Awards summary

Award Summary

The GPF in numbers (since 2007):

Total grants distributed: £88,950
Expeditions supported: 173
Destination countries: 46

Novices supported (Alex Pitcher awards): 77
Total cavers benefited: 2427+

Ref Expedition Name Leader Exped grant Alex Pitcher
awards
Winter 2019
GPF2019a-001Croatia Cave Diving Expedition 2019 (Izvor Licanke)Christine Grosart£3500
GPF Feedback: Good team returning to a diving project started last year. Results from the last expedition require even more sophisticated diving equipment and capable divers. Hopefully the divers can borrow rather than buy a number of scooters to reduce the cost of the expedition. Previous years exploration well documented and publicised. Application well presented and on time this year 🙂 In a drive by GPF to see more science being conducted in expeditions, the committee would love to see some more explanation of the hydrological/geomorphological context of this cave in the wider region. GPF look forward to seeing this year’s results. Applied for Mount Everest funding, but sadly not successful. GPF has had a request from a Dr Nathan Smith, a Research Associate at Manchester University for help with his research into the understanding of the post-expedition experience, caving expeditions being of particular interest. GPF would like to support this research and expedition leaders are encouraged to ask their participating members to fill out a questionnaire form on return from their expedition. More information about his research can be obtained by emailing him directly at Nathan.smith@manchester.ac.uk . The questionnaire can be found at https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llKI38l5H
GPF2019a-003Mulu 19Ben Kent (co-leader)£2001
GPF Feedback: An expedition primarily to try and connect a number of known caves into the Clearwater cave system and extend its length, with some additional bolt climbing objectives. Some younger members but mainly over 35 years, possibly reflected by the cost of the expedition. Good application, highlighting the participation of Hazel Barton in an initial recce into the microbiology of the area, a great shame more younger people aren't involved to benefit from her scientific knowledge. Applied and received good support from the Mount Everest Foundation as well as help from Malaysian Airlines, the grant award from GPF reflecting this allowing monies to be allocated elsewhere. GPF has had a request from a Dr Nathan Smith, a Research Associate at Manchester University for help with his research into the understanding of the post-expedition experience, caving expeditions being of particular interest. GPF would like to support this research and expedition leaders are encouraged to ask their participating members to fill out a questionnaire form on return from their expedition. More information about his research can be obtained by emailing him directly at Nathan.smith@manchester.ac.uk . The questionnaire can be found at https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llKI38l5H
GPF2019a-004Overlooked Armenia Alex Ritchie£3000
GPF Feedback: Small (little known - relatively young by normal standards) team going to recce a new area. The team has done their home work (as shown by a good application), both identifying the area they want to look at as well as communicating with the local cavers (the head of the Armenian Speleological Centre - participating in the expedition). The team leader has a good understanding of caves and their development. Hopefully the results will be fruitful, (with possible hydrological and biological studies) which will warrant an full scale expedition next year. GPF has had a request from a Dr Nathan Smith, a Research Associate at Manchester University for help with his research into the understanding of the post-expedition experience, caving expeditions being of particular interest. GPF would like to support this research and expedition leaders are encouraged to ask their participating members to fill out a questionnaire form on return from their expedition. More information about his research can be obtained by emailing him directly at Nathan.smith@manchester.ac.uk . The questionnaire can be found at https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llKI38l5H
GPF2019a-005Albania Kelmend Jon Pemberton£2000
GPF Feedback: A return to previously visited area on several occasions. An exceptionally poor application making judgement on objectives, expedition costs, personnel etc very difficult. Previous feedback and reports also could be more precise, documenting findings etc in a more scientific way. It is hoped this year things will change -grant allocation reflects this unsatisfactory application and the hope that better documentation and science is undertaken during this year’s application. GPF has had a request from a Dr Nathan Smith, a Research Associate at Manchester University for help with his research into the understanding of the post-expedition experience, caving expeditions being of particular interest. GPF would like to support this research and expedition leaders are encouraged to ask their participating members to fill out a questionnaire form on return from their expedition. More information about his research can be obtained by emailing him directly at Nathan.smith@manchester.ac.uk . The questionnaire can be found at https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llKI38l5H
GPF2019a-007Dachstein ExpeditionJoel Corrigan£12000
