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Dachstein Expedition 2024


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Dear all,

We are planning the 2024 Dachstein Expedition. Our (provisional) dates are 18th August to the 7th September. For more information, click the link below which will also allow you to register your interest and be added to our list. We are limited to 20-25 people at any time this year, so getting your name in early may be advantageous...


Particularly important now is that we need to make our Ghar Parau application by the end of the month. This is also where we will make our Alex Pitcher applications. We can apply for up to two under-25 cavers who are UK citizens, and who would be on their first exploration-type expedition outside the UK. Filling in the form above will allow you to be considered for the Alex Pitcher award if eligible; last year we were given two awards of £100 each which went directly to the young cavers to help them with the costs of attending, buying kit etc.

Note that we don't split Alex Pitcher awards across multiple people (because we don't think this is permitted by the rules and it waters down the usefulness of the award) but last year we did partially match-fund two cavers (at around £50 each) who would have been eligible for the Alex Pitcher, so even if you don't get submitted for an award we may still give you a discount on the exped fee (on top of the £50 discount we give for U25 cavers or student generally).


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If you are curious about the expedition, we will be running our usual open training event, probably in April (dates to be confirmed) and I've just posted three years worth of reports in another thread :)