The original LUSS sites were marked either in dark red or orange paint with a T designation (with the exception of caves 1-50) e.g. T999. A few others may also have the designation, the club and the year e.g. T999 LUSS 78.
In the majority of cases the paint has faded considerably and is difficult to find / decipher.
A number of major cave sites are also marked with a metal tag with the same designation format (ed. I have never found one of these!)
Due to the nature of early exploration and the large groups undertaking surface work there are obvious gaps between number sequences.
KAMI sites are numbered according to the area and then the number.
The sites are not always marked, so location co-ordinates are required. (there are overlaps / numbering changes between original LUSS sites and subsequent KAMI work. In general KAMI used EUR50 rather than WGS82)
VA – Valdominguero
CS – Cueto de los Senderos
GA – Grajal de Abajo
PB – Pico Boro
HO – Hoyo Oscuro
SC – San Carlos
AN – Andara
M – Mancondiu
S – Samelar
VL – Vaho de Lobos
RT – Revuelta del Tejo (but also used to denote ‘Other’)
HE – Hoyo Evangelista
SN – Samelar (North) – La Gobia area
Tresviso Caves Project
The recent expeditions have continued with the old T designation, beginning from T500.
RCA – original mining company markings
X – original mining company markings
FT – LSD – French exploration in 1980’s, mainly Valdominguero area (ed. FT stands for ‘French Technique’)
Spanish Vs English
A lot of the caves and corresponding areas are called different names by the Spanish, compared to the original English (mainly LUSS) names. The following is a guide to the main ‘translations’, further details contained in the cave database:
|Cillorigo de Liébana||Regional name for Andara range|
|Caseton de Andara||The White House refugio|
|Pozo de Andara||The Lake Depression|
|Vegas de Andara||The Sara Depression|
|Pico Grajal de Castillo, Grajal de Abajo||The Grajal Depression|
|Pico Boro and Picu del Boru||Pico Moro|
|Minas de Mazarassa||area of ‘mines’ above the White House|
|Cueto de los Senderos||56 Depression|
|Valdediezma / Valdelafuente||Valle de Valdediezma|
|Jitu de Escarandi||The ‘crossroads’ (now a car park)|
|Torca del Cueto Senderos||Sima 56|
|Torca del Picu Boru||Flowerpot|
|Torca del Cueto del los Calabraros||Dossers Delight|
|Torca de Branarredonda||Fallen Bear|
|Cueva del Nacimiento (de Rio Urdon)||Cueva del Agua|