Kharkiv City Speleological Club “Variant”

“Variant” is a youth, sport and non-profit organization. The club exists on enthusiasm of its members; all of its property was purchased by members with their hard-earned money.

The club was formed in October of year 1986, by merge of speleo section of Kharkov National University and children’s speleo tourism section at the Palace of Pioneers on the base of school #109. Then, the club transformed into speleo tourist section at KNURE (Kharkov National University of Radio Electronics), but knowing people say, that transformation was partially formal, because the club was in need of premises, and one could not be granted to the organization not related to KNURE. At present, the club is a separate juridical person, owns isolated property. It has stamp, emblem and other requisites.

Goals and Objectives

  • Search, discovery and exploration of natural and artificial caves, as well as ancient underground tunnels and mazes;
  • Organization of theoretical, sport and technical training, ensuring safety of speleological research and sport passing of the karst caverns;
  • Hosting of thematic workshops and speleo tourism competitions;
  • Promotion and popularization of scientific, aesthetic and practical knowledge about caves.

Achievements

  • Participation in research and passing of deepest cave in the world – Voronya (Caucasia, Arabika);
  • Discovery and research of new regions in second longest limestone cave in the world – Ozernaya (Western Ukraine);
  • Exploration and surveying of number of caves in Hipstinsky Massif, Abkhazia: Kanion, Bozhenko, Veterok and others;
  • Search and description of new regions in caves of Alek Ridge: Zabludshih, Osennaya, TAP;
  • Research of new regions of Donbass cave deposition;
  • Bat monitoring in anthropogenic caves of Kharkov Region.

Line of Work

  • Educational and methodological: initial and specialized training in speleo tourism, publishing of speleological literature;
  • Search and study: discovery and exploration of perspective speleological regions in Ukrainian and abroad;
  • Sports and technical: organization and hosting of training tours and practice of caving techniques on the training grounds;
  • Design: invention, manufacturing and testing of new models of speleological equipment.

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