Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 29 Jan 2013

Expedition details (GPF2013a-007)

Expedition Name (& Club): Kosovo 2013
Destination country: Kosovo
Lat: 0.0000 Long: 0.0000 Elevation: 0 m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Matthew Jones
Total cavers: 14
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 0
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 10/4
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations: 0
Expedition dates: 12th Sep 2013 - 23rd Sep 2013
Duration (days): 11
Man-days in field: 92 Man-days travelling: 28
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

Radavac Cave & surrounding area (Drini i Bardhe - largest resurgence in the country) Rusoljia Plateau, Rugova Gorge
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.

Explore, Photograph, Record and Share

Radavac Cave
Around 700m of passage was surveyed in 2012 beyond a sump that had been dived by Polish earlier in the year. Some Slovaks have also been re-surveying the cave which we also tied our data into (Survey yet to be completed). Possible Leads:
- A number of passages & climbs that haven't been pushed to completion
- Prospecting of the surrounding area (The cave currently moves away from the main resurgence - current theory is that it is a separate / overflow system to the potential 'master cave' that is still to be discovered).

Rusoljia Plateau
A couple of days were spent high on the mountain above Radavac / Drini i Bardhe resurgence, where signs of cave development were obvious, despite no significant finds. This area has been linked to the Drini i Bardhe, and with potential of a system in the region of 1700m depth.
We would plan on camping on the hill to reducing the time spent hiking up the mountain.

Rugova Gorge
A large Karst Gorge which has the longest cave in Kosovo in the base of it (explored by Polish / Slovaks / Kosovars in past 10 years). The Polish are now active on the Lumbardski plateau above the gorge, looking for a higher entrance to 'Great Canyon Cave'.
There are various caves visible from the bottom of the gorge that have not been entered (according to the local cavers).
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.

An Anglo-Kiwi recce - September 2012
Various visits by Italian, Polish, Bulgarian, Slovakian cavers. Information on these previous visits is scare to non-existent, even from the local cavers.

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
Flights /

# 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: £3,940 Travel p.p. from UK: £0
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £630 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £45 Accommodation /


Total: £0 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £0 Damaged / used equipment /
Exped Total: £4,710 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £0
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £0
Mean Exped cost per person: £336

Other Funding

Total: £0 Comments:
Total shortfall: £4,710 Mean shortfall per person: £336

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 Phil Rowsell


Permission obtained?: No
Referee 2: Any of the other below people

Reason: 0

Permission obtained?: No

Expedition report author: Matthew Jones


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