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Camp Chamois 2011 3rd International Exploration Camp at the Grotte des Chamois (Castellet-lès-Sausses, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France) From 10 to 21 August.

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1 Camp Chamois 2011 3rd International Exploration Camp at the Grotte des Chamois (Castellet-lès-Sausses, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France) From 10 to 21 August 2011 Organization Association CRESPE: Philippe Audra, Jean-Claude Nobécourt & Jean-Yves Bigot EuroSpeleo Projects FSE

2 2 – Team 2011 Philippe Audra Olivier Sausse Donald Accorsi Dider Cailhol Philippe Bertochio José Leroy Johan Jouve Alain Staebler Bruno Arfib Cathy Frison Jean-Yves Bigot Philippe Mauzet Laurent Cadilhac Xavier Cailhol Jean-Claude Nobécourt Philippe Bertochio

3 Peter Zentay Alexey Kopchinskiy Agnes Hajnal Bernhard Köppen 3 – Team 2011 Ernst Fischer Ana Demšar Laura Sanna Zoltan Zentay Jo De Waele Gabriella Koltai Thomas ExelAndrej Drevenšek Matthew Covington Alvaro Ramirez Erik Agrell Matija Perne Barbara Wielander

4 4 – A Real International Aspect Of The Camp

5 The daily schedule allows to know what is happened during the camp and exposes the activity period of everyone. 5 – Planning

6 Today, it's the longest cave of the Southern Alps The Chamois Cave is located in the south of France. 6 – Location

7 7 – Diving Upstream Sump 11-8-2011 Part of the team in front of the Aurent refuge. The diving team ready to go to upstream sump: from left to right and downwards: Alvaro Ramirez, Philippe Bertochio (diver), Matija Perne. Down, Johan Jouve, Matthew Covington.

8 Xavier Cailhol in front of the Fantasmes Entrance, in a confortable seated position above the Pasqueirets Canyon. 11-8-2011 Many people are in the Pasqueirets Canyon where an attempt of communication will be made between the Fantasmes Team and the Pingouins Team located inside the Chamois Cave. 8 – Pasqueirets Canyon

9 9 – Pasqueirets Canyon 11-8-2011 With a special phone named Nicola, Donald Accorsi is calling the Pingouins Team in the Chamois Cave. Everything is all right. The waves cross through the rock mass without trouble.

10 10 – Pasqueirets Canyon In the Pingouins Gallery, the magnetic emitter antenna (UGPS) is spread (frame). The experiment can begin. Hello, The Penguins? Here the Earth! Can you hear me? The aim is to precisely determine the distance separating Fantasmes Entrance from Pingouins Gallery where footprints of animal have been found. 11-8-2011

11 11 – Fantasmes Hole 11-8-2011 The calculated distance is 40 m; we know the Fantasmes length (20 m), and we can say there is still about twenty meters to dig... At the Fantasmes Entrance, Donald Accorsi is ready to measure the distance between him and the frame of antenna (UGPS) located inside.

12 Another one more box of stones! 12 – Pasqueirets Canyon 11-8-2011 Before to be back to the refuge!

13 12-8-2011 During this time, Donald Accorsi, Didier Cailhol and Jean-Yves Bigot takes some pictures in the large galleries of Valette Highway. We decide to climb in the ascending series of Valette Highway: Olivier Sausse and Xavier Cailhol go to Sulfuric Meander. Another team, Philippe Audra and Matija Perne, will climb in the réseau 13. 13 – Valette Highway

14 12-8-2011 Different profiles in the galleries of Valette Highway. 14 – Valette Highway

15 12-8-2011 15 – Valette Highway Valette Highway is the continuation of the large and long Hormones Gallery.

16 12-8-2011 Speleothems in Valette Highway Canyon. 16 – Valette Highway Driphole in silt.

17 17 – Valette Highway 12-8-2011 Sediments composed of sand and sandstone pebbles.

18 18 – Valette Highway 12-8-2011 Cross section filled by sediments. Valette Highway is the continuation of Hormones Gallery, but the difference between both galleries are the original wall features, better preserved in Valette Highway.

19 Didier Cailhol is in a narrow passage opened at the terminus of Italian cavers. 12-8-2011 19 – Valette Highway

20 20 – Downstream Sump The breathing equipment must be checked because it can be damaged during the transport. 13-8-2011 Philippe Bertochio is preparing to dive the downstream sump.

21 13-8-2011 Philippe upload on his back the breathing equipment. The preparing is slow: nothing must be forgotten. 21 – Downstream Sump

22 Writing tablet used to note data during the diving. On the way back, Philippe gives his precious data to Barbara: the downstream sump is 100 m long for 14 m deep. 13-8-2011 22 – Downstream Sump

23 23 – Diving Team The diver is satisfied: the sump has been crossed while it's rare to emerge post sump so close to the spring. Part of diving team. Alain Staebler Barbara Wielander Thomas Exel Philippe Bertochio 13-8-2011 23 – Diving Team

24 Barbara Wielander Alain Staebler 13-8-2011 Ernst Fischer Philippe Bertochio and Thomas Exel. The team very happy to be back. 23 – Diving Team

25 At the refuge, Barbara is entering data in the computer and the topographic transfer can start. 14-8-2011 25 – Transfer Cross-section Downstream sump

26 14-8-2011 Ana Demšar is frying something and Catherine Frison is getting dinner ready. 26 – Dinner is served guys!

