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Ghar Parau Foundation

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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.

Previously supported expeditions

Tratman Award

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The Tratman Award is annually awarded to the best caving-related paper-based publication.

After much discussion amongst the judges, the 2017 prize was awarded to Dave Haigh and John Cordingley for their book Adventures Underground, which documents Yorkshire explorations over the last 60 years.

Read more on the judges’ decision and the rest of the shortlist.

GPF Fundraising

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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.

Learn how to make a direct donation.

Buy a set of limited edition caving picture cards.

My First Expedition

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My first impression of the CUCC expo (Austria), just from talk, was that it would be hard.

Alice Shackley recounts the first-hand experiences of her first caving expedition with the Cambridge University Caving Club. Alice was the recipient of an Alex Pitcher Award from the GPF – a grant awarded to enthusiastic young cavers going on their first expedition abroad. Read more

Golden Age of Caving

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To celebrate 50 years of pioneering British cave exploration, renowned explorers of the subterranean world will come together to share their discoveries and experiences during 4 entertaining days at the RGS, London.

A fantastic grand prize draw includes a top prize of an expenses-paid trip to Mulu National Park, Borneo!

More details on this unmissable event, incl. tickets, talks and prizes.

Huautla Resurgence 2017

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2017: Over a three-week period this year’s expedition mounted two camping trips beyond a 1.4 km/65 m deep sump. The exploration teams each spent two nights at the remote camp and mapped a total of 1.5 km of dry passages, including finding many particularly fine calcite formations.

Read a summary of this year’s progress

Ario Caves Project 2016

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2016: The Ario Caves Project expedition returned to the 600 m deep C4 to work on several promising leads in the main streamway at the bottom of the cave. Upstream, a 30m high waterfall was climbed to gain >300m of new passages while downstream, the sump was dived for a further 80m towards the nearby 2/7.

Read a summary of this year’s progress

Durmitor 2016

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2016: The expedition achieved its main objective of facilitating the first successful cave dive in Durmitor. Beyond the Blue Lagoon sump pool, Tony Seddon laid 85 m of line before reaching his depth limit of -35 m with the sump ongoing. A small team also visited the Tara Canyon, recording locations of several resurgences and entrances.

Read more on YUCPC’s deepest find in Durmitor.

Neprehojene Poti 2016

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2016: Exploration was mainly focused in an area known as Galerija in the Slovenian Julian Alps. Sustained efforts in the cave “Primadona” resulted in it being pushed 190 m deeper, with 835 m of new passage found that ended in a series of large chambers.

Read more on ICCC’s expedition to the Migovec Plateau

Tresviso 2016

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2016: Challenging and remote exploration in the Cueva del Nacimiento cave in the Urdon Gorge (Tresviso, Cantabria) requires 4-5 nights underground camping to adequately push leads.

Read more on this year’s attempts to connect with the deeper systems in Andara.


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