benassi

Bulgarian cavers in Tunisia

Successfully finished  the mission of the 6 – Bulgarian cavers team in Tunisia. Group which was composed of representatives of Sofia caving  clubs “Academic”, “Vertilend”, “Keving”, “Helicitit” and “Black Peak”: Alexei Zhalov - Head; Gyorev Vanyo, Kamen Bonev, Constantin Stoilov, Nikolai Kamenov and Svetlomir Stanchev from the SC ”Prista” – Ruse carried outthe 6-day course for initial training for cave rescue techniques.

 From the Tunisian side event was organized by the Association “Sport for All” and the Speleological Association of Zaghouan . Its realization was supported by speleo equipment and financially by the Fund “Euro Speleo Projects” of the European Federation of Speleology a result of prepared and submitted by the SC”Vertilend”- Sofia project.

In the training took part  3 cavers from Algeria, 2 Iranians, 4 cavers from Morocco and 12 from the host country or a total of 21 persons.

The practical exercises was held in a labyrinth of abandoned mine ores at the foot of the Zaghouan Mt. (1295 m above the sea) rising above the town. The natural range enable the participants to learn and practice techniques for dealing with stretcher transportation in a cave, rigging , the hauling up of the stretcher  in vertical sections of pulley and counterweight system, building and running a trolley, haul down the stretcher etc.

Someone managed to master most of the above methods and others of them, but in the end everyone left the course with more knowledge and skills certified for participation in courses, but not that he is qualified “Cave recsuer ”.

The course enabled the Bulgarian cave rescuers to share their experiences in cave rescue. During his stay in Tunisia the Bulgarian cavers penetrated in 4 caves in Jebel Serge Massif (1375 m above the sea) located about 150 km southwest of Tunis. Larger than they are Rhar Jebel Serge or mainsail de la pass which is the deepest cave in Tunisia (displacement of 305,8 m (+139.3; -166.5) and a length of 2.5 km) and fantastic water cave Rhar d’Ain et Dab which is 2.7 km long.
During the stay was collected zoological material from outside, and in particular cave invertebrate fauna. 

Undoubtedly made one of the secondary, but important destinations of the Bulgarian mission – to lay the foundations for fruitful cooperation with cavers from North Africa and Southwest Asia.
We believe that our mission in Tunisia was very useful and successful and we hope it can be appreciated at home and abroad.

The group due to their and our foreign colleagues sincere and heartfelt thanks to Nicola Landzhev and his company “Landjoff” for his exceptional assistance to having made especially forthis training cave rescue stretcher – something without which the training would be impossible m.

Photo images from the event can be found at:




Reported: Alexey Zhalov

Session submission in 34th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group

Dear Colleges,

I send this message in order to inform you about our session submission in 34th TAG 2012.

We plan to submit a proposal for a half- day session under the topic:

The Morning Twilight of Cave Archaeology. Theoretical approaches and methodological perspectives in the Cave Archaeology of 21rst century.

If would you like to join in, please send an email with your paper’s title and short description (max 100 words) at pkt_55@hotmail.com until the 20th of May 2012.

We will inform you about the abstract submission as soon as possible.


For any queries please drop a message in my academia/facebook account.


Kind regards,


Konstantinos Trimmis

Euro Speleo Magazine

The FSE officially announces the launching of the new
FSE electronic publication intended for the 2,000 caving
clubs all over Europe : the “EuroSpeleo Magazine”. Please
send us an article that you or your club, commission or
committee has written. The articles can be on any topic related
to speleology: explorations, scientific articles, expeditions, cave
protection, trainings, cave rescue, book reviews, speleo-arts, etc.
Please submit your article ASAP to articles -at-   eurospeleo.eu if you would like
it to be published in the 1st issue of EuroSpeleo Magazine. The
guidelines for publishing articles in the EuroSpeleo Magazine
are available on: www.eurospeleo.org/guidelines-magazine.pdf

See you soon on EuroSpeleo Magazine !

Laos 2012 Khammouane expedition

Laos 2012

After three superb weeks spend in the Khammouane karst, in the central part of Laos, the team, 14 french and swedish cavers, is back home now. The february expedition was a direct sequel of 2011, with the same caves as targets. 16 km of new passages have been added to the 25 km already surveyed last year.

