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Welcome to the Planetcaver blog, featuring stories from caves andunderground explorations around the world, from the point of view of a beginner caver.

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Getsvältan
Getsvältan offers great views onto the sea and a nice crawl into small caves.
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July 2016, Getsvältan, Visby, Sweden
Caving (Rock, Basic, Rock-Limestone, Morphology-Erosion, Morphology-Weathering)

Kluterthohle
I don't often relax, but when I do, it has to be muddy. Wet. And underground.
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July 2016, Kluterthohle, Ennepetal, Germany
Caving (Rock, Rock-Limestone, Morphology-Karst, Basic)

Wormhole
I guess we can blame ourselves, as we were looking for the wormhole. We didn't realise the world would change if we went through it. Lost in time for a while, but managed to return back to our universe by going through the wormhole again.
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July 2016, Pirunpesänkivi, Nokia, Finland
Caving (Rock, Rock-Other, Morphology-Erosion, Basic)

Lilla Karlsö Caving
Lilla Karlsö. A paradise for birds, enough to warrant ban on entering except during special times and only with a guide. Of course, we didn't know any of the stuff about the guide, but wanted to visit some caves. Turned out that we had to follow a guide, and that it actually was a very good idea to follow the guide.
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July 2016, Kuren, Lilla Karlsö, Sweden; Suder Vagnhus, Lilla Karlsö, Sweden; Norra Vagnhus, Lilla Karlsö, Sweden
Caving (Rock, Basic, Rock-Limestone, Morphology-Karst, Morphology-Erosion)

Water in Boots
Hulubergsgrottan. Sipoo, Finland. Tiny hole, only crawable. And now filled with dirty water. What could be more fun to explore?
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June 2016, Hulubergsgrottan, Sipoo, Finland
Caving (Rock, Rock-Limestone, Morphology-Karst, Basic)

Cave Surveying Course
We often have just coordinates. While Finnish caves are small, they are often also non-obvious, mere collections of holes under boulders. Would be nice to have a map, to even know if we're in the right hole.
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June 2016, Torholan luola, Lohja, Finland
Caving (Rock, Rock-Limestone, Morphology-Karst, Basic, Training, Surveying)

More pictures from the Suomenoja boulder
I was going through pictures of caves I visited, and noticed that I had not published some pictures from the Suomenoja luge boulder that we visited in 2016... so here's some photos!
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May 2016, Suomenojan siirtolohkare, Espoo, Finland
Caving (Basic, Morphology-Boulders, Rock, Rock-Gneiss)

Mayday
Wappu, or first of May is a huge celebration in Finland, traditionally celebrated by hiking to a hill and drinking alcohol. This is very different from other festivities in Finland, where the part about the hill is omitted.
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May 2016, Kauniainen ski hill, Kauniainen, Finland; Saunalahden onkalo, Espoo, Finland; Suomenojan siirtolohkare, Espoo, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow, Lifts); Caving (Basic, Rock, Morphology-Crystallization, Rock-Gneiss); Caving (Basic, Morphology-Boulders, Rock, Rock-Gneiss)

Smuggler's Cave, Salo
Salo, southern Finland. More than an hour away by car, and we've been in the forest for an hour now. The cave is nowhere to be found. I have coordinates, but in the wrong coordinate system and Google isn't co-operating to interpret them in the right way.
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April 2016, Rosvoluola, Salo, Finland
Caving (Rock, Rock-Granite, Morphology-Crack, Basic)

Mäyrämäki. Badger hill.
Icy holes. Those are the best ones!
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April 2016, Mäyrämäen kellari, Lapinjärvi, Finland
Caving (Basic, Rock, Rock-Granite, Morphology-Crack)

Bombergsgrottan
Bombergsgrottan has a small entrance, a hole at the bottom of a big cliff. But the small hole hides a big (25m, big by Finnish standards) cave that extends left and right under the cliff.
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April 2016, Bombergsgrottan, Liljendal, Finland
Caving (Basic, Rock, Rock-Granite)

Torhola
Caves in Finland may be small, but fortunately also claustrophobia-inducing. Caves are also not well known, but this one has an actual road sign and a parking lot!
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February 2016, Torholan luola, Lohja, Finland
Caving (Rock, Rock-Limestone, Morphology-Karst, Basic)

Torhola side cave
If this cave wasn't next to Torhola's great karst cave, it would be remarkable. Now, it is largely ignored.
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February 2016, Torholan luola 2, Lohja, Finland
Caving (Rock, Rock-Limestone, Morphology-Karst, Basic)

Taking the Nysse to the Slopes
Tampere. A great destination for the winter vacation. But can you take the city bus to the slopes? Yes you can.
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February 2016, Mustavuori, Tampere, Finland; Tampereen rinteet Hervanta, Hervanta, Tampere, Finland; Hirvi-Simunan luola, Lempäälä, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow, Lifts); Caving (Rock, Rock-Granite, Morphology-Boulders, Basic)

Cave Skiing
I like caves and skiing, of course, but it is rare that the two mix. But in Cervinia there's small cave that you can ski through. If you dare.
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February 2016, Cervinia, Italy; Small cave, Cervinia, Italy; Small cave, Cervinia, Italy
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow, Lifts); Skiing (Outdoor, Underground, Snow, Lifts); Caving (Rock, Rock-Granite, Morphology-Boulders, Morphology-Crack, Skiing)

Kekesteto
It was a cold night in HEL, -29 degrees at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. I felt like I needed to go south to find better skiing weather.
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January 2016, Kekestetö, Hungary; Palvolgyi Cave, Budapest, Hungary
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow, Lifts); Caving (Rock, Rock-Limestone, Morphology-Karst, Basic, Showtour)

This is the 20th set of articles. The previous sets were set 1, set 2, set 3, set 4, set 5, set 6, set 7, set 8, set 9, set 10, set 11, set 12, set 13, set 14, set 15, set 16, set 17, set 18, and set 19. The next set is set 21.

The Planetcaver articles appeared originally in the Blogspot Planetskier series, at TGR posts, or at the Relaa website. See also the articles about skiing, urban exploration, climbing, cycling, flying, swimming, and saunas.