Groups known to have worked in Totes Gebirge caves
As well as local cavers (who were very few in number in the
early years), many cavers from outside Austria have worked in the
Totes Gebirge. Those
who have been to the western massif (1623 and 1626) are listed
here. Following the links will lead to a description of the group
and a list of all the publications about the area (with their
reference number from Current Titles in Speleology). This is
under research, and is very far from complete. However, some
articles are here in the archive, in the original language, and a
very few are here in english translation. Where these exist, you
can follow links to them.
A few groups are still active and have their own web pages -
you can follow links to these from here, or there is a page
specifically for links to web sites
which includes other relevant organisations too.
Local Austrian Groups
- Höhlenforschervereinigung Altaussee (up to
- Sektion Ausseerland
(des Landesvereines für Höhlenkunde in
Steiermark) (up to early 80's?)
- Vereines für
Höhlenkunde in OberSteier (VfHO):
This is the group who are responsible for the kataster in our
area, and which several CUCC members have also joined. There
are two articles about diving in Liägerhöhle (1623/1)
in 1985 and 1988, on the site. Also from their journal
is the German translation of CUCC's 1996
- Landesverein für
Höhlenkunde in Oberösterreich (LVHO):
This is the group responsible for exploration of the Raucherkarhöhle, and for the
kataster in nearby area 1626.
Other Austrian Groups and individuals
- BEC: Bristol Exploration Club
[1967, 1968, 1969] (Home page)
- CUCC: Cambridge University
Caving Club [1976-]
- UBSS: University of Bristol
Speleological Society [with CUCC 1981, 1982, independently in
1989, 1990 ?]
- LUSS: Lancaster University
Speleological Society [1987-89] (Now defunct)
- ULSA: University of Leeds
Speleological Association [Tauplitz, 1985 (or 86?)] (Home
- CASE HA (Club
d'Archaeologie, de Spéléologie et d'Escalade de
Huy Andenne) [1972,1973]
- GSAB: Groupe
Spéléo Alpin Belge
(people of other club affiliations out with GSAB in 1977,
CASEO, SSSPA, GSREDAN, ES GEODE, SC Calcaires, similarly GIPS,
SCUCL in 1978)
- CASEO 1975
- G.S.Clerval, now
G.S.Clerval - Baume les
Dames (GSCB) 1974, 75, 77,
83-87, 88-90?, 91-...
- S.C. Vesoul,
- G.S. Doubs,
- S.S. Daules (all in 1974)
- A.C. Toulon,
- S.C. Toulon,
- Lou Darboun,
Ragaie (all in 1976, 77?)
not quite sure, French or Belgian ?
- CARSS 1975, 1978 (Centre
d'Activité et Récherches Subaquatique et
German Groups and individuals
- ARGE: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Höhle und Karst Grabenstetten
e.V. are friends from Stuttgart who have seriously extended and connected some of our caves.
- Vereines für
Höhlenkunde in München e.V. 1983 and others.
The site contains one article from this group which is CTS ref.
84.1642, also now included in English translation.
- A group from Nürnberg who worked with the above, but also
worked independently - they have some survey data we need
- Vred Vischer 1980
(worked/s with above)
- Speleo Krakow
An article in a Polish journal has misled the authors of the
English version of the world deep caves atlas into thinking
that Poles worked with CUCC. In fact, the article was
commissioned by Krzysztof
Kleszynski who had done a lot of work in the Salzburg
area. It was written by Andy Waddington, covering 1976-79 (and
particularly the exploration of Eislufthöhle), and concerns only work done
by CUCC. It appeared in the Polish journal purely as part of an
effort to give some context to other reports about Austria.
Andy never got a copy (but then he can't read the Polish
translation anyway). The english original is published in
these pages for the first time !
Italian, Hungarian, Slovak ...
- We think there may have been some...
Please also check this page where the links may be more up to date: links to groups active in the area.