Izgubljeni Raj

Formations in King Minos' Palace.

M2 Super Action — October 22nd

We said we'd go back, and that we'd survey, so we did! We measured 245m of survey data, adding an extra hundred metres to the known depth of M2 and bringing the closest approach with Vrtnarija to 4m (nb: 1.4km loop, estimated ~30m error), along an easy mud-floored dig taking a huge draught.

Trip Report | Photos

Post — Expo Summary

2011 was another great year deep within Tolminski Migovec. The weather was horrendous — we even had snow! But the cave kept on going. We found over 2.2km of new passage all below -500m in depth, and took the cave to a new deepest point of -888m. All of the exploration took place during underground-camping trips based at X-Ray (Vrtnarija, -550m), with the keenest of expeditioneers managing a total of around seven nights underground during the four week expedition.

We presented our exploits at the BCRA 'Hidden Earth' Caving conference in Monmouth on 25th September 2011. The slides are available, either as a PDF (33MB) or the original ODP (26MB), or online via Scribd.

Tweets from expo.

Report

2011 Interim Report (Google Docs)

2011 Photos (online gallery) | 147MB zipfile (375 photos, medium resolution for offline viewing)

Archived 2011 Tweets

Survey

Colour 2011 Vrtnarija Survey [EN] (600K PDF) — Colour 2011 Vrtnarija Survey [SLO] (588K PDF)

B&W 2011 Vrtnarija Survey [EN] (556K PDF) — B&W 2011 Vrtnarija Survey [SLO] (552K PDF)

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Watch the 2011 caves of Migovec rotate in this glorious high def ray trace!

Planning

Migovec Microblog

Facebook Event (Izgubljeni Raj 2011) - Contacts + discussion

2011-01-31 Survey with Leads and Water superimposed - (PDF, 550KB)

Background

1974-2006 Written Report: The Hollow Mountain

Vodna Sled 2010 Interim Report [18 page PDF]
Brezzvezdna Noc 2009 GPF Report [4 page PDF]
Votla Gora 2008 Interim Report
2009 Photos
2008 Photos

Location:

Tolmin is on the edge of the Julian Alps in Western Slovenia. There is a train station at Most na Soci, and buses come up both from Nova Gorica (Gorizia on the Italian side) and Ljublijana. Cheapest flights are generally to Trieste with Ryanair, but also check out Venice and Easyjet to Ljublijana.

Tolminski Migovec can be seen all the way from the Most na Soci lake, and is most easily accessed by driving up to Tolminske Ravne (912m) which has a fully Tarmac'd road built for the hydro electric facility. The walking track then takes you up to 1500m through switchbacks in the forest (very sticky when its hot in the valley) to Planina Kal (aka. The Shepherd's Huts). If there's clag down in the valley, there is sometimes a stunning view. From here take the middle path that heads straight up (via switchbacks) towards Mig before heading north along the edge of the plateau, before the final set of switchbacks and scree to gain the Gateway.

Izgubljeni Raj?

Quite simply translates as 'Paradise Lost', a reference to the beautiful crystals we found in the Palace of King Minos during 2010.

Sponsorship and Thanks



Ghar Parau Foundation - Expedition equipment fund (rope!).



Starless River Caving Equipment  Starless River - Starless River for a large discount on expo equipment, and gear advice.



Imperial College Trust and Imperial College Union - Tour funding (transport)

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