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a quick question from an ex caver
Posted: Tue 20 Jun 2006 09:43
what is the 'longest' cave system in britain, and what is the longest system in england?
ideally someone will email me the answer - to firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: Tue 20 Jun 2006 12:48
In Britain: Ogof Draenen
In England: Lancaster - Easegill - Pipikin - Lost Johns
But then the Easegill System oftem tops the list for Britain as well when cavers go and survey more passge until they do the same in Wales!
Posted: Wed 21 Jun 2006 11:04
go on - write some numbers too... how long are they, in meters or feet?
Posted: Wed 21 Jun 2006 13:05
Both are around the 70 to 80 Km mark.
Posted: Wed 21 Jun 2006 15:37
Thanks. It helps to get things into perspective to have the numbers. Our longest in Greece is about 14km with not many (less than five if I am not mistaken) above the 8km mark.
Posted: Wed 21 Jun 2006 16:06
But there's some very big pitches in Greece though, aren't there?
Posted: Thu 22 Jun 2006 14:43
How big is very big?
We have one daylight shaft 285m straight down - no rebelay, can see the sun from the bottom... this is in the Peloponnese. It is said to have a twin in Crete, but I have not seen it.
There is Provatina of course, originally explored by a group from the UK if I am not mistaken which is ~400m deep with a break about half way down.
I guess these are big, but pitches of 80m or more are not uncommon in the deep caves over here. We are straying a little OT, though...