Sekcja Groto³azów Wroc³aw
|Sopocki Klub Taternictwa Jaskiniowego
The Hoher Göll massif is located in Austria, It is small compared with
other massifs in the Salzburg area but its steep walls make it difficult
to access. Many of the cave entrances located on the massif are still
waiting to be checked though some areas are slowly becoming well explored.
What makes this massif special for Polish cavers is that no other massif
outside of Poland has been the scene of so many Polish expeditions. The
first expedition was organized in 1969 and its purpose was to visit Gruberhornholhle,
at the time one of the deepest caves in the world. In 1970 polish cavers
were invited by Austrians to join the exploration of the Gruberhornhohle.
The expedition extended the depth of the cave to 854 meters. During the
following 30 years Hoher Goll was visited by polish expeditions about
every year. Many different clubs organized the expeditions and they found
and explored many well-known caves. Till the end of the Eighties the exploration
was mostly concentrated on the small glacial valleys located high in the
massif near the peak of Gruberhorn. During this time two major caves were
discovered and explored Mondhöhle (-546) and the deepest in the massif
Since 1990 expeditions organized by Katowicki Klub Speleogiczny have started
the exploration of the eastern side of the massif. After three years the
Katowice group left the eastern part of the massif and started exploring
the area in the western direction. The eastern part of the massif was
not left alone for a long period of time. In 1995 Sekcja Groto³azów Wroc³aw
joined by cavers from Sopocki Klub Taternictwa
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Jaskiniowego organized an expedition to continue the exploration of the
caves found during earlier expeditions in this area. The main target of
the expedition was Koboldschacht, a 676-meter deep cave known for its
notoriously tight, muddy and uncomfortable canyons connecting a series
of pits. The cave was discovered during the Katowice expedition. Cavers
who visited this cave have called it the most difficult they ever encountered.
The expedition extended the length and the depth of the cave though the
amount of time needed for progress was so significant that it was decided
that exploration of other caves in the area would yield better effects.
During the same expedition in 1995 many more new caves were found. The
largest and deepest of them was called Ogrschacht and was very different
from Koboldschacht. After removing the rock blocking the bottom of a tight
pit the cave opened up and in a way consists of three two hundred meter
pits divided by ledges. During that expedition a - 500 meter level was