Prospecting Guide

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While this page is generated directly from the current data on all the caves listed, it also contains information which has not been curated and updated since about 1999. References to 'top camp' are likely to be to the 'old top camp' which was near the Schwarzmoossattel (the col) and not near Stone Bridge.

Open leads and prospects for discoveries should be looked for in the various current QMs systems instead.

This report is a relic of the AERW 'spreadsheet+script' days before troggle, and was designed to be printed out to be taken into the field on paper. It should be retired as the clickable map system is now working with entrances present and labelled (though not yet hot-linked to the relevant cave and entrance descriptions). This replaces the old prospecting guide map based on /expofiles/location_maps/pguidemap.jpg. But a much better map to print out is the 2015 contour map with all the caves: /expofiles/location_maps/Expo 2015 Poster OverviewNorth.pdf.

The sub-areas names: '1a', '2a' etc. have not been in active use for some years as all exploration for at least the past two decades has been on the mid- to far-plateau.

To see the old prospecting guide maps, follow this links (but wait - can take 2 minutes per map), and you can't see any annotations unless you zoom in:

Notes:

1a – Plateau: around Top Camp

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-90 Bräu Schacht 90 1/S + No No Tag Yes p90 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau - below Bräuning Scharte - the large and dramatic breach in the Bräuning Wall. GPS (1996) UTM 33T 0410257 5280891; UTM 33T 0410281 5280823; GK 5410141 5283007
ApproachNot located in search, 1989. Found 1996 and surveyed to. From Top Camp follow Bräuning path on slope, about 80m along (from point above waterhole) to where it meets edge of large patch of dwarf pine (c 100m diameter) on a raised limestone shelf. There is another patch of pines on slope to left for c 30m. Entrance is close to corner of big patch, 21m from path. Follow joint through gap in pines about 5m past where limestone step meets path. This is the same joint as CUCC 1996 WK 02, CUCC 1996 WK 03 and 1623/159. Surface survey location sketch in not KH 1996 p 3
Markingred painted number "90" (1977), 1998 tag "1623 90 CUCC 1977"
Under DescRift entrance in scrub leads to a loose, choked rift, 20m deep. 1996 sketch survey says 12.5m deep, 3m long (N-S) and 1.4m wide. West wall of shaft is 1.5m higher than east, and bolt plus red-painted number are at SE corner.
1623-91 Bräu Schacht 91 1/S + No No Tag Yes p91 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau - below Bräuning Scharte. GPS: UTM 33T 0410171 5280908; UTM 33T 0410155 5280976; UTM 33T 0410177 5280894
ApproachFrom Schwarzmoossattel, follow cairned path below the Bräuning Wall, past Top Camp (1988 on). Where this path meets the scree/snow slope from the wall, it turns right, out onto the plateau (this is the main path to Gschwandt-Alm, in frequent use).

100m from the right turn is a snow field on the right, with the sound of falling water at its lower edge. This is the entrance to 91. The bolt is at the NE end of the rift.

Markingnumber in red (1977) on small scarp facing south, 1998 tag "1623 91 CUCC 1977"
Under DescA snow-fed rift in open karren on a fault/joint aligned on 67°. Choked at -20m (or plumb of -14m in 1996 to tiny snow plug).
1623-92 Bräu Schacht 92 2/S + No No Paint No Lost:
LocationPlateau - below Bräuning Scharte. Not located in searches, 1989, 1998.
FindabilityNot seen since 1977 despite several concerted searches. Below Bräuningscharte
Ent DescSmall, horizontal entrance in deep scrub draughts slightly and leads to an incredibly loose interior.
Under DescPitch of 15m leads to a boulder thrutch and climbs down. More boulders lead to a final pitch of 30m to a solid choke at -90m.
1623-93 Bräu Schacht 93 1/S + No No Tag Yes p93 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau - below Bräuning Scharte, north of Kataster 91.
ApproachFrom Schwarzmoossattel, follow cairned path below the Bräuning Wall, past Top Camp (1988 on). Where this path meets the scree/snow slope from the wall, it turns right, out onto the plateau (this is the main path to Gschwandt-Alm, in frequent use).

100m from the right turn is a snow field on the right, with the sound of falling water at its lower edge. This is the entrance to 91 and from here, 93 is 20m further away from the Bräuning Wall.

Markingnumbered in red (1977) on scarp facing south, 1998 tag "1623 93 CUCC 1977".(placed in middle of "9")
Under DescLong rift on a joint (strike 246°, dip 70° towards SE) ending in choke at -35m. An adjacent shaft on the same joint but further east is bigger and more obvious, but chokes much nearer the surface.
1623-94 Bräu Schacht 94 1/S + No No Tag Yes p94 Tag Station not in dataset
Location A little north of Kat.93.
ApproachFrom 91 (q.v.), the karren slopes down at 10°. About 50m down the slope on a bearing of 335° is the large open shaft of 94, (visible from 93, which is about 20m from 91).
Markingnumber in red (1977) on scarp facing south, 1998 tag "1623 94 CUCC 1977" - tag bolt (middle of "9")
Under DescA rift on a joint (strike 223°, dip 70° to SE) is a spiralling freeclimb to a choke at -35m
1623-100 Plateau Schacht 100 1/S + No No Tag No p100 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationJust beyond the col, on the left. It is, in fact, extremely near Top Camp, virtually on one of the routes to the Schwarzmooskogel areas.
Markingred painted number, with 1998 tag "1623 100 CUCC 1977" in centre (M6 stud).

This cave was originally only numbered in carbide, so was unmarked for years. It was relocated in 1989, but was not numbered until 1993 since AERW didn't think to carry paint while trying to find old holes. The orange number was fading and chipped in 1995, so was refreshed in red. The surface survey was to the centre of the middle digit of the number.

Under DescAn east-west rift with two obvious points of descent. The more easterly is about 6m deep and can be seen to end in a chamber. The more westerly is a 15m pitch, with a window communicating with the east hole. At base are boulders and a climb down. A crawl leads to an inlet where water appears and sinks into an impenetrable slot with very sharp rock.
1623-159 Winded Hole 2/S + No No Tag Yes t159 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationNear 'crapping region' of Top Camp (1990). Cave is on the same fault/joint as 1623/90, 1623/207 and 1623/208, but further out from the Bräuning Wall, c 100m on 067°.
ApproachCave relocated 1990, 1996 and surveyed to in 1998. Entrance reached in two minutes from upper top camp by heading west and dropping down one terrace.
Markingorange number "159" facing north. 1998 tag "1623 159 CUCC 1988" attached to more northerly of two Y-hang bolts, just below surface. This is the anchor visible in the photograph (with an orange circle painted round it), taken before the tag was attached.
Under DescTwo bolts in entrance for Y-hang to give c40m vertical to a boulder floor, then a further 20m in a big boulder chamber. A "nice skeleton" and an old colander (!) were found on the terminal choke in 1988.
1623-160 Plateau Schacht 160 2/S/ + No No Tag No p160 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn plateau, near B10 (according to B10 info). Map in 1988 logbook shows 160 as out on the plateau from Bräuning Scharte in an area of terracing, and WSW of B10. Hole tagged in 1998 is just east of 91, and can also be reached by following the terrace west from the 159 entrance.
MarkingThe hole believed to be 160 was unmarked until tagged in 1998 "1623 160 CUCC 1988" on flat limestone 1m east of entrance. This had been relocated in 1996 and was then thought to be 159, but latter was found marked in 1998.
Under DescBottoming trip used a 70m rope to reach a choke (with a draught). A small side rift at the bottom choked after 3m.

The cave could probably do with another descent to record some details of the interior or even a survey !

1623-164 Plateau Schacht 164 2/S + No No Tag Yes p164tag Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn plateau, beyond B11 (1623/198). This is a snow-choked shaft next to the very large snow-choked shaft, which has always been blocked with snow and was therefore not explored or numbered for many years, but is now 189.
MarkingOn wall above entrance, facing NE, number in red, 1988. Austrian metal tag, 1995.
Under DescThe entrance pitch is 10m, and has a detectable draught - quite strong in view of the size of the entrance. There was only the remains of a snow plug in 1988, although the plug is almost complete in some years (eg. 1995 - it was gone again in 1996).

A small stream enters and lands on boulders at the foot of the pitch in a passage leading south along a fault. A climb of 4m over precarious boulders reaches …

1623-171 Plateau Höhle 90/1 1/T + No No
Under DescSubhorizontal phreatic tube trending 154°. Multiple entrances and windows with total passage length in excess of 150m. Passage generally elliptical: 5m wide and 3m high.

Along the fault to the north are numerous choked shafts with a maximum depth of 5m.

171 entrance
171 rcw
171 vw
171 old entrance
View of entrance from the col

You can see the entrance clearly even when standing at the col. It is in the middle of the 'view from the col' photo. …

a Tag No t171 Tag Station not in dataset
b Tag No Other Station not in dataset
MarkingRed paint "+ 171b", tag placed in center of "+" by Jenny 2016/07/10
1623-172 Plateau Höhle 90/2 1/T + Yes Yes Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationNorth of 171 along fault, on cliff facing north, 10m east of fault. HSK 063°, Schönberg cross 343°. Relocated from these bearings, which seem about right, in 1995.
MarkingOriginally marked "CUCC 90/2" in red, changed to "172" in 1991. An Austrian metal tag bolted to entrance in 1995.
Under DescHorizontal, walk-in phreatic tube dipping to S and trending 190°. 40m long, 4m wide, 1.5 to 2m high. Choked at end.
1623-188 Skinrip Durchgange I-VI 1/T + No No
Under DescFrom memory, the cave consists of two 3m deep surface shafts of diameter two meters, connected by c. 4m of 0.60m diameter horizontal phreas at the bottom. From the shaft nearer the Hinter-SMK the phreas continued for another 5-6m before I ran away as it was getting a bit tight. It could well be skinrip durchgang from the huge description given on the website, and I just never made it as far as the awkward climb. Survey is Grade II.
a None No Other Station not in dataset
b None No Refindable:
c None No Refindable:
d None No Refindable:
1623-189 Plateau Schacht 189 1/S + No No Tag Yes t189 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachFrom Schwarzmoossattel directly out onto the plateau, keeping to the left edge of a large flat area of karren, passes first Fuchshöhle B11, then 164, a snow-plugged shaft below a small north-facing scar. 164 and 189 are both on the same joint going 018-198°: a few metres north of 164 is a fault line on 102-282° with a large open and heavily snow-plugged shaft, noted often since 1976, but not explored and written up until 1994 (or 1993?).
MarkingThis is 189, numbered in red paint, and marked with an Austrian metal tag in 1995.
Under DescIn fact, it doesn't appear to have been written up at the time. It was redescended in 1996, and there is nothing in the 1996 logbook or notKH survey book, so there is no description here.
1623-190 Glitterstompf 1/S/T/E = No No Tag Yes t190 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachFrom 164, north to an east-west fault line (climbing past the large open and heavily snow-plugged shaft, which is 189). To the east, this fault line is a north-facing scarp, below which is 190 (number in red, and Austrian metal tag on this wall above the SW corner of the shaft), somewhat before (ie. west of) B8 (1623/197).
MarkingOn wall above entrance, facing N, number in red, 1993. Austrian metal tag, 1995. The 1976 number "B9" was in dull green and was already hard to spot in 1977, since when it has not been seen.
Under DescRectangular shaft 6.7m long (aligned on a joint on 275°) and 4.0m wide. Wall on south side is 1.5m higher than rest of surface. Freeclimb descent of 6m to scree/boulder floor usually with snow plug. At eastern end of the south wall, a horizontal passage leads 7.5m on 185° to the lip of a second pitch. This is 10m leading to a big rift. Ahead over boulders and ice an 8m pitch descends through (sic) spectacular ice stalactites. Way on …
1623-197 Bemoost Tropfen Höhle 1/S + No No Tag Yes t197 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachThis is situated on the plateau just on a major fault where one climbs down over bare rock for 4m. From Top Camp, head somewhat east of north onto a large area of bare karren containing B11 (1623/198). Continue parallel with the line of a small scarp running north, and pass 1623/164 on the left. Scrambling past a wide snow choked shaft (1623/189) on the right, descend and turn right, along the line of a north-facing scarp containing B9 (1623/190), heading roughly east, and clamber down a few small scars to the large open doline.
MarkingNumber "B8" of 1976 vintage painted in dull green on the wall facing south, opposite the fault scarp, which is very hard to spot, although not fading appreciably year to year. There is an easier-to-find number painted higher up on an east-facing rock, initially in orange, but "refreshed" in red in 1995 as the orange paint was crap. Below this number is the drilled spit with tag "CUCC 1976 B8" which is also the point surveyed to. This will, in due course, be replaced by a new tag with the Austrian kataster number, on the same bolt.

Retagged 1997.

Under DescA large open hole with snow in the bottom. In wet weather, the old number is even harder to spot, but the hole is very noisy with sinking water. 20m of ladder were fed down between snow and rock before snow plug totally blocked the way on. However, this was in 1976, a year with quite a large amount of snow.
1623-198 Fuchshöhle 2/S + No No Tag Yes t198 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn plateau between B8 and the col, very difficult to spot from more than 5m away, but very noisy in wet weather.
MarkingNumber "B11" was repainted in 1988 (in red) and this is quite visible on flat rock to the SE of the shaft. Just next to it is the spit for the tag "CUCC 1976 B11" which is the point surveyed to. This tag was replaced 1999 with a new tag bearing the official Austrian number.

Retagged 1999

Under DescA fine pitch of 55m is broken by a ledge halfway down. The shaft narrows towards the bottom, and from the foot of the ladder, boulders lead to a choke a few metres further down.
1623-207 Plumpsklohöhle 1/T + Yes Yes Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
Location100m W of the waterhole at (upper) top camp. In small cliff one step up from top camp level. Entrance faces N. 16m S of 1623/208.
ApproachFrom Top Camp (upper site) walk along "crapper" shelf, following path. After 80m where path goes down to next shelf, climb 3m step ahead. 207 is to the left (and 208 to the right).

Surface survey location sketch in not KH 1996 p 3, area map: NotKH book pp68-69

MarkingPaint "+" and tag.
Under DescSmall (1.1 x 0.9 m) horizontal cave about 7m long in cliff edge, very small skylight lets light in at end.
1623-208 Quallenhöhle 1/S + Yes Yes Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
Location100m W of the waterhole at (upper) top camp. 65m N of 90. 16m N of 207.
ApproachFrom Top Camp (upper site) walk along "crapper" shelf, following path. After 80m where path goes down to next shelf, climb 3m step ahead. 208 is to the right (and 207 to the left). The lower entrance is accessible from below the step.

Surface survey location sketch in not KH 1996 p 3, area map: NotKH book pp68-69

Marking"+" (on cliff between entrances). Tag spit by upper entrance.
Under DescTwo entrances, one 5m lower than the other. Lower section is expanded joint at foot of step, 6m deep. free-climable to gain a choked floor. A small continuation leads to small space in rifty corner where rocks have not filled. Upper entrance is 2-3m diameter shaft 5m deep, also free-climable.
1623-210 Fettsack und Faulpelz höhle 1/T + No No Tag No t210 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn plateau NNE of Lower Top Camp, on route to 101 area. This cave is about 120m north of B8, ~150m NNE from the large doline of 189.
ApproachFollow route (towards 101/102/200 area if that helps) from Lower Top Camp past 164 and 189 (large holes, passed 15m to right), then go roughly NNW (a few cairns). This leads up onto the right edge of a ridge (the main part of which is deep Lärchen), passing right of the OAV ski marker pole. This is an easy walk above a short (climbable) cliff looking down onto the small doline containing this cave.
MarkingTag on doline wall opposite cave on epoxyed M6 stud. Changed from "1998-03" to "1623/210" on 2007-07-26 by Olly and Jenny.
Under DescIn a small doline, a low horizontal entrance next to a snow plug leads to a boulder slope. A draughting squeeze leads to muddy passage + a small chamber with boulder floor, a choked depression to the left + a choked uphill slope stright on. There is a rifty hole in the floor just before the large boulder in the middle of the chamber, partly covered with boulders. The bottom can be seen 2m below. No way on, not clear …
1623-226 Skaschacht No No
a Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
b Tag No Other Station not in dataset
1623-227 Faultienschacht No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
MarkingTag placed 2001
1623-250 Schönschrifthöhle 1/T + Yes Yes Tag Missing p250 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn path between 171 and 172.
ApproachFrom old Top Camp
MarkingTagged "2000-aa-01" in 2000. Tag changed to "1623/250" 2007-07-26 by Olly and Jenny.
Under DescSurface pit 6m deep, choked at bottom.
1623-270 Totes Gemse Höhle 1/T = No No Tag Yes p2004-03 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn cairned route from Eislufthöhle to old Top Camp; very close to (and visible from) 1623/210.
ApproachLarge entrance
MarkingTag prepared but not placed 2004. Hole drilled for tag 2005. Tag finally placed 2006.
Under DescA large entrance visible from a considerable distance leads a few metres and turns a corner then apparently stops. However there's a crawl on the right with a squeeze over a boulder which then opens out into a chamber with an animal skeleton (possibly a Gemse). The passage stops a few metres further on. Reportedly looked at by CUCC as far back as 1976 but the earliest documented exploration appears to be 1979-08-05.
1623-1996-X01 1/T + No No Unmarked Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationApproximately halfway up the Bräuning Nase
Under Desc3m long, full of sheep shit
1623-B10 CUCC 1976/B10 1/S + No No None No Refindable:
LocationLies in maze of karren north of B9.
FindabilityPersistent reports of this being seen (including accidental reexploration in 1988), but not by those doing the documentation :-(
Under DescSimply a 5m climb to two short pitches choked at foot of second. Rigged entirely on natural belays in 1988.
1623-B6 CUCC 1976/B6 1/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationSmall shaft on plateau just over the col. It is believed that this has not been found since 1976, despite a number of searches.
Under DescDescent of 8m to a choke.

1b – Western plateau near 182

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-181 Plateau Schacht 90/11 1/S + No No Paint No Lost:HSK 074°, Bräuning Nase 165°, Bräuning Scharte 194°, Bräuning Zinken 216°
MarkingPaint says "90/11" in red
Under Desc12m shaft with snow at bottom and rocky ledge at -5m. Aligned on 120°. Short way off at bottom is soon too tight.
1623-182 Bovistundpuderzuckerhöhle 4/S + Yes Missing Paint Yes Other Station not in dataset
MarkingPaint mark may still say "90/12"
Under DescThe main entrance joins with a secondary, slightly smaller entrance in a daylit chamber on top of a snow plug. Sky can be seen through a third entrance in the ceiling, which is surrounded by undergrowth on the surface. A hole down the back edge of the snow plug leads to a slither down a partially iced steep (30°) boulder slope, with a low ceiling which soon rises. A large boulder several metres across is jammed across the slope at …
1623-183 Elchfalle 2/S x Yes Missing Paint No Other Station not in dataset
ApproachFrom 182, go N up pavement. Just over crest turn left along sporadically vegetated ledge below 2m wall (to S). After 100m, a large fault is met which contains 183.
MarkingPaint mark still says "90/13"
Under DescA small man-sized hole behind a flake in the obvious fault. Boulder almost blocking entrance was pulled clear in 1992. Descend a boulder pile for 5m then sloping start to an 8m pitch. Strong draught at this point. A few metres of boulder-floored passage lead to another short pitch (5m sloping, then 5m vertical). Another very short passage leads to the third pitch of 10m to a flat boulder floor followed quickly by the fourth pitch rigged clear of a …
1623-184 Shiruken 1/T + No No Paint No Other Station not in dataset
ApproachFrom 183, go south up the fault until an area of exposed limestone is met on the left (about 20m). Go left (E) along this exposure up to where the bunde starts and locate a surface stream canyon. This becomes 184 when it goes underground (and it's marked).
Under DescIt's a sharp narrow canyon and it's a BASTARD. Hence is called Shiruken (the sharp spikey things Ninjas throw).
1623-1992-X01 1/S - No No Unmarked No Refindable:
Under DescUndescended. 2 second drop with a rattle for a bit.

