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Triebischtal / Germany: Miltitz again or the special end of our holidays…

…but this time we brought our friend Mike Lux with us for doing two cave try out dives

The last weekend of our holidays we went to Dresden for diving in Miltitz. We had planned it before we talked to our friends about Lot ans so we drove from Cajarc to Triebischtal. But this time we met our friend Mike and his girlfriend Barbara. Mike was allowed to do two try out dives in the mine and Barbara visited the famous sights of Dresden.

On Saturday we did our dive on ourselves and on Sunday we had a look at Mike’s dive. Naturally he wanted to have some pictures about him in the mine. We know that from ourselves. And it is always a nice keepsake. We loved Mike’s smile after diving in the mine. After diving on Saturday we met Barbara in the central of Dresden for appreciating the sun at a cup of coffee at first and afterwards German’s brewery cuisine again.

Unfortunately this both days came to an end too fast (it is always the same) and after a lunch break at a restaurant which Susi had recommended we had finally to go home.

All the pictures in the dry area and the photo of the three divers in the water were made by Barbara. Thank you very much for them.

Lot / France: our trip to the European cave mecca

‚You are also interested in a trip to Lot?’ Miki asked a half year ago. Yes, we are! Very fast a group was together. Miki booked a house at Domaine de Gayfie near St. Paul de Laure for the whole people in Easter holidays. Somebody went shopping, someone brought a compressor and another one brought Oxygen and Helium. That would become a really good trip.

In January Peter did the user course for CCR KISS. But for diving in the mines in Germany he needs a CCR cave course. So we bespoke with Peter’s CCR teacher Oliver Marsel to do a crossing to IANTD and CCR full cave course. He stayed in France fort his time, too.

The days before holidays we organized our equipment and bought some things which we needed. On the Friday our holidays began with packing the equipment in our car and the first part of the trip. In Dijon we ate in a bad restaurant and slept in F1 hotel which rooms were like rooms on a ship. The next day we started with a French breakfast (Croissants). After a lot of kilometers on the highway and the freeway we arrived in the afternoon.

We were the last people and at our arriving ithe house looked like a diver’s home. The first evening we had a barbecue and talked a lot.

For our first day Oliver planned theoretical lessons because the flow in the caves was so heavy that not all caves where good for diving. So we started the practical lessons at St Sauveur and Landenouse and not as planned in the Ressel. But at the Easter weekend diving in the Ressel was possible again. Steffie’s personal highlight was a dive in the Truffe with two friends on Easter weekend. Peter can’t come with them because his ears didn’t work – damn. After Easter weekend we finished our course at Ressel with getting our technical cave certification.

Our group was a little sad of illness. Some of them went home earlier. Peter had luck. His ears worked again after a break of two days.

We were happy in getting to know a lot of diver from other countries and meeting also the people who we meet at our home spots.

Many thanks to Oliver Marsel of dive-adventure.com for an interesting and instructive course. Thank you, Miki, for bringing a compressor, organizing the house and borrowing tools and so on. Thank you Ati, Susi and Benni for bringing oxygen and helium. Thank you Ati and Stefan for an unforgetable dive in the Truffe and a lot of tips. Thank you, Alex, Tim, Jenni, Susi, Ati, Benni, Miki, Stefan and Oliver for a good holiday with lovely dives.

Bavaria / Germany: lake Walchensee spot ‚Galerie‘

Before our holidays Dirk told us about going to Oktoberfest of Munich and after diving in lake Walchensee.And that at our last holiday weekend. Perfect! We wanted to go before to lake Walchensee because another friend told us a lot about the lovely lake and this special spot with its scarp face. So Dirk didn’t need to ask if we are interested, too. YES!!! We invited us ourselves. 😀

While we stayed at lake Attersee he told us what he planned and so we ordered the right gases at Bocki’s a day before. And we agreed meeting for breakfast at 8 in the first café on the left side.

But in the meantime the flow of refugees increased and because of that they introduced border controls. We heart about waiting time for a lot of hours. So we started our tour from Attersee to Walchensee at 5 o‘ clock in the morning. But we passed the border without control and were half an hour before meeting time in the small café. Perfect. With some information about the lake and a lot of laughter we had a good start in the diving day. And there were also no wind so no wind or kite surfer could be on the parking zone for the dive spot.