27 The dinner is ready and served at a table outside. What a wonderful place compared to wet Shadock Gallery, isn't it? 14-8-2011 Alain Staebler and Catherine Frison are cocking rice or pasta. 27 – Dinner is served guys!

28 28 – Photo & Video 14-8-2011 What is the plan? Photo and video 3D for Hungarian girls. Agnes Hajnal and Gabriella Koltai are ready to go.

29 15-8-2011 Alain Staebler, Alexey Kopchinskiy and Jean-Yves Bigot decide to follow climbing on the top of Réseau 13 in Valette Highway. Alain takes some crabs and a heavy driller. 29 – Climbing in Réseau 13

30 Alexey Kopchinskiy secures Alain Staebler in a difficult step towards the top of the shaft. Stuffed with driller, Alain begins climbing. 15-8-2011 30 – Climbing in Réseau 13

31 Alain Staebler is drilling to put the spits and to install the ropes. Alexey follows him with the gear. 15-8-2011 31 – Climbing in Réseau 13

32 15-8-2011 Down below, Alain is installing the rope in the shaft (P11) after climbing. Alexey is observing a geological fault allowing the development of shafts series. 32 – Climbing in Réseau 13

33 Together, they reach the base of new shaft very vertical (about +230 m) : the « puits des Pépites ». But they have to stop here : they need a special gear and equipment to continue the artificial climbing. 15-8-2011 A nugget (pyrite fool's gold) in the shaft called « puits des Pépites ». 33 – Climbing in Réseau 13

34 + 283 m At the end of the camp, the ultimate point will reach + 283 m 34 – Climbing in Valette Highway

35 35 – Abuse While others work hard at Aurent Village, José has a great time in cave entrance... Jean-Claude Nobécourt is bringing something to eat. 16-8-2011

36 Matthew Covington, Ernst Fischer and Thomas Exel continue the survey in the Thénardier Gallery, Ernst takes very good pictures with his LED light. 36 – Survey in Thénardier Gallery

37 16-8-2011 37 – Thénardier Gallery Gypsum speleothems growing on the sandstone pebble. Another mineral can be identified in this very dry gallery: mirabilite.

38 16-8-2011 On the surface, near the Chamois entrance, an international team (Andrej Drevenšek, Philippe Mauzet, Zoltan Zentay, José Leroy and Alain Staebler) decides to open a new entrance towards the réseau du Champagne. 38 – Rolling Stones Entrance The big stones are rolling along the rock slide and the work is easy.

39 Rolling Stones Entrance Réseau du Champagne 39 – Rolling Stones Entrance The work begun the day before by Johan Jouve continues, and about 10 cubic meters are removed. But there is no entrance, no gallery... And yet, the réseau du Champagne is so close... 16-8-2011

40 17-8-2011 40 – Exploration-surveying An exploration-surveying team (Barbara Wielander, Alain Staebler, Erik Agrell, Andrej Drevenšek and Matija Perne) goes to the Onze Heures Gallery. They have to explore a shaft in réseau du Champagne. Unfortunatly, the continuation is already known. But all galleries are surveyed and the stations marked.

41 17-8-2011 Philippe Mauzet, Ernst Fischer Alexey Kopchinskiy and Jean-Yves Bigot attemp to do a discharge measurement of Coulomp Spring by a dilution method. 41 – Discharge measurement... While Jean-Claude Nobécourt, located downstream, is measuring the conductivity of water.

42 Invisible cave entrance. On the path leading to Pasqueirets site, Alexey Kopchinskiy find a new cave entrance (Invisible Cave) located 5 m under the path. It's probably an old conduit connected to réseau des Griffes of Chamois Cave but the distance is still 50 m, according to Donald Accorsi measurements. 17-8-2011 42 – Invisible Cave

43 The confortable refuge of Aurent allows the good mood in the team. 43 – Good Mood And Conviviality Matthew Covington has brought his Kentucky mandolin and sings his own songs. 17-8-2011

44 19-8-2011 The team will go until Claude Shaft through the Wet Shadocks Series. A visit of Chamois Cave is organized for people of Castellet-lès-Sausses. 44 – Doors Open Day

45 The group in the Divers' Hall. 19-8-2011 Despite the wet series (pumped sumps) everybody enjoyed. Philippe Mauzet Guy Coquin Jacques Loriot Karine Mayen Alain Staebler 45 – Doors Open Day

46 The know-how is put for collaborative tasks (surveying, climbing, digging, transit, etc.). This organization makes the team successful. 46 – Everyone to his trade

47 19-8-2011 The caving values do not differ from trekking values and respect the nature and environment 47 – The Surroundings Of The Cave

48 48 – The End The End The Aurent Village about 1911 (Aurent museum collection)

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