SPELEOBASE 2.3 is there!
Indeed, with several new and nice functions, but especially (and a lot
of people have been waiting for this): in English! Yes, everything
(program, reports and help docs) can now be shown in English, or as in
the past, in French. So download
it now here.
DIVE IN GOELASNUF
Michel Pauwels dived a few weeks ago in the upstream sump (not
dived before). It is a double sump, in two deep rifts that are about
70 cm wide and 4 m long. Unfortunately, Michel could not pass a low
bedding plane at -3.4 m. of depth. The rift becomes horizontal
there but very low. All three sumps of the cave have been dived
The past couple of
weeks, Paul and Rudi continued their work in the Chawresse.
Two trips of each over 10 hours later, we enjoyed the discovery of 130m of
new galleries, developping in a very straight line. It ends on a
sump, but an important inlet remains to be explored. The
gallery was baptized: "Galerie Bibber & Blubber".
As a result of this discovery, the Système Chawresse-Veronika becomes the
third biggest cave of the country, measuring 4853m (of which only
105m estimated). To be continued.
THE "CUVEE AVALON"
the Avaloners excersized the noble art of wine-tasting. After an
evening of "blind tasting" we chose 2 nice wines.
Again, we will sell these wines to collect some money for our club
(always in need for money!). And be assured: it is not
if you need wine for the Xmas days, if you are in need of an original
present, if if you are simply THIRSTY, then do not hesitate and order our
wine! The price is democratic: 4 Euro a bottle. If you
buy an entire carton (6 bottles), you only pay 23 Euro.
You can order the wine by any club member, or by the club
Paul De Bie,
Jan De Bodtlaan 59,
2650 Edegem (see bottom of this page for
the email address)
Please mention the number of bottles of
RED wine and WHITE wine seperately. Pay in cash, or by bank transfer at
our club account:
results of the Anialarra mini-expedition in september 2002 (3 Avalon
members: Mark, Annette, Paul):
- A lot of work in AN61 (Sima de la Confusion).
This cave is situated very high (2220 m). It has become a lot deeper;
it was -70m before and has become -138m. Several question marks
remain, there is still some potential present to make the cave a lot
deeper, and possibly an upper entrance of the Anialarra System.
The cave has been completely surveyed.
- We have started re-surveying one of the original
entrances to the Anialarra-system: AN6 or Pozo de Frontenac has been
re-surveyed to the depth of -150m. The cave connects at -405 m with
- During several days of prospecting we found and went
down dozens of pitches. Most of them were between 20 and 30 m
deep, some of them around -50m, the deepest was -70m (AN631, with a
very nice and wide pit). All caves were blocked by snow of
The third Anialarra mini-expedition is ready to go
In a few days we wil be leaving for another 9 days of caving. We
are only 3, but determined to give it all we got. Very deep caves are
not scheduled, but we will be surveying, prospecting en also working
in some promising caves.
The 6th Anialarra Expedition has been a succesful
one: almost 2 km of new passages and the discovery of a very big
continuation. Look here for
more information and pictures...
29/6/2002: SpeleoBase 2.1 has been released!
After a lot of work, version 2.1 is finally
finished. It contains several enhancements, such as more import
and export capabilities. It is now possible to "exchange"
caves with other SpeleoBase users, or to export your caves to a
GPS-compatible file, so you can load their coordinates into your
here for more information about SpeleoBase.
Golenvaux dives in the final sump of Goelasnuf!
Lucienne was invited by us, last weekend, to dive in
the final sump of our latest discovery. The expectations were not very
high; the sump seemed really too narrow to dive. But Lucienne
disappeared without any hesitation in the claustrofobic, dark and
muddy passage (visibility zero) and stayed away for quite a
For a while our hope rose. But when she
returned, we could see the disappointement in her eyes: she had done
7,50 metres in the narrow sump, then a boulder choke blocked the way
on! The only positive thing about this that this probably means
that the end of the sump is near: the boulders must come from a room
above the sump and have fallen in the water. As a result, we are
already thinking about starting a "dig" in order to
eliminate the sump... but this would be a very difficult and long
After the first dive, she also did an attempt to dive
another, bigger sump in the upstream part of the river. But after a
few metres, a squeeze blocked the way on...
25/4/2002: SpeleoBase 2.0 is now available!
Featuring several enhancements and the long awaited
"Text Conversion Wizard" which allows you to import caves
from your own file-system into SpeleoBase. Click
here for more information about SpeleoBase.
And as usual, it's totally free!
21/4/2002: things are going well in our new
"Chantoir de Goelasnuf" (name will change!): right now we
already have explored +/- 600 m of galleries in a nice and varied
cave. An important river flows through the cave. Downstream we are
blocked by a very narrow sump. In the meantime, we have started
surveying frantically. To be continued.
After 5 weekends of hard work in our new dig, we finally made a
breakthrough, yesterday evening 13/4 around 18 PM. We
discovered a new cave, and it is a big one! We quickly
explored +/- 150m of new passages. There is a big room, and
a real underground river. We found it quite sensational, we
had expected a vertical cave and not a semi-horizontal streamway.
The next day, a second Avalon-team followed into
our footsteps. Downstream they stranded before a sump. But
upstream they found a very nice river and after a couple of
hours they had already doubled our new cave (300 to 400 m
now). So, it seems that we will hgave our hands full
in the next weeks. To be continued!
We are on the edge of a major breakthrough in one of
our digging projects in the province of Namur. The expectations are
big. It is even possible to discover the deepest Belgian
cave there! Or, finding nothing at all is also possible: this is
what makes digging for caves so exciting....
Another digging project of ours, in the Lembrée
valley, will be abandonned. Over dozens of weekends we dug
out 40 m of gallery, without any result.
SpeleoBase is there! Download it in
our "Software Downloads" section!
SpeleoBase is coming soon! Just
a couple of weeks of patience, and you will find a
"software" section in this site, where you will be
able to download FOR FREE the fruit of many an evening of
hard work. SpeleoBase is a database, written especially for
cave explorers who don't want to loose the track of all of their
findings, images, and surveys. It has been shown in public for the
first time, last week, at the "Journée de
l'Explo" of the UBS. So come back soon here!