In recognition of the uncertain times we live in and their impact on grant applications for caving expeditions to take place in 2021 Ghar Parau Foundation committee have agreed to relax some of the criteria for 2021 applications and take a more lenient view than normal.
The purpose of the Ghar Parau Foundation is to provide grant-aid assistance to British caving expeditions that travel to all corners of the world.
In particular the charity looks for expeditions whose aims and methods include an element of innovative exploration or scientific study, distinguishing them from the typical sport-caving venture.
2019: There have been British caving expeditions to the Dachstein plateau, high in the Austrian Alps, for over 50 years. In 2018 the expedition made the historic connection between WUG Pot, high on the plateau, with the monster 112 km Hirlatzhöhle system, yet the search for a higher entrance to WUG Pot continues. Read more, and on the successful use of the GPF-funded Cavelink set for making deep trips safer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2018: The Klic Globin 2018 expedition by ICCC and JSPDT, intent on exploring deep leads in Primadona within the Tolminski Migovec Cave system, now 41.9 km long. A camp was set up, facilitating explorations to depths to -770 m in Primadona. Digging Coincidence Cave exposed a promising potential lower entrance. 2.6 km of new cave surveyed.
Read the full expedition summary
2018: In 48 years nearly 400 km of passage has been found in Matienzo, northern Spain, by the expedition. In 2018 the aim was to find new caves and to extend existing caves to help link some existing systems together. Fifty cavers took part, surveying almost 6 km of new passage and adding 168 new sites.
The charity is embarking on a fundraising effort to enhance the size of the investment fund, with all the money raised going towards supporting British cavers carrying out science and exploration abroad.
Cavers travelling abroad on expedition have had many concerns regarding their travel insurance – is cave exploration covered? Will the insurer actually pay out?
The BCA have been working hard on behalf of their members to solve this problem and are pleased to announce the launch of BCA Member Caving Cover.
Find more details and get a quote online at: https://www.bcacavingcover.co.uk
Since 2007 the Ghar Parau Foundation has awarded £100,575, benefiting 184 British caving expeditions.