Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 30 Aug 2013

Expedition details (GPF2013b-004)

Expedition Name (& Club): Tian Xing 2013 - Shitty Backdoor
Destination country: China
Region: Tian Xing
Lat: 30.4000 Long: 107.8000 Elevation: m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Madphil Rowsell
Total cavers: 11
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 0
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 10/1
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations: 1
Expedition dates: 1st Nov 2013 - 28th Nov 2013
Duration (days): 28
Man-days in field: 24 Man-days travelling: 4
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

1) Continue the exploration of "Shitty Backdoor".
2) Continue exploration of Bamboo Cave
3) Recce some of the surface holes in the area with regards their potential for further exploration
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 of 48H-I12-96 "Shitty Backdoor", a cave close to Qikeng, which originally through it would drop into, but after a tight entrance series is heading away from Qikeng and has the potential to yield some big pitches before dropping into the main Tianxing Dongxue Xitong system below. The cave was last pushed in 2007 to a depth of 75m where it has been left.

48H-I12-109 Bamboo cave was originally explored in 2004 where the cave was pushed to a down stream sump. A number of good leads were left particularly in the upstream direction, and also avens towards the downstream end, which may lead to now know fossil levels discovered in the other areas of the Tianxing Dongxue Xitong system.

Surface recces will be carried out on known entrances in the Tian Xing area, with a view of finding more exciting leads within the Tian Xing area.
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.

Tian Xing has been visited many times by cavers over the last 10 or so years and the main system, known as Tianxing Dongxue Xitong, has been pushed to over 48 km with 9 entrances. It is the third longest cave in China and has the potential for much more.

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
Travel by air to Chongqing, then bus/train to
Wulong. From Wulong, Local bus or taxi will be taken to Tianxing village.

A small number of expedition members will be required to travel to Tongzi to the HMG Equipment store to collect and return the expedition equipment.

# from UK: 10 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from UK: £6,800 10 Flights from UK to Chonqing (£550 Rtn pp) = £5500
10 Chinese Visas (£90 Each) = £900
Travel from Chongqing to Wulong (£20 Rtn pp) = £200
Travel from Wulong to Tian Xing (£20 Rtn pp) = £200

# from outside UK: 1 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from outside UK: £0

Travel total: £6,800 Travel p.p. from UK: £680
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £1,920 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £175 Food and Accommodation for 24 days (£8 pppd)


Total: £850 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £77 Thrubolts and Rigging Kit £200
Drill Batterries: £250
Rope: £400

Participants in the expedition are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and food costs and pay £50 each towards equipment costs. If the expedition is successful the money allocated will be directed to those in most need and which will hopefully ensure that they have the funds to participate.
Exped Total: £9,570 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £932
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £252
Mean Exped cost per person: £870

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 Duncan Collis


Permission obtained?: No
Referee 2: Mr Nick Williams

Reason: 0

Permission obtained?: No

Expedition report author:


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