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Almost every caver has heard already from tracer tests or helped out himself at such a test. But: does everyone know what to pay attention? What are the (also legal) regulations? Which colorants are available? These and many other questions will be answered in this workshop. Continue reading “Tracer tests in practice”
Anyone can take pictures of sintered jewels in caves. But how can you bring out spaces, depths, profiles, structures? How to photograph undecorated caves? Is it possible to do that without several flash units? At the workshop we will take pictures in an alpine cave without sintered decoration, we will only illuminate with helmet lamps. Continue reading “Caving-Photography: Illumination technique with Scurion®”
We will demonstrate how to effectively position flash units in the cave such to facilitate ideal settings and exciting cutouts. We’ll show you how this works (or how it works even better)! At the workshop we shoot under professional guidance in an active cave with our own equipment. Continue reading “Flash-Photography”
Why should I bivouac? And where can I set up a bivouac? What do I cook in a bivouac? Where do I sleep? How do I organize my bivouac material? In an interactive workshop, we look together at the basics of bivouacking in a cave.
Many people use maps as a useful guide in the field. But how to draw easy to read cave maps that enable us to find your way around safely?
The workshop “Insights into Cave Documentation” provides an approach to the basics of creating a cave map. Continue reading “Insight into the cave documentation”
The development of techniques in surveying, describing and visualizing underground cavities undoubtedly has advantages (e.g., accuracy of measurements) but also has problems such as a lack of standards. Evidently the needs have changed (for example 3D animations) so we have to think about how to merge data from decades ago recorded by analogue methods with new digital data. Continue reading “Cave topography yesterday, today and tomorrow”
Over the last few years, we have been dealing intensively with a new bolting technique, the so-called “concrete screws”. Together with smaller and more powerful drills, we are getting much further than in the past – but is it “safe”? Continue reading “New rigging and bolt climbing techniques”