Jaskinie - The Caves, issue 12

Jaskinie - The Caves, issue 24 (3/2001)

Polish activity abroad

Galleries in CL-3 ,ph. J. Nowak

Not only in the Leoganger Steinberge - A. Ciszewski

Not only in the Leoganger Steinberge A team of 19 cavers (mainly from Kraków) led by Andrzej Ciszewki went to Austria. The Leoganger Steinberge massif was the main goal of the expedition. They searched for the connection between PL-2 (the highest part of Lamprechtsofen) and CL-3 caves. PL-2 cave was equipped and several leads in the southernmost parts of the cave were checked. All ended in fissures or at the bases of big chimneys. About 150 m of new passages was explored and surveyed in this cave. In CL-3 cave several new passages and pitches were found. The total length of the new parts reached 1300 m. Now the cave looks like a real labyrinth of vertical and horizontal passages but still more than 100 m separates CL-3 from PL-2. The expedition explored also a small cave labelled N-200 which is situated between PL-2 and CL-3. Besides the activity in the Leoganger Steinberge the expedition made a reconnaissance in the Mosermandl massif (the Niedere Tauern). Eight persons participated in the reconnaissance. The massif, which has not been explored so far, is not promissing for further activities. Some expedition members visited also the Kitzsteinhorn massif. They carried out exploration in the area siwated below entrance to Feitchnerschachthöhle at the altitude 2200 - 2500 m a.s.l. A few small caves were explored there.

Section of Feichtnerschacht (click for bigger)   Map of Feichtnerschacht (click for bigger)
Section of CL-3
Section of highest part of Lamprechtsofen, CL-3, Lodowa & N200

In Cueva de San Marcos, photo M. Gradziński

In consalidated lavas of the Canary Islands - M. Gradziński

Picos In March a 9-man team from Kraków led by Michał Gradziński visited lava tube caves in the Canary Islands. Cueva del Viento on Tenerife Island was the main objective of the expedition. The cavers went to the central part of the cave through the entrance called Cueva de las Breveritas. The lower part, called Cueva del Sobrado was visited too. In fact, it is a separate cave because the passage from upper parts is blocked and the link between Cueva de las Breveritas and Cueva del Sobrado is impassable. The Poles visited also two caves near Playa de San Marcos, Cueva de San Marcos and Cueva de Punto Blanco. Five cavers went to another island - El Hierro - to go to Cueva de Don Justo - the second longest cave on the islands. Unfortunately, the cave was locked and they visited instead a small nearby cave Cueva la Paloma.

The caves in Armenia - Andrzej Wojtoń

One of no named lava tubes, ph. A. Wojtoń

Two cavers from Wałbrzych visited several caves in Armenia. The caves are located between towns: Areni, Arpi, Agarakadzor, Gnishik i Khachik. The caves are developed in limestones and conglomerates. Some lava tube caves occur in Armenia as well. The longest and deepest Armenian cave is Archer cave with the length of about 3300 m and the vertical extent 145 m (-95 m, +50 m). The name Archer means bear in Armenian language. It comes from numerous bear bones encountered in the cave. The longest lava lube is the 100 m long Sanahin cave. There is only one caving club in Armenia. It is called Armenian Speleological Society. Smbad Davtian is the club's president.

Entrance pit of Imalfol Tem cave, photo G. Ku¶piel

photo M. GradzinskiNambawan 2001 - Grzegorz Ku¶piel

In February, an 8-man team visited Papua New Guinea. Grzegorz Ku¶piel was the expedition leader. The team carried out exploration in the Victor Emmanuel Mountains. They explored a cave called Imalfol Team. The cave is located in the Mt. Kafan, a four-day walk distance from the village Telefomin at altitude 2,280 m (topographic coordinates 141 °49.032' E, 05° I 3.624' S). The cave starts with a huge pilch, followed by systems of meanders and pitches. A stream flows throughout all the cave. Temperature is only 8°C. The team stopped at the head of a huge pitch, so the cave is still going. The depth reached in the cave is 385 m.

Papua New Guinea, photo G. Ku¶piel

photo M. GradzinskiCave bats in Poland - Jakub Nowak

The author describes bals which occur in Polish caves. There are 17 species of bals in Polish caves. Only two of them belong to family Rhinolophidae, the others to family Vespertilionidae.

Janusz Baryła, Michał Gradziński, Jakub Nowak, Mariusz Szelerewicz
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