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The BEC In Austria 1951/1960 to the present day.

During the preparation for a frustrating, but enjoyable, and for me, first trip to Austria last year, on which we attempted to dive the sump in Magnum Hohle (a report is under preparation for the next BB).  I spent some time in the BEC library looking through old logs, reports, etc., for material relating to the site and the B.E.C.' s activities in the Dachstein in general.

What struck me was the large amount of work and exploration that the BEC has carried out in Austria and the total lack of any definitive collection of reports, surveys etc.  Any records, surveys, etc., seem to be scattered between reports in the BB, some logs in the library and logs, surveys and photo's in member¬ís private collections.

After reading the comprehensive data, collated by the Cambridge University Caving Club, on their Austrian exploits, I feel that this is a poor state of affairs.

To that end I have started to collate together all the data contained in the library on the B.E.C.'s Austrian activities, with the eventual intention if possible, of publishing a comprehensive book report.

So if any older members who were participants in the Austrian caving expeditions, (particularly those involved in the early sixties to late seventies trips) have any relevant material cluttering up their loft or information of any kind, I would be most interested to hear from you.

I would be particularly grateful if any of you are willing to donate or loan relevant items to the library for this purpose, and to hear your recollections.  If you are loathed to loan items, it is possible for me to scan the items concerned and return them to you within a short period.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Regards Alex

P.S. We will be returning to Austria again this year if anyone is interested.

I can be contacted at email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to my address listed at the front of this BB.