Workshops

A lot of nice caving tours give us valuable experiences, but certain topics are discussed rather rarely, certain activities practiced rather scarce. The workshops within the congress offer an ideal opportunity to do for yourself, what normally the “old and wise” do. All the workshops take place the 9. August 2019, the number of participants is limited (Acceptance in order of subscription). So decide quickly and subscribe!

The manifold offer is possible because of the help of initiative members of our community. We would be pleased to receive more offers with topic and description per email to info@sinterlaken.ch. The new workshop will be published here to our registered users as well as to our facebook-followers.

Here are all our workshops:

  • Speleo-Electronics: Technical Communication in Caves
    The following topics will be discussed in the workshop:
    a) radiotelephone
    b) Radio Location: how does it work, which devices are available?
    c) Telephoning AND position finding with one device
    d) Internet in caves (“Ethernet-over-Twisted-Pair“)
    e) Cave telephones (wired)
    You have a device to communicate in caves? Then please bring it with you.
    Course Lead: Michael and Christopher Ross (ARGE Höhlen und Karst Stuttgart, Germany)
    Duration: Friday afternoon
  • Biospeleology

    In Höhlen befinden sich besonders sensible Lebensräume mit Tierarten, die auf gleichbleibende Umweltbedingungen angewiesen sind. Doch bereits unsere Höhlenbegehungen können das Lebensumfeld verändern, Bauprojekte über und um Höhlen und Einzugsgebiete von Höhlengewässern sowieso. Um diese Arten nicht schon zu beeinträchtigen, noch bevor wir überhaupt von ihrem Dasein wissen, benötigen wir zusätzlich zu unseren Höhlenvermessungen auch Inventare für Höhlentiere.

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  • Tracer tests in practice

    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. (more…)

  • Caving-Photography: Illumination technique with Scurion®

    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. (more…)

  • Flash-Photography

    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. (more…)

  • Bivouac-workshop

    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.

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  • Insight into the cave documentation

    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. (more…)

  • Cave topography yesterday, today and tomorrow

    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. (more…)

  • New rigging and bolt climbing techniques

    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”? (more…)