1c – Eastern plateau near 204 walk-in path

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-80 Schwa Schacht 80 1/S + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau just NE of col.
ApproachFrom Schwarzmoossattel, drop onto the plateau, where an intermittent line of cairns leads from the Bräuning wall camp (CUCC's Top Camp from 1988) across to the right, leading to the 8x caves and 145. Directly across a large clear area of karren, a large cairn used to mark the 8m by 5m entrance shaft, but this has apparently disappeared (1995) only to be rebuilt in 1996 - but is very vulnerable to demolition by winter snows. The shaft is otherwise invisible from a few metres away. The number 80, in red, is quite faded (1989) and is on the shaft wall facing the Bräuning wall.

Close to the path to the 204 bivi (2007-2016 varient at least). Entrance is to the left of the path on the walk up, at end of the first section of limestone pavement (after the climb down the gully).

MarkingTag 1998, retag 1999
Under DescA straight pitch of 14m to a choke.
1623-81 Schwa Höhle 81 1/T + No No Tag Yes p81 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau NE of col, between 80 and 82, very close to 85.
MarkingFaded red paint still visible in 2007. Main entrance tagged 2005-07-28; 81b entrance tagged 2007-07-30 by Olly and Jenny.
Under DescA short section of horizontal passage 5m below the surface, with two entrances. Further entrances (including one in the same doline as 85) were discovered in 2007, along with a connection to 148 via the Ice Octopus
1623-82 Bräuninghöhle 4/S/T + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau 430m from col, roughly NE.
ApproachFrom Schwarzmoossattel, follow description to 80. From here, a route leads directly towards Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel over fairly flat karren, becoming more shattered towards another cairn. Then there is a somewhat chaotic area.

Skirt this on the left to a small ridge running left-right. There is a cairn to the right across the chaotic bit. From the ridge, 82 is the obvious entrance directly ahead. Across the ridge to the right, more cairns lead initially towards 82, but then become misleading as they head up the hill to Wolfhöhle (145).

Marking"82" in red paint on boulder and on left of cave. 1998 tag "1623 82 CUCC 1977" on right inside cave entrance (not at survey point).
Under DescVery obvious walking sized cave entrance leads to a boulder strewn passage (ice formations early in season) into an aven with daylight entering 20m above. A scramble over boulders leads to Apfelschacht - a 6m pitch with loose boulders at the head. This drops to a 3m climb and then a 20m pitch Orangenschacht with a trickle of water entering halfway down. From the foot, a fine keyhole passage imaginatively named Schlüssellochgang, and a choice of routes. The most …
1623-83 Schwa Schacht 83 2/S = No No Tag Yes p83 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau, 200m north of Bräuninghöhle (Kat. 82). This is not very obvious, since it is in an area of dwarf pine on a knoll south of the dry valley containing Kat. 107. However, the path to 204 (or at least the 2007 variant) passes about 10m from the entrance - going up the hill, pass the soil section, step down and up the rocky gully and it's on the left shortly after the pale green "christmas tree".
MarkingRed paint number from 1977 in two places. Tag "CUCC 1623/83" placed 2007-07-30 in centre of existing red paint survey triangle by Jenny and Olly.
Under Desc13m freeclimb dropped onto a steep snowslope requiring a handline. This was descended for 10m to a steep boulder slope which funnelled down to a small hole through which stones dropped for a long time. The large amounts of scree made descent unwise. Above the boulder slope, a phreatic passage led quickly to a big hole in the floor. The hole is a fine free-hanging descent of 36m to a solid choke of boulders. The phreatic passage continues beyond the …
1623-84 Schwa Höhle 84 1/T - No No Paint No Lost:
LocationPlateau WNW of Kat.83
FindabilityNot seen since 1977 apparently
Under DescDraughting tube leads to a small chamber, further small tube leads off, unexplored since deemed impenetrable in shorts and T-shirt.
1623-85 Schwa Höhle 85 2/T/S + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau, at southwest end of depression containing Bräuninghöhle (Kat.82)
Markinglarge red painted number "85", still visible in 1998 but occasionally hidden by snow plug. Tag placed 2005-07-28.
Under DescLarge descending entrance leads to a series of free climbs ending too tight at -25m. Horizontal passage leads to upper level in 82.
1623-86 Schwa Schacht 86 1/S + No No Paint No Lost:
LocationPlateau, on higher ground just SE of Bräuninghöhle (Kat.82)
FindabilityNot seen since 1977 apparently
MarkingNumbered in red (1977)
Under DescRift descent of 25m until gap between snow and rock got too small.
1623-107 Gemshöhle 4/S/T + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationUnobvious until you are on top of it hole, on the plateau in small gully just N of a notable overhang shelter in the E wall of a prominent dry valley which is about 100m beyond where the route to the 76-camp splits from the main stone-bridge route (passing 148 entrance - noticeable on the return). Also 30m Eastish (over a lump) of 83, which is 15m left of the stone-bridge route.
Markingnumber twice in orange paint, 1998 tag on survey point "1623 107 CUCC 1978"
Under Desc

Small entrance in boulders in a dry gully drops into a small chamber, in the bottom corner of which is the excavated head of a pitch. This quickly bells out to 6m diameter and lands after 18m in a large passage which contains ice-formations early in the season (or at least did in the late 1970s). This large, phreatic passage leads to 83 (via Down Under) to the southwest (by climbing up the hading left wall into a higher level …

1623-145 Wolfhöhle 4/t/S + Yes Yes
Under DescEntrance is 2m high and 1m wide and walking passage leads for 120m of level going to first pitch, with a few side passages (one to higher entrance). Pitch is 19m into Wolf Chamber where the skeleton proved not to be of a wolf but of a Brown Bear, Ursus arctos. A pit in the floor, the Bear Pit is blind, and the continuation of the entrance pitch emits no draught and is believed to choke, but was never …
a Tag No Other Station not in dataset
MarkingRed paint "145"; tag.
b Tag No Other Station not in dataset
c Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
1623-148 Marilyn Monroe Höhle 2/t/S + Yes Yes Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn the plateau, next to cairned path from the col past 82 leading to 107 etc., just by a short climb up; noticeable by (and discovered by) its cold outward draught.
Markingred painted number "148". 1998 tag "1623 148 CUCC 1984" on survey point on RHS of entrance.
Under DescNot really pushed in 1984, since discovered right at the end, but relocated in 1987: horizontal tube entrance about 1m in diameter. An awkward crawl over boulders for 10m leads to a squeeze down behind a boulder with light entering ahead. Short freeclimb reaches a phreatic tube of about 3m diameter. To the right silts up in boulders while to the left descends gently over snow and big rocks to reach a sizeable chamber and pitch of about 20m. Avoiding …
1623-157 Pirat Schacht 2/S x No No Tag Yes p157 Tag Station not in dataset
Location"about 6m above Laser rangefound point 0/5" (which is above gully containing Kat. 107 and marked with an alloy tag stamped "LASER 0-5"). The cave was looked for but not seen in a visit to this laser point in 1998. It was relocated in 2001, visible to the right of the route up to 204. It was marked with faded yellow paint.
FindabilitySurface survey to laser 0/5
MarkingDocumentation says tagged in 2000 but no evidence of a tag. Tag placed 2006.
Under DescEntrance shaft of 50m until gap between snow and rock became too perilous in 1987 - bottom still out of sight. About 12m below the karren, a rift passage leads off from side of shaft into parallel shaft with aven. This shaft is about 9m deep, with no way on at the bottom. In 1987, it reportedly had recent looking bolts of unknown origin - the most likely explanation is that the cave had been looked at by GSCB who …
1623-220 Kennedy Alternative 1/T + Missing Missing Tag Yes p220 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationVery close to 145b
MarkingTagged 2005-08-01
Under DescDescending joint-controlled cave about 10m long, choked at end/bottom.
1623-267 Verstecktentalhöhle 2/T x No No Spit Yes p267 Tag Station not in dataset
Location100m up the 204 path from 157 and 0/5, turn right and drop into small valley leading to entrance. This entrance was found by CUCC in 1987, but was not given a number because a carbide pig was found at the entrance and taken to be evidence of previous or ongoing exploration. The entrance was then lost for many years (except briefly when Brian Outram refound it and took the carbide pig, without realising its significance). At one point it was postulated to be the same cave as Bogenhöhle, but was finally relocated in 2007.
Under DescThe cave has a walk-in entrance, splitting just inside. The left passage comes out below a shaft from the surface, and apparently continues unexplored. The main passage reaches a 10m pitch, also below a surface shaft, which drops into a chamber. To the left is a short passage to an undescended pitch of about 10m, while to the right are three ways on. First is a rift, then a passage with an ice floor, and finally, half back towards the …
1623-2006-06 Bogenhöhle 1/T + Yes Missing Tag Yes t2006-06 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingRetagged in 2006 with the new provisional number ("2006 06").
Ent DescObvious large arched entrance opposite the second of the two short climbs on the 204 walk-in, just before Laser Point 0/5.
Under DescDucking under the entrance arch leads to a spacious tunnel with snow on the floor. This narrows and slopes uphill to a second skylight entrance.
1623-2006-70 Cairn Cave 1/S/T + Yes Missing Spit Yes p2006-70 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationNot far from 148, right next to a cairn on the 2006 variant of the path from the col to 76
Under DescCrawling/stooping horizontal entrance that draughts out. After ~10m there is a restricted pitch head that appears to open out onto a ~5m pitch. The pitch head is awkward, then bells out to land on a rubble floor with a dirty snowplug. A chink of light enters upslope from a nearby shaft, while downslope the roof lowers and chokes.

1d – Further plateau around 76

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-37 Schachtgruppe beim Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel 0/S - No No None No Lost:
LocationWest of Ht. Schwarzmooskogel. Well out onto the plateau, and hence, almost impossible to find or identify.
1623-38 Algenhöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationWest of Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel (exact location unknown) Possibly near Kat.37 (q.v.)
Under DescBehind the entrance there is a single passage at right angles to it, with boulders (Blockwerk).
1623-76 Eislufthöhle 5/S/E x Yes Yes
Under Desc
main Tag No Other Station not in dataset
a Tag No Other Station not in dataset
b Tag No Other Station not in dataset
1623-89 Schwa Schacht 89 1/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationPlateau
Findability"Out from 97 somewhere" and hence probably hopeless.
Under DescA 25m shaft into a narrow rift of zero lateral extension.
1623-97 Schneewindschacht 4/S/W x No No Tag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationOut on the plateau.
ApproachHead across for the large erratic boulders near 76 (aka 106), then away from the col past the open shaft of 105, turning left at a gap in the scrub which leads down a bare karren corridor to some dolines. Step across one and cast about for a large one with 97 in red paint.
Marking"97" in red paint on doline wall, tag 2005
Ent DescA moderately large doline, usually without snow, has a small triangular opening at the SW end.
Under DescThe entrance is the head of a 10m freeclimbable chimney, followed by a 5m climb into a small chamber. Two ways on from the chamber unite in a tiny crawl under a drip. A thrutch through (about the size of Baptistry in Car Pot) is The Nun's Cunt, which ends abruptly at The Vestry, where SRT gear can be put back on while perched above the pitch which follows. Drops of 15m, 20m and 20m, The Bottomless Abbess …
1623-98 Plateau Schacht 98 1/S + No No Paint No p98 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationShaft further up bedding plane from 176 (away from 175) and down a level. Located in a large sloping rockface.
MarkingBolts at entrance; marked "98" in faded yellow paint as well.
Ent DescA small shaft in a large grike with very sharp rocks at the top
Under DescAfter top of entrance shaft, it bells out, to land on a lightly boulder-covered floor after 29m. Tight thrutch to one side leads to second pitch of 17m to a flat rock floor with no way on.
1623-99 Plateau Schacht 99 1/S + Missing Yes Tag Yes p99 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationA short way South East of Eislufthöhle Kat.76

E 35876.6 N (52)82903.5 H 1638.9

MarkingTag placed 1999
Ent DescDraughting entrance near Eislufthöhle(1623/76), ignored at first, since it was assumed it would join 76.
Under DescEntrance gully of 5m leads to 20m pitch at 70° over snow, heading roughly back towards Eislufthöhle. At the base is a 'snow-duck' under a rock wall beyond which a small rift-like chamber descends about 3m. Straight ahead at the same level, the rift quickly becomes an impenetrable slot through which can be seen a 2m wide passage with an ice floor running down from right to left at 5-10°. This is the source of the strong draught. Below the …
1623-101 Plateau Schacht 101 1/S + No No
Under DescEntrance is in a rift orientated 40°-220° and hading about 20°. A 5m climb down leads to a horizontal passage going both ways, north leading out into the face of the scarp (101A). South (down dip) leads to a 4m pitch followed by a small crawl in a scree-floored phreatic tube, leading down dip, at about 30°. This drops via a short climb into a meandering phreatic tube with a tiny stream slot fed by an aven on the left. …
main Tag No t101 Tag Station not in dataset
a Tag No p101a Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTag placed in centre of paint marking 2006-08-14 by Olly and Jenny
1623-102 Plateau Schacht 102 1/S + No No Tag Yes t102 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationAbout 50m west of Kat.101, c 15m south of Kat. 103, on a parallel joint.
Markingpainted number is extremely faded, and appears only as a slight lightening in the lichen when wet. Part drilled hole for tag. Tagged 1998
Under DescA near-straight shaft of 20m ends on a snow plug.
1623-103 Plateau Schacht 103 1/S + No No Tag Yes t103 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationAbout 15m north of Kat.102, in the face of the same 125-305° fault scarp as 101's northward crawl, which is about 35m away to the SE.
MarkingAlloy tag "1623 103 CUCC 1977" on M6 stud below the faded remains of a painted number on the NW-facing wall of a prominent joint making a break in the scarp face in which the entrance lies.
Under DescA semi-horizontal rift going south, slopes down at 45° to head of a very broken shaft aligned on a joint perpendicular to the scarp (joint is on 055-235°). Drops 30m past much wedged, frost-shattered rock to a choke at -30m.
1623-104 Plateau Schacht 104 1/S + No No Tag Yes p104 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationIn deep scrub adjacent to a very large erratic boulder, in the same area as Eislufthöhle (Kat. 76). The boulder has an incipient split, and is visible from the col.
FindabilityClose to 76, worth a look
MarkingRed-painted number (1977). Traces of paint still visible in 2004, but number very hard to make out. Described boulder with spit on top fortunately still enables reliable identification. Tag placed on spit 2005-07-28.
Under DescBelay to a bolt in the boulder (on top, 1977 vintage), and as much dwarf pine as you can string together. A somewhat broken but roomy shaft of 29m with ledges at -10 and -24m, to a choke.
1623-105 Plateau Schacht 105 1/S + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
Location30m north of Eislufthöhle on the plateau.
Markingpaint; tag 1999
Under DescHandline descent for 9m leads to a ledge from where a fine 31m pitch drops 14m to a large ledge, then continues in a parallel shaft below an aven, with further ledges at -17, -21m. The shaft is in clean bluish-white limestone and lands on a dampish flat gravel floor.
1623-106 Eislufthöhle No No None Missing
1623-108 Plateau Schacht 108 1/S + Missing Missing Tag Yes p108 Tag Station not in dataset
Location108 is on the plateau (not near 41 as one older journal suggests), around 80m West of 76 (106).
MarkingTag "1623/108" placed 2006 using existing spit in centre of paint marking.
Under Desc

Originally described here as 7m deep "Schwa Höhle 108": Horizontal entrance to a large chamber with narrow rift dropping away. Ends too tight.

However, a cave numbered 108 was relocated in 2004, which does not match this description at all. It's marked with paint "108" and has a spit in the centre of the "0". The spit isn't great, but there's a good chunky flake to use too. The shaft descends ~9m to a ledge. At this level there's a …

1623-111 Plateau Schacht 111 1/S + No No Paint No p111 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOut on plateau, quite near 98.
FindabilityNear 98
Marking"111" in red paint - still clearly readable in 2006
Under DescShaft 20m to ledge, then 10m to choke/too narrow.
1623-112 Plateau Schacht 112 1/S + No No Paint No p112 Tag Station not in dataset
Location Out on plateau, 50m from 111.
Findability20m from 111 and close to 98
Marking"112" in red paint - still clearly readable in 2006
Under DescNext to open shaft half full of snow. Shaft drops 50m past two ledges to choke.
1623-173 Plateau Schacht 90/3 1/S + No No Tag Yes t173 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingOriginally marked "CUCC 90/3" in red, changed to "173" in 1991. An Austrian metal tag bolted to entrance in 1995.
Under DescLies along fracture line from 172 with several shafts connected by a narrow rift. Most of these are snow plugged - 173 also has a plug but this has shrunk and a large gap is visible around the edges. Fracture trends 024°, shaft is c20m deep and 7m diameter.
1623-174 Plateau Schacht 90/4 1/S + No No Tag Yes p174 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationSituated on fracture bearing 044° which forms prominent banded cliff visible North of Top Camp on second low ridge.
ApproachThis cave is quite hard to find, even though the bearings get you very close. It is just below a cliff, which is almost the highest bit of cliff in the vicinity. The entrance is almost on the (E-W) axis on the ridge and the cliff faces SE. The number is easily missed.
MarkingOriginally marked "CUCC 90/4" in red, changed to "174" in 1991. An Austrian metal tag bolted to entrance in 1995.
Under Descc 30m shaft, climbable for first 10m to rock bridge. Snow at bottom, but cobble floor also visible.
1623-175 Plateau Schacht 90/5 1/S + No No Tag Yes p175 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachFurther round cliff to NE of 174 on NW side of shallow valley bounded on one side by the HSK.

If you are coming from 174, 175 is a couple of scars down from where you arrive by simply following the cliff.

