After having been founded in late October 1959, the "Groupe
SpĂ©lĂ©ologique Luxembourgeois" started
to register and survey the caves of Luxembourg.
In the beginning of the sixties, the activities were
based on the "Mamerlayen" and the complex system
of the "Moestroff Cave". Then at the end of the
sixties the "Grotte Ste. Barbe" and the "RaschpĂ«tzer"
have been explored.
The extention of the GSL activities to the neighbour
countries Belgium "Rochefort" and suroundings
started in 1970.
The modern techniques of caving made it possible to the
GSL to explore some bigger shafts. These activities were
based mostly in the French regions of the Doubs and
In 1983 the GSL changed to an "asbl"
(association sans but lucratif) and stayed an affiliated
group of the Youthhostels
- CAJL (Centrale des Auberges de Jeunesse
Today the GSL has around 70 members and covers all kind
of speleology and science. Some extended works of the "Phymoes"
workgroup on subteranean climatology in the "Moestroff
Cave System" (over 4 km of development) have been of
a great international value for the group.
The instructors give training to all caving interested
people and help them during their progression. The
exchange and coordination with foreign clubs and
federations are a great experience in the specific domain
of subterranean explorations.
The GSL is a member of the UIS (Union Internationale de la SpĂ©lĂ©ologie) since the mid sixties and is a founding member of the FSCE (FĂ©dĂ©ration SpĂ©lĂ©ologique de la CommunautĂ© EuropĂ©enne) which is now called FSE (FĂ©dĂ©ration SpĂ©lĂ©ologique EuropĂ©enne).
Since the beginning, the club has been publishing a
magazine, "VISO - La Vie Souterraine" which is
distributed around the world.
During 1998 the GSL signed a convention with the FFS (FĂ©dĂ©ration SpĂ©lĂ©ologique FranĂ§aise) to be a privileged member and to have access to all their training activities as well as to use their caving insurance. This step has also been done by other European Caving Organisations.
Among hundreds of activities during the last 40 years,
the GSL took part in two "Gouffre Berger"
expeditions, where a total of 8 members reached the
syphon. The first expedition was in 1988 and the most
recent in 1998.