Pokljuka area

Targeted research at Pokljuka mountain plateau began in the fall of 2010, when DZRJL member Matt Covington began scouting the area for caves. Pokljuka was known among the Slovenian cavers as unpromising, all karst phenomena there are covered with moraine. At the time there was just one cave in the area worth mentioning, the Medvedova konta cave, a cave with one of the largest halls in Slovenia. A 100 m entrance shaft opens into a hall with a volume of 4 million m3. Matt, however, began searching for entrances above the moraine boundary, and soon discovered the first promising blowing hole.

It was opened the following year and the cave was named Evklidova piščal (pron. Avcleedovah peeshchal, could be translated as Euclid’s flute). The exploration vigor was back again, Pokljuka May Day Caving Camp 2012 followed, a few winter excursions, and two summer caving camps, 2013 and 2015. In 2013 we discovered the other two important caves of the area, Trubarjev dah and Platonovo šepetanje (could be translated as Trubar’s breath and Plato’s whisper – Primož Trubar published the first books in Slovenian, in 1548). Achievements were remarkable and we spent more and more time at Pokljuka. It is now one of the most visited locations. By the end of 2015, DZRJL contributed 33 new caves from the narrower ​​Pokljuka region to the Slovenian cave registry. At the end of 2019 the total polygon length was over 15 km: Evklidova piščal 2,453 m with a depth of 429 m, Trubarjev dah 6,151 m, depth 643 m, Platonovo šepetanje 2,352 m and 569 m, Romeo 1,220 m long and 382 m deep. The latter three caves have also been connected, the total length is 9,723 m and the depth is 671 m.

Published in Slovenian by Matija Perne September 6, 2015, English translation with update and publication by Primož Jakopin January 22, 2020.