Caving Adventure @Smida Jazz Festival

Trip to Pepii Cave 

Visit a monument made by nature: Cave Pepii, situated at only 12 km from Smida Jazz Festival, near Doda Pilii village . 

 

Details:

Timeline: 15th- 18th of August 

Location: Pepii Cave, located at aprox. 12 km from Smida Jazz Festival.

The access from Smida is done by returning to Doda Pilii and then taking the 763 county road to Padiş about 4 km. After the Ic Ponor holiday village, one crosses the bridge over Someșul Cald and after 1 km, the road splits and we follow the right-hand path that leads to the Someş Cald Gorges. After 3 km of forest road there is a barrier where one has to park the car. From here begins a hike of about 4 km on a forest road that will lead us to the cave following the yellow crossing tourist mark along the Someşul Cald Valley.

CAUTION! The car access from Smida to the cave is done by own means! (This time interval is not considered in the timetable). You will receive full details about access and organization when signing up for the event.

Maximum number of participants: 

10 persons/series ; 3 evenings/day, on 16th-18th of August  + 1 series/day on 15th of August. 

Terms of participation:

The minimum age for participation is 18 or with a chaperone. Participants must be capable of a minimum of physical effort (easy hike of about 4 km in each direction on a forest road without a slope), must not to suffer from claustrophobia and must be in a state of physical and mental health fit for this type of activity.

Registration to the activity:

  • before the festival begins, by phone at 0755954876 (Iulia Pop)  or email reservation at teamnewspirit@gmail.com

  • at the festival, at the Team New Spirit stand

Short description of the visit:

The cave is still active, specific equipment will be used along the thread of water running through the cave until the final siphon, that is, until the place where the water will continue on its way without leaving us much space to follow along. This final siphon presents itself as a lake, whose water impresses with its clarity and blue hue. The cave does not present technical difficulties, as it is a cave easily accessible to the general public. It is about 800 m long, and it takes about 1-1¼ hours to go through it. As points of interest, beyond the beauty of the underground river, there will be the final siphon, the parietal formations and water erosion, all of which are presented and explained by our guides.

 

 

Required equipment:

  • swimsuit
  • a pair of boots / boots / sneakers with shoelaces that you will go into the water with, a wider fit (to fit neoprene socks you will receive = thickness similar to wool socks). CAUTION! These will get wet, so you will need a pair of spare shoes!
  • a backpack with
  • a raincoat,
  • an extra polar jacket
  • a bottle of water
  • a snack and a garbage bag

 

    Requered equipment:

    • neoprene costume
    • neoprene socks
    • helmet
    • headlamp

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Schedule:

     

    The cave visit takes 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes. Other indicative times: car access Smida – barrier = 30 min / direction; hiking to / from the cave = 45 min – 1 hour / direction; dressing / undressing and discussions = about 30 minutes.

     

    Date Time of entering the cave Time of exiting the cave Time alloted for the trip
    Thursday, 15.08 15.00 16.30 13.00 – 18.00

    Friday, 16.08

    Saturday, 17.08

    Duminică, 18.08

    11.00 12.30 09.00 – 14.00
    13.00 14.30 11.00 – 16.00
    15.00 16.30 13.00 – 18.00

     

    CAUTION!  It is the responsibility of each individual to arrive at the scheduled time at the established location for the entrance

    to the cave.

    Trip rate: 120 lei/person/cave visit 

    The cost includes:

    • Use of individual and collective equipment for the cave visit (neoprene suit, neoprene socks, helmet, water resistant headlamp)
    • The necessary fees for the permit to visit the cave
    • Specialized guide
    • The rate does not include:
    • Transportation
    • Snacks
    • Medical insurance (recommended)

     

     

    About caves and Team New Spirit:

    Caves are a unique and special part of our natural surroundings. Due to their slow and gradual formation over many thousands of years, special shapes and passages of the underground void have developed, producing a deepening into the unknown, numerous sediments have been deposited, gorgeous calcific formations have been created, and they have been a shelter for many animals.

    Caving is a recreational activity consisting of the exploration of unplanned cave systems at the amateur level. It is often practiced as outdoor activity, as a physical exercise similar to hiking on the mountain. Caving can also be a form of ecotourism or adventure tourism. It is a team sport, and its practice always requires a group of people who rely on each other and who can help each other in need.

    In order to be able to visit a cave legally, an interested person has to get in touch with a cave tourism guide, who has the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a group of tourists in an untouched cave. The first cave tourism guides in our country were trained in 2018 and are in a limited number. Our team consists of 3 cave tourism guides and at the same time rescuers from an underground environment (speleologist rescuers), with a cave experience for over 20 years.

    If you want to take part in such an adventure and visit a cave with an underground watercourse, at Smida Jazz Festival is your chance to make your dream come true!

     

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