GPF Feedback: Longstanding project from a dedicated and tenacious team with a long record of exploration. Fantastic to see a GPF application from the expedition. Achieved a long sought-after goal of connecting the Dachstein plateau to the Hirlatz system making a 1560m deep cave. Traditionally this expo has had large numbers of students and younger cavers though it is led and organised by cavers who have been involved for many years. Application a bit lacking of young members attending, but the committee appreciate the problem of students unwilling to commit to the Exped at this early stage. The expedition could benefit from some more documentation and publications especially considering the great surveying that is being undertaken, possibly with a bit of scientific explanation of the hydrology of the area. This grant allocation has been loaded to help buy a Cave link system (£1000 - earmarked by GPF for one unit) as the caves in the region can flash flood with freak thunderstorms and deep camping is generally undertaken. It is requested that collaboration with other expeditions (such as the CUCC - also subject to this benefit) to share units. It is also hoped that the units will be made available to other UK Expeds if not being used by the Dachstein team. GPF has had a request from a Dr Nathan Smith, a Research Associate at Manchester University for help with his research into the understanding of the post-expedition experience, caving expeditions being of particular interest. GPF would like to support this research and expedition leaders are encouraged to ask their participating members to fill out a questionnaire form on return from their expedition. More information about his research can be obtained by emailing him directly at Nathan.smith@manchester.ac.uk . The questionnaire can be found at https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llKI38l5H
GPF2019a-008Anglo-Malaysian Mulu Caves October 2019Frank Pearson£5000
GPF Feedback: 2nd expedition to Mulu to continue exploration of a different part of the national park Whiterock, but not subject to the same MEF grant as GPF2019a-001. Good application but objectives a bit lost in historical prose. Team members indicated to being a mixture of young and old, some of which know the area well; the younger members will definitely benefit from the older experience. Documentation from the group has always been very good and hopefully will continue to include some scientific studies. GPF has had a request from a Dr Nathan Smith, a Research Associate at Manchester University for help with his research into the understanding of the post-expedition experience, caving expeditions being of particular interest. GPF would like to support this research and expedition leaders are encouraged to ask their participating members to fill out a questionnaire form on return from their expedition. More information about his research can be obtained by emailing him directly at Nathan.smith@manchester.ac.uk . The questionnaires can be found at https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llKI38l5H
GPF2019a-009Redcoats and Rednecks Tennessee ExpeditionRostam Namaghi£6000
GPF Feedback: After an initial small man recce building good relationship with the local US cavers, they are return to this caving area with a larger team. Good application with clear objectives (including cave diving) focused on high quality surveying. Hopefully this might be extended to include other forms of cave science such as biology, hydrology etc. This expedition will be a good training ground for the less experienced younger cavers participating, who hopefully will go onto a more demanding expedition. GPF are looking forward to the expedition report. GPF has had a request from a Dr Nathan Smith, a Research Associate at Manchester University for help with his research into the understanding of the post-expedition experience, caving expeditions being of particular interest. GPF would like to support this research and expedition leaders are encouraged to ask their participating members to fill out a questionnaire form on return from their expedition. More information about his research can be obtained by emailing him directly at Nathan.smith@manchester.ac.uk . The questionnaire can be found at https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llKI38l5H
GPF2019a-010Dark side of the moonJames Wilson£10002
GPF Feedback: Established expedition with good reputation for documentation, excellent training for cavers new to expedition. Good prospects for significant new finds. This year however, the team is very young with the oldest member being 25years age, but should be excellent training for cavers new to expedition. 2 x Pitcher applicants appear the epitome of the target audience and should be funded accordingly. Good use of technology for cave exploration, with cave-link, paperless surveying and drones, hopefully this will be extended into conducting more cave science. GPF has had a request from a Dr Nathan Smith, a Research Associate at Manchester University for help with his research into the understanding of the post-expedition experience, caving expeditions being of particular interest. GPF would like to support this research and expedition leaders are encouraged to ask their participating members to fill out a questionnaire form on return from their expedition. More information about his research can be obtained by emailing him directly at Nathan.smith@manchester.ac.uk . The questionnaire can be found at https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llKI38l5H
GPF2019a-011CUCC Austria Expedition 2019Thomas Crossley£14001