We met some other diver on the parking zone. After a short briefing and making a dive plan we arranged our equipment and placed our stages with a rope in the water because the entrance isn’t comfortable. Balancing over the stones and with the help of each other we reached into the water with our equipment. But that was no problem.

Boah – what a scarp face! Steep down initially! We needed only to let us fall. And we fell. Lovely! Then we followed it and its beauty with a clear view. Because of our lights there were light actions which let the steep face being more imposing. Gigantic. Unfortunately the bottles come also to an end at the best dive and so we began to finish the dive. But at first: deko! With rising very slowly, the wreck of a car and some grimaces it was a short time. At the second entrance we came out of water and began with gushing about the dive.

We spent our diving break with talking and a piece of apple or cheese cake. In the café it smelt of it in the morning. The granny baked them. And the apple cake was still warm. We died for it.

Our second dive was also at the scarp face but to a special rock formation. That eclipsed everything. That was better again than the first dive. Wow. The two very very good dives ended too fast at ‚Galerie‘.

Actually we wanted to finish our day with pizza but there were no restaurant any more for eating it. So we ate something at a Bavarian restaurant with a bad kitchen. Damn. But the two perfect dives aren’t forgotten.

Lake Attersee / Austria: We can’t without it…

What is also great at big cars? We have tested it. We slept in our car with diving equipment and our holiday luggage. And we have to slept under a blanket because we weren’t primed and in the front on driver’s seat. Yes it worked for two person. It is a little tight and the neck is stiff but for one night it was okay. But the temperature drop from 25 to 11 degrees was hard.

We continued our holiday trip from Venice via Udine, Villach to lake Attersee. And on the Tauern Highway we liked the rest area to sleep there some hours. After a cup of well smelling coffee and arriving at lake Attersee – diving spot Schlierwand – enjoying an extensive breakfast in the sun the short and uncomfortable night was forgotten. But with the view over the lake we became tingly: DIVING! FINALLY!

But at first we visited the supermarket in Seewalchen – nut kifli, quark cake, special Austrian salami sausages, some apples, special Austrian bologna and spice bread are very important. Now! – and refered our holiday flat in Weyregg. And the we lost the patience. We left the not required things in our flat and started the way to the lake.

We spent some great days at lake Attersee and dived at our favourite spots Schlierwand, Ofen and Hinkelsteine. But also we experienced Twin Towers and Liebesbrücke (but in our opinion the place isn’t profitable). The visibility from a depth of 0 to 20 m wasn’t good. But under the thermocline it became much better. It became really good from the depth of 23/25 m. The deeper the better. We had then a visibility of over 20 m, especially at dive spot Ofen. So we experienced the steep face differently to the dives last year. Because of the still warm weather we can spent the decrompression time at pleasant 18 degrees. A lovely thing when the temperature is about 4 degrees in the depth.

As an highlight we wanted to find a small submarine boat in over 46 m. But Peter felt sick while the dive and we must break it. We are a little bit out of luck on our holidays this year. However all other dives were lovely. Well the spot Liebesbrücke seemed to be more onshore. But for a relaxing dive it was good.Apropos relaxing. Because of a busy time until our holidays our time at lake Attersee wasn’t only diving. We visited some friends in Linz / Austria, enjoyed the natur around lake Gosausee and visited Hallstatt. The initially late summer 30 degrees und the lovely weather allowed one or another sunbath. Steffie couldn’t leave her running clothes at home so she spent the one or another run along the lake road. At the last evening we paid a call on Mario with a shandy and a roast at restaurant Bachtaverne. After all the Viennese Schnitzel and the potato salad at restaurant Seeimbiss in Kammer is to be highly recommended. And we filled our gases at Bocki’s and his team by Under Pressure as always. Thank you.

Visibility: 5-25 m, max. dive time 100 Min., max. depth: 80 m, water: 4-18 °C

Valstagna / Italy: A good beginning of our holidays…

… but without diving.
Before we can move into our flat at lake Attersee we had three days of our holidays. So we research what we can do until. A trip to Valstagna in Italy for diving in three caves „Grotta dei Fontanazzi“, „Elefante Bianco“ and „Grotte di Oliero“ seemed to be a good idea.

So we booked a flat on Monte Grappa. We were a little bit surprised about the twisting road. On the half way to the top we found our accomodation. The name „Space of love“ was a little bit crazy but the flat was good and the view breathtaking.