MarkingOriginally marked "CUCC 90/5" in red, changed to "175" in 1991. An Austrian metal tag bolted to entrance in 1995.
Under Descc20m shaft, snow at bottom. Last (2nd) pitch led to climb into choked bit.
1623-176 Plateau Schacht 90/6 1/S - No No Tag Yes p176 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationAt foot of SE-facing scar, just NE of a much more obvious (but unmarked) NW-SE rift with snow. Below this scar is a pavement formed in a shelly band of limestone, which dips c 10-15° on a strike of 135-315°. Following the pavement down and dropping down one scar leads to 175.
MarkingOriginally marked "CUCC 90/6" in red, changed to "176" in 1991, on scar above cave, rather small. An Austrian metal tag bolted to entrance next to the number in 1995.
Under Descc30m shaft with snow-covered ledge at 15m. Rocks thrown down land on cobble floor.
1623-177 Tantalus Schacht 1/S + No No None No Lost:Bräuning Nase 215°, Bräuning Zinken 234°, Schönberg summit 332°. This proved impossible to find in 1995 from these bearings which bring one to a point c 200m NNE of 1623/104 (easily spotted by the prominent split boulder above its entrance). The vicinity is hard to search owing to an excess of dwarf pine scrub and small cliffs.
LocationAt break of slope between HSK and the plateau.
FindabilityThere is a shaft nearby with a loose rock numbered 177, which is wrong (suspected at the time, hence the use of an easily erasable mark)
Under DescNamed by dehydrated discoverers who had allowed water (and paint) out of their possession. At the bottom of the shaft is beautiful flowing stream. 35m shaft from Bunde belay to pool, water seep and ice at bottom. Access to promising looking passage which unfortunately quickly chokes.
1623-178 Plateau Höhle 90/8 1/T + No No None No Lost:Schönberg cross 330°, Bräuning Zinken 239°, Bräuning Nase 229°, Nipple 210°. The last is apparently totally wrong, but the other three lines intersect within a circle about 200m across
Under DescWindow into very large passage about 10×20m, fluted snow plug, second drops onto end of plug. To NE, passage leads to another large chamber with another shaft coming in at the far end.
1623-179 Plateau Schacht 90/9 1/S + No No None No Lost:Bräuning Scharte 218°
Under DescA 7m pitch leading to c5m of low cave.
1623-200 Verlorener Rucksack Schacht 1/S + No No Tag Yes t200 Tag Station not in dataset
Location700m north of Schwarzmoossattel.
ApproachFrom 164, avoid 189 (easiest 15m to its right over a small ridge, but OK immediately on its right edge), then go roughly NNW (a few cairns - 1996 vintage orange paint has completely faded). This leads up onto the right edge of a ridge (the main part of which is deep Lärchen), passing right of the OAV ski marker pole. This is an easy walk above a short (climbable) cliff looking down onto 210. When this easy walk is interrupted by a step down, head leftish over a series of limestone steps to reach a descent into a large broken area (near 173). Climb steeply left up boulders to a large cairn, then along a sloping limestone shelf. Shortly ahead is an abrupt headwall, below which is the shaft of Lost Rucksack Cave (given temporary number CUCC 1993 01). The area could also be reached (with more difficulty) from the "central" plateau area towards 76, and also via the "Geologists' walk" which passes much further left via 171 and 172.
MarkingM6 stud with alloy tag giving kataster number on flat rock NE of shaft.
Under DescFound in 1993, it was intended to mark the cave but not descend. However Adam Cooper's rucksack (containing the rope), placed unwisely near the edge, made the first descent. Adam followed on a ladder to retrieve it, then placed a bolt for a further descent on rope. The shaft continued beside a snow plug, but was deemed unsuitable for further exploration in shorts. The find was not relocated in 1993, so exploration stopped. Found again in 1995 whilst marking other …
1623-269 Maraehöhle 1/T = No No Tag Yes p2004-01 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachAs for 76
MarkingTag placed 2004
Ent DescLarge entrance facing towards ridge (with smaller skylight entrance near 99)
Under DescChossy slope heading down hill, with snow plug below skylight. Cold air wells up through floor, presumably through fractures from 99.
1623-271 Korokorohöhle 2/T x Yes Yes
Under Desc

Low drafty entrance at base of small cliff quickly becomes walking/stooping passage. On the right is a 1m climb down to an undescended pitch (07-01B), next to this is another way on which leads to another undescended pitch (07-02C) with a passage appearing to continue beyond. A few metres further along the main passage is 271b, a skylight entrance (free-climbable). Continuing on leads to a small chamber and four way junction. The passage on the right soon chokes. The passage …

a 1623-271a Tag Yes p271 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau
ApproachFrom 97
Ent DescLow entrance at base of small cliff, about 30m northwest of 97
b 1623-271b Tag Yes p271 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau
ApproachFrom 97 or 2007-71a
Ent DescSkylight entrance. Unpromising looking entrance down a gryke in some limestone pavement. Discovered from the inside.
c 1623-271c Tag Yes p271 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau
ApproachFrom 97
Ent DescSmall unpromising looking tube from ledge part way down NW wall of large snow filled doline. Discovered from the inside.
1623-1996-05 1/S - No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
ApproachFrom 164, follow recent (1996 vintage? - not of CUCC origin) fluorescent orange paint dots (these had faded almost completely by 1998, but there are some older red ones for the early part of the route), over a ridge passing the OAV ski marker pole, then leftish over a series of limestone steps to reach a descent into a large broken area (thought to be near 173). Climb steeply left up boulders to a large cairn with a bright orange dot, then over a series of limestone shelves. Shortly up here is a shaft now known to be Lost Rucksack Cave (marked with temporary number CUCC 1993 01). The route continues remarkably easily over a series of bunde-free pavements - easily relocated in 1998. Eventually a large orange dot with an arrow points into a gap in the pines with many fresh (1996) cut branches (again, not CUCC's work). No more dots are to be found, and all ways close up in bunde beyond an obvious shaft in a N-S rift which is therefore clearly the ultimate destination of the marked path.
MarkingTag placed on pavement on east side of shaft near middle, a spit with CUCC tag "9605".
Under DescCave is a North-South rift in a joint hading very steeply - say 85 degrees dip to west. Stones rattle down shaft for a very long time. No evidence of previous exploration (ie. no spits, no mud, vegetation not noticeably trampled).
1623-1998-X01 unknown98 ? + No No Tag No p1998-x01 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTagged 2007-07-23 as "1998X-01".
1623-1999-OB-01 No No Tag Yes Refindable:p99ob01 commented out of database Tag Station not in dataset
FindabilityCoordinates need translating from wgs84. See 1623/fixedpts/gps12.
Under DescInside small cliff facing toward B.wall. Slightly draughting, 6m deep, with snow plug at bottom. Unexplored, not a promising lead.
1623-1999-OB-02 Missing Missing Tag Yes p99ob02 Tag Station not in dataset
1623-2004-02 = No No Tag Yes p2004-02 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationShort distance further north along same small valley as the 2004 Eislufthöhle bivi
MarkingTag placed 2004
Under DescDraughting hole with a chossy entrance. Just inside is a crap snow plug that collapsed a lot. The draught issues from a too-narrow rift roughly below the entrance. The top of the rift has a large rock wedged in. This can be rocked if pulled very hard. Perhaps it's worth removing to see if the rift is wide enough at the top? It's definitely wider beyond the rift.
1623-2004-04 -0 No No Tag No Refindable:
LocationNot too far from 76 or 97
ApproachLarge elongate hole surrounded by bunde
MarkingTag placed 2004 (on SW side of hole)
Under DescUndescended
1623-2004-05 -0 No No Unmarked Yes Refindable:
LocationJust below high point west of 2004 Eislufthöhle bivvy (on E side of high point)
MarkingTag prepared but not placed 2004, stored at 76 bivvy
Ent DescSeries of entrances along a joint
Under DescNot descended. ~10m to a ledge, seemed to go deeper.
1623-2004-06 -0 No No Unmarked Yes Refindable:
LocationNot far from 175, west and a little north of the erratic boulders
MarkingTag prepared but not placed 2004, stored at 76 bivvy
Ent DescRift below a line of small cliffs
Under DescNot descended.
1623-2004-07 0 No No Tag Yes p2004-07 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationNot far from 175
MarkingTag placed 2006
Ent DescWalk/scramble in entrance
Under DescScramble down over boulders, and down slope to chamber. Small passage leads off at the end, but becomes to small.
1623-2004-08 0 No No Tag Yes p2004-08 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationWest of 2004 Eislufthöhle bivvy
MarkingTag placed 2006
Ent DescTwo entrances require a rope, the third is free-climbable with care.
Under DescLarge chamber with partially collapsed roof and three entrances
1623-2004-09 -0 No No Unmarked No Refindable:
LocationNear where Tantalus Schacht ought to be, apparently
MarkingTag prepared but not placed 2004, stored at 76 bivvy
Under DescNot descended
1623-2005-91 No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
ApproachJust round the corner from 2004-01, past 2004-02 and on the left of the valley.
MarkingTagged 2005.
1623-2005-92 1/S + Yes Missing Tag Yes p2005-92 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationSouth of 76, on path towards Top Camp
MarkingTag "2005-92" placed 2005
Under DescNarrow shaft with strong draught, leads to choke
1623-2005-93 1/S + Yes Missing Tag Yes p2005-93 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationSouth of 76, on path towards Top Camp
MarkingTag "2005-93" placed 2005
Under DescRifty shaft, choked with snow. A narrow slot between the snow and the wall was descended by Jenny but soon became too tight.
1623-2005-94 1/S + Yes Missing Tag Yes p2005-94 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationSouth of 76, on path towards Top Camp, on same rift as 2005-92
MarkingTag "2005-94" placed 2005
Under DescNarrow shaft dropping into rift, soon becoming too tight.
1623-2005-95 1/S + Yes Missing Tag Missing p2005-95 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationSouth of 76, on path towards Top Camp
MarkingTag "2005-95" placed 2005
Under DescWide rift, with 3 separate shafts separated by narrow rock bridges. Soundly snow-choked in 2005.
1623-2005-96 Schlotschacht 1/S + Yes Missing Tag Yes p2005-96 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationSouth of 76, on path towards Top Camp
MarkingTag "2005-96" placed 2005
Under DescTubular shaft of around 1.5m diameter, terminating in choss 8m down.
1623-2006-71 1/S = Yes Missing Tag Yes p2006-71 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationRoughly North of 76 and East of 2004-08
MarkingTag placed 2006
Under DescShaft can be descended off tag bolt. Originally thought to be the elusive 177, but doesn't match description. Draughts outwards. Quite tight, but continues (continuation not pushed in 2006).
1623-2006-73 Ice Curtain Cave No No Spit No To be entered p2006-73 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingSpit placed in high point between entrances 2006; tag "2006-73" placed 2007-07-23.
1623-2007-70 Spit Pot Yes Missing Spit Yes p2007-70 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationPlateau
ApproachAs for 2007-71a.
Ent Desc Located on a slight rise on the edge of a stretch of pavement just beyond 97, very close to 2007-71a. An approximately 1.5m diameter shaft with a horizontal connection to an adjacent (larger) shaft a few metres down.
Under DescThe entrance is a approximately 1.5m diameter shaft with a horizontal connection to an adjacent (larger) shaft a few metres down. At the base, an icy snow slope drops away before the roof comes down - possibly passable with less ice/snow. Above this end, and ice fall comes in from a small passage up which I couldn't easily get to. The larger adjacent shaft doesn't have any leads.
1623-2007-72 Batter Pot Yes Missing Tag No p2007-72 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTag "07/72" placed 2007-07-30.
Under DescSlightly draughting entrance, sloping down on the side of a shakehole. Close to being above the Pancake Chips aven in 76. Needed to move some rocks out of the way to get in. Sadly it didn't go much more than 10m, the draught comes out of a 5-10cm wide rift, which appears after a few metres to open up. There is another route lower down which choked and didn't draught.
1623-2013-sw-01 Unnamed Missing Missing Tag Yes Refindable:
FindabilityGPS
MarkingTagged by Jenny and Olly 25 July 2015

2a – Southern Schwarzmooskogel near 201 path and the Nipple

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-28 Augsteckhöhle 2/t/S + No No Paint No Refindable:
LocationNext to Stögerweg (path 201) just beyond Egglgrube and the branch path to the Kratzer valley. ie. we pass it on the way to Stellerweghöhle. It is marked by a red-painted omega in the path, just where the junction path leading to The Nipple and the German bivouac leaves the main path, at which point there is also a laser-rangefound fixed point.
FindabilityNear Stoger Weg. Should be easy to find
MarkingNumbered in red
1623-31 Elchhöhle 2/T + Yes Missing Paint No Other Station not in dataset
LocationNext to Stögerweg (path 201) somewhat beyond Augsteckhöhle (Kat. 28). Located very near laser point 7/9.
MarkingRed number - next to main path
Under DescMainly horizontal and going northish under the path. A large phreatic tube in horizontally bedded limestone. Visited by Andy Waddington, Doug Florence with Karl Gaisberger on August 12th, 1978. Latter person collected a rare cave beetle from it (only the second specimen of this species collected in Austria, if we understood Karl correctly), which I think is now in the Natural History Museum in Vienna, having been pickled in Vodka borrowed from an expedition member. Name comes from discovery of …
1623-32 Windloch am Stögerweg 1/S + No No Spit No Exact Station not in dataset
LocationObvious horizontal entrance right next to path 201 shortly before you hack off to Stellerweghöhle.
MarkingCUCC drilled hole and small red-painted pre-1981 number
Ent DescA major landmark for CUCC navigation, and also very useful for storing beer, this obvious 2m high entrance is right next to the path and blows a lot of cold air in summer. Unfortunately, it doesn't go anywhere. It does, however, have a permanent survey station.
1623-41 Stellerweghöhle 7/S/T/E x No No
Under DescAs the full guidebook description is understandably quite big and is still evolving, just an overview is given here.

Sub-horizontal passages lead through steeply-hading rifts from this entrance. A lower route was originally explored by a German group before CUCC's first visit, and remains poorly documented and not fully explored. The higher route, explored by CUCC, leads past connections to 142, another CUCC find. Passages trend downhill to reach the Big Pitch of 100m vertical.

Lärchenhöhle connects at the …

a None No Exact Station not in dataset
b Paint No Exact Station not in dataset
LocationThe upper entrance (41b) is in a large rift about 30m to the east of the lower (41a) which is a strongly outward-draughting tube in a shattered gully.
MarkingNumber painted in red
1623-42 Wasserschacht 1/S = No No None No Lost:
LocationSSW of Vd. Schwarzmooskogel, not far (50m vertical) up the hill from Stellerweghöhle, so we have probably rediscovered it and renumbered it.
1623-78 Schwaben(schacht)höhle 5/S/t/E x Yes Missing
Under DescThe cave is a complex of hading rifts and steep ramps with several deep points. The deepest point is near the southern limit of the system. A vertical series with pitches of 9m, 15m, 17m and 13m reaches Nägschtmol-Meander (1992), where the survey legs are all very short. This climbs slightly before heading south and dropping, passing Alexander der Große (a generally level side passage heading southwest to Leopardencanyon, apparently beyond the known passages in Schnellzughöhle) to der gute …
a Haupteingang None No Other Station not in dataset
b Klufteingang (E2) None No Other Station not in dataset
c None No Lost:
d Tannenzäpfle None No Other Station not in dataset
e Steinbläser None No Other Station not in dataset
1623-79 Badenerschacht 2/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
1623-87 Schacht 87 neben Stögerweg 3/S + No No Paint No Other Station not in dataset
LocationIn a dry valley leading up from the Stögerweg (path 201) shortly after the turn off for Schnellzughöhle. In 2001 the hole was seen blowing a large quantity of vapour visible from some way off.
MarkingNo. 87 in red, which is correct but might have been changed to 87A (OK) or 87B (bad) in 1987
Under DescHorizontal entrance at base of small cliff at head of dry valley, leads over peaty infill to a pitch head. Cross first hole and descend second, 30m to large chamber. To left is unsurveyed inlet ending too small, while to right is head of very steeply descending phreatic-tube-like pitch of 15m vertically (20m+ of rope). This is a little thrutchy to start, but opens out, and ends in a short climb.

(mono photo - 63k) Head of Second pitch (mono photo - 41k)

A further 15m pitch follows, …

1623-88 Lärchenschacht 3/S/T x No No None No Exact Station not in dataset
Under DescFew details available, since we were for many years unable to obtain a survey. A figure of over 6 km long in 1987 was quoted, but this would appear to include the Eishöhle. Contact was finally made with the French group in 1997 and Denis Motte has sent us a plan on 12 A3 sheets, dated April 1995, which gives the length as 1885m. The following description is made up entirely by looking at the survey, and should not …
1623-109 Schwa-Schacht 109 1/T/S + No No Paint No Other Station not in dataset
ApproachThis is a hole you step over on the way to Sonnenstrahlhöhle (113).
Markingas at Aug 2001: "109" in very faded yellow paint, with an Omega.
Under DescThe obvious way in leads to a 'Viewing gallery' over the entrance chamber, but descent this way would require tackle. Best way in is to the left where a freeclimb leads down a 10m ramp in a chamber. This is snow-choked in some years but in 1980 a dig opened a triangular slot to a 6m pitch into a smaller, boulder-choked chamber. This was reentered in 1987 and an animal skeleton was found and removed for the Austrian cavers. There …
1623-113 Sonnenstrahlhöhle 4/S/T + No No Paint Yes Other Station not in dataset
ApproachFollow Stögerweg (path 201) well past turn off for Stellerweghöhle. This involves a steep descent, then a long horizontal stretch, crossing the dry valley containing Kat. 87a. After quite a way, there is an orange paint flash on the left, more easily seen when coming the other way. This is just a few metres before you turn left and start hacking up the hillside. Further orange paint marks the route, which goes up a dry valley and over the entrance 109. Eventually, a scrub-free area is reached, go right and then scramble up rock towards a tree. Don´t rush beyond the tree or you'll fall a long way.
MarkingOrange painted number on north-facing wall above shaft
Under DescEntrance is huge. A sizeable dry valley develops into a canyon which is full of snow. The canyon ends downstream in a solid wall, where the rigging point for the entrance pitch starts by the aforementioned tree. A short drop leads to a ledge where a stretch to the left (facing the rock) reaches a rebelay in a fine position on the impending wall. From here, drop 21m onto a large snow slope, then 10m further to the flat …
1623-115 Schnellzughöhle 6/t/S/W x Yes Yes Paint No Exact Station not in dataset
Approach 2018 Description: logbook 2018-07-18
go along Stoger Weg past Windloch (32) and further past the next cave (marked 88 in faded red paint) in LHS of path. Go [10m] further from there along Stoger Weg and leave path descending limestone karren down to right. Proceed back along foot of karren slope and push aside 3-4 branches of bunde to reach a "path".
Follow along this 'trod' until you can descend steeply to the left (a few more branches of bunde) to steep "rockery" scramble bank. Make your way with care down this and you should be able to see a truncated pine tree [4m high] on the other side of a small gully. (When seen from the other side, this pine tree has branches in the shape of a figure "4".) Descend and traverse round to the right and climb up to this pine tree across the gully.
Now follow "path" down and to the right across 2 areas of soil/grass/loose stones to eventually reach a big pine tree with a bend in the trunk at ground level and a small cairn on the bend in the trunk. Continue down right through bunde with a little climb until you can see a large dead twisted tree root across a gully. Descend and get to this via via lush grass and flowers on steep slope and loose soil.
At the twisted dead tree root there is an obvious route leading to the right. At this point you are only 13m from p115x but you can't see it as it faces S. and you are approaching from the N. 10m on you pass a large anthill and then 3m further and you're there.
1983 description: Follow Stögerweg beyond Windloch to a steep descent. Just below this, by a large tree [now believed to have vanished in 2018] on the right of the path (permanent survey station P3), descend steeply to the right on a barely discernible trod.

This involves at least one freeclimb which is awkward with lots of kit. Make lots of noise if you are first, especially on the first trip, since snakes seem to like it here. Eventually a large horizontal railway-tunnel-like entrance appears. If you fall off a cliff, you've gone a little too far downhill.

Markingnumber painted on right (east-facing) wall of entrance
Under DescThis is the main entrance through which the majority of the Stellerweghöhle system was explored. See the separate full guidebook description for details, just an overview is given here.

The entrance leads to a non-obvious way on to the head of the short Bell Pitch, from where very awkward going leads out to a bigger passage to reach The Ramp a series of off-vertical pitches. The damper but technically easier Inlet Pitches drop to a Big Chamber, from where …

1623-116 Kleine Eishöhle 2/t/S/E + Yes Yes None No Other Station not in dataset
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
1623-117 Stuttgarter-Schacht 2/T/S/ + No No None No Lost:
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
1623-118 Schwa-Schacht 118 0/S = No No None No Lost:
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
1623-119 Schwa-Schacht 119 0/S = No No None No Lost:
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
1623-120 Schwa-Schacht 120 0/S = No No None No Lost:
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
1623-127 Kleine Firnhöhle 1/T = No No None No Lost:
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
1623-128 Enttauschungsschacht 1/S = No No None No Lost:
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
1623-129 Große Firnhöhle 2/T = No No None No Lost:
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
1623-130 Cäcilien-Schacht 2/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
Ent DescA fairly straight shaft of c 80m on a joint aligned on 230°.
Under DescHalfway down, a hading rift is intersected, which can be followed a short way SW, climbing up slightly. This appears to be dipping steeply SE, but becomes too narrow.
1623-141 Schwa Höhle 141 1/S = No No Paint No Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn the hillside above Windloch (Kat.32).
Markingpainted number "131" in red [is this a typo? I hope so]
Ent DescA large non-draughting entrance, not pushed, appears to contain an 80m pitch in a narrow rift. Described in a later journal as -30m.
1623-142 Schwa Höhle 142 6/T/S x Yes Yes Tag (?) No Other Station not in dataset
ApproachHack up the hillside behind Windloch (Kat.32).
MarkingThe entrance was prominently numbered '132' in red but this was finally changed in 1996 after the connection to Schwabenschacht (1623-78)
Under DescYet another entrance to Stellerweghöhle, with two points of connection, and also the first point of connection with Schwabenschacht, a similar cave explored by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Höhle und Karst Grabenstetten e.V.. 142 contains a very large chamber, imaginatively named The Big Chamber reached by a 34m pitch from a point adjacent to the connection. A full description of 142 (but not 78) is one of the components of the Stellerweghöhle guidebook, just an overview is given here.