Not far from Thakhek, the province capital, the Khoun Dôn-Houay Saï system is now 27 km long, and going… Soon to be the longest cave in Laos. Our most outstanding
exploration has been undoubtedly the Houay Saï river found in Tham Kouan Kaohong, a new cave discovered in the wake of the Houay Saï cave. The navigation in 40 m large
passages will remain a great caving moment in our memories. The exaltation of gradually building up one of the largest cave system of South-East Asia cannot be told, it has to be experienced.

But other explorations have also been rewarding. During the second week, the caves in the large mountain range south of the Hin Boun river have been extended. Tham Lom is now 5.8 km long, and 5 other caves are over 2 km. Explorations there were more difficult, requiring systematic climbs to access upper fossil passages. The third week was devoted to the exploration of the Hin Boun river lower valley. Tham Deng, a cave used for its phosphate deposits by nearby villagers, is now over 4.2 km long.

However, the biggest challenge to come is probably to help our Laotian friends to invent their way to preserve this magnificent karst while developing tourism in a balanced and responsible way. But that’s another story…

More information on www.explo-laos.com.

Laos 2012

Dear Lao Cavers and Friends,

The Laos 2012 expeditions are back from three weeks caving and therefore a
short e-mail to share the findings and the status of the Northern Lao –
European Cave Project.

This year marks the 10th expedition in annual succession after having the
first trip in December 2002. The results can be shown to the international
caving community. We visited 6 provinces and mapped 92 km of cave passages
in Northern Laos . You and in total 36 cavers from 15 nations helped to
achieve this. But it is not only the caving, it is also the country and
the impressions we left by the close cooperation with villages,
authorities and development agencies. All work is nicely published and
available as 4 BHB books “ The unknown North of Laos Vol. I – IV”.
It is very encouraging to see that the outcome is of use and benefit for
other parties like:

a.) German-Lao development project to establish the Chom Ong
system for regional ecotourism. It is mentioned in all guide books and
there is are several links to our webpage (http://www.oudomxay.info ;


b.) Vieng Xay memorial site for historical documentation within a
national monument development
c.) MMAP archeological project from Penn university which used the
books to start investigation on the described entrances for Neolithic age
inhabitants (http://middlemekong.wordpress.com/about/)
d.) Universityof Tuebingen, another archeological project from
Prof. Madeline Boehme

Thank you for all your contributions and the enjoyable time of caving
together in a highly inspiring international spirit!

The 2012 expedition was a re-visit of former areas driven by the short
term non-accessibility of Sayabouli province. It was also the first time
two independent expedition teams were on the way. I had some doubts at the
beginning what a re-visit will bring, but we extended the caving areas
with promising leads. Vieng Phouka revealed shorter river caves of several
hundred meter length along the roads, the surprise came in Muang Ngoy with
a 2 km river system which is still going. Vieng Xay had many caves along
the road to the Vietnamese border, the surprise was a new found area just
25 km North of Sam Neua with disappearing rivers.

It means for me that we achieved after 10 years the mission of the project
to obtain an overview of the potential for caves in Northern Laos, but we
are still far away from having a regional understanding. Alone the
discovery of Chom Ong in a not really inspiring hill is a strong hint to
look more regional. I am think therefore it is important to involve and
actively ask our local contacts and partners, who are at site and have
some time at hand, to help and report areas for investigation.

You find the latest results at the webpage www.laoscaveproject.de at
“expeditions 2012″ with a summary, pictures and a cave list. The section
“caves/survey data” has a statistical overview on the last 10 years of

I want to conclude with special thanks to Michael who joined me on the
very first trip in 2002 and encouraged me to start mapping as well to
Helmut who joined reliable every expedition possible and keeps the cave
registry of the project up to date. Finally the support of the FSE is
greatly appreciated by granting several times Euro-Speleo Project Status.

I hope to see you at one of the coming caving events, another expedition
or may be during a visit to my living place Bern. Please feel welcome.


62 km long mapped system on Yucatan

The longest watter filled mapped system on the world.


24. February 2012: System Chun Che Chen was connected with system  K’oox Baal. The overalll length is 62 km!



Results of Photo Contest

This year we had a lot of beautiful or interesting photos from
the participants of 10 different countries. The contest has finished
and here are the winners:
1st place: Roberto F. Garcia, Spain.
2nd place: Viktor, Ukraine.
3rd place: Kirill Bagriy, Russia.

Link: http://www.speleo.lt/index.php?id=702

Laura Tamosevice

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