Migovec Cave Exploration

Looking up at Migovec from Ravne.

The Expedition - An Introduction

For 2023 updates please go to https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?threads/dezela-zlatoroga-iccc-jspdt-slovenia-expedition-2023.30753/ where the latest updates are being posted. This webpage is being updated.

Imperial College Caving Club has run joint expeditions with the JSPDT to the Julian alps in Western Slovenia most summers since 1994. The destination is Tolminski Migovec, a large undulating limestone plateau located about 6km North of the town of Tolmin within the Triglav national park. Located midway between Tolminski Kuk and Vogel at approximately N 46 15' E 013 45' (Google Maps Satellite Data), the large area offers enormous scope for further cave development.

Expedition base camp is located at 1880m above sea level on the western edge of the plateau, with the bivi situated in a large shakehole benefiting from the shelter of a [distinctly unstable looking] rock bridge.

A guided tour of the Bivi by Jarvist Frost, recorded during 2017's expedition Čez Rob

Reports, Surveys and Data

Every year we take hundreds of photos, survey our new findings, produce a extensive written report and full drawn surveys of the entire cave system. You'll find those all on this site. Each year has a page dedicated to it; check the menu on the left.

The full expedition from the UK was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visits carried out by ICCC member Tanguy Racine during those years are documented. The full expedition recommenced in 2022.

All of our cave data, updated and worked on throughout the year, is freely accessible in our Github repo.. We are currently redrawing the entire cave system in Therion, and the drawn surveys are now produced automatically and can be found here.

We have also produced books full of entertaining stories, anecdotes, maps, surveys and cartoons from the expedition from it's beginning up to 2006 and from 2012 to 2017. These are The Hollow Mountain 1 and the The Hollow Mountain 3 and they are available for free as a PDF or for printing on demand. Work on The Hollow Mountain II (2006-2012) is underway.

Latest News

Check the latest output from the 2022 expedition.