Note: With …

1623-143 Weiße Warze Schacht I 3/S + Yes Yes None No Exact Station not in dataset
LocationThe Nipple, (aka "Weiße Warze")
Ent DescThe square shaped entrance lies just below (22m vertically at 34m on 158°) the nipple at the end of the ridge running SSW from Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel.
Under DescThe first pitch starts after a short climb down boulders. From here light may be seen entering from another entrance 143b. The pitch of 20m lands on a small ledge and a short freeclimb leads to a traverse over wedged blocks. The next pitch of 10m is rigged over the edge of the last of these and brings one to a balcony at the start of a 23m shaft. Another clean, almost circular shaft (19m) follows, to a climb of …
1623-144 Tony's Second Höhle 6/S/T x Yes Yes None No Exact Station not in dataset
LocationThe Nipple, (aka "Weiße Warze")
Under DescThis is the highest entrance to Stellerweghöhle found by CUCC, and a full description is included in the Stellerweghöhle guidebook description, just an overview is given here.

A predominantly vertical entrance series leads to a level of extensive fossil phreatic development, not fully explored. The main passage, The Yellow Brick Road, leads to the lip of a 25m pitch into a large muddy chamber. From the bottom, a steeply dipping tube is followed down until a canyon …

1623-150 Schwa Röhrhöhle 150 0/T + No No None No Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn the way to 152
Under DescDraughting tube, too tight at -2m, and therefore should not really have a kataster number.
1623-151 Schwa Höhle 151 0/T + No No None No Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn the way to 152
Under DescChamber 3m in diameter with draughting slot which proved too tight, -3m. This suggest that it is is too small to have a number.
1623-152 Bananehöhle 4/S + Yes Missing Spit No Other Station not in dataset
Locationon the hillside below and to the east of 113
MarkingDrilled station
Under DescA vertical entrance which leads, at a depth of -145m, into Sonnenstrahlhöhle below the Purple Pit, just before Müsli crawl (-198m from Sonnenstrahl entrance bolt). Entrance pitch Scott is 9m over snow, then a small tube leads down to a short climb down boulders to an 8m pitch Virgil, followed immediately by Alan, another 8m pitch landing in Dump Chamber. A long rift, Boulder Alley leads to a rock bridge and scramble down boulders into Boulder Chamber …
1623-202 Dominoschacht Yes Missing None No Other Station not in dataset
1623-203 Sonnenscheinschacht Yes Missing None No Other Station not in dataset

2b – Eishöhle area

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-40 Schwarzmooskogeleishöhle 7/S/T/E x Yes Missing
Under DescSchwarzmooskogeleishöhle is an extensive cave over 1600m long before 1983, extended to 2500m by a German group by 1985. The system is mainly horizontal, though tackle is needed to explore it fully, and crampons are necessary in parts, because of the substantial quantities of ice in the cave. Was extended by the Germans who worked in the area in the early eighties, who suggested then that there was potential for extension vertically. Subsequently linked via a 30m pitch to Lärchenschacht …
a Oberer Eingang Tag (?) No Other Station not in dataset
ApproachFrom the Bergrestaurant, take path 201, ignoring the left turn to the plateau at Egglgrube. Pass the junction path left to Kratzer and continue until a red upper-case Omega is seen in the middle of the path, marking Kat. 28 (we think). There is a well-marked (cairns and red paint spots/arrows) branch path here. Follow this for about half an hour to the back of the limestone knoll known as "The Nipple" (and Weisse Warz and bunter's bulge). Things to note: first there is a wire traverse then you pass the lightninged tree in a sizeable valley. (Opposite this tree is the point you would turn left for Schwabenscacht). Shortly after that a pair of red arrows point in opposite directions. Go steeply uphill here doubling back slightly, rather than the more obvious straight on. Turn right about 40m beyond the nipple and head across the limestone for a narrow gully. After a hundred metres or so new red paint marks appear and take you to 40a. A very large cave entrance, 20 minutes further on, was the German's (Munich) bivouac, and a few minutes later, a strongly draughting (out in summer) tube about 5m in diameter is the main entrance ("Hauptportal" - 40a).
FindabilityMarked entrance thought to be 40a
Ent Desca strongly draughting (out in summer) tube about 5m in diameter
b Schneeschacht Tag No To be confirmed:
MarkingTag placed eary in 2002 expo
Ent Desc
c Reichenvaterschacht None No To be confirmed:
Ent Desc
d Unterer Eingang None No To be confirmed:
Ent Desc
e Brennerbeselschluf Tag No p40e Tag Station not in dataset
Ent Desc
f Königsschachts None Yes Other Station not in dataset
ApproachJust 20m below traverse ledge on 163 -> 40s route
Ent DescLarge shaft
g Einstieg zur Hans Pfandl-Halle None No To be confirmed:
Ent Desc
h Eistunnel(Elephant) None No Other Station not in dataset
Ent Desc
s Grüner Eingang None Yes Other Station not in dataset
Ent Desc
1623-140 Schwa Schacht 140 2/S x No No Paint (?) No Other Station not in dataset
LocationSouth of Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel - 126m on 194° from summit.

47° 40' 41" N 13° 48' 58" E

ApproachFrom Top Camp, climb the "high" route towards 161. Just past the highest point, join a traverse round the Schwarzmooskogel heading south and eventually more west. If you pick the right level, this passes the large open shaft of 140. Alternatively, the cave may be approached from the summit (point 1843) though various cliffs make this approach difficult.
Under DescShaft entrance is 9m by 6m, with first pitch 15m to boulders. A 6m pitch is immediately followed by a 10m drop to a sloping boulder floor. From the end of this, a 5.5m drop reaches a longer boulder slope, which leads into a canyon at 90°. Down this is a longer pitch split into 10 and 10.5m sections by a small ledge, landing on a very large boulder. Over the boulder are two ways on.

Through a squeeze is …

1623-153 Schwa Schacht 153 1/S + No No None No Other Station not in dataset
Location~200m on 013° magnetic and +03° from Bunter's Bulge (Weiße Warze).
ApproachFrom Weiße Warze, follow red arrows until you see yellow arrows, follow these (there would seem to be just two of them). After last yellow arrow, cross gully in same direction, then permanent survey mark TC is on large slab in centre of next depression. From here, climb out of depression on bearing 035°, then keep going up gully to 153 (large boulder above on left is a good vantage point).
Under DescEntrance climb of 12m in doline appears to choke, but a small letterbox squeeze in side of shaft leads to broken pitch. First section of 6m in a rift less than 2m wide leads to a ledge, then 12m down to a floor. A slightly hammered squeeze leads into another narrow rift dropping 10m. This constricts to 20cm and then becomes totally impassable only shortly below. Squeezes are quite epic to reverse.
1623-154 Schwa Schacht 154 1/S x No No
Under DescLoose pitch head gives onto 5m entrance pitch. A rift leads off but quickly chokes, while a draughting slot could be dug, but is rather loose and dangerous, so was left.
a Paint (?) No Other Station not in dataset
b Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
1623-155 Unerforscht Schacht 155 1/S - No No None No Other Station not in dataset
Locationabout 150m ENE of 154
ApproachFrom 154, climb up and right and around a grassy shoulder. Then walk down (heading roughly east), skirting past a choked doline and 155 lies ahead.
Ent DescA huge snow-plugged entrance apparently akin to 113.
Under DescThe cave can be entered via a slot on the right hand side of snow plug, or by crossing the snow plug onto the ice. The ice slopes down in one corner, possibly to a pitch, which, however, will need a rope to verify. Another slot nearby may drop into the same chamber.
1623-158 Donner und Blitzen Höhle 3/S + Missing Yes Paint No Other Station not in dataset
Location400m NNE of The Nipple (Weißen Warze) at the base of a wall to the left after passing a sandy depression (walking from the Nipple).
Under DescA body-width passage formed by a wall on the left and a large detached slab on the right descends for about 5m at 45°, with occasional glimpses of daylight above. A cross passage is then encountered. To the right is blocked after a few metres, but left descends to meet the base of the wall. To the right here, a 20-22cm squeeze is passed by lying on one side. After 2m of further tight progress, the rift opens onto a …
1623-163 Schwa Höhle 163 2/S + Yes Yes Tag Yes p163tag Tag Station not in dataset
LocationIn the right hand side of a 15m diameter couloir near 162.
Under DescThis is a fairly small cave remnant, but it does have a draught at the end suggesting more passage beyond.

The entrance is low and wide (3.5m) and descends down a rocky slope for 20m to some impressive ice stals. There is a small tube in the roof on the right through which daylight can be seen. The cave extends another 10m past the ice stals in fossil passage until it chokes. A 3m climb up on the left allows …

1623-206 Sieben-Eingangshöhle Yes Missing
a None No Other Station not in dataset
b None No To be entered
c None No To be entered
d None No To be entered
e None No To be entered
1623-215 Rufverbindungshöhle Yes Yes
Under Desc? Wookey
a Tag No Exact Station not in dataset
Markingtag as 215a in 2001
b Tag No Other Station not in dataset
Markingtag as 215b in 2001
1623-216 Nichts 50 Yes Missing Tag No Exact Station not in dataset
Markingtag as 216 in 2001
1623-217 Schneepfropfenhöhle No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
Location? wookey
Approach? wookey
Ent Desc? wookey
Under Desc? Wookey
1623-229 Weiße Höhle Yes Missing Spit Yes Other Station not in dataset
MarkingTag bolt placed but no tags to hand
1623-235 Schaukelfelsbrockenhöhle 1/T + No No Tag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationThe cave is situated on a flatish area of limestone uphill from the row of Eishöhle entrances that lead to Schneevulcanhalle.
Marking"1623/235" tag placed 2002-08-09. (Is this correct, or does the tag really say 1623/230, as the 2002 logbook asserts?)
Under DescA rift can be descended, over wedged stones, inculding one that rocks. This leads to a narrow hading rift with wedged boulders for a ceiling.
1623-236 Moostunnelhöhle 1/T + No No Needs Retag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationThe cave is situated on a flattish area of limestone uphill from the row of Eishöhle entrances that lead to Schneevulcanhalle.
MarkingAlloy tag "1623/232" placed 2002-08-09. Number realised to be in error 2004, needs correcting
Under DescA short initially mossy cave that slopes downhill to a corner, where the cave becomes to tight.
1623-237 Dreieingangabdrosselnhöhle 1/T + No No
Under DescA moderate sized chamber with large blocks on the floor, one entrance is low and wide, one is small up a 3m climb and one is a walk in entrance
a None No To be entered Other Station not in dataset
b None Yes To be entered
c None No To be entered
1623-238 Flinkameiseschacht 1/T + Yes Yes
Under DescAn approximately 20m deep shaft with snow at the bottom. If snow levels allow, a way on can found down the left side of the snow plug, through an awkward squeeze over a large rock into a chamber with a snow and ice slope. A second short pitch leads off to the left, but soon ends.

A second small entrance leads via an awkward crawl to a sloping ledge on the right hand wall of the shaft a couple of …

a Tag No Other Station not in dataset
b Tag No Refindable:
FindabilityVery near 238A
1623-1996WK4 1/S - No No Unmarked No Lost: Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn the steep SE side of of the Vord above the Stogerweg
ApproachThis is a GPSed hole found by Wookey on a thrashed route whilst looking for a possible route from 161d over the top of the Hochklapf spur of the Vord to the Stogerweg. There is a large N-S (ish) fault/joint in the bunde here which provides useful path. Approximately on top of bulge sticking out into valley.
FindabilityIn 2015 2 people, including the original discoverer, spent 3hrs looking for this cave very thoroughly and failed to find it. The GPS location is not accurate (although it is somewhere in that general area). A GPS track describes the area where it almost certainly isn't.
Ent Desc This cave was a squareish hole in a the path that one had to traverse carefully
Under DescBig enough to be worth dropping. Thorough 2015 attempt to re-find and descend it failed to locate it, so it is considered 'lost' for now.
1623-1999-MS-01 No No None No Other Station not in dataset
1623-1999-MS-02 No No None No Other Station not in dataset
1623-2001-06 Erbärmlichbaumhöhle -0 No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationIn the vicinity of the Eishöhle portal row
1623-2001-07 Hoffnungschacht = No No Spit Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationAbove Eishöhle portal row area, somewhat east across choss bowl from 237 and 2001-08
MarkingTag bolt placed but no tags to hand
Under DescShaft entrance has good flake to rig off. Ledge at -8m then another at -11, now into wider rift. 2 rope protectors required as rock is very sharp. Bottoms at -22m. Choked floor. Can see through to continuation below but not suitable for exploration in shorts + T-shirt so not pushed. Draughts inwards if at all, not strongly.
1623-2001-08 Schneeoberlichtschacht 0 No No Spit Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationAbove Eishöhle portal row area, close to 237 ("c" entrance is just 10m away from 237c)
ApproachAs for 237
MarkingTag bolt at "a" entrance (but no tag?)
Ent Desc"A" entrance is impressive view down a hole in an alcove to sunlit snow below. Top shaft entrance "B" is hidden in bunde above - big 5m diameter shaft. Third ent "C" is narrow rift connecting to alcove.
Under DescDescended from single thread over a few rubs to reach bottom. Very photogenic inside. Checked out thoroughly - it doesn't go.
1623-2001-09 Funkberaterschacht -0 Missing Missing Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationIn the vicinity of the Eishöhle portal row
1623-2001-10 Großarbeithöhle 0 No No Tag No Other Station not in dataset
Under DescFree-climbable entrance. Chokes to right; may be diggable to left.
1623-2001-11 Schnürsenkelschacht 0 No No Tag No Other Station not in dataset
Under DescFree-climbable shaft. Doesn't go.
1623-2001-12 Unnotiggewohnlichkeitschacht = No No Tag No Other Station not in dataset
Under DescLarge doline entrance can be descended by abseiling or free-climb. At the bottom is a small tunnel which gets smaller - probably too tight, but may be diggable. Can also squeeze through along fault into next, smaller doline, but no further. In the opposite direction is a rift connecting to a second entrance which had a VfHM spit in 2002, where there is a draughting hole in the floor. This gives access to a rift which becomes too tight at …
1623-2002-OB-01 1/S = No No Spit Yes Other Station not in dataset
Location8m off the left side of the path shortly after leaving 40s before steep section past 40f
MarkingTag bolt placed but no tags to hand
Under DescUnobvious shaft entrance looks choked but can in fact be climbed down 7m to look into largish chamber (~6m across). Needs rope for descent.
1623-2002-W-01 1/S + No No Spit (?) Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationAbout 60m from 40f (Königschacht); see sketch in survey notes
Under DescUpper entrance is short 10m pitch. At the bottom, narrow passage comes back parallel to upper passage to squeeze, which connects to second lower entrance. Significant draught comes out of canyon in floor, but this is blocked by boulders.
1623-2002-W-02 1/S + No No Spit No p2002-w-02 Tag Station not in dataset
Location20m directly below 229 and 15m away from 40s
MarkingTag bolt placed but no tags to hand
Under Desc5m deep rift, snow at bottom. Upper end chokes, lower end continues into narrow canyon going in direction of 40s. There is a vocal connection at the start of this canyon to 217. (Light can just be seen - far too narrow to pass.)
1623-88F No No Tag No Refindable: Other Station not in dataset
FindabilityHas been seen recently (2002)
Markingtag VSS188F 2002
1623-88H No No None No Refindable:
FindabilityHas been seen recently (1998)
1623-HFG-KA88 + (?) No No Paint Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationClose to 163, down a couple of ledges from 2001-08.
MarkingHard to read (originally read as BFG-KA88). Also a red splodge which is more likely to be a + than a -
Ent DescNice sloping shaft on a rift/diaclase

2b or 4 (unclear)

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-39 SCHWA höhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationWest side of Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel according to text. Map shows it on S side, not far from the summit area. Later reference says it is above and south of Kat.36, however the kataster description of the location of 36 is also wrong...
Ent Desc2.2m wide by 1.2m high entrance leads in a gentle slope to where it becomes too tight.

2c – Kaninchenhöhle area

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-135 Schwa Schacht 135 1/S + Yes Missing Tag Yes p135 Tag Station not in dataset
Location East of Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel. 1 shelf below 136. 40m East of 136a.
ApproachApproach as for 136, then from large cubic boulder at 136a follow gully NE for 35m, then down to next shelf. 135 is immediately (5m) on R.
MarkingRed Paint "CUCC 135" (1983). Spit 1999. Tag 2005-08-01.
Ent DescRift approx 1m x 8m
Under DescShaft choked at -20m
1623-136 Steinschlagschacht 2/S + Yes Missing
Under Desc

a Tag No p136 Tag Station not in dataset
b Spit No Other Station not in dataset
Location136b is 22m N of 136a
c Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
Location136c is 28m N of 136a
d Needs Retag No p136d Tag Station not in dataset
Location136d is 35m NNE of 136a.
MarkingTag "CUCC 97-08" between 136d and 209 (Schistock-Absturzschacht)
1623-137 Schwa Schacht 137 1/S + No No Paint (?) No Refindable:
LocationEast of Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel
FindabilityBelieved marked (may have been seen 1996) Same area as 135 & 136. Should be refindable
Under DescShaft
1623-138 Schwa Schacht 138 1/S + Yes Missing Tag No p138 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationEast flank of Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel. One shelf up from 136. 50m WSW of 136a.
ApproachFollow route to 136. From large cubic boulder at 136a entrance climb 4m step to west. Go 25m SW along 'gully' between bunde, then turn R into gap. Large, T-shaped entrance now visible in cliff 15m ahead.
MarkingNumber in red on the right wall of the vertical of the "T" saying "138 CUCC 1983". Spit with metal tag "CUCC 138" placed 1997.
Under DescRapidly turns vertical and when explored, choked with snow at -40m.
1623-139 Schwa Schacht 139 1/S + Yes Missing Tag No p139 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationVord SMK, just below (~70m on bearing 070°) secondary Northern summit. 90m NW of 136d, approx 200m N of Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel summit.

GPS fix GK 5411207 to 5282893, Alt. 1877 ± 91m

ApproachFrom VSMK summit: go down 50m on E side to a large shelf, walk along ~NE 200m to where shelf peters out. Up slope on left is 139.

From VD1 to 136 route: As you come over crest out of grassy gully there is a choss bowl/snow ahead (you cross this to get to the 136 shelf. Instead turn right uphill, up small steps on open limestone. 139 is a large square cleft in a limestone scarp after about 60m.

MarkingTag "CUCC 139" (1997). Red Paint "139 CUCC 1983" (1983).
Under DescShaft. Two pitches to -30m, then too narrow.
1623-146 Tobogganschacht 1/S - No No None No Refindable:
FindabilityMay be unexplored; AERW had this marked as lost, but the mysterious map suggests it shouldn't be too hard to find - worth a look.
Ent DescUnexplored entrance (may be the one Tony called Tobogganschacht)
1623-147 Schwa Höhle 147 2/T + Yes Yes Tag No t147 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationProbably somewhat uphill from 146, ie. NW of Vd. Schwarzmooskogel.

"3m entry pitch in rift going into bluff wall on camp 2 side of Vord. Schwarzmooskogel on cairned path." (Camp 2 refers to the 1988/89 camp up near the col between Vord. and Hint. Schwarzmooskogel.)

