Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 30 Aug 2013

Expedition details (GPF2013b-005)

Expedition Name (& Club): Christmas 2013 - San Wang Dong and Er Wang Dong
Destination country: China
Region: Chongqing
Lat: 29.5903 Long: 107.9866 Elevation: m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Madphil Rowsell
Total cavers: 8
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 0
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 5/3
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations: 0
Expedition dates: 6th Dec 2013 - 29th Dec 2013
Duration (days): 24
Man-days in field: 0 Man-days travelling: 0
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

1) Part 1: Camp at the already established Tomb Sweeper Camp and push leads in attempt to find the main San Wang Dond Streamway. Bolt Climb an aven in hope to find passage heading towards 127.

2) Part 2: Stay at Niubizi village, pushing leads in the far N of the San Wang Dong system and totally unexplored surface shafts from the surface on day trips.
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.

Tomb Sweeper Camp Objectives:
- Queen of the Nile. Series of short, wet strongly draughting pitches descend a total of 60m to where the passage splits into two separate undescended pitches which are 80m above Wind in the Wallows. WiW is the only known passage in that area of the cave. We hope to find an intermediate level of horizontal development, and also close the > km survey loop.
- Thebes. A pitch series drops 50m. At the bottom a 10m-long narrow, popcorn rift leads to a further undescended pitch which appears to be going down in steps. It is 115m above local base level and is not above any known cave.
- N end of Silk Road. From camp, a short pitch leads to Valley of the Kings, 1.7km of beautiful walking/boulder hopping. A 70m pitch series drops into Silk Road. A short pitch gains the N end of Silk Road, where there is a strongly draughting undescended pitch 75m above local base level. Travel time to this point is about 2 hours from camp. This lead is particularly promising, as it is well positioned to drop into the undiscovered upstream part of the main streamway.
- Journey to the West aven. The western-most point of San Wang Dong ends in a large, draughting aven 1.7km horizontally from 127 cave.

Niubizi Area:
- Puke Passage: Continuing 20m-wide horizontal borehole with old nitrate works. Access is via a 90m daylight pitch into Niubizi Tiankeng, boulder hopping along the tiankeng, and then dropping down a short pitch in the cave.
- Niubizi Dong: This cave has been pushed down 3 pitches and was left at the top of an undescended pitch. It's poised to drop another 80m and connect to Er Wang Dong in Puke Passage, adding another entrance to the system.
- Undescended surface shaft N of Niubizi tiankeng
- Numerous steaming entrances were sighted but not explored when this area was visited previously.
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.

The ErWangDong and SanWang Dong has seen many expeditions over the recent years and the caves are currently 67,825m San Wang Dong and 46,352m Er Wang Dong long. Both systems are very close to each other and a connection between the two is actively being sought. If connected it has the potential to be the longest cave system in China. Exploration at the limits of the cave system (such as this expedition) are further increasing the caves lengths.

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:

# from UK: 3 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from UK: £1,920 3 Flights from UK to Chongqing (RTN): (£550pp) £1650
3 Chinese Visas (UK £90pp): £270

# from outside UK: 5 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from outside UK: £2,110 2 Flights from USA to Chongqing: (RTN) ($1200 = £770pp) £1440
2 Chinese Visas (USA $170 = £220
1 flight from Guilin to Chongqing (RTN): £100
1 Flight from Hong Kong to Chongqing (RTN): £250
1 Car from Chengdu to ErWangDong (RTN):£100

Travel total: £4,030 Travel p.p. from UK: £640
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £422


Total: £0 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £0


Total: £0 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £0
Exped Total: £4,030 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £454
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £587
Mean Exped cost per person: £504

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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