Spain 1973, 1974,
Name: Pozu del Vega El Forcau
Location: 2.5km SSE of Lago Ercina; altitude 1460m (possibly 1490m, from GPS+map)
GPS: N43°14'52" W4°58'03"
GPS: N43°14'48" W4°58'08" (2011 fix)
UTM: 30T 340.39 4790.42
Map: Macizo Occidental de los Picos de Europa (cave site 15) at x=340.4, y=4790.4, alt. 1480m
by members of Forcau ’76, 1976 BCRA Grade 4b
Length 1569m, depth 258m
1975a – locate entrance, with SCAL (Spéléo-Club Alpin Languedocien).
1975b – 07:15 start. With French from SCAL (Philipe, Veronica, Martin, Sallia, Francois, Gilbert, Pierre +2, Alain). Two parties to cave 12:30 and 15:30. Descend six pitches (11, 8, 8-15, 7, 37, 5+25m). Second party leapfrog first and on down 7th (9) and explore beyond to duck, etc. then return to find Gilbert stuck on 6th, requiring assistance out. All finally out by 02:00 and back to camp by 04:00.
1988 – walk to entrance (BC, EC, MC) in mist.
2001 – 25th anniversary walk to entrance (2hr:15 up, 1:30 down, including many stops).
2006 – 30th anniversary walk to entrance (1hr:40, including side-trips).
2011 – 35th anniversary walk to entrance (1hr:40, including many photo stops).
The entrance is a bit tricky to find. From the small ‘peak’ in the middle of the valley (≈200m at 210° from the El Forcau pass) the cave is underneath a brown stone outcrop at 220°, perhaps 200m from the peak.
Expeditions to the Picos de Europa and elsewhere since 1973.
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