GPF Feedback: Another longstanding project with a strong, tenacious team and an excellent record of achievements over time. Good application but always left to the last minute, causing a flurry of email to GPF with perceivable problems with the application system - the team would benefit considerably by allowing more time for the application process. Application shows a notably strong emphasis on surveying and recording, with large numbers of students and younger cavers (the expedition being led by a student caver), but with a number of older members attending, giving no doubt a great training ground for the younger cavers. Good prospects for significant new finds in the system including deep leads involving camping but also with surface prospecting and easier, shallower caves. This grant allocation has also been loaded to help buy a Cave link system (£1000 - ear marked by GPF for one unit) in an identical way to the Dachstein Expedition as the caves in the region can flash flood with freak thunderstorms and deep camping is generally undertaken. It is requested that collaboration with other expeditions (such as the Dachstein - also subject to this benefit) to share units. It is also hoped that the units will be made available to other UK expeds if not being used by the CUCC Team. GPF has had a request from a Dr Nathan Smith, a Research Associate at Manchester University for help with his research into the understanding of the post-expedition experience, caving expeditions being of particular interest. GPF would like to support this research and expedition leaders are encouraged to ask their participating members to fill out a questionnaire form on return from their expedition. More information about his research can be obtained by emailing him directly at Nathan.smith@manchester.ac.uk . The questionnaire can be found at https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llKI38l5H
Summer 2018
GPF2018b-001Croatia Cave Diving Expedition 2018Christine Grosart£2000
GPF Feedback: The application was received too late for consideration in the GPF spring meeting, and thus was considered at the GPF Autumn meeting, the expedition having already departed and returned. Due to the extenuating circumstances relating to the late application and it also being the applicants first GPF application, the GPF committee decided to consider this application, but in so doing limit the award given. The application was well filled out and presented, and the aims of the expedition well were clearly laid out. The report given and the presentation given at Hidden Earth 2018 indicated the success of this diving expedition, and its continuation next year. We look forward to another application next year, hopefully before the deadline closes.
GPF2018b-002Houping Winter 2018Laura Benn£5000
GPF Feedback: An area well visited by British cavers, but with good potential for further discoveries. Small-ish team, but with a good mix of experience and younger members. Appears to have clear goals, although a degree of confusion over how some of the objectives fit in with the overview. Hopefully will add significantly to the overall knowledge of the area and we look forward to seeing the results in due course.
GPF2018b-003Junee-Florentine 2018Fleur Loveridge£4000
GPF Feedback: A large multi national team going to an area that has seen a lot of exploration, but could yield interesting results and find extensions to the current master cave system. The application lacked specific objectives / caves / areas within the JE Florentine valley that the expedition would be targeting. Be interesting to see how successful the expedition is in finding new cave passage.
Winter 2018
GPF2018a-001Matienzo 2018 (Matienzo Cave Project)Philip Papard£5000
GPF Feedback: Application very well presented. As usual a solid application with lots of exciting projects on the go. Open to all and lots of younger people generally go. A great training ground for young talent which is what is needed.
GPF2018a-002Kaokoland 2018Mark Tringham£2500
GPF Feedback: Interesting expedition to a fairly remote part of Namibia. The team is going back after further work by local groups have identified the presence of more caves. All the participants are over 45. A great shame the group could not great the space for a younger member possibly getting into geology or cave science as would be a great opportunity. Do any participants have expertise in archaeology? If not is there a danger of damage to rare and fragile sites given the importance of this area to studies of human evolution?
GPF2018a-003Tresviso 2018Phil Walker£7002
GPF Feedback: Has grown in numbers significantly this expedition, may be a bit to big but will be interesting how it runs. Some great leads particularly the 2nd sump in Marniosa & death race. Good documentation with a report each year and is now this information is starting to put all the data into a GIS system. Great to see lots of students going on this expedition. Hope it goes well. Very basic details on the justification of the Alex Pitcher nominations, need to be more detailed next application
GPF2018a-004Puncak Jaya Expedition to West PapuaPete Talling£8000
GPF Feedback: Really exciting new area with a lot of potential. An expensive trip which is clearly putting off younger cavers. Good to have contacted trekking company and to have known resurgence sites to visit. Surprising that it is so short (only 10 days in the field).
GPF2018a-005ASUL 2018Kostas Trimmis£3500
GPF Feedback: Fairly small expo to Greece, returning to same area as in 2017. Application well filled out but no references or website referred to. Student-led and including cavers with little expo experience plus scientific focus which is great to see. The committee would like to see an article for Caves and Karst Science and a general publication.
GPF2018a-006KLIC GLOBIN -- CALL FROM THE DEPTHS -- Migovec 2018Arun Paul£7002
GPF Feedback: Well established expedition with reliable results and a strong student presence. A suitable selection of goals for all abilities in fairly deep and serious alpine karst. A slight departure from the previous expeditions in that surprisingly all the attendants are under 30 and thus less experience than previous years. Hopefully the expedition will still maintain the well run and documented expeditions that have previously been run.
