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The Association La Venta is a research group that organizes and runs various geographical exploration projects with particular attention to the underground world. Such projects are carried out using a multi-disciplinary approach, developing new ideas and using new research and dissemination strategies.
To achieve this goal, La Venta uses human resources and techniques acquired over twenty years of research carried out in extraordinary environments such as rain forests, depths of glaciers, remote mountains and endless underground labyrinths.

 
The descent to the Arbol

Scendendo sugli attacchi Raumer

On December 3, in the early afternoon, after reaching the field in the top area (about 3 hours walking) we started the descent towards the Arbol de Navidad and the Grijalva River. It took about 4 hours to overcome a height difference of only 90 mt because of the work of securing the wall.

The day 4 we arrived to overcome a height difference of other 150 m. About 8 hours of work due to the long sections leaning full of vegetation prickly and stinging and the huge stones to throw down for our safety.

 
New Executive Board for La Venta

ciccio_presidenteHas passed a new three-year period in the life of our association. And with this deadline were renewed corporate offices.
First we want to thank all the past Council and in particular the President Giovanni Badino for what they did for all of us and for the geographical and caving research.
And wish a good job to the new Council for the three years ahead full of new projects to start and old projects to be pursued.
The new board consists of: Francesco (Ciccio) Lo Mastro - President, Enzo Procopio - Vice Presidente and secretary, Francesco Sauro - Vice President, Tullio Bernabei - Treasurer, Carla Corongiu, Antonio (Tono) De Vivo, Luca Imperio, Alessio Romeo, Natalino Russo.
To all of them our most sincere wishes!
Finally we want to thank the Gruppo Grotte Treviso for the hospitality and excellent meals !!!

 
Árbol de Navidad - Our little gift to Chiapas

Un momento della discesaThe cave of the Arbol de Navidad was reached December 5 after 30 hours rigging and especially cleaning the many stones balanced on the wall. The quality of the rock did not meet exactly with the descriptions of those who went down 20 years earlier.

The wall was also rich in vegetation including cacti-like agaves, cacti and other species such as Comocladia Guatemalensis called Cincos Negritos, one of the most poisonous plants in the world, which caused burns with severe itching to all those who worked in the wall and videographers placed on the opposite wall of the canyon. On the way back we could not do anything but use tablets and cortisone creams.

On the same December 5 we reached the river so we leave the wall and the cave of the Arbol where we thought to camp but that really was too small to accommodate the hammocks or a makeshift camp of any kind.