Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Galacijevka Cave, Day 21 / Radošca - Radoshitza Cave, Day 1
The New Project

June 21, 2016, 17 pictures

Most images are approximately 683 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. Event participants who also contributed (this way or another) to the making of the pictures, and the persons connected to the action: Janez Kanoni - Žan, Janez Ileršič - Ile, Metod Di Batista, Marjan Juvan - Manč, Marjan Baričič, Rok Brajkovič - Brajko, Mare Vogrič, France Šušteršič, Teja Čeru, Ela Šegula, Jernej Petrovčič - Jerko and Primož Jakopin - Klok.

All pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin 2016.


Galacijevka Cave Entrance


30581. Brajko and Manč just returned from the cave, with equipment after the cave has been de-rigged.



30582. Brajko, Manč, Žan and Mare at the entrance



30583. Marjan climbing out of the cave



30584. Metod was the last to exit, the captain of the Galacijevka project



Najdena jama Cave Forest Venue


30585. Ela, Teja and France during the classification of clay sediment



Radošca / Radoshitza Cave

The Rado Radešček Collapse, to the northwest of the Najdena jama entrance, has several winter blowholes which indicate cave space below. Two of them have been excavated in the past. The one above the southern rim by a team under the leadership of Jožek Košir - Cox who discovered the location through thermovision observation on a cold winter day (11-minute movie, in Slovenian) in 2011 was abanodened the same year. The second site, named Plahutalnik, towards the top of the northern rim of the collapse, was first dug by Jerko and his team between June 18 and 20, 2009. From 16th till 24th second in the above movie this workplace is shown as it was in 2011, the year it was also abandoned.
          After the completed Galacijevka project the decision fell to continue the work here. The main reason being the proximity to the awning, the base of the outside team (about the same distance as to Galacijevka, important for the terrestrial phone connection) and the prospect of a reasonable discovery, possible prolongation of Najdena jama cave.
          Today's excursion was jpreliminary, to get acquainted with the cave and to check how to start on, very likely, day 3. Day 2 will be devoted to infrastructural preparations, mainly with cleaning the access to the cave, still much clogged from 2014 sleet and the aftermath.


30587. Mare, Žan and Marjan looking down the entrance shaft, view out, available light



30588. Mare, Žan and Marjan in the entrance, view from below, fill-in flash



30589. Matod just below the threshold, some 5 m deep, where a small side tunnel departs to the left, a depot for further excavation in the main continuation which proceeds to the right



30590. Brajko further in the cave, above the final 2 m jump, with Manč's light



30592. Manč climbing out of the cave end



30593. A toad in the niche at the side of the junction, about 5 m deep; the author took it in his fleece cap and stashed in the caving suit to take her out. Outside he discovered that the animal escaped the cap and found better lodging in the suit fold above his hip. Metod was asked to take it out as he had rubber gloves but did not understand the demand well, at least not exactly, took the animal but did not expect it, got scared and left it to the ground immediately. She was uncomfortable in the sun but quickly helped to a suitable moisty place in the undergrowth.



30594. Manč in the cave entrance, view in



30595. At the cave entrance (hidden, to the left of Manč boots): Manč, Metod, Žan and Mare



Najdena jama Cave Forest Venue


30596. Marjan, working out on a spruce stump



30597. Marjan, sitting on the bar, sipping Laško beer



30598. Author's lunch: vegetable paprikash with peas, carrots and potatos, maize bread, yogurt, compote of applea and dry plums



30599. Marjan with a b/w parasol, sitting on a spruce stump which Žan transformed into a comfortable seat according to Marjan's wishes, together with a tailor-made hand support and a beer holder; this time with once competing brand of beer (Union, now both brands are owned by Heineken)



  Galacijevka Cave Canal, Day 20, June 16     Radoshitza Cave, Day 2, July 7  

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