Under DescHorizontal walking entrance leads south to a descending passage and junction. Down to right is a shorter but smaller route to the lower cave, while ahead leads past a small choked passage on the right to the head of a pitch. Across the pitch a smaller passage continues to a blind pitch where a draught enters from the floor, and an even smaller continuing passage which ends too small, also draughting.

Down the main pitch, in a rift, is 10m …

1623-149 Plateau Schacht 149 1/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationThe entrance is in a large gully, just above the sandy depression, opposite Wolfhöhle. Several draughting entrances. Sketch with no north arrow, but would guess that its north from 145.
FindabilityNeeds looking at again, AERW doesn't know where to find it
Under DescDocumentation comprises a grade 1 sketch with no description in 1984 logbook. Horizontal entrance leads under a shaft to surface and a 5m climb down to a choke. Over the hole and left leads in a sandy tube to a traverse reaching a 4m diameter tube. To the right this is choked, with small blocked tubes leading off. Ahead and left a 10m pitch leads to a solid choke.
1623-156 Schwa Schacht 156 1/S + No No Tag Yes t156 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationVorderer Schwarzmooskogel, 50m south of laser rangefound point 0/1. The recently (1998) cairned route up the Vd. Schwarzmooskogel NW flank passes very close to the laser point, and skirts the NE end of the open rift of 156. Surface survey connecting Tag and original survey (to top rigging bolt) done in 1999.
Marking"1623 156 CUCC 1987" on alloy tag on west side of more southerly opening, more-or-less directly above the first rigging bolt
Under DescAn open rift with a rock bridge. Pitch of 25m drops onto snow bank, and route to southeast of this drops a further 15m to a complete choke with snow.
1623-161 Kaninchenhöhle 5/S/E x Yes Missing
Under DescRather than adopting the usual approach of describing every side passage in the main description, which makes the 'normal' descent route hard to follow, this description describes each main route down the cave first, mentioning side passages only where necessary to make the correct main route clear. Various side passages and connecting routes are described subsequently, area by area. The directions left and right are always relative to travel in the direction of the description, compass directions are given where …
a Tag No Other Station not in dataset
b Tag No Other Station not in dataset
c Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
d Tag No p161dtag Tag Station not in dataset
e Tag No Other Station not in dataset
f Tag No Other Station not in dataset
g Tag No p161g Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingRetagged by Julia and Dour 2005-08-05
h Tag Yes p161h Tag Station not in dataset
LocationNE slope of Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel
ApproachDifficult route finding past Damoclesschacht and 2003-07 to edge of plateau. Climb down to easy gemsa path and turn north for 200m.
MarkingRetagged by Julia and Dour 2005-08-10
1623-162 Schwa Höhle 162 2/S + Yes Yes
Under DescThe cave takes a good couple of hours to explore thoroughly. Through the entrance is a large chamber with a 4m x 8m crater in it. A 3m climb down to the bottom gives access to a 3m climb back up to the right, leading into the cave and a crawl at the lowest point of the boulders leading into a choked bit of cave with small solutional stuff in the roof. It is also possible to traverse around the …
main Paint No Other Station not in dataset
b Needs Retag No p162b Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTag placed 2000, still says "CUCC 1999-10"
1623-180 Schwa Schacht 90/10 2/S + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationLocated on terrace N of 161b and 161c (French entrance), before a big bowl of choss and rifts.
MarkingRed painted "CUCC 90/10". Spit placed for tag in 1997. Tag 1999
Under DescThere is an ice shaft under collapsed boulders. A bedding in the side of this gives access to two adjacent loose pitches. Various impenetrable vocal connections to the surface exist. 30m pitch with ledge and rebelay at -15m leads to Icicle Works - very nice stals and flows. Follow flow down hole Slush crawl then rift.
1623-185 Zweijahreentstehungshöhle 2/S + Yes Missing Paint Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn pavement on the east side of the col between the two Schwarzmooskogels on the usual (89/90) route from Top Camp to 161.
MarkingWas originally marked 183 in paint, but this has since been corrected
Under DescA narrow slot first bolted in 1988 and descended in 1990. First pitch, Fancy a coffee, descends past a small snow plug down to a large(ish) chamber covered with snow which appears to be about 7m deep. A small section to the left lets in a shaft of light, which changes from a wide beam to a narrow one. A low crawl on the left (ice covered) leads to the second pitch Your place or mine ?, a …
1623-187 Schwa Schacht 187 1/S - No No Paint No Refindable:Bräuning Nase 246°
ApproachUp ridge to Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel from 161, Cairn by entrance.
MarkingMarked "CUCC 90". Near 161a
Under DescNearly vertical bedding plane allows a 5m climb from where 5m+ of pitch can be seen and stones thrown down it indicate more.
1623-191 Schwa Schacht 191 1/S + No No Tag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationAbout 100m NNE from 161c
Marking"CUCC 191 +" in paint and a metal tag "CUCC 191" added in 1997.
Under DescA 1½m diameter shaft in a limestone shelf with the sound of water. 4m 1st pitch leads to loose floor sloping to passage 3m long heading SSW. 2nd pitch in floor has water entering from above (which could simply be meltwater). 5m pitch leads to sloping boulder choke.
1623-192 Schwa Schacht 192 1/S - No No Paint No Lost:1623/161c 200°
LocationAbout 100m NNE from 161c, and a few metres higher.
Ent DescTwo cairns, one either side of entrance.
Under DescAbout a 15m shaft with a large rift at the bottom. Probably doesn't go but can't be sure. Rift c 10m long, on 50-230° with deepest point to SW. Descended to -10m on ladder, but can't see round corner to left (SE) below. Existing spit found near top, but previously unmarked.
1623-193 Schwa Schacht 193 1/S + Yes Yes Tag No Other Station not in dataset
Location200m East of 161c.
MarkingTag placed 2000
Under DescRift at 70-80°. A 3m by 4m shaft descends 7m to a rock floor. To the south a tight bit of rift can be entered for a few metres. To the west a small chamber can be entered via a 1m step down.
1623-199 Stürzender Felsbrocken Höhle 1/T + Yes Yes Tag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationNW flank of Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel. About 30m SSW of 156.
ApproachFollow the cairned path which ascends the Vorder Schwarzmooskogel from the NW. Shortly after passing the open rift entrance of 1623/156 (50m south of Laser Point 0/1), scramble up to the right (south). One large and two small open cave entrances.
Markingmetal tag stamped "CUCC 199" fixed by M6 stud epoxied into vertical wall left of main entrance (stud placed 1998, kataster number tag replaced provisional one in 1999).
Under DescA steeply descending tube over scree (sometimes snow), initially 3m in diameter, leads down to a choke. To the right in a cross-rift 24m long (beware of loose rock here) is an audible connection to the surface (199c). The final section of the main tube has roof pendants, and ends with a rising sand floor over which the crawl becomes too tight. The second entrance (199b) is just up and to the left of the main one.
1623-201 Haftefelle Schacht 1/S + Yes Missing Tag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationNW flank of Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel. 20m N of Laser 0/1
ApproachFollow the cairned path which ascends the Vorder Schwarzmooskogel from the NW. Shortly before the obvious open rift entrance of 1623/156 (which is 50m south of Laser Point 0/1) is a small (2m diameter) open shaft.
Markingmetal tag stamped "CUCC 201" fixed by M6 stud epoxied into horizontal surface on NW side of main entrance (stud placed 1998, proper kataster number tag replaced provisional one in 1999).
Under Desc2m diameter shaft drops 25m to a boulder floor - a short second pitch follows immediately leading to a too-tight rift. A 40m rope is sufficient.
1623-205 Nordalpenschacht 2/S + Yes Yes Needs Retag Yes p205tag Tag Station not in dataset
Location(tagged point might be the start of underground survey, main entrance, ~2m from tag)
Markingtag at main entrance "CUCC 1999-01"
Ent DescThe main (first) entrance is a 2m x 0.5m shaft around 5m higher and 7m away from a larger, snow-plugged shaft (the second entrance), which in turn is just above a snow field, a little higher than the Eishöhle path. Both entrances lie on an obvious fault line which heads uphill for around 100m. If the fault line is followed up to just past a squeeze through bunde, you can turn left for around 100m to reach the entrance to 1623/136, Steinschlagschacht.

A third, horizontal entrance is found by heading down to the snow filled shaft (the second entrance) and traversing left beneath a small cliff for around 20m. This leads to a low, unobvious hole at foot height, noticed because it was draughting out quite strongly. There is a surface survey to this third entrance from the first entrance.

Under DescThe main entrance is rigged off a spit and naturals and drops around 8m, via a natural deviation at a ledge, to a small chamber. A crawl leads off from here at head height for some distance, but closes off. The way on is to continue straight down through the floor of this chamber, through fairly solidly wedged boulders (quite tight) using the rope rigged on the entrance pitch. This lands at the head of a walking sized rift heading …
1623-209 Schistock-Absturzschacht 1/S + Yes Missing Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationAlong shelf from 136. 35mN of 136a, 10m NW of 136d.
ApproachThe normal route to 136 (from SMK col/Vd1), passes over/past this cave. It is one of the group of holes shafts and rifts on the same shelf as 136a,b,c,d. From large cubic boulder at 136a, follow shelf N past 136b, and 136c. This cave is the last of these 3 holes. The entrance is joint-developed 3 x 0.8m shaft. Area map NotKH book p 88-89.
Under Desc3m x 0.8m shaft, 16m deep. Freeclimb descent is possible but difficult. Belay (and light!) needed. No draught. Bottom choked by rubble.
1623-218 Hammerkopfabsturtzhöhle 1/S = No No Needs Retag No p218 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationHoles CUCC1996WK5 and CUCC1996WK6 are close together, at GPS fix GK 5411291 5282969. (Converted from GPS: E 36414 N (52)82369 H?, Averaged from GPS: E 36417 N (52)82366 H? )
ApproachOn return from 161d, whilst heading up gully towards the col (and survey point Vd1), turn off left heading for top of VSK.
Markingtag 2000 as WOOK6
Under DescA narrow rift entrance 4m deep leads to a tight squeeze needing caving gear (and maybe some hammering). An estimated 6m drop lies beyond the constriction.
1623-219 Tertaeingfester 1/S - No No Needs Retag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationHoles CUCC1996WK5 and CUCC1996WK6 are close together, at GPS fix GK 5411291 5282969. (Converted from GPS: E 36414 N (52)82369 H?, Averaged from GPS: E 36417 N (52)82366 H? )
ApproachOn return from 161d, whilst heading up gully towards the col (and survey point Vd1), turn off left heading for top of VSK.
Markingtag 2000 as WOOK5
Under DescCave in rift with two vertical ways in, both c 5m deep. There is a tight third way in at an angle. The floor of the rift chokes.
1623-225 Jahrzehnschacht 1/S + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationThe cave lies right beside the old high-level path to 161 (on the right as you head up to 161), on a section where you're walking over soil-like stuff between bunde bushes. It's just near the ankle-breaking hole.
MarkingTagged 2005-08-01. Tag hilti not actually set!
Under DescThe obvious pit by the "high level" route to 161 was descended using IRT (indestructible rope technique) after declining to use a Bunda belay. Ended at about -12m (choked as usual) with a ledge about halfway down.
1623-230 Vergeßlichheithöhle +(?) No No Needs Retag No Other Station not in dataset
MarkingTagged as "99-04"
1623-1996-01 Ski-pole höhle 1/S - No No Tag No Refindable: Other Station not in dataset
ApproachSituated at top end of rift/gorge next to path to 161d. Walking to 161d: go into the very narrow gorge, then up the right hand wall about a third of the way along. This gets you into the next gorge, trending on bearing 031° (looking towards 161d end of path). Turn right up the rift. 96/01 is at the top end.
FindabilityHas a 1996 GPS fix which is almost certainly hopelessly wrong as it puts it way to the north of 161d
MarkingA spit with "CUCC 96-01"
Under DescClimb down shakehole to open shaft with a jammed boulder at the top. Shaft developed on joint is 1.4m across, 1.5m in the other direction and drops straight down 10m. Rift at bottom is 2m high. 1.5m drop then gently ascending rift gets too tight.
1623-1997-07 1/S - No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationGPS: E 36338 N (52)82260 H? or E 36385 N (52)82234 H? Averaged from GPS: E 36370 N (52)82269 H?
ApproachFrom route to 139 E of VSK, take big shelf which leads to a series of holes (CUCC 96 WK7 to WK10) and eventually to Steinschlagschacht (136).
MarkingTag placed 1997
Under DescDescent through narrow rift and choked bouldery leads (after 10m) to an undescended pitch (20m ?). Draught stops and starts with a period of about 30 seconds (on the day of discovery), but when active, it was inwards.
1623-1999-X01 No No Paint (?) Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationSchwarzmooskogel ridge near 180 and 191
1623-2000-02 1/? + No No Tag No Other Station not in dataset
MarkingTagged "2000-02" in 2000
Under Desc? Wookey
1623-2006-02 0/S ? No No None Yes To be entered gps06.2006-02 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachWhere the 204 walkin swings uphill (eastwards) towards the beginning of the slabs, it passes between a blind pit on the left, this hole on the right, and another hole (2006-03) further to the right.
1623-2006-03 0/S + No No None Yes To be entered gps06.2006-03 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachWhere the 204 walkin swings uphill (eastwards) towards the beginning of the slabs, it passes between a blind pit on the left, 2006-02 on the right, and this entrance further to the right.

2d – Steinbrückenhöhle area

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-165 Schwa Schacht 165 1/S + No No Tag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn the west side of the Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel in a fault line. About 80m due south of 195, which is visible from top camp.
MarkingTag placed 1999
Under Desc15m shaft explored by Adam and Planc on 24th August 1989, and apparently never returned to, but did get its number painted. Relocated and surveyed to in 1999.

In same fault line, but further north, in an area of bare limestone is another shaft. This already had a bolt when encountered in 1989, despite being outside the area previously looked at by CUCC. It was in excess of 35m deep and was not marked by CUCC. Cross on Schönberg 322°, …

1623-194 Schwa Schacht 194 1/S + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn large white patch of limestone on NW flank of Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel (visible from Top Camp), quite near the far side of the bare area and just above a larch tree leaning SE.
ApproachOn cairned path from Top Camp to Steinbruckenhöhle (204). 60m W of 195. Area map NotKH book p 115.
MarkingTag "CUCC 1623/194" (1999). Cairn and numbered in red (1996) on NE face of a large boulder bridging the rift (visible in context photo).
Under DescA small hole in the side of a big surface rift (on about 060-240°). The surface rift is about 5m deep, and a tiny way goes off to the E at the north-eastern end, becoming too tight at about -15m. The small hole under the NW wall at the SE end is a pitch of c 30m to a 10m long rift parallel with the surface rift. Rope did not reach, but appears to be no way on.
1623-195 Schwa Schacht 195 1/S + Yes Yes Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn large white patch of limestone on NW flank of Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel (visible from Top Camp), quite near the top of the bare area (higher up than 1623/194).
ApproachOn cairned path from Top Camp to Steinbruckenhöhle (204). 195 is 60m E of 194 and 50m WSW of 196, and 90m NNW of 165. Area map NotKH book p115.
MarkingCairn, Red paint '195' (1995). Tag "CUCC 1623/195" (1999).
Under DescA very large surface rift (almost a canyon), with a pitch at the west end. This has a 5-6 second booming clattering drop, and had a very poor quality spit at the top. It was not descended in 1995. This may be the cave referred to in the description of 165, located by CUCC in 1989, but already having a bolt, and not descended by CUCC but with "a drop in excess of 35m". 2000 descent reached floor at …
1623-196 Schwa Höhle 196 1/T + Yes Yes Tag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn large white patch of limestone on NW flank of Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel (visible from Top Camp), quite near the top of the bare area, higher up than 1623/195.
ApproachPath from Top Camp to Steinbruckenhöhle (204) goes past this cave. Close to 194, 195, 165.
MarkingRed paint '196' (1995). Tag "CUCC 1623/196" (1999).
Under DescBy a large (10m wide) snow choked doline, are two horizontal entrances going WSW. The right one is uphill over boulders and ends very quickly. The left one (196) is downhill and carries a draught. The triangular cross-section (widest at the bottom) passage goes for 10m to a junction with a blind uphill branch to the right, whilst straight ahead is too tight.
1623-204 Steinbrückenhöhle 5/S x Yes Yes
Under Desc

a Tag No Other Station not in dataset
b Tag No Other Station not in dataset
c Tag No p204c Tag Station not in dataset
d Tag No t204d Tag Station not in dataset
e Tag No p204e Tag Station not in dataset
f Tag Yes p204f Tag Station not in dataset
g None No Other Station not in dataset
h None No p204h Tag Station not in dataset
i None No Other Station not in dataset
1623-214 Segmenthöhle 1/T + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
Location225m SSE of Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel summit.
MarkingRetagged with kataster number by Dave + Sandeep, 2006-07-25.
Ent DescRound aperture in small cliff.
Under DescCrawling entrance enlarges to stooping-size horizontal rift. After around 20m this ends in a constriction, with daylight visible through a narrow skylight above.
1623-222 Gösserhöhle 1/S - No No Needs Retag No p222 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationEast of HSK summit, in an area of small shafts (north of CUCC 96-02, south of 96-03)
MarkingA spit with tag "CUCC 9604" placed in 1996 and a red "+" next to chockstone on east side opposite cliff.
Under DescLarge space at foot of 5m cliff in very broken area. 5 x 1.8m shaft bridged by chockstone, 8m deep to a sloping choked floor.
1623-223 Eggenbergschacht 1/S + No No Needs Retag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationEast of HSK summit, in an area of small shafts (north of CUCC 96-02 and 96-04)
ApproachSee 2000 survey
MarkingA spit with tag "CUCC 96-03" placed in 1996 and a red "+", both on wall of doline facing north.
Under DescCave appears as narrow slot. Two tight holes after 6m climb down gives p10 to choked floor & quite large chamber 10 x 5m floor area.
1623-224 Toplesscanyonhöhle 1/S + No No Needs Retag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationEast of HSK summit, in an area of small shafts (south of CUCC 96-03 and 96-04)
Approacharea map notKH p23.
MarkingA spit with tag "CUCC 9602" placed in 1996 and a red "+", on wall of canyon, facing west.
Under DescCave is exposed section of canyon formed on a bend. Bridge of roof remains at one point, separating the two entrances. At the bottom of the canyon (~8m deep) about 10m of descending rift is accessible with a climb back up part way along. All choked.
1623-231 Traungoldhöhle 2/E + Yes Yes
Under DescEntrance A leads to daylight chamber, down an awkward climb, whilst entrance B is a snow and boulder slope to the same chamber. To the right leads to another chamber, which ent H drops into, and a slope up to the left about 2m up the wall leads to entrance D. Continuing on stooping passage leads to a climb which emerges under a stone bridge which contains entrances E, F and G. A crawl at ground level between A & …
a Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
b Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
c Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
d Tag No Other Station not in dataset
e Tag No Other Station not in dataset
f Tag No Other Station not in dataset
g Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
h Tag No Other Station not in dataset
i Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
1623-234 Hauchhöhle 3/S/W x Yes Yes
Under Desc

