Kyiv City Speleological Club “Karst”

Kyiv City Speleological Club “Karst”

The speleological club “Karst” was established in the year 1986 on the base of club “Poisk” and within its premises. Vladimir Didenko was the initiator and club’s first president. The club was active in Western Ukraine: search of new caves, work in Mlinki and Ozernaya caves; as well as in Crimea: Krasnaya Cave, Krimskaya Cave on Karabi, caves of Chatir-Dag and Karadag Forest; in the Middle-east: caves of Kugitanga; in Western Caucasia on Arabika Plateau: Genrihova Bezdna Cave (C-120), Ahtiarskaya Cave, teamwork together with Moscow speleologists in Illuhina Cave.

Most of the expedition forces of the club were allocated to the search of caves on Arabika in the Kamenny Klad (Dva Pingvina) and Ortobalagan regions, where main work in seasons of years 1986-1990 was performed on studying and first passing of the Genrihova Bezdna Cave (C-120). This was the group that joined Genrihova Bezdna Cave (C-120) with Kuibishevskaya Cave in the year 1986 under direction of Igor Stephanyshyn. Traverse of the Genrihova Bezdna-Kuibishevskaya system was performed in the year 1990. Members of the club took part in aftermath liquidation of the earthquake in Armenia in the year 1988.

In recent years, forces of the club were aimed towards exploration of Western Ukrainian caves. It resulted in discovery, first passing and research of the cave called by us “Mushkarova Yama” and further work on the “Mushkarova Yama” project.

“Mushkarova Yama” project contacts: - Igor Stephanyshyn, tel:+38(050)330-61-13, e-mail: ims[@]speleo.kiev.ua