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Beskidy Caving Club, Dębica, Poland
The Beskidy Caving Club in Dębica gathers cavers and speleologists from the
south-eastern Poland. It was founded in 2001 owing to joining of the two other
clubs: Dębica Speleoclub, existing since 1986 and Caving Club in Limanowa,
acitive since 1995. The Club gathers ca 25 members, Mr Adam Kapturkiewicz is its
The activeness of members of the Club has been concentrated mainly on systematic exploration, inventory and protection of pseudokarst caves in the Beskidy Mts. (Outer Carpathians) and Carpathian Foothills. They have discovered and documented more than 500 caves in this area, among them several belonging to the group of the longest in the Beskidy Mts.: Jaskinia Słowiańska-Drwali (599 m), Jaskinia Zbójecka w Łopieniu (433 m) and Oblica (436 m). Moreover the Club members discovered some 60 caves in the Pieniny Mts., Inner Carpathians (Jameriskowa Jama – 58 m), and investigated ca 10 caves in the Roztocze region of South-Eastern Poland. They have also conducted exploration in Slovakia documenting several pseudokarst caves in the Slovak part of the Beskid Niski Mts. and Vihorlat.
The Beskidy Caving Club has been active in exploration and investigation of anthropogenic underground forms: mine galleries, bunkers and fortress. To the most interesting such forms explored by the Club belong: Przemyśl Fortress, underground stone exploitation galleries near Węglówka and Czarnorzeki, and mine galleries in the Pieniny Mts.
Observation and protection of bats have also been important elements of the activity of the Beskidy Caving Club. The cavers discovered and protect many sites of bat hibernation and roosting. Since 2003 the Club has been a member of the Polish Agreement for Bats Protection.
The results of explorations and investigations of caves and bats, reports on expeditions and other notices concerning activity of the Club and its members have been published in the Club bulletin “Jaskinie Beskidzkie” and on its homepage. The Beskidy Caving Club has also organised cyclic meetings of cavers as Speleocamps or Meetings of Explorers of the Beskidy Caves, as well as touristic excursions in Poland or abroad. It was one of the main organiser of the 9th International Symposium on Pseudokarst (Bartkowa, Beskidy Mts, Poland 24-26.05.2006)
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