a Tag No p234a Tag Station not in dataset
b Tag No p234b Tag Station not in dataset
1623-239 Rock'n'Roll Höhle 3/S/T x Yes Yes Tag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationIn small valley just below top of SMK ridge, 200m S of 204 bivvy site
MarkingTagged as 2001-04 by initial explorers. Retagged with final kataster number 2004-07-31.
Under Desc[Taken from 2001 log book] "Went to investigate this draughting orifice. Initial entrance climb is fine, if you chimney down on the R side. At the bottom, there are three ways on. The first one goes back under the entrance, down a boulder slope, to emerge in a large chamber "Cheesy dip". There are a number of small leads off, all choked. In the roof is lots of daylight, coming from 2001-046. Left from the entrance went down a loose …
1623-240 Gewölbeschacht 2/S/T + Yes Yes Tag Yes p240 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTagged as 2003-08 by original explorers. Retagged with final kataster number 2004.
Under DescEntrance is a wide, open rift aligned roughly north-south, spanned by a rock bridge at the southern end. The cave proper starts with a boulder slope at the north-east corner of the rift, which briefly closes down before opening out into a high, narrow slot. Beyond thisis a pitch, the foot of which is blocked by snow.
1623-241 Dreieckhöhle 2/T + Yes Yes Tag Yes p241 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationIn small elliptical depression around 100m N of stone bridge. A short tunnel to the south from this depression can be seen from the stone bridge; this is triangular in cross-section, hence the name.
MarkingTagged as 2003-04 by initial explorers. Retagged with final kataster number 2004-07-31.
Under DescA short sloping crawl leads to a stooping passage which opens out into a large horizontal phreatic passage heading northeast, floored with large blocks. This proceeds for around 25m to the northeast before terminating in an unstable boulder pile. Some small tubes branch off but are too small to access. In summer 2003 there was a strong inwards draught, which lost itself in the terminal boulder chokes.
1623-242 Tropfelhöhle 1/S/W + Yes Yes Tag No Other Station not in dataset
ApproachGo to 204C and stand facing the stone bridge. The entrance can be seen ~60m away {might be wise to check surface survey if bothered} at the end of a short gully.
MarkingTag on LH wall of gully approaching entrance. Tagged as 2002-04 by original discoverers; retagged with final kataster number 2004.07.31.
Under DescSquare hole at the end of short gully looks out onto a drop of 3m (spit placed for ladder) to a false floor with a further similar-sized drop by a large boulder (continue the same ladder). Landing in a rift, east quickly becomes too tight, while west leads to a 3m free-climbable drop which is choked at the bottom.
1623-243 GNDN Höhle 2/S/E x Yes Yes Needs Retag No t243 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationAbout 50m from 204D, down the hill + north
MarkingTagged as 2001-05 by original explorers. To be retagged with final kataster number 2004.
Under Desc[Taken from 2001 log book] "It went in ~5m horizontally then into hading rift. I climbed down ~5m to the head of a pitch + various possibilities. Back out. Earl in to rig pitch whilst Mick + I surface surveyed from 204D tag bolt to new cave + put in a tag bolt above its entrance. Mick + I then continued the survey down to Earl. Pitch went down, still hading, to large snow + ice plug ... with no …
1623-244 Dünne Faulpelz Höhle 2/S/T + Yes Yes Needs Retag Yes p244 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationImmediately above and behind the 204 stone bridge bivvy
MarkingTag placed 2003 with provisional number
Under DescThe entrance pitch, which is rigged with a spit y-hang and natural back up, its initially constricted and spiky but not tight. It becomes a fine 28m wine bottle shaped rift with 2 deviations off naturals. A ledge part-way down can be swung onto to look through into a parallel shaft. The landing for both is on a steep unstable slope of gravel and cobbles, in the main chamber of the cave.

Here three ways lead off. Following the slope …

1623-245 Weizeneishöhle 2/E x Yes Yes Needs Retag Yes t245 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationIn large choss bowl southwest of 204d entrance
MarkingTag placed 2003 with provisional number
Ent DescObvious arched entrance
Under DescEntrance is large alcove / chamber in NW side of choss bowl. Very strong outwards draught emerges from small gap under right-hand wall, which leads to a crawl. This opens up to a walking passage with scatterings of ice and snow. A passage goes up to the left as the main way on turns a corner. It enters a large (> 10m diameter) chamber with an ice floor, and an ice stal on the floor. There is some passage with …
1623-246 Damoclesschacht 2/S/T + Yes Yes Needs Retag No p246 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachOriginally approached by walking southwards along E side of SMK ridge from 204.
MarkingTag placed 2003 with provisional number
Under DescA short entrance crawl gives access to a vertical shaft with precariously balanced boulders. At the base of the shaft a further climb (pitch?) down ends in a choke at -46m. 12m above the floor in the main shaft it is possible to swing into a side chamber, with no ways on.
1623-247 Kartoffelbreihöhle 1/S/T + Missing Yes Needs Retag Yes p247 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn south flank of Nieder Augst-Eck just north of stone bridge. Directly to the east of 2003-04.
MarkingTag placed 2003 with provisional number
Under DescA climb down/squeeze through boulders (awkward on the way out for fat bastards like me - Dave) leads to a small chamber ~4m across, with a loose hole in the floor at the far end. This was descended for perhaps 15 or 20m to a hopelessly choked floor of small pebbles. A window around a third of the way down the pitch leads to a parallel shaft, also choked at the bottom (from which there is another window back into …
1623-248 Blaudrachenschacht 3/S/T + Yes Yes Needs Retag No p248 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachWalk over the back of the ridge from 204
MarkingTag placed 2003 with provisional number
Under DescAwkward climb down leads to a sloping chamber with small climbs. At the end of this chamber a tight awkward rift overlooks a short pitch giving access to a small chamber with a window 4 metres up on the right wall. A rift in the floor leads to a 90m pitch. Rebelays in the far wall eventually reach a fine shaft which can be descended to a floor with no way on. A short 3m climb reveals a climbable rift …
1623-249 Artischockehöhle 2/T + No No Needs Retag Yes t249 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachThe entrance is situated in a large choss bowl adjacent to the route used in 2000 onwards from Top Camp to Steinbrückenhöhle, where the path turns left just beyond Hauchhöhle.
MarkingTag on rock wall on LH side facing entrance, with provisional number.
Under DescA contortion through boulders leads to a large horizontal passage, which gradually ascends until eventually lowering to a short flat-out crawl over choss. This leads to a chamber, from where it is possible to slither to the left through a gap between choss and the ceiling. Here there are two ways on. To the right ends quickly; a dig under the wall ended in a further choke. To the left leads to a tight crawl through dangerous boulders which would …
1623-251 In Ihrer Gesichtshöhle 2/S/T + Yes Yes Needs Retag Yes t251 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachFrom 204A go to 204D, then carry on a bit further.
MarkingTag 21/7/2004 with provisional number
Ent DescLow (crawling) drafting phreatic hole in shallow valley heading down towards bowl of plateau.
Under DescA small, drafting entrance in the bottom of a deep gully leads into low phreatic passage. After a short crawl over small angular rocks, a series of small (1 meter) drops enlarge the passage to allow standing room. The passage continues a short distance to a chamber with a scree floor.

To the left, are what appear to be blocked entrance shafts with flows of debris that spill into the chamber. Right leads to a spacious passage that rapidly becomes …

1623-253 Rundreisehöhle 1/T + Yes Yes
Under Desc20m of rift connects both entrances. Going A->B passage leads off on the left by A but is too tight after ~10m. Next left in the main rift is an oxbow and connects back into main rift after ~4m of tight passage.
a Tag No 2004-15.taga Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTag
b Tag No 2004-15.tagb Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTag
1623-254 Kindergartenhöhle 2/S/T x Yes Yes
Under DescEntrances A and B quickly unite. Phreatic passage leads downslope past a pitch (QM A) to a crossroads. Straight on is choked; right leads to a chamber and another choke, possibly passable (QM A). Left is 25m of varying-size phreatic to a T-junction. Right leads to two choked passages, both probably diggable (left QM A, right QM B) -- these draft, although the notes don't say whether the draft is in or out. Left at the T-junction leads upslope via …
a Tag No p254a Tag Station not in dataset
b Tag (?) No p254b Tag Station not in dataset
c Tag (?) No p254c Tag Station not in dataset
1623-255 Brecheisenhöhle 1/S/T + Yes Yes Tag Yes t2004-20 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationIn choss-filled depression near 2000-08.
ApproachFollow usual path from 204 bivvy. Turn left just before 2000-08.
MarkingTag 8/8/2004
Ent DescGroove in side of depression allows descent past boulder floor; groove continues upwards to lip of depression and is easily spotted.
Under DescEntrance pitch leads to small elongated chamber floored with gravel and blocks. A slope up at the southern end reveals two impassably tight passages to the left (eastwards). Near the foot of the pitch a tube slopes down to the west, but this is blocked by a large boulder; it presumably would connect to 2000-08 which is nearby.
1623-256 Nischehöhle 1/S/T + Yes Yes Tag No p2003-01 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachWalk over the back of the ridge from 204
MarkingTag placed 2003
Under DescA short climbable rift in an alcove in the side of the hill leads to about an 8metre pitch to a small round chamber which is comprehensively choked
1623-257 Daumenkinohöhle 1/S + Yes Yes Tag Yes p2005-07 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTag "2005-07" placed 2005
Ent DescSloping triangular entrance 1m wide
Under DescNo description extant, but from the survey and underground photo, it seems that it slopes downwards for 16m, passing a right-angle bend to the right, before ending in a pebble choke.
1623-258 Tunnockschacht 2/S/E x Yes Yes
Under DescTunnocks is a major part of the Schwarzmooskogelhoehlensystem, comprising much of the northern section. The cave description is currently (2016) undergoing a major update. Start here for now underground description.
a Tag No p258a Tag Station not in dataset
b Tag No p258b Tag Station not in dataset
1623-263 Clownhöhle 1/E+ Yes Yes Needs Retag Yes p263 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationWest of the Hinter-Neider Aust Eck col.
MarkingTag marked "2010-01"
Ent DescTriangular entrance with two bunder patches above looking like a clowns face.
Under DescSnow slope descends down at 30 degrees for 12m, passing an alcove on the left with a possible small continuation, then past a second alcove with 4m aven down which an ice water fall runs. The passage ends next to a fine ice stalactite with a too tight continuing passage.
1623-264 Balkonhöhle 1/S = No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationAfter reaching the ridge by Tunnocks carry on for about 300m down the hill.
Approach
Handline used for approach
MarkingTagged "264 Balkonhoehle" in 2015
(Tag "2005-05" placed 2005)
Ent DescCliff entrance, 3m wide, 1m high on cliff facing E. Some bolts have been put in for a hand line. ~5m rope required.
Under Desc

WARNING: Entrance pitch floods dangerously in wet weather

Bivy Bag and Brew Kit should be left at the bottom of the entrance pitch!

Entrance Description
1623-272 Kugelzweitehöhle 3S No No Tag Yes To be entered Other Station not in dataset
MarkingEntrance tagged as 2011-1
Under Desc

WARNING In heavy weather the main pitch becomes very dangerous, with cobbles being washed down, as well as water coming from everywhere, especially the rift.

Also known as Bullet Second Höhle

A series of three short vertical entrances arranged along a north-south line.

The southern most entrance contains a tight undescended hole in a boulder floor QM1C and a small passage though to the central entrance.

The central entrance is a steep gully leading to head of approx. 5m pitch …

1623-285 Geknackter-Packsackhöhle 1/T + Yes Yes None No p2006-08 Tag Station not in dataset
Under DescBoulder slope leading to impenetrable choke after 12m
1623-294 Rhabarberhöhle 1/S + Yes Yes Tag Yes p2002-05 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachProbably easiest to reach by walking to 204e and thence 204c, and traversing across. Can also be approached by bunde-bashing from 241.
Ent DescRound shakehole with rhubarb-like vegetation.
Under DescClimb down shakehole leads to meandering stream canyon sloping steeply down to cobble choke. Attempts to dig this failed to make progress. There is no noticeable draught.
1623-298 Zufall Schacht 1/S + No No Tag Yes p2006-09 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationClose to 258 (Tunnockschacht), around 50m to the south-east.
MarkingTag "2006-09" placed by original explorers
1623-2000-08 Grabenkrieghöhle 1/S + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationThe large entrance is adjacent to the route used in 2000 onwards across the plateau to Steinbrückenhöhle, shortly before arriving at the stone bridge. It lies almost directly above the huge aven of 7-11 Chamber in 204; the vertical separation, however, is of the order of 120m.
Under DescShort pitch (~6m) from chossy naturals leads to large (~4m wide) unroofed passage. Uphill leads to rift, which is choked (corresponding to nearby choked surface rift). Downhill passes a wedged rock to a climb down onto a snowbank. Right is blind, left descends and leads to a blind pit with a too-tight continuation (looks diggable though).
1623-2001-02 unnamed 1/T + No No Spit Yes Other Station not in dataset
ApproachNear stone bridge path to 204E
Ent DescRift in side of chossy pit, various windows into pit only getting out of daylight at bottom.
Under DescSmall downhill crawl, choked after around 1.5 body lengths.
1623-2001-03 Unnamed 1/T= No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
Under DescA short (~5m) down climb to short pitch into small choked chamber.
1623-2002-03 Igelhöhle 1/T + No No Tag No p2002-03 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachIn the bottom of a small depression that one steps around on the 204 walk-in, just beyond the large choss bowl where the rather nonobvious entrance to Artischockehöhle is situated (which is itself a little beyond the obvious entrance to Hauchhöhle).
MarkingTag placed 2002
Under DescAwkward sharp climb down leads to constricted chamber floored with choss. No ways on and no draught.
1623-2002-06 Eiercremehöhle 1/S + Yes Missing Tag Yes p2002-06 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachProbably easiest to reach by walking to 204e and thence 204c, and traversing across. Can also be approached by bunde-bashing from 241.
Ent DescNarrow window opening onto climb.
Under DescGreasy 3m climb into rift chamber. Way on is too tight.
1623-2002-07 1/S x Yes Yes Tag Yes p2002-07 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachFollow usual route from 204 bivvy to 204e entrance and continue up the same gully to reach 204f. Climb up to left and follow ridge past 2002-08 to an obvious line of holes in a sloping slab. The A entrance is the northernmost hole, just below an obvious ~3m cliff.
MarkingTag "2002-07" placed by original explorers
Under DescThree entrances along an obvious N-S aligned rift connect underground. The largest is the A entrance, which in 2006 was descended via a rebelay and subsequent deviation to pass through a small hole in the floor of the shaft at around -18m. The landing is on a snow slope continuing down to the south. In 2006 this was blocked almost immediately, but in 2002 it could be followed for ~15m to reach a gap down one side of the snow …
1623-2002-08 1/S x Yes Missing Tag Yes t2002-08 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachFollow usual route from 204 bivvy to 204e entrance and continue up the same gully to reach 204f. Climb up to left onto ridge. Entrance is obvious hole on left.
MarkingTag placed 2002
Under DescHole at the bottom of a surface depression opens out to a pitch into a 6m by 4m chamber. Next pitch-head is too tight and requires capping.
1623-2002-10 -0 No No Tag No gps02.p2002-10 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTag placed 2002
Under Desc5m shaft into a 3m long chamber with unexplored continuations in both directions
1623-2002-AD-01 Unamed 1/S = No No Spit No gps02.p2002-ad-01 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn far side of Nieder Augst-Eck ridge from stone bridge is a large valley between the NAE and the next ridge. (Valley heads towards the valley between Altaussee and Wildensee huts). Gully leading into this contains many holes that are obviously choked. Cave is at head of gully.
Under DescShort drop (~4m) to snow plug. There is a gap above the snow plug and there may be a way on, though it is probably choked.
1623-2002-AD-02 1/S = No No Spit No gps02.p2002-ad-02 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationAt bottom of gully from 2002-AD-01 are some shafts - one is ~1m square, lower down is another ~2m square with a part-drilled spit hole at the top.
Under Desc10-15m deep with snow plug (probably choked)
1623-2002-AD-03 1/S = No No None No gps02.p2002-ad-03 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachTraverse along terrace above level of 2002-AD-02 to reach grassy col - cave is horizontal entrance on hillside.
Under DescInside entrance, rubble slope drops down to short pitch into chamber. Chamber is ~20ft deep from entrance. One wall is steeply inclined, chamber may continue underneath. At (illegible) there may be a continuation: a narrow gully appears to twist off to the left. Above is an eye-hole through which there appears to be blank space.

Further round from this entrance and lower down, there is a large depression with a small snow-plug on the floor, with a crawl at the …

1623-2002-AD-04 Klippenhöhle 1/S = No No Spit Yes gps02.p2002-ad-04 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachFurther round and higher up on the same side of the col as 2002-AD-03 are three holes.
MarkingSpit hole drilled at first entrance (the triangular one)
Under DescThe first hole is triangular with sandy-floored passage leading to 2 things: firstly, a small slot in the floor where rocks fall for ~2 sec, and secondly a climb/squeeze over/under a large rock to a rocky floor, roof ~15 feet here. It appears that a narrow canyon is filled with rocks for ~10ft - maybe after that it could be descended.

Further round are 2 holes together. Lower of the two is full of rocks. Nearer is steeply sloping hole …

1623-2002-X09 -0 No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
Ent DescApparently "Darenesque"
Under DescNot descended
1623-2002-X09B -0 No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
Ent DescProminent rock shelter
Under DescNot descended
1623-2002-X15 -0 No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
Under Desc"Big, blind tunnel" it says here - presumably that's a tick then?
1623-2002-X16 -0 No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
Under DescNotes have one word of description, which is rather smudged but could be "spring" (?)
1623-2002-X17 -0 No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
Under Desc~20m deep shaft in slabs
1623-2002-X18 -0 No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
Under Desc2m wide shaft in bunde
1623-2002-XX 1/S + Yes Missing Spit Yes Other Station not in dataset
ApproachFollow usual route from 204 bivvy to 204e entrance and continue up the same gully to reach 204f. Climb up to left and follow ridge past 2002-08. Entrance is obvious L-shaped hole in cliff to left.
MarkingSpit in wall with abandoned hanger and rusty maillon (see photo)
Under Desc12m surface shaft, too tight at bottom.
1623-2003-07 ? No No Unmarked Yes gps03.2003-07 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationThis cave is somewhat mysterious. 2003 records give a GPS fix for "2003-07" at the location described; but in 2004 it transpired that the cave documented under the number 2003-08, now renumbered as 240, had actually been tagged as 2003-07.

A search of the location described by these GPS coordinates by Anthony + Julia in 2005 revealed a single candidate shaft, which Julia thought she had seen someone climbing out of, possibly Brian.

