Thanks to www.sitesatlas.com

How deep is that again?

Before the cave sumps off, in dry weather a depth of -1122m can be reached, however the last 500ish meters can be very dangerous in high water and are prone to flood pulse.

Below is a run-down of all the pitches with depth comparisons with caves in Ireland (helps me to visualise them anyway), occasional notes and photos. All pictures were taken by Paul De Bie assisted by various members of SC Avalon and are linked to their site (which, by the way has loadsa great photos of other caves - no crappy disposable cameras here!).

 

Name

Pitch drop

Notes

Comparison

Photo

Ruiz'

27m

Polpruglish 1st pitch (24m)

Holiday Slides

15m

3 pitches

Cairn

35m

Dangerous after 1hr's rain, Duncan & Brian got stuck here. Known to wash down rocks.

Polltullyard (33m)

Garby's

38m

Peter bryants bullock hole (40m)

Gontard's

28m

Noones 1st pitch (25m)

 

Relay Pitches

20m

3 pitches

Aldo's

42m

Dangerous pitch, impassable in rain, can second flood pulse

Pollnatagha (40m) and probably as nasty.

Little General

10m

Prods 1st pitch (10m)

Lake Cadoux

Can flood in 45 mins

Salle Bourgin

Excellent formations

Tyrolienne Traverse

12m

Pigeon 1st pitch, minus mud (12m)

le Grand Eboulis" (the Big Rubble Heap)

Doesn't flood

Hall of Thirteen

BASE CAMP 1

- Approx 4/5 hours
- Pitch depth 217m
- Horizontal distance 1k
- Depth -500m

Section 2

Salle Germain

excellent formations

Calcite Slopes

25m

impressive climbs

Vestiare (the dressing room)

15m

Gets wet and dangerous now!

Canals

Sumps fully

Abelle's Cascade

5m

Cascades

10m

Claudine's Cascade

17m

Becomes impassable in wet weather

Topographers Cascade

5m

1 death in the 1980's

Grand Canyon

Possible camp 2 -800m

Puits Gaché

20m

2 deaths 1975

Resseaut Du Mat

10m

Resseaut Du Singe

10m

Grand Cascade

27m

La Baignoire

4m

Little Monkey

45m

Can become impassable, can get stuck at head

Hurricane Traverse

10m

Hurricane

44m

-1000m, one of the highest underground waterfalls in Europe

Bottom - Syphons

- Approx 12 hours
- Pitch depth 274m
- Horizontal distance approx 1.5k
- Depth 1122m

- Inescapable in high water!

 

 

Whats the craic with the rigging?

Two French lads Seamus knows are rigging the whole thing in one day apparantly so its up to everyone else to ferry bags of rope to them, a ligustical nightmare, glad Im not organising it!

Anyway its advisable that everyone know what the rigging will look like so hopefully Ill get a topo put up here in the future.

Photos here

Enda's photo page

Berger Bottoming Trip report

Steve Bus's report

Dent de Crolles Trip report

Stevey Muh's report

 

Its big, its French, (its not an ego), its....

Home - Switchboard - Caving - About - Freshers - Trips - Digging - Photos - Top 5 - Phantom caver - Links

So whats it all about?

The Gouffre Berger is THE classic caving expedition. It was the first cave below 1000m to be bottomed (by yer man Petzl) and judging by the pictures one of the most beautiful. Im not going to say too much as there are excellent trip reports available on the internet.

Where is it again?

Located near Grenoble in the Vercours Plateau, almost on the French-Swiss border at an altitude of about 1000m (no surprise there!).