Caving at Altitude in Peru

By ANDY McKENZIE NCC (UK) Photography by GUILLAUME PELLETIER QUEBEC Expedition background In early 2000, Les Oldham, a British geologist and caver living and working in Peru, noted a series of large open shafts in the Yauyos district of southern Peru that were taking the waters flowing out of Lago Pumacocha at the grand old … Continue reading Caving at Altitude in Peru

The Holy Caver, the Blue Demon and the Bulldog

The story of three years of expeditions to the Sierra Negra in Puebla State, Southern Mexico. Based on articles by GUSTAVO VELA TURCOTT. Translated by ALAN WARILD OCOTEMPA PART 1 – 2007 We’d all heard the story of how the GSAB (Grupo Espeleológico Alpino Belga) had stopped exploration of Sótano de Akemabis at –1015 m … Continue reading The Holy Caver, the Blue Demon and the Bulldog

Vietnam: Cave of the Mountain River

Hang Son Doong — Cave of the Mountain River TREVOR WAILES STC | This is a brief account of my part in the joint British-University of Hanoi expedition of 2010 to the truly remarkable Hang Son Doong (cave of the mountain river) in Vietnam. The British-Hanoi University expeditions are usually every two years, but with … Continue reading Vietnam: Cave of the Mountain River

The Thailand Project

25 years of progress: a personal retrospective By JOHN DUNKLEY This material was presented at the 27th Biennial Conference of the Australian Speleological Federation Inc. at Sale, Victoria 4—9 January 2009 and is included in the proceedings, which are currently being produced as a DVD. Introduction Twenty-four years ago I presented a paper at the … Continue reading The Thailand Project

Spéléo Secours Français

By PETER BUZZACOTT Ex-ASF member, now living in France The Fédération Française De Spéléologie (FFS) celebrated their 50th anniversary last year (2013) and they are the French equivalent of the ASF. Twice a year the six north-westernmost clubs hold weekend cave-rescue exercises, as do other regions right around the country. Places are limited by logistics … Continue reading Spéléo Secours Français

White Nose Syndrome in bats

Recent information from the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer to ASF By NICHOLAS WHITE ASF Conservation Commissioner The Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, has appealed to the Australian speleological community (ASF) to be aware of the debilitating fungal ‘White Nose Syndrome’ (WNS) in bats. Currently neither the syndrome nor the fungus has been identified in … Continue reading White Nose Syndrome in bats

Pushing the ‘deepest’ sump in Australia

Khazad-Dum (JF-4/5) Sump II By JANINE McKINNON STC BACKGROUND The Junee-Florentine is the premier vertical caving area of Tasmania, and thus Australia. Khazad-Dum (KD) is a multi-pitch cave which terminates in a series of three sumps, which connect, at a depth of 293 m. It is the eighth-deepest cave in Australia. Dwarrowdelf JF-14 is a … Continue reading Pushing the ‘deepest’ sump in Australia

17th International Congress of Speleology (ICS) Down Under in 2017

By DENIS MARSH Speleo 2017 ICS Organising Commission In July 2013, in the Czech Republic city of Brno, world delegates at the General Assembly meeting of the International Union of Speleology (UIS), voted to accept a proposal from ASF to hold their next International Congress of Speleology (ICS) in Australia in July, 2017. What does … Continue reading 17th International Congress of Speleology (ICS) Down Under in 2017