The view over the Po plain

On the day after arriving we went to the diving place. But the thunderstorms on the days before especially on the last night made high water in the cave and a very heavy current. There was nothing with diving. We were disappointed. But we did know that there was a risk for diving in the caves. We didn’t know before if there ist the possibility for diving because of weather etc.

Also it wasn’t possible to dive in the other two caves because of high water.

At Grotte di Oliero

At Grotte di Oliero

At Elefante Bianco

 

 

 

 

 

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At Elefante Bianco

And now? The region has a lot of sights. So we decided to spend the rest of the day in Bassano del Grappa without trying Grappa but with a big pizza.

Because of having one day left in Italy and the city isn’t far away and Peter had never been and Steffie 25 years ago we planned a trip to Venice. With sunny, hot weather we let  gondola, small alleys, channels, bridges, cappuccino, gelato and more act on us. At the end of the day we were happy but broken of this exiciting town.

The same evening we had to say: „Ciao bella Italia! We will come back – but for diving!!!“

Triebischtal / Sachsen / Germany: Old limestone mine Miltitz

After the good dives in the limestone mine ‚Miltitz‘ last year we could get one of the appointments for diving this year. Already before we made plans about our dives and filled our bottles with appropriate gases.

On Friday evening we started after work and a check if we have packed our camera and its body. With continuous rain we drived straight to Dresden where we stayed in hotel ‚Waldschlösschen‘, directly next to brewery ‚Waldschlösschen‘ and a bridge called the same name. Here we had a late dinner.

The next day started very early in the morning because there are some kilometres to drive from Dresden to Triebischtal. Out on the countryside where time has stopped a little we arrived at our rather goal for this weekend: the limestone mine ‚Miltitz‘. (mehr …)

Lake ‚Kreidesee‘ Hemmoor: Our turn of the year…

We already went for christmas to the North of Germany, to Steffie’s parents who live in Norderstedt (next to Hamburg). And so we decided to spend the turn of the year with friends at lake ‚Kreidesee‘ Hemmoor. The tour was organized by dive school Sepia.

Actually we wanted to go to Hemmoor at the 31st December but it is an long time between christmas and sylvester. So we went to the lake two days before because it isn’t far away from Hamburg. Mike, Eva, Ralf, Steffi and Sascha invited us for having breakfast at their holiday house before diving. Thank you again. That was really good. After we started our dive with some of them from E2 to the Rüttler. Afterwards we drove back to Hamburg. We finished our lovely day with a good dinner at restaurant ‚Schweinske‘ Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel and a glissade back to NorderstedtAt 31st December we moved from Hamburg to Hemmoor in one of those framehouses on the terrain of lake ‚Kreidesee‘. We like them an they are ‚gemuetlich‘. We shared it with BeateManfred and Armin. Perfect. That was really good. After a short greeting we picked up our diving equipment and drove to the water: Together with Eva, Stefan, Mike, ManfredRalf und Armin we dived from E0 to the plane and beside the steep face back to E1. For the turn of the year we had a small party in one of the houses and a barbecue. Thank you Carsten! The meat was broiled really good. Mjam!

The new year we began with our personal highlight of the Hemmoor trip: Wolfgang by dive school Sepia borrowed us two scooter for our first scooter dive. At the beginning trying with the lowest speed we lined up inaptly. But some moments later it wasn’t dificult any more and so we scootered downwards to the ‚Rüttler‘ – with the highest speed. Three times around the ‚Rüttler‘ and past again… The concret bomb and the sail boat revolving we tried them. Lovely! That was a lot of fun. Very good. Thank you, Wolfgang!

A day later we began our day slowly and dived with Beate from E2 again to the bridge of the ‚Rüttler‘. Diving over the chute we went to the cellar of the building. We were very happy that  Beate had so much fun and cracked her record of depth in freshwater.

Our Trimix dive we made with Manfred at E5 one day later. Actually we decided to dive there at home. The steep face should be very nice at this place… But the tow of the equipment holded us off until then. We planned our dive until the depth of 50 metres. But when we arrived that depth we kept to the right. But there wasn’t anything except sludge. So we turned and still encountered the steep face. Altogether it was a good dive.

