Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Valley Ortho Balagan.

The history of exploration in the cave. 2000, August. The first kilometer of Krubera.

Preparations for the expedition.

The 1999 expedition to the cave Krubera-Voronya ended breakthrough in two directions. In a branch called Nekuybyshevska we descended to a depth of 500 meters and stopped further passage in the great hall at the bottom of a 100-meter well. In large blocky overthrow, which was a stream, passage was not found. In the "Upper" (later named "Main") thread we were able to descend to depths of 750 meters, and the cave continued...

Planning an expedition of 2000, I carefully studied the information about the nearest to Krubera the deepest caves of Arabica. Kuybyshevskaya cave at a depth of 1110 meters ended in a huge room with a blockage at the bottom, Henrihova Abyss at a depth of 800 meters connects to Kuybyshevskaya in Ilyuhinska deeper 1000m begin siphons. A simple analysis suggests, what prospects can we expect in the study of the caves of Krubera. Rather, relatively easy passage to a depth of 1000 - 1100 meters, and then to prepare for a serious obstacle. Blockages or siphon. In case luck added another 100 meters vertically and began to prepare to storm the cave to a depth of 1200 meters. In the calculation of this depth were procured and prepared equipment, formed the underground camp, thoughtful tactical picture for future work. All efforts planned to focus on a branch -750 meters, while Nekuybyshevskaya branch remained unheeded.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. The beginning of the expedition. All the ropes on the surface. Director of broadcasting plans.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Snowflakes valley Ortho Balagan.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Camp expedition.

The group

In those days we were adherents of work and life in autonomous expedition crewsEach crew on the surface and underground lived, ate and worked separately (autonomous) from other crews. At such organization of work and life had many advantages, but was, of course, and cons, which we tried not to pay attention.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Alex Zhdanovich.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Alex Zhdanovich hurry to the cave)))

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Sasha Dryzhyruk back of the cave.

Thus, the first crew entered, but us with Julia, our colleague at the station of young tourists, who lives in a small district center in Poltava region - Kotelva Sasha Dryzhyruk and experienced caver who trained a generation of young cavers, Olga Ryazanova. Olga previously lived in Nova Kakhovka, but now his family moved to Kyiv.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Glory to Ukraine!

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Glory to heroes!

The second team consists of cavers Uzhgorod. It includes Alex and Vera Zhdanovich who participated in last year's expedition, and also very athletic and strong guys Levynets Misha and Vitali Galas.

The third crew formed Kiev, Andrei Romanenko, and two Aleksanders Karpechenko and Smakovenko.

Working in a cave.

The cave part of the expedition consisted of three stages.

The first stage - preparatory. During this stage:

  • we resumed hanging in the cave to -750 meters
  • did the survey from the surface to -750 meters
  • built camp sites in two tents at a depth of -500 meters at the Grand Cascade
  • was also carried out reconnaissance North of the tributary length of 200 meters (inflow goes into the Old part at the depth of 255 metres) and meander "Smile" (the entrance to the meander - window in the well To 110 to the master branch)
  • sapper work began to expand in приходовій narrowness of the cave.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Organization hanging in the cave.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Zhdanovich Vira. Construction site for UBC at -500 meters.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Andrey Romanenko extends narrowness.

The second stage - the first ascent. The second stage started "moving" in the underground camp at -500 meters, the first of the two crews. Three assault two, replacing each other, worked on pathfinding and equipment to the slopes, and one deuce (Julia, Olga) were engaged in the survey of railway sections. The cave continued series of cascades at 30 - 40 meters, separated by short meanders. Calmly, with a sense of cautious enthusiasm was passed the kilometer mark. The cave continued, and it was important. In assault the last day of the expedition, the three explorers went to the seventy-metre well, which spilled into the hall. To the bottom of the well lacked a few feet of rope and so we had to hitch to complete three pedals with jumars, stagnates in line with each other.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. The first group before going into the cave.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Snack in a cave at a depth of 500 meters.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Expedition Camp.

So we went on the expedition planned depth of 1200 meters at the last exit and intelligence with the latest equipment. Do the further way was blocked by the stone dam ...

But the blockage was quickly passed and suddenly we were at another well depth of 20-25 meters... The cave continued to a surprise we were not ready. We never even dreamed of...

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Visiting Uncle Kolya near the Ventiljator cave.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Leisure in the underground camp.

Call of the Abyss. Arabica, 2000

Picture by Yuliya Tumoshevskaya. Entertainment on the surface.

The third phase - notch equipment went without complications. All the rope has been left in the cave for future expeditions. A piece of iron in those days in the cave, we still did not leave.

Yuri Kasian

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