ARSPAN's creation

When a caver discovers a site, the main worry is always its protection.

Here is a short historic explaining the association's birth.

Discovery of a breathing hole and beginning of desobstruction.
Discovery of Noël Cave (Bidon 07)
by Jean-Michel HERRERO and Brigitte DUMARCHE.

The cave is opening and exploration begins,
discovery of very concretionnated cave system
totalizing more than 2km of development.

First known visitors.

Beginning of marking operations and this cave's protection.



How to protect ?

When we have made an inventory of Noël's cave richness, nwe noted that it was necessary to protect it and find out proper solutions for its safety :

The regional expérience proves us that in two or three years nothing remains...(examples : Rochas Cave, Spetaclan Cave,...)

You only have to fill up the cave after the exploration.

It's a draconian solution that doesn't allow the discovery to be share and only pospone the problem ... (there will be another new inventor one day !!!)

The experience shows that on the protection subject that is ineffective and unsatisfying for the cavers because quickly we come to the monopolization of the key's possession, and the abuses that ensue from that...

We see quickly that the existing solutions prove inadapted to our ambitions, but in fact why is it worth protecting ?


Why to protect ?

Everything considered, we had to devise an innovatory protection solution and that's how solution n°4 was born.


Basis principles

The cave must be accessible to everybody willing to protect the environment, from which some conditions :

This is how, in October 1992 the Caving Research and Protection Association for Noël Cave was born...

... better known as A.R.S.P.A.N.



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