Brief presentation of the Amateur Cavers' Club
from Cluj (CSA Cluj)
Transylvanian Speleological Society
Center for Ecological Survey of the Apuseni Mountains
The Amateur Cavers' Club from Cluj was founded on February 6, 1966
and it was legally registered on March 24, 1992. It is affiliated to:
and it gathers members from 16 to 70 years old.
The aims of the organization are:
In order to accomplish these aims, we develop the following kind of activities:
to foster the knowledge of the caves and karst areas,
to increase the youth people awareness about sustainable development policies
to conserve and protect the caves and karst areas.
The Amateur Cavers' Club from Cluj is the manager of three Romanian caves,
declared as natural monuments or speleological reserves. These caves are
speleological training courses
speleological research camps in different karst areas (i.e. Pădurea Craiului
Mountains, Bihor Mountains, Vlădeasa Mountains)
collaboration with local authorities, "Emil Racovitza" Speleological
Institute, Romanian Cave Rescue Body, Mining Research Institute, Carpathian
Society of Transylvania, educational institutions, other institutions and
organizations from Romania and abroad
ecological education camps for youth people
protection activities related to caves and karst areas.
Each of these has special features related to length, morphology or crystallography.
The Vântului Cave is the longest Romanian cave, having more than 50 km
of galleries, representing also the longest cave from SE Europe.
Vântului Cave (Wind's Cave),
Ponoraș Cave and respectively
The outcomes of the club's activities are over 100 km of new galleries,
several articles and scientific works published, by its members, in different
specialized magazines in Romania and abroad. During its 35 years of continuous
activity, which includes 68 speleological camps, the club and its members
were awarded with 50 trophies and diplomas.
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