Ent DescSmall pit with a horizontal entrance leading to an immediate short pitch.
Under DescBelieved to have been descended in 2003 (probably by Brian)
1623-2003-X11 1/T + No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
LocationBelow and SE of GPSsed point
Under DescLoose boulder slope in ~25m into boulder/rubble choked chamber, quite large and with a high roof (say 5m high and 5m wide). No draught, no way on visible. Boulders loose at the top.
1623-2003-X12 1/S - No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
Under DescSurface shaft ~10m deep to boulder floor. Shaft ~3x4m at surface. Could be rigged on naturals. Can't tell if draughting.
1623-2003-X13 1/T = No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
LocationJust off old route to 204
Ent DescObvious low arch in large depression
Under DescCrawl over small stones. No apparent draught.
1623-2003-X14 Knochenloch 1/T + No No Paint Yes Other Station not in dataset
ApproachFork off from 204 path near 2000-08 and trek south past 2004-20 through a very broken chossy area. Entrance is in side of choss bowl.
MarkingSpit hole with yellow paint
Ent DescObvious low arch under cliff
Under Desc~6m dia chamber with sloping boulder floor. Non-draughting crawl leading off chokes. Bones in corner.
1623-2003-X15 Gipfelschacht 1/S + No No Unmarked Yes Other Station not in dataset
ApproachVery near summit of Hinterer Schwarzmooskogel. Best approached by walking to summit cairn then following bearing or GPS.
Under DescModerate shaft. Can free climb down about 15m to small chamber choked with boulders and no draught.
1623-2003-X16 1/S = No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
LocationVery near Rock'n'Roll Höhle.
Under DescModerate shaft, 4m diameter. Drops 10-15m, free-climbable with care. Sloping to boulder floor. One phreatic tube off, sloping up ~20°, not pushed, no draught.
1623-2003-X17 1/S - No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
LocationIn grassy meadow at edge of bunde
Under Desc2m diameter shaft, ~5m deep, possible way off at bottom (not promising).
1623-2003-X18 1/S + No No Unmarked No Other Station not in dataset
Location~40m off 204 path near 2000-08.
Under DescE-W joint with two shaft entrances. Westerly entrance free-climbable to snow plug. Then crawl under arch into 2nd chamber at base of easterly entrance. No way on.
1623-2004-10 noname -0 No No Tag Yes gps04.p2004-10 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachFrom 204 bivvy over col then down + west following line of large shafts / collapses.
MarkingTag 21/7/2004
Ent DescEntrance shaft with snow plug, pitch visible beyond
Under DescGo down tube next to main entrance shaft to head of pitch. Pitch less than 10m down. Possible ways on.
1623-2004-13 0/S - No No Spit Missing Other Station not in dataset
LocationBetween 161E and 161H, on the same level as E
MarkingPart-drilled spit hole
Ent DescHorizontal entrance 4-5m wide, quite low, leading to crawl sloping downwards at around 45°. Strong cold outwards draught.
1623-2004-14 Doktorarbeitloch 1/T + Yes Missing Tag Yes p2004-14 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationSMK ridge, near 234 (Hauchhöhle)
ApproachFollow normal 204 walk-in path as far as 2002-03 and turn left (northwards). Climb over ridge, down into choss bowl then left over bunderous ridge.
MarkingTag 1/8/2004
Ent DescPit with snow plug (at time of original exploration in 2004) leads to vertical rift entrance.
Under DescRift continues for ~15m with a critical-angle boulder slope. Choked at bottom with slight draft emerging from rocks.
1623-2004-16 0/S - No No Tag Yes gps04.p2004-16 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn slope above 204 C and E
ApproachGo to 204C and head up 15m. Now contour around to large cairn. Cave is downslope towards main plateau.
MarkingTag 3/8/2004
Ent DescClimb down hole along a fault with 3m cliff behind. Black hole continues down fault. Sucks slightly.
Under DescNot descended
1623-2004-17 0/S - No No Tag Yes gps04.p2004-17 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn slope above 204 C and E
ApproachGo to 204C and head up 15m. Now contour around to large cairn by 2004-16. Cave is 25m up fault from here.
MarkingTag 3/8/2004
Ent DescClimb down hole in steeply hading rift to 15m pitch blowing out.
Under DescNot descended
1623-2004-18 Eiskeller 0/S - No No Tag Yes p2004-18 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationOn slope above 204 C and E
ApproachAs for 2004-16 and 17; follow fault northwards to southern edge of large choss bowl containing a number of shafts.
MarkingTag 3/8/2004
Ent Desc10-15m shaft with snow at bottom. Tagged on south wall.
Under DescSpacious entrance shaft lands on snow cone about 10m down, and a circular ledge of loose rocks which the snow cone does not fully cover. Walk along this ledge, around the south side of the snow cone. The rope can be rigged to 2 bolts on the south wall to continue descending the north-east slope of the snow cone. On this ledge, at the eastern uphill side, is a short section of rift that would require more rigging to explore …
1623-2004-21 1/E = No No Unmarked Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationVery close to 204 D, approx. 15m down slope NW.
Ent DescHuge open triangular entrance, facing North West.
Under DescWalk down slope (sometimes snow plugged) to chamber. Two passages lead on, left hand passage is choked, right hand passage has not been explored.
1623-2005-01 1/S + (?) Yes Missing None No To be entered Other Station not in dataset
1623-2005-02 ? No No None No To be entered Other Station not in dataset
1623-2005-03 ? No No None No To be entered Other Station not in dataset
1623-2005-06 L Shaft 1/S - No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
MarkingTag "2005-06" placed 2005
Ent DescL-shaped shaft entrance, around 15m deep. Needs a ladder / rope.
1623-2005-08 1/S = No No Tag Yes gps02.p2005-08 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTag "2005-08" placed 2005
Ent Desc~8m dia shaft, with another shaft adjacent. Looks about 15m deep. Bottom has snow plug, and looks typically chossy. However, rift visible in North end - could go.
1623-2006-01 0/S - No No Unmarked Yes gps06.2006-01 Tag Station not in dataset
ApproachTowards the end of the slabs on the 204 walkin, just after the narrow gully climb, taking a route slightly further down (the other side of a large bunde patch) one encounters this large surface shaft.
MarkingNo record of a tag being placed
Under DescUndescended. Noticeable cold outward draught, but comes in noticeable gusts, so may be wind blowing through from another nearby entrance.
1623-2006-05 0/S - No No Tag No gps06.2006-05 Tag Station not in dataset
Ent DescDraughting surface shaft
1623-2006-07 Infrared Spectrometer 0/S - No No Tag No gps06.2006-07 Tag Station not in dataset
MarkingTag "2006-07" placed by original explorers
Under DescOne spit placed, but not descended
1623-2012-HW-01 Unamed 1T- No No Tag Yes p2012-hw-01 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationNear top of Niederes Augsteck, on north west side.
ApproachFrom 204 camp follow cairns towards Tunnockschacht. Before crossing final ridge on way to Tunnockschacht, head right up slope. Shaft is nearly at top of hill.
FindabilityGPS
MarkingTagged 2012-HW-01 on ESE side of shaft, in smooth slab.
Ent DescShattered near-vertical shaft near top of hill. Shaft approx 3 m diameter, approx 5 to 10 m deep. Pool of water in bottom of shaft. No discernable air flow. Shaft quite green and drippy.
1623-2012-HW-02 Unamed 1T- No No Unmarked Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn north side of Niederes Augsteck.
ApproachFrom 204 camp follow cairns towards Tunnockschacht. From last ridge en route to Tunnockscacht, head north and up dip.
FindabilityGPS
Ent DescVery broken, fluted shaft, partially choked with frost breakdown, in a 10 m x 5 m depression. Shaft is approximately 2 m x 1 m at top. Opens out and shelves under after approx 5 m. Possibly connects to adjacent choked shaft 2 m up dip.
Under Desc
1623-2012-OK-01 Unnamed No No Unmarked Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn the plateau between Augsteck and Niederes Augsteck.
Under DescUndescended entrance is in the northwestern corner of a small depression. It has an entrance shaft of about 25m, estimated from stones rattling down the pitch.
1623-2012-OK-02 Unnamed No No Unmarked Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationOn the plateau between Augsteck and Niederes Augsteck.
Under DescThere appears to be a large phreatic tube close to the surface with a collapsed roof. Entrance could be gained by abseiling about 5m down onto a pile of rubble and a passage might continue to the south.
1623-2012-OK-03 Unnamed No No Unmarked Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationLocated in the valley where the winter ski route from Wildenseealm onto the plateau is marked. Relatively far up in the valley and relatively high on its southern slope. Can also be approached by a 45 minute walk from the entrance to Tunnocksschacht across the limestone plateau.
Under Desc

Obvious hole of about 1.5m diameter in side of cliff opens up to a nice phreatic passage of considerable length. Another entrance to the left, to the right the cave becomes slightly smaller. Not explored any further, yet.

This cave might be identical to BS17 but no tags or signs of previous exploration could be found. Also there was almost no noticeable draught.

3 – Bräuning Alm

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-26 Wasserschlinger I 1/(W) + No No None No Lost:
LocationIn Bräuning Kunntal, the large closed depression west of Bräuning Alm.
1623-27 Wasserschlinger II 1/(W) + No No None No Lost:
Location In Bräuning Kunntal, next to Kat.26
1623-29 Schwarzmoosloch 1/S x No No None No Lost:
LocationNE of huts in Bräuning Alm
1623-30 Grundloses Loch 1/S x No No None No Lost:
LocationNext to path towards Bräuning Alm from Egglgrube junction. (I think this may be the first walled open shaft on the true left of the valley below Bräuning Alm)
1623-33 Schichtgrenzenhöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationSouth of Bräuning Alm. I think this is another of the fenced off shafts near the path north from the junction at Egglgrube.
1623-61 Gemsbockhöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationNE of Bräuning Alm, north of the path to Schwarzmoossattel.
1623-95 Bräu Schacht 95 1/S - No No Tag Yes p95 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationSouth of Bräuning Alm, near camp 1 (1977), very close to 96
MarkingNumber painted on rock (very faint). Tag added 2005-07-28.
Under DescA 10m climb down to an unpushed and unpromising tube.
1623-96 Bräu Schacht 96 3/S + No No Tag Yes p96 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationIn grassy pasture east of Bräuning Alm, next to CUCC's high-level camp of 1977 (camp 1). Relocated 2005, near part-built new shepherds' hut.
MarkingOriginal 1976 number in red paint, refreshed in orange in 1990. Tag added 2005-07-28.
Under DescOpen shaft of 15m leads to a descending rift. Next pitch of 25m, then a short climb, 6m pitch and 15m pitch into a chamber where the water sinks. The upper level of a small rift leads to an abandoned passage and a series of increasingly muddy freeclimbs to a final squeeze and 5m pitch into a sordid little sump.

4 – Kratzer valley

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-34 Höhle am Kratzer I 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationQuite a way east of Bräuning Alm in the top end of the Kratzer valley.
1623-35 Dr. Kerschner Höhle 2/S/T x No No None No Lost:
LocationJust SW of the col (Schwarzmoossattel), SE of Bräuning Nase.
MarkingThis hole supposedly has a CUCC painted number "B5" of 1976 vintage, which will probably be pretty faded. But the cave descriptions do not agree.
Ent DescSurface shaft often blocked with snow
Under DescNow, the Austrian's exploration details suggest that the cave was substantially unblocked in 1976 (to -30m in October), while CUCC's find was choked at -10m. Also, the description given of this cave in the local Climbing Guide (Krenmayr) sounds nothing like B5 at all, (he says, already explored in 1921, but today almost forgotten. Need Ice equipment) so the Austrian writing in the caver's magazine who said it was B5 may have been mistaken. Krenmayr gives length 250m, depth 100m. …
1623-36 Schachtgruppe I - V 1/S x No No Tag Yes p36 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationAustrian kataster says Hinterbräuning, south of Bräuning Nase, but this isn't where their map shows it. Map shows it south east of Schwarzmoossattel, on east side of upper Kratzer valley below Schwarzmooskogel.

The cave was located on the ground by CUCC in 1990 and it is, in fact, just south of Schwarzmoossattel, which is almost due east of Bräuning Nase. From the path leaving the col going south, hack off following the little stream down into the valley. This sinks into the northernmost of a group of three shafts below a small headwall facing east.

Number is in red on the headwall just south of the three entrances.

A group of five (presumably small) shafts. One of these was thought, by the Austrians, to be CUCC's 'B1' of 1976. This, however, is patently not the case, since the sequence B1-B4 goes up the valley, and B4 is about level, perhaps slightly lower than 36.

MarkingFaded red paint '36' on the headwall just south of the three entrances. Tag "1623/36" placed by CUCC in centre of paint marking on 2006-08-14.
Ent DescA group of five (presumably small) shafts
1623-43 Höhle beim Wackelstein 1/T+ No No None No Lost:
LocationSE of Bräuning Nase, apparently just below the path up to Schwarzmoossattel.
1623-44 Höhle am Kratzer II 1/T+ No No None No To be entered
LocationIn upper Kratzer valley south of the col. Probably in the same entrance doline as Dr. Kerschner Höhle (Kat.35).
1623-71 Fledermaushöhle 2/S/W + Missing Yes Paint (?) No Refindable:
LocationWest of Kratzer valley, off path to Schwarzmoossattel.
FindabilityAERW knows where it is
MarkingBelieved to be numbered in red
Ent DescEntrance is in a fair-sized shakehole in the dwarf-pine-covered karren before Schwarzmoossattel.
Under DescInitial hands and knees crawl for 20m soon enlarges and descends past a couple of oxbows (one leading to within sight of daylight up an aven) to reach twin climbs of 8m, the easier being through a hole to the right. Soon afterwards is the first pitch, a sloping 8m. Below this, a pleasant passage with occasional bat-droppings leads to a short muddy crawl, an earth bank and a sizeable chamber. The next pitch, of 7m, is reached after more …
1623-73 Suppentellerschacht 2/S = No No None No Lost:
LocationIn Kratzer valley, some way up valley from Fledermaushöhle (Kat.71).
Under DescThe first step is sprayed by meltwater, and the second step leads to -30m. A short rope leads to the next step. A rift follows an acute angle under the entrance way, some metres back. This section is very narrow, and over the narrow section pours a showerbath. Now a second squeeze leads to a fine pitch which bends back under the previous section. Then it gets complicated (the language, not the cave). It sounds like a series of either …
1623-74 Schneckenhaushöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationIn Kratzer valley, down valley from Fledermaushöhle (Kat. 71), on true right some way above bottom of valley.
FindabilityProbably =B5
Under DescSounds like a free-climb to a snow choke (very much like B5, which must be in virtually the same place ?)
1623-75 Wisenthöhle 2/T + No No Tag No Other Station not in dataset
LocationJust south of Schwarzmoossattel, in the far upper reaches of Kratzertal. There is an obvious freeclimbable shaft/cave just down valley from the equally obvious shakehole/shaft labelled B4.
FindabilitySeen in 1990 and 1996 (by AERW?). Relocated, tagged, and surfaced surveyed to in 2006.
MarkingIt is numbered twice in red paint, once very faded and once very badly run (and also very faded in 2006): both numbers are needed to deduce (with difficulty) that this is indeed "75". Tag "1623/75" placed by CUCC on 2006-08-14.
Under DescThis entrance connects with a second shaft just down valley. The Austrian article describing the cave says it is about 60m long, but this did not appear to be the case in 1990, since it seems to choke very quickly - perhaps digging would now be required to get in. In 2006, it appears there's a low crawl leading off from the base of the entrance slope, so perhaps the 1990 inspection missed this...
1623-186 Rosenkavalierhöhle 2/S + No No Tag Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationNear Schwarzmooskogel just before top camp, 50m higher than path and on opposite hillside, where path by Bräuning Nase meets fault running up the mountain.

1994 log shows location (note that the arrow labelled "approx north" is very approx, as it is actually roughly east):

Sketch map (5k PNG)

Following the route depicted, if you reach a sandy depression, you have gone too far.

MarkingThis was numbered 185 at the entrance, but this was fixed in 1997, and a metal tag "CUCC 186" bolted on.
Under DescCairn built by entrances. There are three entrances investigated:

Highest is really tight flat out crawl leading to a tightish but passable rift, draughting. Abandoned in favour of a newly collapsed small hole 10m below, at the foot of a small (5m) cliff. This had a very big rock blocking the entrance and rewarded the huge effort required to move it with nearly 5m of passage to a choke and a choked shaft.

10m further down still is the third …

1623-1996WK12 1/S - No No Tag Yes pwk12 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationSurface survey passes over cave, but no station at cave.
ApproachAbout 12m or 30m SW of laser point 7 'LSR7_' on south side of Schwarzmoossattel (the one with incorrect position on original laser survey), 40m NE of 36. NW (upslope) from CUCC 1976 B4.
MarkingTagged 2005-08-01 as "2005-89" as no letters available in tag kit
Ent DescOval hole 4m x 3m at edge of pavement next to grassy area. Draughting - particularly on entrance slope.
Under DescOval 3m deep hole. Way on in opposite corner from difficult climb down of 3m to bottom. To the SW is a small mossy hole to choked chamber about 2 x 3m. To the NE clamber 6m down rocky slope then 6m along narrowing rift. V. tight possible way on down, but easier way along can be followed for 10m to awkward boulder blockage. Passage continues at least 3m to corner. The boulder was not passed in shorts and goretex …
1623-2006-72 Mystery Plus Cave 1/T + Yes Missing Paint Yes p2006-72 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationClose to 186 - branch off the path up to 186 shortly before 186 itself, and head straight up hill up a steep grassy slope. The entrance is in the base of the cliff.
MarkingVery faded red paint "+". Tag "2006-72" left at entrance on ledge with M8 bolt, but no spit placed yet as no drill battery left on visits in 2006 or 2007!
Under DescStooping-size horizontal entrace, draughts outwards a bit. Only continues about 10m.
1623-A1 CUCC 1976/A1 1/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationSituated some 50m vertically below Schwarzmoossattel, up valley from the Loser Hütte. (I think the reference to the Loser Hütte is very misleading outside the context of the original article in Cambridge Underground, and should really be up valley from Bräuning Alm).
FindabilityProbably hopeless
Under DescAn obvious open entrance leads to an 11m pitch into a rift chamber choked in both directions.
1623-B1 CUCC 1976/B1 1/S/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationSituated some 40m from A1, up valley and slightly higher up the east slope, the hole lies in an obvious E-W fault.
FindabilityProbably hopeless
Under DescA 14m pitch drops into rift passage quickly choking to the east. To the west, a short walk reaches a 3m climb to a higher level, choking rapidly.
1623-B2 CUCC 1976/B2 1/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationUp the bottom of the valley from B1, B2 is met just at the foot of the last steep pull up onto the col. Not relocated in search in 1990.
FindabilityProbably hopeless
Under DescA 4m climb leads to two 5m drops and a snow plug. Across the snow a direct pitch can be reached.
1623-B3 CUCC 1976/B3 1/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationJust a few metres up valley from B2, a series of holes. (Cambridge Underground 1977 gives bearings of Loser 238°, Bräuning Nase 280°. However, Loser is not visible from this area and it is most likely that this bearing is to Sommersitz, which looks rather similar from this direction.) Not relocated in search in 1990.
Under DescThe lowest entrance drops via a 10m pitch into a descending rift. The rift drops steadily over boulders to a choke. Up rift from the pitch, daylight is reached from one of the other holes.
1623-B4 CUCC 1976/B4 1/S + No No Tag No p1976_b4 Tag Station not in dataset
LocationAgain just a short distance up valley from B3, a significant shakehole with snow at foot. (Cambridge Underground 1977 gives bearings of Loser 234°, Bräuning Nase 292°. However, Loser is not visible from this area and it is most likely that this bearing is to Sommersitz, which looks rather similar from this direction.)

Relocated in searches in 1990 and 1996 - best (and pretty easily) found from Schwarzmoossattel or Top Camp by following the path south until a small spring (at the site of the 1979 bivouac) feeds a tiny stream descending into the valley. This sinks in the northernmost shaft of Schachtgruppe 36. In the centre of the valley across from this point is an obvious shakehole, usually with a small snowchoke, in a shaft.

Under DescDescent of 45° snow slope reaches a choked rift. Above and ahead water enters via small aven but no sign of a way on.
1623-B5 CUCC 1976/B5 1/S + No No None No Lost:
Location"Right on the col - the scar to the west has large holes immediately below it." This seems to exactly describe Schachtgruppe 36 as seen from B4. B5 was not relocated in searches in 1990 and 1995. The Austrians thought B5 was the same as Kat. 35, but Waddington notes that the descriptions don't match well and Auer's map shows 35 as SW from 36. However, Wisenthöhle (1623/75) is very close to B4, and if snow levels were high could be a 10m descent to a snow choke (Olly's theory).
FindabilityProbably hopeless
Under DescDescent over snow of 10m or so ended a snow choke.

