Interview #13 – Katerina Medvedeva, Ukraine

“Interview” is caving club “Pod RB” initiative dedicated to discussions with cavers from all around the world. What they share about their life above and under the ground, their caving experience, stories, dreams and future plans you can find in the following lines…

Tell us more about yourself in terms of your cave interests. How did it all start?

When I was 14, my parents and I were on a hike in the Crimea, where they had just opened the tourist cave Mramornaya  for visiting , I was very surprised that it was possible to explore such unusual places. In the autumn, I enrolled in a children’s cave club at the Palace of the Pioneers, where at that time the legendary Soviet speleologist Tamara Ivanovna Krapivnikova was teaching. I liked  it very much , there we mainly explored the horizontal labyrinths of the caves of Western Ukraine and after I finished school I came across a seminar of the Ukrainian Speleological Association of Karabi-Yayla and so  my vertical speleology started.

As for work, I’ve done all sorts of things. I have an economic education, but my main rule is that the work does not interfere with speleology. To this day, I have lived in four countries, I worked as a photographer, a  journalist, a guide, a manager, I had my own company producing clothes and equipment for cavers …

Since 2015, I have been actively organizing trips around the world, in the mountains and not only.

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Kita, Crnopac, Croatia – 2021

In the period 24-28.10.2021 a group of four speleologists participated in our traditional exploration of the furthest and deepest parts of the system Crnopac, through its Kita entrance. We used 1 day for entering and reaching the Imberlani bivouac, 3 days were dedicated to exploration and 1 day for making our way out. More on our endeavours in this region you can find here

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Kolkina dupka, Ponor, Bulgaria – 24.03-27.03

In the period 24th – 27th March 2021, team of two, explored Kolkina beyond its 2nd camp. As a result we have:

  • new 200m surveyed parts
  • rigged new 15m shaft
  • re-rigged 65m climb 

Overall, there is a new region with lots of potential for further progress. The new region starts at the top of a 65m climb, which was last climbed by a group of 3 speleologists.

Interview #12 – Teodor Kisimov, Bulgaria

“Interview” is caving club “Pod RB” initiative dedicated to discussions with cavers from all around the world. What they share about their life above and under the ground, their caving experience, stories, dreams and future plans you can find in the following lines…

Tell us something about yourself and your experience in speleology?

I am already 46 years old and I grew up in Ruse by the Danube – far from all the mountains. My first contact with the mud in caves, although quite accidental, was around 30 years ago. At the time, I had no idea that I would continue to wallow underground for so long. I also like to climb rocks and try to balance, between caves and climbing. Climbing helps me a lot for my physical preparation and my more confident movement in the cave environment. Naturally, as a young man, I had dreams of going to a higher peak, to a deeper cave, and I am grateful to fate for the opportunities it has given me.

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Interview #11 – Zana Marijanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Interview” is caving club “Pod RB” initiative dedicated to discussions with cavers from all around the world. What they share about their life above and under the ground, their caving experience, stories, dreams and future plans you can find in the following lines…

Tell us something about yourself in terms of speleological experience.

My name is Zana Marijanovic. I was born in 1985, in Mostar, a town situated at the banks of Neretva river and one of the most beautiful towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am a member of the speleo club ‘Herceg’ Mostar from its very founding and am one of the founders. At the moment I am chairman of the club. 

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Kolkina dupka, Ponor, Bulgaria – 19.09-26.09

For the period 19th to 26th of September 2020 a team of 7 speleologists explored Kolkina dupka.

More about Kolkina you can find here

The team had 6 overnights in camp II (-456m).

For the this period the following results were achieved:

  • Water sampling – hydrogeological research is now taking place in Kolkina. Its main objective is to establish eventual connection between Koкlina and the nearby cave Katsite (2560m, -205m) 
  • Geological research – Sediment samples are collected from nine different sites from main rivers channels. They will be examined with full set of sedimentary analysis
  • Communication – between camp II and the occasional flash camp III, there is now a cable, which is making it an official 3rd camp
  • Technical climbing – many vertical passages were climbed and checked 
  • Survey – a total of 575 m were surveyed 

Kolkina’s length now is 16 130m.