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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.

 

 
Dark Star 2014, let's draw conclusions

Team Dark Star 2014We have just completed the international expedition Dark Star 2014.
For the fourth consecutive year, cavers from different countries and continents have worked side by side in one of the highest and most remote karst areas of the planet: the huge "wall" of Baysun Tau in the south of Uzbekistan. In fact, as the  monoclonal has a length of 60 km, exploration focused on that portion of the mountain that for 30 years never ceases to amaze: Godja Gur Gur Ata, which in the local language means "The father of the caves."
Coordinated by the Speleo Club Ekaterinburg, also this year's expedition was sponsored by La Venta and saw the participation of 4 italians: Aldo Gira, Giovanni Gurrieri, Alessandro Rinaldi e Giuseppe Spitaleri. In addition, thanks to the excellent results of the explorations and documentation of this new round of expeditions, the project has received the support of the National Geographic Society, that also sent a reporter and two photographers: Americans Mark Synnott and Matt Oliphant and English Robbie Shone. In early 2015, the magazine will publish a report on Dark Star 2014, with the beautiful photos of Robbie and Matt. In addition, thanks to the enormous work of Vadim Loginov and Larisa Pozdnyakova is expected in the coming months, a documentary full of interviews, external overviews (filmed with the help of a drone) and videos shot during the explorations in Dark Star.
And the explorations?

 
"In depth" by Dark Star

Dark StarI have just received a call from Giuseppe.
News are secondary to the fantastic sound of his thrilled voice. The beauty of exploration rather than the meters that are added to the knowledge are the human stories and the friendships that arise or are consolidated in those moments.
Giuseppe tells me that the internal camp, located at 800 meters of depth, in the complex lasted for well over 6 days. That must not have been easy at a temperature of almost zero degrees is my addition.
In these days of camp they explored, and a lot. The cave goes down to -900 with a development which now exceeds 13 km in total. The areas explored are mainly composed of meanders tall and narrow. And very wete from a significant water flow. It almost seems like Boy Bulok he screams to me excited from the Intermatica satellite phone.

 
From Italy to the depths of Uzbekistan

Il muroAfter "only" 38 hours of travel and a couple of days to obtain the permits finally the expedition Dark Star 2014 is operating.

The base camp has been set up below the entrance of Dark Star and the ascent that leads to the cave was equipped.
Sunday a group brought the diving material to the terminal siphon of the Siffonnaja cave (one of the many entrances near Dark Star, explored in the 90s).
Another group climbed on the plateau and yesterday has equipped the descent to R19, a cave explored and surveied in the 80s and of which the topography was lost.