Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 23 Jan 2013

Expedition details (GPF2013a-009)

Expedition Name (& Club): Pozu Azul - Spain
Destination country: Spain
Lat: 42.7340 Long: -3.8018 Elevation: 0 m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Jason Mallinson
Total cavers: 15
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 0
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 5/10
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations: 0
Expedition dates: 1st Aug 2013 - 25th Aug 2013
Duration (days): 24
Man-days in field: 175 Man-days travelling: 15
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

Continue the exploration and mapping of the currently 9885m long resurgence system Pozo Azul, of which 9135m of diving is required to reach the end point, which is Sump 4.
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.

Continue the exploration and map in Sump 4, which is the current limit at close to 10km from the entrance, and beyond 9135m of diving. This is currently the longest cave diving penetration in the world.
Logistics here will require removal of drysuit and donning of wetsuits several times to transport the required equipment to S4. This is due to the sharp nature of the passage.
Carry out detailed survey of dry passage (Razor Passage) between Sumps 3 and 4.
Use radio location device to accurately locate the dry chamber -Tipperary to a surface location.
Potentially also move radio location device forward to Razor Passage and carry out radio location.
Use electronic mapping device to gather further data from the underwater sections of the cave.
Photograph Razor Passage.
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.

Exploration at this site Pozo Azul by this team:-
2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
All exploration has been documented in the Cave Diving Group Newsletters
2007 - BCA Hidden Earth - presentation
2009 - BCA Hidden Earth - presentation
2011 - BCA Hidden Earth - presentation
2010 - Descent article
Other cave systems involving multi-sump diving have also been explored and surveyed in the immediate area.

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
Travel by van/car/truck via Tunnel or Ferry to France then drive down to Spain.
Due to the large and heavy nature (750kg+ per diver) of the essential equipment required for this exploration, this is the only feasible method of transport.
2009/10/11 costs were

# 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: £2,600 Travel p.p. from UK: £0
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £150 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £10 Camping/electric usage - 3 weeks


Total: £0 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £0 Oxygen (from Spain) 4 x 20litre cylinders
Exped Total: £3,980 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £0
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £0
Mean Exped cost per person: £265

Other Funding

Total: £0 Comments:
Total shortfall: £3,980 Mean shortfall per person: £265

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 Dave Ryall


Permission obtained?: No
Referee 2: John Cordingley

Reason: 0

Permission obtained?: No

Expedition report author: Jason Mallinson