Tomorrow morning, an expedition sponsored by our association will enter the Cueva del Rio la Venta, the most important underground system discovered by us in this region, for a long descent with exploratory purposes and improvement equipment.

La Cueva del Rio la Venta, discovered in 1990 during the first descent of the canyon (which later gave rise to our association the following year), was explored up until 1994 and then joined in 1995 with a cave located on the plateau: since then it is a long, extraordinary underground crossing that develops for about 12 km and over 400 m of depth.
The system, famous for its great morphological diversity, still has several exploratory possibilities and the new expedition will focus on two in particular: the left tributary at the Escalera del Diablo waterfall and the fossil branch above the large hall called At the gates of the chaos.
The other important objective is the new tooling of nails and ropes where the great tropical floods have deteriorated or even destroyed the weapons for the descent.
Finally a team will dedicate itself to the first video documentation of the cave, also with the aim of creating a documentary in two episodes for the RAI Val d'Aosta by Frank Vanzetti.

The expedition boasts an exceptional sponsor and that is the producer Raumer, present not only with his attacks and gear, but also in person: Cesare Raumer in fact, who traveled this cave in 2012, was so impressed that he decided to return , and to do so in force: the group is in fact composed of 21 people, including three Mexican speleologists.
The Italian speleo come from various groups, all belonging to the CAI: Schio, Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Aosta and Gioia del Colle (Puglia).
The stay in the cave will be 4 or 5 days, depending on the discoveries. The exit at the bottom of the canyon is therefore scheduled for Friday, March 8th.
To underline how this expedition will adopt, for the first time in Mexico, the line of bringing out all the human waste, including organic waste, as the association has already begun to do on Venezuelan Tepui: it is in fact caves where the areas of camp are particularly fragile from the point of view of human impact. We hope this setting will serve as an example for all future international and non-domestic shipments, in Mexico and beyond.
Tullio Bernabei

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