GPF2018a-007Maaras 2018Malcolm Foyle£3501
GPF Feedback: The application appears a little rushed and could have done with proof-reading! Fairly ambitious goals - little details about previous trips by this team to the area and no references provided so hard to assess what risks are for this trip. Sadly the crew is fairly old and would be good that a few more younger members were recruited to benefit from the older team members.
GPF2018a-008EAst GREenland 18 (EAGRE 18)Gina Moseley£3000
GPF Feedback: Application very well presented. The approach by boat is novel and interesting in terms of reducing carbon footprint, and likewise the engagement with the local population is admirable. Hopefully the scientific finding of this expedition will be interesting. Only limited funding given due to substantial funding by other bodies.
GPF2018a-009Cambridge University Caving Club Austria Expedition 2018Ruairidh Macleod£7002
GPF Feedback: Good expeditions with a great combination of experience and younger students now not just from CUCC but also other universities. Provides an ideal training ground, with the expedition having both easy and harder caving leads. Hopefully a report and GPF feedback will be a bit more punctual than last year.
Summer 2017
GPF2017b-001Matienzo 2017Philip Papard£4000
GPF Feedback: Well established repeat expedition with a solid track record of exploration and documentation. The hydrological project sounds very interesting. It is a great shame that more younger members are not currently signed up as the experience they would gain would be invaluable (especially the water tracing techniques). Hopefully the leaders will recruit some younger members before the expeditions take place.
GPF2017b-002SMCC Thailand 2018Paul Dummer£3000
GPF Feedback: Experienced expedition team working consistently over a period of time with good results and reporting.Different area already recce'd with established potential. Another project worthy of continued GPF support at a decent level. The application lacked a little detail in places - for the majority of participants their experience has been written as "experienced expedition caver", no attachments etc to support the application, the detailed description ends mid sentence suggesting little time was spent on it or it wasn't checked before sending. The committee hope this will be addressed in subsequent applications.
GPF2017b-003Svalbard 2018 - Austre BroggerbreenJayne Kamintzis£1000
GPF Feedback: Interesting and well filled out application with a good science basis - driven by a PhD project. The cave map supplied is basic to the point of being meaningless. Hopefully a more detailed original survey is available, as comparing new data against the one supplied will not give very scientific results. It would have been nice to see the 3D image of their first visit/scan. While a good science project in Ice caves, the project was only token support due to very small team and BCRA funding (which has been applied for) is thought more appropriate.
GPF2017b-004Pena Colorada 2018Chris Jewell£10000
GPF Feedback: A good application, good (multi national) team with a varied age range but generally fairly young participants. The leader has organized a number of expeditions to this area and this one is to a very interesting cave and may be the key to the system. Significant technical challenge in a remote location - the standout expedition of this round and has been funded accordingly.
GPF2017b-005Kyrgyzstan 17Malcolm Foyle£2000
GPF Feedback: Expedition to a new area by a group new to GPF, but who are known to regularly go on expedition to Greece several times a year. An Interesting project in a new and little-known location. The costs of getting to Kyrgyzstan are high and may have possibly warranted longer time in the field. It is however a recce and the committee will be very interested in seeing the results. Hopefully this will lead to a follow up expedition if initial results are positive.
Winter 2017
GPF2017a-001Huautla Resurgence 2017Chris Jewell£5000
GPF Feedback: Well prepared and exciting technical project to a longstanding objective with potential for significant discoveries. It will be very interesting to see the results of the secondary objective.
GPF2017a-002ASULKostas Trimmis£5000
GPF Feedback: The expedition seems reasonably well organised; application reasonably researched and presented from a young not well known team. Hope the trip provides some good discoveries which are documented and published in the appropriate caving media.
GPF2017a-003Mulu Caves 2017Andy Eavis£1000
GPF Feedback: A large team of generally old veterans doing a mixture of remote and easy exploration. No doubt the results will be good, but a great shame more young people are not encouraged to go on this expedition to learn form the great experience present. It is an expensive place to go and channelling grant money to some younger members might increase their numbers.
GPF2017a-004Thailand Krabi Family expeditionImogen Furlong£6000
GPF Feedback: Interesting concept of "a family expedition", but, as seems to have been proven by last years trip, may be a good combination of allowing cavers with young families to still do expeditions whilst also making it fun for the children who will be the next generation of cavers. Expedition seems well organised with firm objectives. One negative comment - the application (specifically the personnel section) was incompletely filled in and needs to be improved for future applications.
GPF2017a-005Pozo Azul - 2017Jason Mallinson£8500
GPF Feedback: Another crack at Pozo Azul, pushing a system that is at the forefront of cave diving in the world. Flying the flag for British caving. Will be well planned and executed. We look forward to seeing the results.
