Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 04 Jun 2013

Expedition details (GPF2013b-001)

Expedition Name (& Club): Thailand, Nan 2014 (SMCC)
Destination country: Thailand
Region: Nan Province
Lat: 19.3905 Long: 100.8785 Elevation: m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Paul Dummer
Total cavers: 15
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 0
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 15/0
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations:
Expedition dates: 14th Feb 2014 - 9th Mar 2014
Duration (days): 24
Man-days in field: 14 Man-days travelling: 8
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

Continue exploration of Tham Pha Pheung in Nan province, currently deepest cave in Thailand. Continue following up of all new leads in Ban Mani Phruk area.

The main goal is to push Tham Pha Pheung deeper to try to find the end, sump or exit at the bottom of the mountain, last time we were stopped on the last day by an approx. 20m pitch so the first couple of days will be centred on re rigging the cave and getting down the new pitch to follow the streamway. We have enough people this time to do a large and significant amount of work in the surrounding area following up all known leads with the intention of finding more caves to piece together the jigsaw we have, hopefully striving to exploring a massive stream cave system centred around Tham Pha Pheung. All activities in this main cave will be filmed with the intention of putting together a good quality short film on our return to the UK.
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.

Exploration, surveying and photography of all new and existing cave passage in our designated area. Also to put together a short film of the main large cave Tham Pha Pheung
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 (The Shepton Mallet Caving Club) have visited this area of Thailand previously, 2012,2010,2009.

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
All flights from Heathrow to Bangkok, then Hire Hilux Vehicles for drive up to and use of in Nan Province

# from UK: 15 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from UK: £13,800 Flights @ £700 each x 15 = £10,500
Hire vehicles @ £600 each x 3 = £1,800
Fuel = £1,500

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

Travel total: £13,800 Travel p.p. from UK: £920
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £3,300 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £220 Accomodation = £2,100
Food = £1,200


Total: £0 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £0
Exped Total: £17,100 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £1,140
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £0
Mean Exped cost per person: £1,140

Other Funding

Total: £0 Comments:
Total shortfall: £0 Mean shortfall per person: £0

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 Alan Butcher
Affiliation: SMCC


Permission obtained?: No
Referee 2: Mr Andy Manners
Affiliation: SMCC

Reason: 0

Permission obtained?: No

Expedition report author: