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Bielsko-Biała Alpine Caving Club “Speleoklub”
The Bielsko-Biała Alpine Caving Club “Speleoklub” was established in 1969 as
a Regional Speleological Board within the regional branch of the Polish Tourist
Association (PTTK). After some time it received legal entity and the present
name. The “Speleoklub” has been a member of the Polish Alpine Association since
1974, participating actively in the work of the Alpine Caving Board. More than a
hundred members visit and explore the caves and mountains of Europe and other
continents. Our qualified instructors give trainings of a high standard which
make the exploration of the biggest systems in the world safe.
Since the beginning there has been a team of explorers of the pseudokarst caves in the nearby Beskidy Mountains who, among other achievements, have discovered and explored the Jaskinia Miecharska cave and the other systems in the Western Beskidy. As a matter of fact the club coordinates the exploration of the Carpathian Flysch from the Silesian Beskid to the Bieszczady, regularly updating the list of caves on our website. The exploration team is involved in the work of the Speleological Section of the Polish Naturalists' Association. We also cooperate with the Babiogórski National Park exploring the Babia Góra massif.
In Poland we explore the caves of the Tatra National Park in the Wielka Snieżna system where our members have many achievements recorded in the bulletin “Zacisk”. In the Sudety Mts we have been exploring area in the vicinity of the Jaskinia Niedźwiedzia cave for a long time. For the last few years some of our members have been exploring the Prądnik Valley within the Ojcowski National Park.
In Europe we have explored such regions as the Picos de Europa and the Cantabrigian mountains, the Pyrenees on the French-Spanish border including the Pierre Saint Martin cave, the Gouffre Berger cave in the Vercor massif in France and the Mediterranean Alps.
“Speleoklub” organized the 5th Pseudokarst Symposium (Szczyrk, Beskidy Mts, Poland, 23-25.09.1994 and 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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