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Mulu Caves 2015

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2015: Ongoing exploration in the Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia resulted in further extensions to the world’s 8th largest cave system, Clearwater, along with a new entrance in the Hidden Valley – Conviction Cave.

Read more on the 2015 Mulu Caves expedition, and the use of 3D laser scanners to map some of the world’s largest cave chambers.

Kaokoland, Namibia

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2015: The expedition explored 7 new caves in Kaokoland north Namibia, the longest being over 350m long. We received logistical support from Namibian NGO IRDNC who also provided local liaison and guides. Enough encouragement was obtained to consider a return in 2016 to explore more new cave sites.

Read more on these African caves

Torca del Regallon

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2015: In 2015, the Ario Caves Project focused their efforts on Torca del Regallon (also known as C4) last visited in 1997. Major leads explored included a sump at around 600m depth thought to connect with upstream 2/7, and a 15m waterfall marking the upstream limit of the master streamway and heading into blank space.

Read more on their discoveries

Matienzo 2015

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2015: During a busy 2015, 50 cavers helped survey 10 km of passage in Matienzo caves, 5.5 km of which were new, and with open leads left for 2016. Water tracing at Cueva Valline showed a potential link between Valline and Reñada, with work started on connecting the two (700m new cave).

Read more on the expanding cave systems

There and Back Again

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2015: Eight members of ICCC went to the Takaka Hills in New Zealand. The expedition found new passage deep in an already discovered cave (Ed’s Cellar) as well as finding several new caves (Weta than Ever, Black Helix and Red Dog/Dead Rogue) in the Canaan Downs region.

Read more on their discoveries

Migovec : Pushing the Southern Reaches

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The 2014 Expedition to Slovenia celebrated 40 years of exploration by the Slovene caving club, as well as two decades of joint efforts to extend Sistem Migovec.

This year saw the discovery of another sump at -967m, and a major breakthrough in the southernmost part of the system.

Read more.

Culiembrio connected

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In 1981, Xitu in northern Spain became the first cave to be extended below 1000 metres by British cavers before it finally ended at a sump.

Nearly 20 years later, a GPF-supported expedition returned to the area to try and find a connection by diving the resurgence, Cueva Culiembro.

Read more on what happened.

Diving under an icefield

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Castleguard Cave is Canada’s longest known cave and is renowned world-wide as the premier example of a cave which extends beneath an active icefield.

Over the course of two grueling expeditions an 845m sump was finally passed, opening up a whole new cave system beyond.

Learn more about the diving success.


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