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Offline Alex

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Vercors caving, winter
« on: October 13, 2019, 08:20:09 pm »
Hi guys,

Me and my partner plan on looking at some of the caves in the Vercors such as Grotte de Gournier, in winter, over Christmas time. Now there is the obvious issue of access to most caves being harder due to traipsing through snow and some entrances will of course be buried but is it possible to go down these easier caves in winter? I can't see Grotte do Gournier being blocked for example. Is there a risk at this time of year of sudden flood pulses due to snow melt?

Any body on here got experience going caving in the Vercors in the winter?
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Offline David Rose

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Re: Vercors caving, winter
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2019, 10:20:41 pm »
I've done the Trou de Glaz to Guiers Mort through trip in the Dent de Crolles system (in the Chartreuse, next to the Vercors) in midwinter. The caving was fine, but the road up to the Col des Coqs was iced up. We had no snow chains, so had to slog up the hill from the bottom to the top entrance. Hard work in the snow. With snow chains (and of course two cars - one to go up the Col, and to be picked up after the trip, and the other to be left at the bottom) it would have been easier. Other traverses such as Glaz to Grotte Annette would also be possible, I think, though the path from Annette entrance back to the Col des Coqs is steep and exposed in places, so might be awkward in wellies in the snow.

The water in the Gournier would be very cold in the winter. And you do get wet in there. Maybe it would be ok with thick neoprene or a neoprene vest and a wetsuit on top. This cave is somewhat weather dependent anyway, but I do think it gets done in winter.

As for flood pulses - well, watch the weather forecast.

Offline Tricky Dicky

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Re: Vercors caving, winter
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2019, 04:49:07 pm »
If you went a bit earlier (beginning of December) you could try diving in the Gournier Lake with http://www.vercors-plongee.com/#/plongee-caverne/2967246

It's a great dive with standard scuba kit, no experience needed and he has a motorised wheel barrow to get the kit to the cave  ;D

Offline moletta

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Re: Vercors caving, winter
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2019, 09:02:47 pm »
I'd just like to say (from an unscheduled personal experience) that the lake in Gournier is pretty cold in August!