Caving in Austria or Frolics in the Fir Trees

In August 1957, Gordon Batty, Roland Moore and Colin Green departed for the continent full of high intentions and well armed with climbing and caving gear. But the weather somehow seemed unsettled and it was so much better on the Lido at Venice. However, their conscience became troubled and at last they departed for Innsbruck and Austrian Caves.

To quote Colin:

"We set off towards the sinks and risings marked on the maps. Then the struggle in the fir trees started - leaping from branch to branch, yard after yard hardly ever touching ground. After five hours of bouncing through bushes we reached the sinks with scratched arms, torn shirts and very tired.

But there were no caves....."

The old team would have known better - they would have stayed in Venice.

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