Over a month since the last post! This cannot be allowed to happen!
Personally i have been a little busy with work, but i have been checking every day and trying to find a new avenue to open up of something to add to
the story so far.....
And then suddenly, out of the blue, it happens.....
I was sitting at my desk yesterday, when a small parcel arrived. On the cover, was the logo of the "Landesverien fuer Hoehlenkunde Salzburg". It was
book sized.....Surely, it couldn't be the Volume 1 of the series of cave books that i had attempted to buy on the internet from their website, and
failed miserably? Surely, not the same book i then attempted to purchase from Amazon, only to find they didn't deliver to the UAE? And how could it
be - after all, i hadn't paid for it!
Like a child at Christmas, i ripped the packaging to shreds, to reveal the contents.....sure enough, i am now the proud owner of Volume 1 "Salburger
Hoehlenbuch" (Salzburg Book of Caves). The very same volume that features the Untersberg and all it's caves. I couldn't believe it, and couldn't
stop smiling. Little things amuse little minds, i suppose.
Anyway, i've been skimming through it and i have to say it's a great book to have, especially for this forum matter. It details all of the 151 caves
that had been explored at the time of printing, with lengths, descriptions, locations of entrances, and lots more information.
Also, it has a small folded map on the inside cover, which is a VERY nice touch, showing the entrances to all the caves (i.e the 151). So i
photographed it, opened it in MS Paint and made the entrances red for clarity. Here it is:
It's a little large, but hopefully you will be able to see it in some form or another.
It came as a real eyeopener to me personally to see just how many cave entrances there are, and how dense they are in places.
I have highlighted two caves in yellow - The Nixloch in Hallthurm, as we have discussed it here, and also a cave called Gitschnerhoehle (aka Lazarus
Gitschnerhoelhe), for obvious reasons. I don't believe this cave is anything to do with the legend itself, but suspect it was named after him by
someone who explored the cave and knew about the legend.
I am sure i will pass on more information as i find it in the book - it's hard going as it's all in German and i have to find a quiet place to
really take it in and understand, but it appears to be well worth the read - and the 44 Euro....erm....that is, if i had paid for it.....!
But fear not, i shall contact them and work out a way to get the money to them, but in the meantime, i shall be making full use of their "gift".
If anyone has any questions regarding caves, fire away, and hopefully i will be able to find some answers. I may even post the list of all the 151
caves in the near future - maybe the names will awaken a thought in someone.....although i am slightly disappointed that there is no mention of a cave
called the "Eisernen Thur" or similar.
But on the other hand, that could also mean it is out there waiting to be rediscovered.......
It's good to be back here with something to say, and i hope to provide more info soon - whether you like it or not!!
PS : If you cannot see the whole picture, right-click and save the map, and you will be able to see everything and look a little closer....
[edit on 19-4-2010 by BlueOrb]