Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 18 Dec 2012

Expedition details (GPF2013a-001)

Expedition Name (& Club): San Agustin
Destination country: Mexico
Lat: 18.1180 Long: -96.7972 Elevation: 0 m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Chris Jewell
Total cavers: 40
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 0
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 28/12
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations: 0
Expedition dates: 12th Feb 2013 - 13th Apr 2013
Duration (days): 60
Man-days in field: 824 Man-days travelling: 136
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

To continue exploration of this cave by placing a team of divers beyond the main downstream sump, who will aim to dive sump 9 (present limit of exploration) and climb the Rio Iglesia waterfall. Secondary objective for non divers are to look for a dry connection to Nita Nanta and re-bolt the route to Anthrodite hall.
How can the GPF support your Expedition?:

Please explain the aspects of the trip which make it eligible for Ghar Parau funding.

Detailed description of objectives:

Give a more detailed account of the purpose of the trip, including any particular known caves you intend to visit, specific areas where you will explore for new cave, and scientific experiments you will attempt.

Sump 9 was referred to by Dr William Stone as
Previous work in this area:

Give details of any previous work in this area by your own and other teams. Include references to reports and articles published on the area, and the names of any local cavers or academics with whom you have discussed the Expedition.

Previous Visits:
U.S cavers have been exploring Sistema Huautla since the 60

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
UK Cavers (typically 2-3 weeks in the field)
Flights around -

# from UK: 0 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from UK: £0

# from outside UK: 0 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from outside UK: £0

Travel total: £22,650 Travel p.p. from UK: £0
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £6,350 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £159 Cavers
subsistence and other personal costs in Mexico


Total: £0 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £0 Freight/shipping costs and over land transport costs for all equipment
Exped Total: £36,933 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £0
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £0
Mean Exped cost per person: £923

Other Funding

Total: £2,160 Comments:
NSS Grant $900
MEF Foundation
Total shortfall: £34,773 Mean shortfall per person: £869

Referees and Report

Please give the names, addresses and phone numbers of two suitably qualified people whom the Committee can contact. You should ensure that they are aware of the objectives of your trip, and that you have their permission for the Committee to contact them.

Referee 1: Mr Rick Stanton


Permission obtained?: No
Referee 2: Mr John Volanthen

Reason: 0

Permission obtained?: No

Expedition report author: Chris Jewel