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Izvor Licanke 2019

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Oct
12

2019: The objective was to explore virgin cave passages both underwater and above, using advanced cave diving and caving techniques. The expedition had three exploratory dives, with 601 m of new cave passages discovered. The total length of the cave is now 1.5 km, of which 1,125 m has been discovered by this team.

The latest cave diving exploration of Izvor Licanke

Overlooked Armenia

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Oct
7

2019: The 3rd largest cave in Armenia has been found! Furthermore, three regions were assessed for their speleological significance for a future expedition and relations with a newly formed club the “Armenian Speleological Team” were fostered.

Has Armenia been overlooked?

GPF logo competition

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Oct
5

2019: With the Ghar Parau Foundation now being an independent charity, the GPF needs an identity (i.e. a logo). Therefore we are starting a logo competition, looking for a design that reflects what the Foundation does or its link to the cave Ghar Parau. The winning logo will win a heavy duty Warmbac oversuit! Entry details can be found here.


£1,580 rasised at HE

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Oct
5

2019: The Scurion Raffle at Hidden Earth, won by Phil Hawcroft, raised a total of £1,229 in aid of the the GPF! Thanks go to Maxine Bateman and Meg Gorry for their relentless selling tactics. A further £351 was raised by the silent auctioning of the silver Caver’s Cup, crafted and generously donated by Sam Drake.

A big thanks from the GPF to Sam, Rolf, Ceris and everyone who bought tickets.

Scurion raffle at HE

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Sep
24

Scurion has generously donated another lamp to raffle at Hidden Earth in aid of The Ghar Parau Foundation. It is a Scurion basic 1500 set with one battery-module worth £625.

Raffle tickets will be on sale at Hidden Earth at the same price as last year: one for £3, two for £5.

More details here.

Silent Auction at HE

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Sep
24

Samantha Drake has spent a long time making a Silver Cavers Cup, which she has generously donated to the GPF. It is a fantastic, hallmarked one-off piece. The cup will displayed at Hidden Earth 2019 in the Art Salon and be sold by Silent Auction, subject to a reserve price. We hope people will like the cup and support GPF by bidding for this fantastic, one-off piece of caving artwork. Tickets and more pics.

Winter 2019 funding

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Apr
15

A total of 9 caving expeditions spread across 3 continents applied for GPF grant aid during the latest round of funding. The GPF Committee allocated them £5,750, plus 4 Alex Pitcher awards for young cavers going on their first expedition abroad. Browse the archive map to find out more about the funded expeditions’ objectives.

Junee-Florentine 2018

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Apr
12

2018: The Junee-Florentine is home to many of Australia’s deepest caves, which drain into the Junee Master Cave. The Master Cave is only known in small unconnected sections, and this expedition was searching for new connections. Exploration in known caves and on the surface lead to over 800 m of surveyed new passages.

Read more on these Tasmanian discoveries

£1,050 raised at HE

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Mar
27

The Scurion Raffle at Hidden Earth in aid of the GPF raised a total of £826, mainly thanks to the hard work of Ruth Allen, Meg Gorry and Emma Battensby. The Scurion lamp was won by Paul Gladman.

A further £224 was raised by Sam Drake who sold a number of knitted bats as part of her exhibition in the Art Salon. A big thanks extends to them and everyone for supporting the GPF.

Golden Age of Caving

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Mar
16

During a weekend celebrating 50 years of British cave exploration and science at home and abroad in December 2017, a series of lectures were presented at the Royal Geographical Society by leading British cavers. Many of the expeditions discussed were recipients of Ghar Parau Foundation funding.

These talks are now freely available to view at the event page.

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