2015

Eastern Massif, Picos de Europa, Northern Spain

In 2015 the Tresviso Caves project began, a joint collaboration between multiple UK caving clubs and the Madrid based AD KAMI club, with work concentrated on exploration in Cueva del Nacimiento and Cueva de la Marniosa. GE Flash & Tracalet also continued exploration around Samelar and Vao de Los Lobos

Tresviso 2015 (TCP)

Abstract

The 2015 expedition was undertaken with collaboration between a number of UK based caving clubs and the Spanish AD KAMI club.

As per previous years the majority of work was concentrated on the resurgence cave of Cueva del Nacimiento, a 12 km cave system with a height gain of over 495m from the entrance.  The catchment of this cave totals 37 km2 and, if linked with known entrances high in the Eastern Massif, would create a potential 1500m+ deep underground traverse.

The main effort in 2015 was to continue work in the furthest reaches of the cave, around the areas known as the Teeth of Satan and Death Race 2000.  A series of steep ramps lead to the highest known points in the cave and a number of leads were investigated.

Summary

The 2015 expedition has continued to build on the successes of previous trips advancing exploration in line with the expedition objectives and discovering a number of new leads and 2km of cave was surveyed.

Cueva del Nacimiento

Nearly 1km of new passage was discovered and surveyed in Cueva del Nacimiento and a number of new leads identified. The continued exploration of Cueva del Nacimiento has been very successful, with the discovery of the main way on deeper into the mountain, via the Die Hard – Jurassic World extensions above Death Race 2000.  The strong draught in the cave has been rediscovered in these extensions and continued exploration in this area will be the main focus of future expeditions.

The highest point in Cueva del Nacimiento is now 177m higher than the lowest point in Sima 56, albeit nearly 4km away horizontally.  This would suggest that the new extensions in the Death Race 2000 area are heading towards a possible ‘middle entrance’ between the two systems.

Andara Region

Work in the higher caves of Andara remains a challenge due to manpower and equipment committed to Cueva del Nacimiento and the necessity to repeat a lot of exploration and rigging from the early LUSS expeditions.  T105 Italianos and T91A Torca Boulderosa were successfully revisited and re-rigged and despite not producing any new cave the work has been invaluable in updating and clarifying the ‘picture’ of the higher cave systems and their relation to Cueva del Nacimiento.

Future expeditions will continue to revisit the higher caves in conjunction with the work at the foot of the mountain in an effort to produce a more comprehensive view of the Eastern Massif cave systems.

Members

NameClubNationalityYearExpedName
Fernando de la Fuente MorenoAsociación Deportiva KAMIES2015Tresviso 2015
Jorge SánchezIndividualES2015Tresviso 2015
Manuel Calzado RodriguezAsociación Deportiva KAMIES2015Tresviso 2015
Miguel Ángel Ruiz RodríguezAsociación Deportiva KAMIES2015Tresviso 2015
Bob ClaySouth Bristol Speleological SocietyUK2015Tresviso 2015
Chris JonesCardiff Hill DiversUK2015Tresviso 2015
Dave PowleslandCardiff Hill DiversUK2015Tresviso 2015
Edd WillattsCardiff Hill DiversUK2015Tresviso 2015
Greg KempCardiff University Caving ClubUK2015Tresviso 2015
Hannah MoultonBradford Pothole ClubUK2015Tresviso 2015
Joe DanielsIndividualUK2015Tresviso 2015
Matt DunnCardiff Hill DiversUK2015Tresviso 2015
Matt JonesBristol Exploration ClubUK2015Tresviso 2015
Phil WalkerBradford Pothole ClubUK2015Tresviso 2015
Rob MiddletonBradford Pothole ClubUK2015Tresviso 2015
Ian PeacheyUniversity of Leeds Speleological AssociationUK2015Tresviso 2015

Thanks also due to Derek Cousins, Howard Jones, Colin Boothroyd, Dave Checkley, Carolyn Ginnevar and the people of Tresviso.

Documents & Links

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Tresviso 2015 4.82 MB 10 downloads

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    Campana Bejes 2015 (AD KAMI)

    Abstract

    As part of the Tresviso Caves Project

    Summary

    As part of the Tresviso Caves Project

    Members

    As part of the Tresviso Caves Project

    Documents & Links

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    Memorias 2015 2.6 MB 10 downloads

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      Bejes 2015 (G.E.FLASH & Tracalet)

      Abstract

      Exploration and surveying of VL-52, located in the Vao de los Lobos area, and HO-9, located in the Hoyo Oscuro area (Vegas de Ándara).

      Summary

      • Exploration of VL-52 to a sump
      • T87 (ed. not same as T87 Torca Mazarrasa) explored and connects to mine levels

      Members

      NameClubNationalityYearExpedName
      Adolfo Molina LópezGE FlashES2015Bejes 2015
      Alberto Galindo LealGE FlashES2015Bejes 2015
      Alberto NavarroTracaletES2015Bejes 2015
      Arturo Prieto LópezTracaletES2015Bejes 2015
      Fernando Blanco PrietoGE FlashES2015Bejes 2015
      Francisco Vaño CataláTracaletES2015Bejes 2015
      José Luis Izquierdo MorenoGE FlashES2015Bejes 2015
      Juan Bueno GabaldónGE FlashES2015Bejes 2015
      Marta Pérez BlancoGE FlashES2015Bejes 2015
      Pedro Zaragoza MeleroTracaletES2015Bejes 2015
      Raimon Garcia DomingoTracaletES2015Bejes 2015
      Vicente Martínez MontalarTracaletES2015Bejes 2015

      Documents & Links

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      Bejes 2015 4.5 MB 9 downloads

      CDE Tracalet & GE Flash ...