ESP 2023-04 16th Balkan Cavers Camp

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The 16th Balkan cavers’ camp in 2023 was held in Serbia, organized by the Federation of Speleological Organizations of Serbia (SSOS) and under the auspices by the European Speleological Federation (FSE) and Balkan Speleological Union (BSU) in the period from 28th June to 2nd July 2023, at Zlatar Mountain, close to the town of Nova Varoš. All cavers and friends of speleology were invited to participate and exchange caving experience. In the beginning aimed to Balkan countries, now is gathering enthusiasts from South-Eastern Europe who are exploring karst of Balkan Peninsula. This year, the Balkan Cavers Camp had 114 participants from 10 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey).

A number of caves listed for the participants to visit had to be reduced due to the heavy rains and floods which lasted for a month prior and during the camp. Participants were able to visit some caves in the immediate vicinity (up to -50 m deep and up to 6500 meters long) Ušačka cave, Tubića cave, Rikča cave, Ponor pod jelom and Crno vrelo. Last three caves from the list were only partially accessible because of high water level inside. In total, there were 173 persons/entries in caves during the camp.

Evening hours were used for presentations and watching speleological movies. All were invited to present their organization / actions / expeditions / achievements, etc.

Here you can download the full report.