reply to post by Vanitas
In terms of exploration, i think over the years there has been a lot of exloring going on (remember the latest information regarding the lake 900m
down?). There is also a book, published in the mid 70s.
This site has the book - it's the first book in the series from this organisation, and i am told that it covers/concentrates on the Untersberg.
It's called Salzburger Hoehlenbuch Bd 1, by Walter Klappacher and Karl Mais.
It's also available on Amazon.de (search for "salzburger hohlen", who, annoyingly, for some reason, won't send it to Dubai, otherwise i would be
writing now that i had just bought it (1 copy available on Amazon). The "Hoehlenverein" website has an order form, but it just completes the order
form and then doesn't ask for payment or anything. I assume they must email you with payment details, or something. Unless you are in Dubai, of
course, in which case they ignore you and you hear nothing! I first completed this weeks ago.
So good luck if you go ahead and buy it. If you do, can you please tell me what's in it!?
And regarding the "disappearing" caves, i can fully believe that they do "disappear". It was my first thought when i read about the "eisernen
Tuer" that would "appear". My though was that there may have been trees or bushes near the opening. and that they would cover the cave entrance in,
say, the spring and summer, but then in Winter, when the leaves disappeared, they would "reveal" the cave entrance.
Again, this may be a result of "storytelling", and chinese whispers, when information is passed from person to person, and at each stage takes a
slightly different turn due to language used, the result being something like:
Vanitas to BlueOrb : "The cave known as the iron door is not visible all the time, sometimes there's foliage in front of it"
BlueOrb to Skyfloating: "You can only see the iron door cave sometimes"
Skyfloating to Forum: "There is an Iron door, that cannot generally be seen, but appears sometimes......."
Good luck with the book!
[edit on 22-1-2010 by BlueOrb]