Grind Caving Camp 2018 exploration camp









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This is the 7th exploration camp organized by us in this alpine vertical cave, Avenul de sub Varful Grind (-544m, 950m).

This year, the exploration camp will take place between 8.09.2018 and 16.09.2018.

There are three kinds of activities:

1. Materials transport between cavers shelter and Poiana Grind in the last day of the camp. Aprox. time between these points is: 3h. (The cave should be already rigged in the previous camp that starts on 1st of September).

2. Support
The cavers that will work underground for several hours or days will need when they’ll get outside hot food, water, accu charges etc.

3. Underground team member
The teams that will enter in the cave will rigg, survey, climb and they will evacuate outside the trash found on several places from the old expeditions. We are also trying to push through the new passages discovered in 2017 expedition. (see the attached map).

Please fill the registration form if you want to join the camp.

Important: Due to the conditions of the camp, there will be limited places. The organizer have reserved the right to chose the participants.

Organizers: Speleological Association “Focul Viu” with the support of SpeleoClub Sofia and Piatra Craiului National Park.

Place:  Piatra Craiului Mountain, National Park;
Base camp: near cavers shelter Grind (1868m);
Advanced base camp: cavers shelter Grind (1873m);
Cave: Avenul de sub Varful Grind (1920m).

Targets:
•    Surveying the canyon that starts at the bottom of Water Shaft, climbed in 2016 by Fabian Botond and Alexandru Pologea;
•    Pushing further in the new passage explored in 2017, Himalaya 2;
•    Checking other "question marks";
•    Continuing the digging at the actual terminus;
•    Cave greening.

Period: between 8 and 16.09.2018

Access:
By foot
•    From Brasov till Zărneşti, hiking trail with red cross mark through Prăpăstiile Zărneştiului gorge until the point “La Table”. From “La Table” hiking trail red line until touristic hut Refugiul Grind. From there, unmarked trail until cavers shelter.

By car: Sirnea village - Poiana Grind

•    Our meeting point will be in the center of Sirnea Village at 10:00 Saturday, 08.09.2018

Requirements for underground participants:
•    SRT rigging techniques;
•    Sending the registration form until 30.08.2018;
•    Full caving and SRT equipment;
•    At least 2 survival blankets;
•    Minimum 18 years old;
•    Equipment for mountain and bivouac for 7 days;
•    Caving insurance;
•    Medical certificate that proves you are fit for “caving activities”.

Requirements for outside participants:

•    Sending the registration form until 30.08.2018;
•    Equipment for mountain and bivouac for 7 days;
•    At least 14 years old;
•    Official certificate from parents for the participants under 18 year old;

T-shirt will be provided for free only for participants.



Accomodation: in the speleological shelter "Coltii Grindului" and in personal tents (provided). Sleeping bags and mattress are needed.

Food: self catering, the stove is provided.

The collective caving equipment (ropes, bolts etc.), bivouac tent, will be provided by Speleological Association Focul Viu and SpeleoClub Sofia.




Participant



Period






8.09
9.09
10.09
11.09
12.09
13.09
14.09
15.09
16.09
Radu D
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x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Kiten T
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x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Yana Y
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Georgi B
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Simeon N
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Vladimir G

x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Adrian R
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Lachezar K
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x



For any questions do not hesitate to contact the camp manager:
Radu C. Dumitru - Asociatia Speologica Focul Viu
E-mail: speofv@yahoo.com

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