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Offline Keith P

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Advice needed on Caving in The Ariege/Aude area - France
« on: April 06, 2016, 08:02:44 pm »
Hello All,

Our intention is a club visit to the Ariege/Aude area this summer.  We intend going for a week to the Villefranche le Conflent to Vernet les Bains locality and have already identified 3 quality canyon trips.  Not sure about the caves though. www.grottocenter.org gives three what could be very interesting ones nearby: Grotte d'En Gorner (17 km), Grotte de Canalettes (26 km) and Grotte des Ambouilla (35 km).  However the site doesn't seem to want to divulge any further facts.  Does anyone out there have any personal or second hand knowledge of these particular caves or others in this area.  Any info would be greatly appreciated as would any tips on group accommodation.  Cheers.
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Re: Advice needed on Caving in The Ariege/Aude area - France
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2016, 08:32:01 pm »
There is a book .....










SPÉLÉOGUIDE Ariège - Pyrénées Tome 1 by Fio Guillot and Phil Bence [2004] 128 pp, photos, surveys.  Usual detailed guide to 30 of the most popular caves in Ariege.  SB In French

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Re: Advice needed on Caving in The Ariege/Aude area - France
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Re: Advice needed on Caving in The Ariege/Aude area - France
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2016, 10:12:51 pm »
Hi Keith

If you pm me your email address -  i'll dropbox you a load of information on some other caves in Aude/Ariege

I've had  two or three trips there but never made it to those caves, but we did do some other great trips

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Re: Advice needed on Caving in The Ariege/Aude area - France
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2016, 12:10:03 pm »
Hi,

In the Aude / Herault area you can visit splendid caves. But you need to have some connections. A lot of the caves are gated and can only be visited with a guide.

A very helpfull caver you' ll find in the following club : http://exploscm.canalblog.com/  try to get in contact with Christophe Bés.

some tips :

- Castanviels
- bufo Fret
- Vent d'anges

On our clubpage http://www.scavalon.be/avalonuk/av09.htm you can find a very small impression of European caves we visited with the club over the years. Just pick aude / hérault

Some picture galeries of the caves : http://www.scavalon.be/webalbums/Cave%20trips%20in%20France/index.html

A lot of the caves have aragonite and it comes in different colors (blue/green/yellow/white)

http://www.scavalon.be/webalbums/Aragonite/index.html

If you want to visit the cave with the green aragonite you can try to get a visit via the following site, the cave is called mont marcou :

http://www.associationmontmarcou.fr/

But it will not be for this year :-(

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Re: Advice needed on Caving in The Ariege/Aude area - France
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2016, 10:20:11 am »
Some SWCC members are visiting the Herault this summer. Ian Millar is the man who can supply you with information


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Re: Advice needed on Caving in The Ariege/Aude area - France
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2016, 12:08:53 pm »
A cave a bit further is Bufo Fret

http://hotwaker.free.fr/page%20speleo%20bufofret.htm

And some other caves in the area (herault/ariege/aude/....)

http://hotwaker.free.fr/page%20speleo.htm#listespeleo

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Re: Advice needed on Caving in The Ariege/Aude area - France
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2016, 06:01:29 pm »
Hello to all who have replied to this thread - just a thank you to Tony for the book info, Barny for the Aude link, Beardy for his very comprehensive dropbox stuff, Leclused for the regional info and tips on approaching local clubs and to Pete the caver for the SWCC tip. We could well have a trip forming here.
Thanks Guys.
Keith P

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Re: Advice needed on Caving in The Ariege/Aude area - France
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2016, 06:22:44 pm »
See, it's not just all about arguing about CROW on here! :)
I'm not a complete idiot: some parts are missing!