5 – Schwarzmoos-Wildensee

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-45 Dannerschacht 1/S/E + No No None No Lost:
LocationEast of Vorderer Schwarzmooskogel. NE of the Eishöhle, and looking pretty difficult to get to.
1623-46 Engelbrechthöhle 1/T = No No None No Lost:
LocationNear Dannerschacht Kat.45
1623-47 SCHWA höhle 47 2/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationNear Dannerschacht Kat.45
1623-48 SCHWA höhle 48 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationNear Dannerschacht Kat.45
1623-49 SCHWA höhle 49 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationNear Dannerschacht Kat.45
1623-50 SCHWA höhle 50 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationNear Dannerschacht Kat.45
1623-114 Verlorenhohle 114 0 + ? No No Tag Yes
Location~60m above 115p
ApproachDirect from Stogerweg, not from 115
FindabilityEasy to see once you are within 30m or so.
MarkingR
Ent DescHorizontal crawling hole up side of grassy gully nead head of gully. Obvious. Other photos in the 2019 photo album show the GPS device location on large rock near entrance.
Under Desc2018-07-18: Rock-filled rift ~1m high and wide goes 260 degrees magnetic into hillside (descending approx. 15 degrees). Hole in floor near ent. is a climbdown, then a 22cm squeeze (Radost did it) to where it continues - tight. No draft. Going over the hole in the floor the more obvious route leads after 14m from ent.to a 2m climb down and a drafting flat-out hole leading to a vertical (upwards) solution (?) shaft filled with rocks. [Since the hillside …
1623-134 Höhlenruine bei der Wasserstelle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationWest of Wildenseealm. The name would suggest that it is next to the water tank which supplies drinking water to the various buildings of Wildenseealm, and which is shown on the map, at about the right altitude.

6 – Far plateau

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-110 Kein Hubschrauber Höhle 1/S/T + No No Tag Yes Lost:
LocationOn the plateau, about 2km (sic) beyond Eislufthöhle towards Schönberg. The cave is on the Stone Bridge side of the ski pole line by 100 - 150m, maybe 1.1km from the Stone Bridge
ApproachWe headed off beyond the cross country ski-pole line after refinding 2010-07 and 2010-01
FindabilityRemarkably refound by accident in 2017, and the paint was still legible.
MarkingTag says CUCC-2017-04 (placed, not bolted) (2017)
Ent DescLow (crawling) entrance with strong draught out.
Under DescInsignificant low entrance with icy draught is marked with number in red paint. Through boulders leads to an 8m drop and walking passage ending in a collapse chamber with draught emerging from the choke. Needed digging to get in.
1623-131 Thomas-Eishöhle 2/E/S x No No None No Other Station not in dataset
LocationSE face of Kleines Augsteck.
1623-132 Tropfsteinhöhle am Augsteck 2/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationSE face of Kleines Augsteck..
1623-133 Unterstandhöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationSE face of Kleines Augsteck.
1623-283 Organhöhle 2/S + No No None No Lost: Other Station not in dataset
LocationAbout 300m along the north side of the ridge running east from Hohes Augst-Eck, about 50m from the summit of the ridge at the foot of a 5m cliff, a 1m diameter tube. [no surface survey info or coordinates].
FindabilityNo idea if these coordinates are any good
Under DescA deep and serious cave in a very remote location, with numerous Puits en bayonettes, from which rescue would be virtually impossible after a tortuous tube at -100m.

The 1m diameter entrance is followed by a walking sized phreatic passage with further entrances in the roof. This continues to a four-way junction. Straight on soon chokes at a boulder slope. Up to the left, the passage winds back to a further entrance. The way on is down to the right. …

1623-BS16 BS16 No No None No Lost: Other Station not in dataset
FindabilityNo idea if these coordinates are any good
1623-BS19 No No None No Lost: Other Station not in dataset
FindabilityNo idea if these coordinates are any good
1623-LA25 LUSS/LA25 2/S + No No None No Lost:
Location13° 50' 04" E, 47° 42' 04" N

A large depression on the Hohes Augst-Eck ridge about 1km SSW of Roß Kogel, is reached from the crest of the ridge above the obvious rock arch, by following a large snow field to the head of the depression. Contouring around to the south of the depression, following the bedding, LA25 to 27 are close together.

Ent DescAbove the large depression, LA25 is an open, but obscure hole on a bedding shelf.
Under DescA tricky 4m climb down to a ledge and further 2m drop gain the floor of a chamber. Down boulder slope in chamber leads to a further short climb on overhanging loose rubble to a small chamber with draughting rift. A squeeze through the rift opens directly onto the head of an awkward 8m pitch. Beyond, the floor soon disappears and way on is 5m of traverse in a widening rift to where stones fall free for 5 seconds, this …
1623-LA26 LUSS/LA26 2/T + No No None No Lost:
Location13° 50' 06" E, 47° 42' 02" N

A large depression on the Hohes Augst-Eck ridge about 1km SSW of Roß Kogel, is reached from the crest of the ridge above the obvious rock arch, by following a large snow field to the head of the depression. Contouring around to the south of the depression, following the bedding, LA25 to 27 are close together. LA26 is approximately 200m SE of LA25

Under DescA large low opening behind a large snow field soon develops into a large horizontal passage dropping to a choke after 50m. A climb up before the choke reaches a loose ramp. Uphill in the ramp chokes, whilst down the slope passes an oxbow toreach a drippy choked chamber. Opposite the point of entry to the ramp, a slot in the wall reaches an ascending ramp. To the left is a small inlet, and to the right is a pitch …
1623-LA27 LUSS/LA27 1/T + No No None No Lost:
Location13° 50' 08" E, 47° 42' 04" N

A large depression on the Hohes Augst-Eck ridge about 1km SSW of Roß Kogel, is reached from the crest of the ridge above the obvious rock arch, by following a large snow field to the head of the depression. Contouring around to the south of the depression, following the bedding, LA25 to 27 are close together. LA27 is approximately 100m E of LA26, down the snow slope and around to the foot of a small cliff.

Under DescA small tube at the foot of the cliff leads as a low crawl for about 30m to a choke. A slight draught emerges from a 10cm wide rift.
1623-LA30 LUSS/LA30 1/S - No No None No Lost:
Location13° 50' 13" E, 47° 42' 12" N
Ent DescHole at base of snowfield drops to head of ice-ramp which is undescended. Small chamber visible below.
1623-LA35 LUSS/LA35 1/S + No No None No Lost:
Location13° 50' 05" E, 47° 42' 03" N
Under DescCrawl at back of rock shelter leads to 15m pitch to large chamber on fault. Many loose boulders. Squeeze between boulders onto 16m pitch to choke.
1623-LA37 LUSS/LA37 1/S + No No None No Lost:
Location13° 50' 08" E, 47° 42' 03" N
Under DescSteep snow ramp descends 10m to pool of water. No way on.
1623-LA38 LUSS/LA38 1/S + No No None No Lost:
Location13° 50' 01" E, 47° 42' 02" N
Under Desc15m inclined pitch to snow blockage.
1623-LA40 LUSS/LA40 1/E + No No None No Lost:
Location13° 50' 01" E, 47° 42' 13" N
Under DescSmall entrance leads to boulder ramp to choke with ice formations.

1626 or 6 (borderline)

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-LA34 Rätselhöhle 3/S + No No None No Lost:
Location13° 50' 30" E, 47° 42' 20"; N

Slightly to the right of a hillock visible from Sternloch (LA12) approx. 200m SE of LA11. (This is borderline 1626 or 1623).

Under DescOriginally thought to be a choked shaft, it was noted as "worth another look" in 1987, but was not relocated in 1988. Closer inspection with a ladder revealed parallel slots in the rift and a noticeable draught.

The original entrance is a "walk-in" open shaft which leads on to a twisted vertical pitch of 17m, Parthos, into a sizeable chamber at the top of a rubble slope. The obvious small wriggle at the bottom of the slope leads to …

7 – Egglgrube

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-15 Michel-Gang 1/(W) + No No None No Lost:
LocationBelow main path west of Egglgrube. (About 35m below the path as it contours east of Sommersitz)
1623-19 Gamsofen im Scharlingkar 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationSE of Egglgrubenalm, ie. follow the valley down from Egglgrube until some huts appear - the cave is then SE below a small cliff somewhere.
1623-20 Windhöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationIn Scharlingkar. This is the band of cliffs SW of Weiße Wand. The cave is SW of Gamsofen (Kat.19) and almost due south of the huts in Bräning Alm.
1623-21 Windloch im Egglgrube 2/S/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationSouth of Egglgrubenalm (it looks to be east of it on the map), north of Gamsofen (Kat.19).
1623-22 Spiralschacht 1/S x No No None No Lost:
LocationSouth of Egglgrubenalm. Not marked on Austrian´s map
1623-23 Steinbockhöhle 1/t/S = No No None No Lost:
LocationEast of Egglgrubenalm near Weiße Wand.
1623-24 Schachthöhle bei Egglgrubenalm 1/S = No No None No Lost:
LocationSouth of junction of paths near Egglgrube (ie. divergence of CUCC's routes to the col and to Stellerweg)
1623-25 Mauskothhöhle 2/T x No No None No Lost:
LocationEast of Egglgrubenalm, very near Steinbockhöhle (Kat. 23).
1623-77 Fichtenschacht 1/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationNorth of Scharlingkar. Some way east of the Bergrestaurant, above the cliffs. 500m west of Egglgrubenalm.
1623-228 Kleine Schnellzughöhle Yes Missing None No Other Station not in dataset

8a – Loser south face

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-7 Bachschläg 1/(W) + No No None No Lost:
LocationWest of the Loser Hütte below the south face of Loser.
MapLocation plan by Alfred Auer at 1:200, 1968
ApproachReached from the path up Loser by diagonalling down to the head of the gully from the path as it starts to climb again at about 1600m.
Ent DescA 1.8m wide by 1.2m high rock shelter, and an occasionally active rising. There is a noticeable gully below this, presumably carrying water in wet weather. "Bei Hochwasser entströmt ihm ein mächtiger Bach und stürzt als Wasserfall über zwei Geländstufen und durch einen Graben 200m zur Loserstraße herab, wo das Wasser nach einem Durchlaß im verkarsteten Gestein versickert."
1623-8 Großes Loserloch 2/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationAt the south foot of Loser (visible from Altaussee).
Map21.8 cm E, 17.75 cm N, OAV sheet 15/1
ApproachReached by traversing west from the Loser path as it draws level with the cliffs.
Ent DescRound 8m wide by 10m high entrance
Under DescThe round 8m wide by 10m high entrance leads into an upper level, the Hauptgang, leading north then northeast to Regenhalle, a sizeable chamber apparently formed on a significant SW-NE joint. Immediately right at the start of the chamber, a boulder slope leads up into Teilungshalle, from where a wider slope drops left back into Regenhalle about halfway along. At the highest point of Teilungshalle, a SE-going passage quickly chokes with boulders, but appears to be heading directly for the …
1623-9 Kleines Loserloch 2/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationJust right (25m East) of, and above, Großes Loserloch.
Ent DescIn a narrow rift in the cliff, there are two small entrances, the lower one is the normal way in, and an upper entrance to its left leads to passage which joins the normal way within 5m
Under DescThe cave is essentially a single passage for c 60m going NE to a narrowing. To the left at this point is a small extension, with a blind pit to the SW, and a draughting boulder choke to the NE. This is c 10m from a corresponding choke in Teilugshalle of Großes Loserloch.

8b – Loser below Dimmelwand

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-17 Bärenhöhle im Höllgraben 1/T = No No None No Lost:
LocationIn Höllgraben, which is a major gully starting below the Bergrestaurant and dropping down to Liägerhöhle at the NW end of the Altausseer See. Cave is below and South of Bergrestaurant, just at the top break of slope.
1623-18 Gaisofen im Ammerei 2/T + No No None No Lost:
Location500m NE of Loser Hütte, north of Bärenhöhle (1623/17) in Ammereich, a small cliff band below the toll road.

8c – Augst See

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-14 Schafkirche 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationSW of Augstsee in the small scars forming the NE face of the small ridge running down to the Bergrestaurant from Loser Fenster, overlooking the lake.
Map25.3 cm E, 19.75 cm N, sheet 15/1 (named on map).
1623-16 Pauli-Loch 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationBelow cliffs west of Augstsee.
Under DescSince the length is recorded as 40m, it is interesting to read that a maximum/ minimum thermometer and hygrometer were placed 50m from the entrance from June 1976 to September 1977. These showed that the temperature varied from 1 to 5°C, with a relative humidity between 94% and 100%. The cave yielded Pseudoscorpions of the species Neobisium blothrus aueri.
1623-56 Hornsteinhöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationWest side of Augstsee.
1623-57 Höhle unterhalb der Schafkirche 1/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationWest side of Augstsee.
1623-58 Höhle unterhalb ab Pauli-Loch 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationWest side of Augstsee.
1623-59 Bruchshutthöhle 1/T+ No No None No Lost:
LocationWest side of Augstsee on map. Text says W Hochangerlift (presumed to be the ski lift which runs from near the Loser Hütte towards Loser Fenster) on Gschirr, which is itself unnamed on the map. Current surmise is that the map location is correct, that the cave is actually east of the lift, and that Gschirr is the ridge running down from Loser Fenster to the Bergrestaurant. However the map symbol implies that this is a shaft, and this location is actually unlikely for a shaft...
1623-72 Skeletthöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationWest of Augstsee.

8d – Loser-Hochganger ridge

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-13 Knochenhöhle 2/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationAbove Dimmelwand, a rockface above the final section of the toll road.(West of Augstsee on Gschirr)
1623-55 Schachthöhle west. Hochanger 1/S/T = No No None No Lost:
LocationAlmost on the saddle between Loser and Hochanger.
1623-62 Dolinenhöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationAbove Dimmelwand - cliff above last section of toll road.
1623-63 Pseudoskorpionhöhle 2/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationAbove Dimmelwand.
1623-64 Gr. Durchgangshöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationAbove Dimmelwand.
1623-65 Widderhöhle 1/T+ No No None No Lost:
LocationAbove Dimmelwand.
1623-67 Biwakhöhle am Loser 2/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationAbove Dimmelwand.
Under DescIn October 1977, Karl Gaisberger collected the first examples of the Pseudoscorpion Neobisium hermanni to be found in the Totes Gebirge.
1623-69 Schacht am Gschirr 1/S + No No None No Lost:
LocationText says West of Augstsee. Map shows it above Dimmelwand.
1623-70 Schneckenloch 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationAbove Dimmelwand.

9 – Gschwandt Alm

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-5 Holzknechtbrünndlloch 1/S(W) + No No None No Lost:
LocationSW foot Loserstockes
Approachreached by path west from Loser Hütte, past Augst A.H.
Ent DescEine 1,5m grosse Schachtöffnung fü in einen stiefelförmigen Schacht, in dem ein Sickerwassergerinne früher von Holzknechten als Trinkwasserquelle genutzt wurde.'
1623-6 Quelle 0/W + No No None No Lost:
Location150m west of Augst A.H.
Ent Desca small unenterable resurgence
1623-10 Spalthöhle 1/T = No No None No Lost:
Location In NW face of Loser, overlooking Blaa-Alm.
1623-11 Höhle in der Loserwestwand 1 1/T = No No None No Lost:
Location In NW face of Loser, overlooking Blaa-Alm.
Ent Descan impressive 12m wide by 15m high entrance.
1623-12 Höhle in der Loserwestwand 2 0/T - No No None No Lost:
Location In NW face of Loser, overlooking Blaa-Alm.
1623-52 Sennerkeller & Sauloch 1/S/W + No No None No Lost:
LocationGschwandalm, by the path.
ApproachReached by walking all the way round Loser from the Loser Hütte.
Ent DescIn a 15m by 6m wide rift is the 6m by 4m entrance to the Sauloch. This is in a steep-sided doline used as a dumping place for all sorts of refuse.
Under DescTo the north, an 11m long, 2m high and 0.5m wide meander passage leads off. Through the passage flows a small gutter, which might well end too tight just after the turn off to Sennerkeller, the water emerging at a small spring to the north of Sennerkeller in a karren field.
1623-60 Schacht I-IV bei Gschwandalm 1/S = No No None No Lost:
Location1 Km NE of Gschwandalm between spot heights 1537 and 1607m, below the path.

In a hollow is a 4m wide and 40m long rift containing a row of shafts (II-IV). The rift reaches -30m, where there is a melt-water pool. A little higher up the slope is a triangular opening 1.5m wide and 2.2m long. At -15m, this connects with the others.

10 – Altaussee

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-1 Liägerhöhle 2/(W) + No No None Yes Other Station not in dataset
LocationAt the foot of a gully cutting the southwestern end of Steller, a major cliff band SE of the Loser - Bräuning area. A couple of hundred metres north of the Youth Hostel at the NE corner of Altausseer See.
Map28.1 cm E, 15.4 cm N, sheet 15/1 Alpine Club 1:25000 map
ApproachIf you follow the lakeside path (shortest approach from Altaussee on north side of lake) there is a junction where the path to Hochklapfsattel departs. A short way west of (ie. before) this junction is a bridge over a normally dry stream bed. Follow the stream bed up for a short way until it splits, then follow the apparently smaller branch to the right (east). Scramble up rocks to the East Entrance. This is marked on the Alpine Club 1:25000 map.

Although the Altitude given is 812m, it doesn't seem that high, and 812m is exactly 100m above lake level, which is a little suspicious. If you accept instead the phrase "climb 70m higher" in the original kataster description, the altitude comes out about 780 to 785m, which puts the final sump at almost exactly the level of the lake.

Under DescSeasonally active cave. Ends in a 'Lake', which is a sump pool, apparently higher than the level of Altausseer See, and close to the surveyed level of the Stellerweg sump.

Access to the final sump is guarded by short siphons in each of the two passages going to the far end of the cave. These can be drained, but care should be taken to ensure they are drained towards the entrance, otherwise the final sump will become muddy. Visited by …

1623-2 Wasserlöcher 0/(W) = No No None Missing Lost:
LocationAs for Liägerhöhle (1623/1), the altitude is a little suspect. I think it is further below Kat.1 than this. In any case, it is quite impenetrable.
Ent DescUnexplored resurgence directly below the western entrance of Liägerhöhle (Kat.1). At the foot of Steller, a cliff band SE of and directly below the Loser Panoramastraße Bergrestaurant.
1623-51 Höhlen 1-3 in Weiße Wand 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationAt the bottom of Weiße Wand west of Hochklapfsattel, some way below the Stögerweg path.
1623-68 Kleine Bärenhöhle 1/T + No No None No Lost:
LocationAt foot of Weiße Wand west of Hochklapfsattel, just NNE of Kat.51

11 – Augstbach

Cave NumberNameFinishedSurvey
Data
Survey
Drawn
MarkedPhotoPosition
1623-3 Gellerofen 1/T(W) + No No None No Lost:
Locationat the SW foot of the Loserstockes
MapThis is not marked on the Austrians' map.
Approachreached from Altaussee above Posern. (I think this is below the toll road somewhere).
Ent DescThe entrance is 7.5m wide by 1.2m high. 'Durch das 7,5m breite und 1,2m hohe, flachbogenförmige Portal gelangt man zunächst in eine kuppelförmige Vorhalle, dann in einen durch Korrosionskolke ausgeformten Canyon. Höhlenkarren, Bergmilchbildungen, eine Sickerwasserquelle und Höhlenfauna fallen besonders auf.'
1623-4 Ritscherbachhöhle 1/T(W) + No No None No Lost:
LocationNear Gellerofen (1623/3), at the SW foot of the Loserstockes.
Ent DescA 2.2m wide and 1.3m high entrance leads horizontally to "Bruchschutt und Sickerwassergerinne" i.e. "Debris and seepage channels"
1623-53 Gellerliäger 1/T + No No None No Lost:
Approach12m east and 5m above Gellerofen (Kat.3)
Under Desc"Horizontale, niedere Röhre mit Bruchschutt."
1623-54 Seehöhle 1/T = No No None No Lost:
LocationSouth of and well below Gellerofen (Kat.3), not marked on the Austrian´s map, but apparently just off the road in Augstbachtal. Must be almost in the village. "Kleine Höhle mit einer Wasserlacke im Inneren."
1623-66 Löckerweghöhle 1/T+ No No None No Lost:
LocationSW side of Loserstockes, directly above Ht.Posern.
Ent Desc2.6m wide by 1m high entrance, "flachbogenförmige Portal führt in eine 1939 von der H.V.A. ausgegrabene horizontal Höhle. Holozäne Knochenfunde."