1996 Jos Beyens and Chris Sinnaeve, at that time both members of Caving
club Persephone, began working in a little cave in Eprave. After
many weekends of work, assisted by SC Avalon, they discovered a major
new part: Réseau de l”Euphorie (863 m long).
1997 Jos & Chris left Persephone and joined SC Avalon.
continued the work and explored, after numerous trips (over 200
- yes two hundred!) two important branches of the cave system:
Réseau du Nouvel An (1997-98) and Réseau du Printemps (1999).
Réseau du Nouvel An is quite big, it totals nearly 1200 m.
in only 6 months of time over 1700 m "première" (new passage).
Today, the exploration is still going on.
total length of the cave system is now nearly 4500 m , making
it one of the 5 biggest in Belgium!
new parts are a complex labyrinth of relatively small and low galleries
and crawls, and very big and often well decorated rooms. There
is still a big potential to extend the cave even more!
the meantime, it is already possible to visit the cave. However, due
to the decorated nature of the cave and some very delicate passages,
a party can not consist out of more than 6 persons. And
this group will even be split in two smaller groups that are guided
independently through the cave!
We can (and will) guide 6 different groups per year which is already
a big investment in time for us (I hope you will understand that we
are very busy discovering other caves). Also, we want to limit
the impact of visiting the cave in order to preserve it better.
only guide clubs around that are member of an official caving federation.
A club can only apply ONCE per year; because everybody must
get a chance. No e-mails accepted, only a written letter
to SC Avalon, which must be made by the club secretary or president
visit will show you the entire Réseau de l'Euphorie, a big part
of Réseau du Nouvel An, and a small glimps of Réseau du Printemps.
Entrance - Boyau Hilti - Méandre des Perles - Puits de l'Espoir Retrouvé
- Salle de l'Euphorie - Salle du Prisonnier - (change clothes here)
- Galerie des Merveilles - Salle de l'Aventure - Le Puzzle - Boyau Bottes
- Salle des Départs.
is a 6 to 7 hour trip, for which you need a good physical condition;
it is only suited for experienced cavers! Electric light
only OF COURSE!
we would like to draw your attention to the fact that the cave is protected
by law and has the status of Cavité d'Intéret Scientifique.
requests have to be send by letter only (no mail) to:
Speleoclub Avalon vzw
Paul De Bie
Jan de Bodtlaan 59
het toegangsreglement (PDF-formaat) in het Nederlands.
ici le réglement d'accès en Français (format PDF)
3D-survey of Reseau de Waerimont (Compass CaveX)