The Huautla Resurgence Project 2016 Expedition, Mexico

By ANDREAS KLOCKER | Southern Tasmanian Caverneers, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia March 2016, and I’m off to Mexico again – the third year in a row. The previous two years I joined the Proyecto Espeleológico Sistema Huautla (PESH), an American-led expedition with the goal of continuing exploration of Sistema Huautla, a 1545m deep and about 75km … Continue reading The Huautla Resurgence Project 2016 Expedition, Mexico

Exploration beyond the sumps of Red Ball Canyon, Sistema Huautla, Mexico

By ANDREAS KLOCKER | Southern Tasmanian Caverneers, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Last year I had the chance of joining an expedition with the aim of extending Sistema Huautla, situated in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Sistema Huautla is one of the largest and deepest cave systems in the world, and probably one of the most beautiful. … Continue reading Exploration beyond the sumps of Red Ball Canyon, Sistema Huautla, Mexico

Growling Swallet: The Niggly Connection Project

Photography: LIZ ROGERS By STEPHEN FORDYCE Background: JF-36 Growling Swallet is a particularly extensive and significant cave in the Junee-Florentine area of Tasmania, and has been known since the time of early European settlement. The cave has a very impressive opening in the form of a slot in a cliff, with a significant creek flowing … Continue reading Growling Swallet: The Niggly Connection Project

For Your Eyes Only, Junee Cave, Tasmania

JANINE McKINNON STC | For Your Eyes Only (FYEO) is a highly decorated chamber in a cave in Tasmania. It is protected by a 230 m long sump (waterfilled passage). The water temperature is between 4°C and 8°C, visibility in the sump varies between zero and 3 m, and the current can be very high … Continue reading For Your Eyes Only, Junee Cave, Tasmania

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

Exit Cave, Tasmania

D’Entrecasteaux River Sumps exploration 2013 By JANINE McKINNON STC Exit Cave is a large, multi-entrance system in Southern Tasmania. It is arguably the longest cave system in Australia. (Cue the arguments regarding Bullita in the NT.) The cave has been known for many decades, and multiple expeditions and day trips have been undertaken to explore … Continue reading Exit Cave, Tasmania