Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 14 Jan 2013

Expedition details (GPF2013a-013)

Expedition Name (& Club): Z Miga na Kuk (ICCC)
Destination country: Slovenia
Lat: 46.1959 Long: 13.6198 Elevation: 0 m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Oliver Myerscough
Total cavers: 26
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 0
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 21/5
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations: 0
Expedition dates: 12th Jul 2013 - 18th Aug 2013
Duration (days): 37
Man-days in field: 548 Man-days travelling: 52
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

Establishing a second deeper camp (Deep Core II, -733 m / 1.7 km) in Sistem Vrtnarija will allow us to open up new leads via bolt climbing techniques. From the same location, the bottom of the cave (Watership Down, -897 m) can be reached with relative ease; we will push numerous leads at great depth. Our now standard 4-bed Camp X-Ray (-550 m) will give access to horizontal developments (Brezno Slapov & Invictus) in the most southern & eastern reaches of the system. Kuk Pot will be investigated further and, pending permission, we will dye trace the streamways of Vrtnarija.
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.

The five-week long 2012 expedition was ideal in terms of distributing the manpower and encompassing the logistics of exploring from a deep cave camp. As the objectives and team strength in 2013 are very similar we intend to run a five week expedition

Following the connection of Sistem Vrtnarija to Sistem Migovec at the end of 2012
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.

We have run expeditions to this area in: 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 and smaller recces in Easter 95, Autumn 06, Winter 09.

Vrtnarija was discovered in 2000, and extended on every expedition since then before being connected into Sistem Migovec in 2012.
M2 was originally explored to -350m during 1974-1978, but was rerigged during the 2008 joint expedition, and extended 2008-2012.

Kavkna Jama / M2 was extended and surveyed on a weekend trip on 22-10-11 by a joint UK/SLO team. Return visits to extend the closest approach have been made by small SLO teams on 24-12-11, 15-01-12 and 28-01-12.

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
Advance party flies out (via Ryanair / Trieste) the week before to setup water collection tarpaulins. A nine-seater roof-racked transit minibus will be hired from Imperial College Union (hire cost ~

# 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: £4,850 Travel p.p. from UK: £0
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £2,200 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £85 Food |


Total: £0 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £0 Rope, bolts, underground camp gear, rigging tape |
Exped Total: £13,600 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £0
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £0
Mean Exped cost per person: £523

Other Funding

Total: £400 Comments:
Total shortfall: £13,200 Mean shortfall per person: £508

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: Dr Michael Rogerson
Affiliation: University of Hull

Reason: Dept. of Geography, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX.

Permission obtained?: No
Referee 2: Dr Mark Evans

Reason: 0

Permission obtained?: No

Expedition report author: Oliver Myerscough


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