GPF2017a-006Ario Caves Project 2017Mike Bottomley£8002
GPF Feedback: A large team with good exploration experience (the use "extensive caving experience" in peoples resume is a bit over done). There are a reasonable number of younger people who will benefit from the experience, but very few students going to benefit from a good expedition. Nice to see the Ario project having a major revival.
GPF2017a-007Tresviso 2017Phil Walker£5001
GPF Feedback: Some realistic although potentially quite tough objectives for this expedition, especially considering the expedition is only two weeks. The team chosen however seems suitable for the task with plenty of hard Dachstein veteran experience. Look forward to seeing the results.
GPF2017a-008Cambridge University Caving Club Austria Expedition 2016 (CUCC)Elaine Oliver£9002
GPF Feedback: A well-established expedition returning to continue exploration of a large system that they have systematically explored over many years. Good chance of success. Lots of students from several different clubs attending this as their first ever expedition. This will provide excellent expedition training as well as allowing students who have only previously only caved within their own clubs to cave with other students and other more experienced cavers.
Summer 2016
GPF2016b-001Shan Plateau 2016-17Pete Talling£7000
GPF Feedback: A good strong team returning to a previously visited area. Hope the permissions get easier allowing longer trips underground. The committee wondered if there was any scope for younger members partake, improving their overseas expedition knowledge and skill. While the committee understands the reason to publish the results on social media, as part of the grant conditions the required feedback (including a presentation at Hidden Earth or an article in descent) is given. The committee would also encourage other reports etc to be also published in the normal caving channels (not just social media).
Winter 2016
GPF2016a-001SUSS go Pester SerbiaJack Dewison£10001
GPF Feedback: Good to see a relative young group of cavers going, with some old experience people going. Application lacked a bit of detail on previous work done in the area and the relationship with the local caving groups, permissions required. Both referees were unavailable for comment which was disappointing. The required answers to addition information was provided by other SUSS members. Hopefully it will be a great learning experience for all with some great new caves found. Watch out for the bombs! (Seriously) General Note: The committee would also like applicants to note that many of the applications were submitted very close to the submission deadline. Some of the applications lacked the pertinent/ detail required, and the committee felt that more time and care would have benefited some of these applications. The application process is open for over 5 months before the deadline, with the ability to save and re edit applications prior to final submission. We suggest applicants take advantage of this in the future
GPF2016a-002Neprehojene poti - "Untraveled paths"Benjamin Honan£11002
GPF Feedback: Good solid expedition, with great mix of new and experienced participants. Look forward to good results as usual. General Note: The committee would also like applicants to note that many of the applications were submitted very close to the submission deadline. Some of the applications lacked the pertinent/ detail required, and the committee felt that more time and care would have benefited some of these applications. The application process is open for over 5 months before the deadline, with the ability to save and re edit applications prior to final submission. We suggest applicants take advantage of this in the future
GPF2016a-003Ario Caves Project 2016Mike Bottomley£4000
GPF Feedback: Worth while trip with a good team, be very interested in the results. Disappointing more young participants aren't involved to learn expedition techniques. General Note: The committee would also like applicants to note that many of the applications were submitted very close to the submission deadline. Some of the applications lacked the pertinent/ detail required, and the committee felt that more time and care would have benefited some of these applications. The application process is open for over 5 months before the deadline, with the ability to save and re edit applications prior to final submission. We suggest applicants take advantage of this in the future
GPF2016a-004Tresviso 2016Phil Walker£4000
GPF Feedback: Good strong team going back to potentially very interesting leads, look forward to the results. Disappointing more young participants aren't involved to learn expedition techniques. General Note: The committee would also like applicants to note that many of the applications were submitted very close to the submission deadline. Some of the applications lacked the pertinent/ detail required, and the committee felt that more time and care would have benefited some of these applications. The application process is open for over 5 months before the deadline, with the ability to save and re edit applications prior to final submission. We suggest applicants take advantage of this in the future
GPF2016a-005Cambridge University Caving Club Austria Expedition 2016Matthew Watson£7000
GPF Feedback: As in previous applications, supplying all the required information e.g. ages would be appreciated and allow the committee to make informed decisions. Otherwise, looks like the usual solid project, with some student attendance which is fantastic General Note: The committee would also like applicants to note that many of the applications were submitted very close to the submission deadline. Some of the applications lacked the pertinent/ detail required, and the committee felt that more time and care would have benefited some of these applications. The application process is open for over 5 months before the deadline, with the ability to save and re edit applications prior to final submission. We suggest applicants take advantage of this in the future
GPF2016a-006Durmitor 2016Mark Sims£5002
GPF Feedback: Great to see the expedition going back to the same area, slightly surprised it seems mainly to be focused on a diving objective, but with only one diver? Look forward to the results. Application lacking some information e.g. ages of some personnel. General Note: The committee would also like applicants to note that many of the applications were submitted very close to the submission deadline. Some of the applications lacked the pertinent/ detail required, and the committee felt that more time and care would have benefited some of these applications. The application process is open for over 5 months before the deadline, with the ability to save and re edit applications prior to final submission. We suggest applicants take advantage of this in the future
Summer 2015
GPF2015b-001Mulu Caves 2015Mark Brown£5000
GPF Feedback: Standard well organised Mulu Expedition, but with a strong team and good mix of young and "more experienced" cavers.
