Hoher Göll 2008
A team from Wrocław continued its exploration in Hochschartehöhlensystem in the Hoher Göll massif in Austria in July 2008. They deepened the cave to 1058 m and surveyed 1043 m of new series. The deepest parts were rich in mud. Two of the cavers returned for a short visit in September to check if Schluckerschacht, situated above Höhle der Sprechende Steine and always earlier choked with snow, will open. It did, and they succeeded to communicate it with the main system, making it 1189 m deep.
Over a pea soup: Picos 2008
A team from various Polish clubs explored caves in their own sector of the Picos de Europa and started cooperation with SES CEV of Valencia in their sector. They explored four caves and reached the depths of 574 m in Pozu de la Agua de Enol and 150 m in F26. Other explorations, including an attempt at communicating F3 with Sistema Canalon de los Desvios, proved negative.
I n the country of Heavenly Dragon… or China 2009 (The Year of Brown Cow) under the sign of Miao Keng
Eight cavers from WKGiJ and one from Speleoklub „Bobry Zagań” went in March 2009 to China with the aim of conquering the 491 m deep Miao Keng shaft. They descended the shaft and discovered and explored a few new caves in its vicinity.
Expedition of Slovak cavers Ural 2009
Seven Slovak cavers went with a visit to the Perm district in Russia in January 2009. Their first goal was the Kungur Ice Cave. This 5.7 km long cave in Permian gypsum and dolomite lies at altitude of ca. 120 m but holds masses of ice all year round. The cave has been known since at least Mediaeval times and was first surveyed by a scientist in 1703. The Slovak team tried to find a way to unknown parts of the cave, predicted by results of geophysical surveys, but with little success. They also vistited an underground mine of carnallite and made a trip on ski at -40°C.
Kamienne Mleko (Stone Milk) is named after its moonmilch formations. Though known since 1933 and easily accessible, it escaped accurate surveying. The author with two partners resurveyed the cave and provided a new description. The cave is 390 m long, 15 m deep and rises 17.7 m above the entrance.
News from the Sudetes – spring 2009
Five small new caves have been surveyed in the eastern part of the Sudetes. Jaskinia za Filarami was extended by 15 m, so it is now 690 m long.
New discoveries in the caves of Kadzielnia
Abandoned quarry in the Kadzielnia hill is a part of a geopark created in a series of quarries in the town of Kielce. Underground works in caves within this quarry are aimed at connecting neighbouring caves to create a loop that will be arranged for visitors. Cavers from Kielce found more than 50 m of new series with nice speleothems during these works.
Andrzej Górny, Robert Wykręt
Entrance to Bojowa Cave was found in 2001 in trenches from World War II high on the slope of the Będkowska Valley, one of the deep rocky valleys in Upper Jurassic limestones west of Kraków. The cave consists of a series of fragile clefts descending to the depth of 22 m. The exploration involved extensive use of timber props.
Michał Gradziński, Grzegorz Haczewski, Jakub Nowak i Mariusz Szelerewicz.
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