Recently returned from Iran, tired but enthusiastic, we brought home important results: no less than a thousand, no abysses or complex caves at the time, but in many ways much more…
The group of members La Venta who dedicated himself to climb the Iranian salt diapers, thanks to the help of his friend Yones Shariatmadari, an expert speleologist from Teheran, consisted of: Gaetano Boldrini, Martino Frova, Giuseppe Giovine, Luca Imperio, Luca Massa and Leonardo Piccini.
What I write in these lines is not to be taken with a pinch of salt!
It is a simple final report of a truly successful expedition. No surprise: Atacama is really a space place. Then there was the project, funded by the National Geographic Society (the first of La Venta), and a team really up to the task. The fact is that we are all back tired but happy, with the salt still on, and many good memories.
Firuzabad six local time is our first stop. Landed in Shiraz in the middle of the night we met our friend Younes who came to welcome us from Tehran to introduce us and leave us in the company of Mahadi the driver at our disposal for the whole period, equipped with an enterprising Iveco minibus with which he will be able to cover unlikely slopes. spectacular descents.
In the past month of March a new expedition took place in Chiapas, Mexico, as part of a research activity that has been going on since 1990. Dozens of trips have given important results both in terms of speleological knowledge and growth of the local speleology, together with a general awareness on the karstic phenomena of this region.
Thanks to a project funded by the National Geographic Society, the speleologists of "La Venta Esplorazioni Geografiche" will support a group of international research led by Jo De Waele, partner La Venta and lecturer of the University of Bologna, to explore and study the caves that are formed in the salt present in the Atacama desert in the "Cordillera de la Sal", in Chile.
With much of Italy scourged by bad weather, snowfalls and cold air from Russia, our ideal meeting point becomes the warm caves of Monte Kronio and in particular the Grotta Cucchiara. In this cavity, from 24th to 28th February 2018, activities were carried out within the collaboration agreement between the Department of Earth and Sea Sciences of the University of Palermo, the Association of the Venta Explorazioni Geografiche and the Caves Commission Boegan.