GPF2015b-002Nan 2016Paul Dummer£5250
GPF Feedback: Good to see club based expeditions, lots of possible objectives. Good previous reporting record, look forward to seeing this expeditions results.
GPF2015b-003Caves of the KosuaStephen Macnamara£4500
GPF Feedback: Looks a very exciting follow up expedition in a remote area, with a relatively young team. Funding limited due to low number of UK members (5 out of 16). Looking forward to the report. GPF are surprised at the daily cost of the fixer, and the decision to use charter flight from Brisbane. In view of the projected budget short fall these decisions might be worth reviewing.
GPF2015b-004China Caves- Doshan 2015Mark Richardson£5752
GPF Feedback: Looks like a well organised follow up expedition, which has a large number of young caves supported by a few old experienced hands. Glad to see some Alex Pitcher applicants being included.
GPF2015b-005Southern Shan State 2015Ben Wright£4000
GPF Feedback: After an interesting Timor expedition, good to see the team returning to Myanmar. Good lead left from the previous expedition, and no doubt will find some more new Myanmar cave firsts.
Winter 2015
GPF2015a-001Matienzo 2015Philip Papard£5500
GPF Feedback: Great ongoing project, producing the goods and training the UK's future cavers.
GPF2015a-002There and Back AgainRhys Tyers£2002
GPF Feedback: Level of GPF funding reflects significant funding from other sources. Committee hopes that the necessary permissions and political considerations have been addressed. This was not apparent from the application. It is important to include referee contact numbers so that the committee can raise any concerns during the meeting.
GPF2015a-003UK/Ireland - Iran 2015Katie Rockliff£4500
GPF Feedback: The committee are excited to hear results of this interesting venture. With the current fluid political climate, please keep the secretary updated of any changes.
GPF2015a-004Speleo Philippines 2015Henry Bennett£10001
GPF Feedback: Good to see renewed interest in this area, with prior good ground work and presentation at Hidden Earth. We also note the great work with the local caving community. Look forward to seeing an Expedition report.
GPF2015a-005ICCC Slovenia 2015Oliver Myerscough£8000
GPF Feedback: Another well prepared expedition, look forward to seeing the results. Please NOTE, full referee contact details including phone numbers are required, in case the committee wish to clarify anything with them on the day.
GPF2015a-007Kaokoland 2015Mark Tringham£3500
GPF Feedback: Unique unknown area to visit, we look forward to seeing the results.
GPF2015a-008Cambridge University Caving Club Austria ExpeditionMatthew Watson£5500
GPF Feedback: Continue the good work in the Totes Gebirge. Look forward to seeing the updates survey. Please Note:- It is important to include referee contact numbers so that the committee can raise any concerns during the meeting.
GPF2015a-009Ario Caves Project - C4Mike Bottomley£3500
GPF Feedback: Referee contact details not filled out fully - a bit slap dash! Nevertheless looks like a very interesting project, and good luck with linking the gaps.
Summer 2014
GPF2014b-001China Caves DoshanTim Allen£8001
GPF Feedback: Great Expedition, introducing youth to China
GPF2014b-002Northeast Greenland Caves ProjectGina Moseley£6000
GPF Feedback: Wonderful expedition. Concern over costs which are very high, and therefore the effectiveness of the grant, but our support should help the team raise the funds they need from other sources.
Winter 2014
GPF2014a-001Matienzo 2014Philip Papard£4250
GPF2014a-002Pozo Azul 2014 - Beyond TipperaryJason Mallinson£7500
GPF2014a-003Krubera 2014Martin Hoff£1000
GPF2014a-004Durmitor Caving Expedition 2014Mark Sims£6502
GPF Feedback: Application GPF2014a-004, the committee was informed that one of the Alex Pitcher applicants will not be attending the expedition. The decision to award 2 Alex Pitcher awards will still stand, but the recipients now not having to share the awards as now only 2 applicants instead of 3.
