EuroSpeleo 2016 Sessions

Cave explorations at Tennengebirge, Austria since 1980

Session code: OE12

Oral / Exploration, Main EuroSpeleo Conference

Mr Vladimir Georgiev


The history of the Bulgarian explorations in the Tennengebirge massif in Austria that started in 1980 and were continued now, more than 30 years later.
In the years between 1980 and 1983 our teams explored more than forty vertical caves ranging from small ones to maze ones with a depth close to -600m. All of those were wet and cold alpine caves, with entrance shafts often filled with snow and ice.
The explorations were stopped in 1983, but were continued at the 30th anniversary, in 2013. For the last three years, there has been new discoveries and new adventures, some related to caving and some not.
This talk will cover the history if the old expeditions and the problems they had back then, as well as the findings of the new ones.


An active caver for the last 10 years, Vladimir has participated in and led expeditions in Bulgaria and abroad. The ones abroad include Austria, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia and others. He is actively involved in cave rescue and in the Bulgarian Federation of Speleology.


Bulgarian Federation of Speleology