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Offline joewatkiss

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Northern Spain
« on: September 02, 2019, 09:04:32 pm »
Hi all,
Beginning to look into organising a small trip to northern spain. Maybe a long weekend, probably longer.
A longer trip means sailing to santander with the van, which equals a hell of a lot more baggage allowance!
Particularly interested in a Sima Tonio - Cueva Canuela through trip, but I'm here asking to see where i can get any information, descriptions, locations, topos, surveys, recommendations for trips etc (in English, preferably!)

If anyone could provide any information at all, it would be extremely helpful. (also there is a translator role going, pay is in cake and whisky!)

Cheers!
Joe.


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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2019, 09:58:01 am »
 Plenty of "tourist trips" around Matienzo.  See Matienzo Caves Project website.
www.matienzocaves.org.uk
Examples: sites 0264 to 0048 Coteron Renada through trip
0333 to 0048 Azpilicueta Renada through trip
0071 Mostajo
Search for caves by length on the web site.  You're bound to find something from the nearly 5000 sites listed.

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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2019, 01:25:29 pm »
Hi Joe,

SUSS did our annual summer trip to N Spain this year; carrying out the Tonio-Canuela through trip, as well as a Mortero – Rubicera exchange and the classic Red del Silencio traverse.

In terms of info I can provide exact details of the kit we took for each trip and surveys/descriptions as well, if you send me your email address I'll forward it all to you.

Jack
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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2019, 02:59:01 pm »
A trip to the "Fantasmas" in Coventosa? It's not too far from the Matienzo area that Juan mentioned above and there are some extremely impressive formations.

I've found a video showing some of the cave here:


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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 06:54:23 pm »
Thanks for the responses guys, Juan, special thanks for providing the link!
Will PM you now, Jack..

Cheers

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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2019, 07:03:33 pm »
How about a descent of Torca del Carlista (which isn't far from Matienzo) – a 153-m shaft dropping up into one of the biggest chambers in Europe?

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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2019, 08:16:04 pm »
How about a descent of Torca del Carlista (which isn't far from Matienzo) – a 153-m shaft dropping up into one of the biggest chambers in Europe?

If i can convince the others who wants to go to go in the van for a week, rather than a long weekend, we will be able to fit enough rope in for this! Definitely something to consider working in, thanks!

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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2019, 09:47:31 pm »
If you fancy something less taxing try El Soplao. Probably the best ‘tourist’ cave I’ve visited. Not sure what you can access through the old zinc mine adit on the other side of the hill, but always fancied a return trip.

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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2019, 05:35:57 pm »
If you search the South Wales Caving Club Website, there is a Caving folder that has general info on the caves of Cantabria. There is a further link mentioned that should take you to brief descriptions of caves in the area.

The Matienzo website also has some interesting links to an online book on Cantabria caves although the info is in Spanish. Hope this helps.

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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2019, 08:32:42 pm »
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The Matienzo website also has some interesting links to an online book on Cantabria caves although the info is in Spanish.

Volume 1 http://www.matienzocaves.org.uk/cantab/cantasub2010-vol1.pdf
Volume 2 http://www.matienzocaves.org.uk/cantab/cantasub2010-vol2.pdf
Maps http://www.matienzocaves.org.uk/cantab/cantasub2010-mapas.jpg

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Re: Northern Spain
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2019, 11:50:19 am »
Thanks everyone for the helpful information! Enough to go by now to plan a solid trip!