GPF2014a-005Skozi Zrcalo - "Through the Looking Glass"Oliver Myerscough£6501
GPF2014a-006Moulin Explorers - 2014Alistair Morgan£02
GPF Feedback: Application GPF2014a-006, after discussion with the Referees, concern was raised about the small number of participants and their relatively low experience (particularly with Ice work and glacial experience). It was decided that the Alex Pitcher awards will be given, but a strong recommendation that the 1st leg of the proposed trip until after they have gained more experience from the legs 2&3 where they will be joining a larger expedition.
GPF2014a-007Tamerlan CaveAndrew Mawer£5000
GPF2014a-009Ario Caves ProjectIan Holmes£5002
GPF2014a-010Cambridge University Caving Club Austria ExpeditionMatthew Watson£5002
GPF Feedback: Suggested to apply for CSTRI (BCRA cave Science Award)
GPF2014a-011East Timor 2014Ben Wright£5000
Summer 2013
GPF2013b-001Thailand, Nan 2014Paul Dummer£4000
GPF2013b-003Shan Plateau (Myanmar) Expedition 2014Peter Talling£6000
GPF2013b-004Tian Xing 2013 - Shitty BackdoorMadphil Rowsell£5000
GPF2013b-005Christmas 2013 - San Wang Dong and Er Wang DongMadphil Rowsell£2000
GPF2013b-006Spring Festival 2014 - Er Wang Dong, ChinaMadphil Rowsell£3000
GPF2013b-007Mulu Caves 2013Mark Brown£5000
Winter 2013
GPF2013a-001San AgustinChris Jewell£13000
GPF2013a-002Ario Caves ProjectSteph Dwyer£5002
GPF2013a-003Monaco Research ExpKonstantinos Trimmis£750
GPF2013a-005Glasgow Uni - TrinidadGillian Simpson£1000
GPF2013a-006YUCPC MontenegroMark Sims£5002
GPF2013a-007Kosovo 2013Matthew Jones£2500
GPF2013a-008Habe Xue ShanGavin Lowe£2500
GPF2013a-009Pozu Azul - SpainJason Mallinson£7500
GPF2013a-010Prehistory and palaeoenvironment of BhutanGina Moseley£2000
GPF2013a-011Matienzo 2013Juan Corrin£4000
GPF2013a-012Hidden Dragon ExpRich Gerrish£3000
GPF2013a-013Z Miga na KukOliver Myerscough£6000
GPF2013a-014Montenegro (JD)Joe Duxbury£750
GPF2013a-015CUCC Exp to Austria 2Alex Crow£3002
Summer 2012
GPF2012b-001Peru 2012Hannah Moulton£5500
GPF2012b-002Shan PlateauPete Talling£6000
GPF2012b-003Xian TingBen Wright£4000
Winter 2012
GPF2012a-001Mulu 2012Andy Eavis£2000
GPF2012a-002Sledi Vetra 2012Clare Tan£7502
GPF2012a-003Morocco 2012Thomas Smith£6002
GPF2012a-004Andalucua 2012Miguel Tome£2000
GPF2012a-005Montenegro 2012Mark Sims£4000
GPF2012a-006Tresviso 2012Phil Walker£4502
GPF2012a-007Morocco - High Atlas 2012Julia Barrott£1000
GPF2012a-008Montenegro 2012Joe Duxbury£2500
GPF2012a-009The Buttered Badger Oman 2012Mark Richardson£5000
GPF2012a-010Xitu 2012Ben Hudson£4002
GPF2012a-011Matienzo 2012Juan Corrin£4000
GPF2012a-012Austria 2012Serena Povia£5000
Summer 2011
GPF2011b-001Shan Plateau (Myanmar) Expedition 2012Pete Talling£6000
GPF2011b-002Nan Province Thailand Paul Dummer£4000
GPF2011b-003Castleguard 2012Martin Groves£4000
Winter 2011
GPF2011a-001Cambridge Austrian ExpeditionChris Smith£5000
GPF2011a-002Djebel SerdijClare Tan£5000
GPF2011a-003Kelmend - AlbaniaMark Noble£7500
GPF2011a-004Izgubljeni RajMyles Denton£7502
