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Caver from Moscow, Mother of Russia greetings :)

Postby Lydia » Oct 4, 2012 5:19 am

Hi everyone,

My name’s Lydia Kondratyeva, I’m 23. For the last few years I go caving with my friends from Moscow cave club Sokolniki-RUDN. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and work as a school teacher. I live and work in Moscow, Russia. We don’t have vertical caves here in Moscow region, only some stone-pits and small caves of natural origin are accessible. This picture is taken in one of local stone-pits (Silikaty):

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That’s why we go outside Moscow on our big cave trips. At the present time our club has a couple of expeditions a year. The main one is taking place in July-August on the Arabika Massif, Abkhazia. That's me on the right (Arabika, entrance to the Ilyukhinskaya cave in the background):

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Other trips are planned with reference to the members’ vacation and state holidays in winter, spring and autumn.

I would love to go to the US caves someday. I’ve been to the US as a student for more than 3 months and really enjoyed the people and the nature of your country. You are welcome to ask any questions on how things are organized here in our cave clubs, about Russian speleo expeditions, training and competitions. Let’s share our valuable experience :wink:

Some more pics
Cave-diver Alexey from our club in Ilyukhinskaya cave, Arabika
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SRT Competition that took place on last weekend not far from Moscow
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Cavers from Sokolniki-RUDN
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PS. As one of my colleagues from Russia stated before (http://goo.gl/ci7RM), a lot of girls go caving in Russia, it's true. Left to right: Kate, me, Svetlana
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Re: Caver from Moscow, Mother of Russia greetings :)

Postby Squirrel Girl » Oct 4, 2012 5:48 am

Welcome to Cave Chat! :waving:

Thanks for posting your pictures. They look like a ton of fun! Well, all except the cave diving which looks *really* cold! :yikes: :laughing:
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Postby batrotter » Oct 4, 2012 6:07 am

Welcome to the forum! Thanks for posting the pics and the info!
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Postby BrianFrank » Oct 4, 2012 10:18 am

Welcome...Love the energy in that SRT Competition photo!
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Postby NZcaver » Oct 4, 2012 2:05 pm

Welcome to the forum, Lydia. Nice photos! :waving:
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Re: Caver from Moscow, Mother of Russia greetings :)

Postby Downundercaver » Oct 7, 2012 11:44 am

What is this SRT Competition that you speak off??? Why do they not do this in Australia!!!
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Re: Caver from Moscow, Mother of Russia greetings :)

Postby Lydia » Oct 10, 2012 4:07 am

Downundercaver wrote:What is this SRT Competition that you speak off???


That's Single Rope Technique competition, we have a lot of them during a year; it is a contest between the best sportsmen, held to see who is the best caver (fastest, smartest, etc).
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Re: Caver from Moscow, Mother of Russia greetings :)

Postby Downundercaver » Oct 17, 2012 6:59 am

Lydia wrote: That's Single Rope Technique competition, we have a lot of them during a year; it is a contest between the best sportsmen, held to see who is the best caver (fastest, smartest, etc).


Haha guess I shouldnt of sounded like I didnt know what SRT stands for. I was wondering what these comps were like etc and names of comps that people can enter. Nothing like that here in Australia.
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Re: Caver from Moscow, Mother of Russia greetings :)

Postby paulnino2 » Jul 28, 2013 3:59 am

I love your photo shots lynda!
Love mother earth!
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