Unfortunately our holidays were coming to an end. So we met with MikeManfred and Ralf (*grr*) really early in the morning for doing a last dive in this lake at the 4th January before driving home and having breakfast. We started at E1 and dived over the street to the pipelines and the ‚Rüttler‘. Our decompression time we spent in the forest. A lovely last dive.

Thank you, Wolfgang by dive school Sepia for the organisation. We had a really good time with you, Eva, Beate, Steffi, Elisa, Claudia, Marlies, Carsten, Mike, Stefan, Ralf, Nils, Wolfgang, Sascha, Wolfgang, HarryManfred and Armin. We enjoyed it really!

Vinkeveen / Netherlands: predators…

Normally we aren’t fish watcher… But in Vinkeveen we had some interesting encounters with luce and co. We think that some good pictures were gotten out.

Lake ‚Wolfgangsee‘ / Austria: divespot ‚Marineschule I‘

With a little bit of heart throb we tell about this dive, because we felt very well and relaxed after it.

Before our summer holidays in June we have informed us about diving at dive spot ‚Falkensteinwand‘ in lake ‚Wolfgangsee‘. But when we had been there perhaps we were at the wrong place or however. Anyway we hadn’t found the Falkensteinwand. Some time ago we started a new attempt. We have heard by friends from Linz / Austria that we would better go by boat to the spot because it would be a long and arduous march with the whole equipment from a parking place. But they couldn’t say who plans trips there because when they had been there they went to the spot by a private boat.

But for what there are a platform called ‚facebook‘ and some groups about ‚diving in…‘. The user of the facebook-group ‚Diving in Austria‘ and he who himself had finally brought together. So we went out with Alex Berner by the base ‚Tauchstation Wolfgangsee‘ by boat, but not to the Falkensteinwand. He said that there is a place which is a lot better: Marineschule I with a maximal depth about 83 m. Good – so we rely on the knowledge of someone who is native there. But the account with the ‚Falkensteinwand‘ is still open… It will be settled – really.

We made an appointment with Alex at 3 o‘ clock p.m. on this day. He said, that it would be possible that two other divers come with us. That is no problem for us. But Alex would have done the trip with us alone. We started earlier to St. Wolfgang, where Tauchstation is resided. Our route guidance system didn’t know the adress. The street ‚Markt‘ does exist but not the house number. But we would find it. We dawdled through St. Wolfgang on this rainy day and found the Tauchstation finally. Nobody had been there and so we where enticed by the cakes of a confectionery. Typical – Steffie loves a piece of cake and a cup of milk coffee.

Some time later and almost too late because of our culinary consumption of our pie slices we were on the parking place next to the Tauchstation. Some other divers unpacked and assembled their equipment. Swiss – we could extracted it because of their licence numbers. „Ah, you are the technical diver,“ we were appreciated. „Alex had announced you.“ By the way: In German there is the word ‚Teckie‘ for technical diver. We hate the expression very much because we are diver like anybody else, too. Whatever – the Swiss were nice. We liked them straightaway. While we assembled all our equipment, Alex came to the base, explained the process and asked for our dive plan: „Dive time 80 minutes, maximal depth 75 m.“ „Perfect, everything is okay. Where you want to go there was nobody since 4 years because the dive spot ‚Marineschule I‘ is private and you can only dive there after you got an owner’s approval,“ he countered. Boah, how cool!!! A little later we conseigned our dive equipment on the boat – the Swiss a little less, we a little more.

During the 20-minutes-tour to the dive place Alex told us about the lake ‚Wolfgangsee‘, the marine school and the reason why he has an electro boat and not one with a petrol motor. So we had an interesting and short trip. After we had applied we got the briefing about the spot and were the first divers who readied their equipment. Alex gave us the stages, we installed them, a short equipment check and then we went downward. We flew the scarp slope down in a free fall. We saw a partial smooth wall with impressive overhangs and crevices. From the depth of 20 metres down the visibility became better and better, perhaps something about 30 metres and more. But the coldness came with the depth. In the depth of 75 metres there were only 4.4 degrees Celsius. After a short stay in this depth we began to appear very slow. Now we could enjoy the partial smooth wall and its details. Slowly, meter per meter we floated upward, along interesting rock formations which changed with a smooth wall. But we didn’t notice while the descenting that we dive under a big overhang. The sediment gushed down because of our bubbles. Nobody had really been here for a long time. When you had a  look up you could realize some nice light effects. The closer we came to the depth of 20 metres the dingier it became. Unfortunately we had to wait our deco time without the nice visibility but the impressions about the scarp slope was good however. At a depth of 12 metres we met the Suisse group. They disappeared in the milky wall. After 80 minutes we appeared. The other diver waited for us – ready for departure.

