Nedam, North Velebit, Croatia

About Nedam 

Since last year, Nedam is the 4th Croatian cave reaching depth beyond 1000m. Like with the other Croatian caves deeper than 1000m, Nedam is situated in North Velebit and more specifically in the massif of Hajducki kukovi, quite close to Lukina jama and Ljubuska jama. Until June 2020 its known depth was -1021m, the cave survey can be seen here. The cave follows an endless meander with narrow passages and active water flow in the deeper parts. The exploration here continues. 

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Interview #6 – Pavel Demidov, Russia

“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 caving experience. You may also wish to include role in your organization, personal features, activities, etc. 

I started caving in the end of 1999. It was caving school of The Perovo caving club, Moscow. And in late Jan 2000 we went to our first expedition to Zabludshikh cave on Alek range, west Caucasus, just above Sochi. So, pretty soon there will be 20 years of my cave story and 20 years of Perovo-speleo team, as soon as most of us met in that particular expedition.

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Interview #5 – Jean Paul Sounier, France

“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 caving experience. You may also wish to include role in your organization, function, personal features, activities, etc. 

As I started caving in 1966, the beginning of my caving career was quite slow; exploring caves using ladders was not very efficient. In 1973 we started using ropes and I went to high mountains karsts to explore deep caves. My first job enables me to travel easily and in 1980 I was a member of the national french expedition the Papua New Guinea. This destination became my favorite. As I was travelling a lot for my job, I was at that time joining expeditions. Then from 1995 to now, I got involved in the organization of expeditions. The first I organized was the 1995 cave diving expedition to Papua New Guinea where we reached for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere the depth of 1000 m.

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Interview #4 – Tom Foord, Great Britain

“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 caving experience. You may also wish to include role in your organization, function, personal features, activities, etc. 

I’ve been caving for 22 years, mostly in the UK, but also taking part in international expeditions, most significantly to the Dachstein region of Austria. In 2018 I was part of the team that connected the WUG/Schmelzwasserhöhle and Hirlatzhöhle caves, creating he 9th deepest cave in the world. I have been in charge of the surveying project for the Dachstein expedition for a several years. I’ve also been heavily involved in digging projects in South Wales, and made several significant discoveries. I am also a Warden (team leader) on the South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team.

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Interview #3 – Yuval Sobolyev, Israel

“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 caving experience.

I began caving about 10 years ago. At first, I went caving once every few weeks, but today I visit a cave every weekend with my caving partner Reuven (Ruvi)  Zakai and try to participate in at least one caving expedition abroad each year. My favorite caving activity is digging and exploring new caves or new cave passages, but I also take part in the effort to complete the survey of all known and newly discovered caves in Israel. From time to time we are also asked to help archaeologists and scientists enter caves to collect samples and findings.

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Interview #1 – Marko Rakovac, Croatia

“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. 

I was born in 1989, graduated high school and later University and more specifically Faculty of Law. Although I am from Porec (a touristic town on the Northern coast of the Adriatic sea), I prefer mountains over sea, this is supported by the fact that I learned skiing before knowing how to swim. I joined mountain club Velebit in 2010 and since then I have been actively caving. 

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Interview #2: Yuri Kasyan, 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 something about yourself in terms of caving experience.

The roles are changing throughout the years. Especially, when taking into consideration that I am already 40 years dealing with speleology. In our club I am leading the training and education process for new speleologists, all in all I am club leader as well. On national level (Ukranian Speleological Association) I am a vice president and project leader of ‘The abyss call’ (aiming at exploration of some of the deepest caves on the planet – Kruber – Voronya and the area Aladaglar in Turkey). My roles also include leader of the Ucranian Speleological Association Cave Rescue team and lead editor for the Association’s magazine ‘Svet’.

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Caving club “Pod raba” is organizing expedition “Kolkina dupka 2018 – gypsum sunflower”

The event will be in the period 4th of April – 15th of April, 2018 and will take place in the area of Kolkina dupka cave. The camp is located just outside of Zimevista village, some 50km away from Sofia, Bulgaria (see on the map)

Everyone who wants to join us is more than welcomed!

Check the map of “Kolkina dupka” here or the 3d model and maps here

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