Youth Cave Romania 2005
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YCR 2004 - Reconassince Trip Summary Report

John Sweeney
Adam De Eyto
Jess Buckley
Cate King
Phillip Delamere
Colin Bunce
Claire Woods
Carmel Broderick
Seamus Breathnach

Following a gap of several years since the last YCR expedition and some changes in the leadership the expedition aims this year were to put together a new leadership team and to investigate a new area. Several young members of previous YCR expeditions were now qualified and became involved as leaders. Our base this year was IcPonor a tiny hamlet 50km from Huedin in north west Romania. This base was much more remote than Closani with no electricity or running water.

Local Caves visited

Pestera OnceasaHuge passage to cave bear cemetery
Poarta AlunuluiShort cave with some good formations
Pestera Rece2 pitches at entrance lead to large passage and good popcorn
Humpleu CaveMassive passage and huge chambers
Pestera PepiiShort easy resurgence cave
Cetatile RadesciLarge through cave popular with tourists
Somesul GorgeSpectacular gorge be prepared to get wet
Pestera WassaShort muddy cave with beautiful shape
Pestera ColtuluiOne pitch near entrance leads to large beautiful streamway

Caves visited in Padis Region

Avenul BortigVertical pot, large open pothole 50m to ice, 2nd pitch of 30m
Cetatile PonorluiSpectacular entrance 80m in height, need boat/buoyancy aid
Pestera NegraVertical cave, series of pitches in canyon lead to larger passage
Ghetarul de Focal ViuIce cave with large daylight chamber
Ghetarul de la BarsaFour short pitches and some climbing
Avenul Fata RachitiiThree pitches to a muddy sump

Other Caves visited

Avenul din SesuriVertical cave, series of pitches in large open cave leads to lake
Scarisoara Ice CaveShow cave, descent to huge ice lake
Avenul SohodolVertical pot, many large open pitches
Pestera BatramuliBeius area, muddy cave with short entrance pitch
Pestera UrsilorSpectacular show cave, many stalagmites and bear skeleton