Alex helped us to do our equipment on his boat and so we drove back to the base. On the way back everybody talked about the dive and so the trip ended fast. After arriving at the base we granted our equipment in our car and said goodbye to Alex and the Suisse. But before we had to put a stamp in our logbooks (Steffie needs always (!) a stamp if it is possible).

We give here a small impression about a dive which has suited us extremly. We don’t have words for subscribing what we have experienced. Unfortunately we don’t have the right equipment for the light situation in this depth. That is the reason why we don’t have so much pictures of the situation in the depth.

Thanks a lot, Alex, for the dive spot suggestion and your effort! We had a great day!
Max. depth: 75 m; dive time: 80 min.; water: 4,4° C; visibility: until zu 30 m (???); gases: TMX 15/55, TMX 35/35, Nx 50

Lake Gosausee / Austria: Two dives with panorama

After Bocki by Under Pressure told about the good visability of the lake ‚Gosausee‘ we decided to go there on this day. From Weyregg at lake ‚Attersee‘ where we stayed the tour takes ca. 1 hour because the lake is next to the glacier ‚Dachstein‘. So we started very early in the morning. But the panorama and the changing of the landscape reduced the drive.

Already the last metres until arriving we were pushed by another car. The driver was bent on getting the last free parking zone. But there was one more for our car. So we got the first parking zone next to the lake. In all dive guides we have read that the parking zones are only for unloading. But the parking time was bordered for 180 minutes. Yes – we left our car there. But where was the advertised and on a lot of pictures presented panorama of the Dachstein? In the clouds – too bad!. And with 6 degrees on 960 m it was really cold.

The pushy driver and his female companion and two other people were diver, too, but not very friendly. After we have explored the entry and the diving place we arranged our equipment. Bocki told that there is the possibility to borrow a wagon for transporting the equipment to the water in the guesthouse because there is a way about 500 metres until arriving the entry. But the other four divers picked the wagon up for their equipment. And they didn’t leave the mark sharing the wagon with us – we have never felt so much animosity between foreign divers. So we decided to walk. At some spots around Cologne there are often a lot to walk until arriving the water. With a lot of impetus and a big smile we pulled ahead by foot.

Hardly we have put our diving masks and kept our heads under water we astonished. We expected a good visability but a so good visibility… – incredible! From entry zone 1 we dived right in the direction of the middle of the lake. In not a long time it is possible to achieve depth. But we asserted really fast that there is nothing in the lake except some trunks and stumps – at least no fish wanted to show itself. But diving with this visibility is a lot of fun. We dived flater again and finished our dive at entry zone 1.

When we unsheathe our heads out of water we can watch the famous view: The cloud cover was gone and the Dachstein began to show its whole glory with fresh-fallen snow because there were a lot of deposit the night before. The other diver finished their dive at the same time. and picked up there wagon again. We went back with ostentation wearing our dive equipment. After the refreshment was really earned. Because of the bad weather in the morning and less tourists we got a place on the best bank of Gosausee. But hardly when the weather became better during the day a lot of tourists arrived at this beautiful place. At the top of the Dachstein there weren’t clouds any more. But in addition to that we were an attraction, too. The mostly bus tourists wanted to know how cold is the water, how heavy is the equipment, where we are from and what are the attractions under water. We responsed all questions very patient.

For our second dive we planned to dive left side beginning in entry zone 1. We thought that there could be a scarp slope because of the rocks on the opposite side. But damn! More than a relative steep fallen ground we couldn’t find. There were stones and rest of trees again. But we could have a look at the under water part of the power station. That was interesting. The second dive didn’t finish at entry zone 1. Because of asking the owner we were allowed to get out of water via boat ramp. That is next to our car. When we dived along it we had a little bit Hemmoor-feeling – cute.

Even if there isn’t so much to watch in this lake we had two really good dives. The very panorama you need to dive in this lake. We had a good day.
Max. depth: 40 m, max dive time: 65 min., visibility: 30 m (???) , Water: 6° C

 

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