Reading University Caving Club

RUCC’s Adventures in Austria

After all of our exciting adventures in Ireland, we thought it was time to venture even further afield!

So a group of us went to Austria… Among other things, we went to Eurospeleo – a huge gathering of cavers from all around Europe and the rest of the world – and took part in many of their activities. After that we joined the Dachstein caving expedition – a long-standing group of cavers, who’s primary aim is to discover potentially one of the top 10 deepest caves in the world, by attempting to find a connection between a cave high up in the mountains, and the famous Hirlatzh√∂hle in the valley.

There were many exciting discoveries – you can find out more about these by coming to our Fresher’s welcome presentation on Thursday 27th September!

While we were in Austria, we:

Prospected for new caves…

Appreciated the amazing views of mountains, lakes and rivers…

Enjoyed fantastic Austrian hospitality at the Wiesberhaus…

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Home during the Dachstein Exped

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Visited the picturesque historical town of Hallstatt…

Descended down into Tiergarten, an ice cave…

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Entrance to Tiergarten, Austria and 2018.

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Ascended a mountain by going up a Via Ferrata route (sort of like climbing, but more exciting – if a little scary at times…!)

Walked on a glacier…

Visited a giant ice cave…

And explored the oldest prehistoric salt mine in the world, learning about all the amazing tools and techniques they invented – as well as enjoying the fast slides, the train out of the mine, and the funicular rides!

This was another brilliant trip, and has filled us with inspiration for the coming year!

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