GPF2011a-005MatienzoJuan Corrin£4000
GPF2011a-006Montenegro 2011Joe Duxbury£4000
GPF2011a-007Pozu AzulJason Malinson£10000
GPF2011a-00810,000 years ExpeditionVasile Ersek£1500
GPF2011a-009Tian Xing 2011Imogen Furlong£3000
GPF2011a-010TresvisoPhil Walker£3000
GPF2011a-011Tongzi 2011Erin Lynch£1500
Summer 2010
GPF2010b-001Ethiopia 2010Natalie Uomini£3000
GPF2010b-002Systema HuatlaChris Jewel£5000
GPF2010b-003Mulu 2011Allen/Eavis £2500
GPF2010b-004ZhongdianHillary Greaves£3000
GPF2010b-005GuangXiGed Champion£4000
GPF2010b-006Shan PlateauImogen Furlong£1500
Winter 2010
GPF2010a-001AustriaMartin Jannke£3000
GPF2010a-002Culiembro, SpainChris Jewell£2500
GPF2010a-003Tianxing, ChinaDuncan Collis£2500
GPF2010a-004Vodna Sled, SloveniaAlex Herriott£5002
GPF2010a-005Durmitor, MontenegroThomas Blakey£7002
GPF2010a-006Kelmend, AlbaniaChris Dent£4000
GPF2010a-007White Mountains, CreteRobert Middleton£5002
GPF2010a-008Sima la Chapa, SpainLorna Wilson£3002
GPF2010a-009Joe Duxbury, MontenegroJoe Duxbury£2500
GPF2010a-010Matienzo, SpainJuan Corrin£1500
GPF2010a-011BelizeAlan Baybrooke£2500
GPF2010a-012Sierra de las Nieves, SpainMiguel Tome£1500
GPF2010a-013Jason Mallinson Pozo Azul, SpainJason Malliinson£5000
GPF2010a-014Red Dragon, MalaysiaAnthony Donovan£1000
Summer 2009
GPF2009b-001Huanjiang 2009Ged Campion£5000
GPF2009b-002Cave NowEmma Porter£8000
GPF2009b-003Nan ProvincePaul Dummer£2000
GPF2009b-004Vietnam 2010Howard Limbert£5000
Winter 2009
GPF2009a-001Julagua 2009Nick Edwards£7000
GPF2009a-002Montenegro 2009Joe Duxbury£3000
GPF2009a-003Colosuss 2009Rob Eavis£6000
GPF2009a-004Culiembro 2009Chris Jewel£5000
GPF2009a-005SebalhallSue Ryall£5000
GPF2009a-006Brezzvezdna Jarvist Frost£7002
GPF2009a-008KaninchenhoehleEdvin Deadman£8001
GPF2009a-009MatienzoJuan Corrin£4001
Summer 2008
GPF2008b-001Castleguard - DivingMartin Groves£9000
GPF2008b-002Bolting Sahara 2, DachsteinPhil Rowsell£1500
GPF2008b-003BiJie 2008Ged Champion£11000
GPF2008b-004Vietnam 2009Howard Limber£11000
Winter 2008
GPF2008a-001Schwarzmooskogel ridgeOliver Stevens£4001
GPF2008a-002MatienzoJuan Corrin£2500
GPF2008a-003Votla Gora 2008Jarvist Frost£5502
GPF2008a-004Canal de MonticoYifang Huang£3002
GPF2008a-005Mavri LakiRob Eavis£4502
GPF2008a-006SichuanPeter Talling£6502
GPF2008a-007Tian XingPhil Rowsell£6500
GPF2008a-008HoupingErin Lynch£2500
GPF2008a-009Sisteme JulaguaHillary Greaves£3000
GPF2008a-010Pozu AzulJason Mallinson£8000
Summer 2007
GPF2007b-001Madre de Dios IslandChris Day£3750
GPF2007b-002MadabaJamie Lovell£3750
GPF2007b-003Bolting Sahara 1, DachsteinPhil Rowsell£3750
GPF2007b-004HoupingErin Lynch£3750
Winter 2007
GPF2007a-001Austria 2007Aaron Curtis£8002
GPF2007a-002Dachstein 2007Phil Rowsell£8000
GPF2007a-003Migovec 2007Jarvist Frost£5002
GPF2007a-004Iceland 2007Ed Waters£2500
GPF2007a-005Yunnan Sanba 2007Gavin Lowe£3500
GPF2007a-006Matienzo 2007Juan Corrin£2500
GPF2007a-007Tian Xing 2007Phil Rowsell£6500
GPF2007a-008Chica 2007David Legg£5000
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