Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 31 Aug 2013

Expedition details (GPF2013b-007)

Expedition Name (& Club): Mulu Caves 2013
Destination country: Malaysia
Region: Mulu National Park, Sarawak
Lat: 4.0682 Long: 114.8329 Elevation: m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Mark Brown
Total cavers: 16
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 0
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 13/3
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations:
Expedition dates: 3rd Oct 2013 - 4th Nov 2013
Duration (days): 33
Man-days in field: 0 Man-days travelling: 0
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

The main team will be based at Camp 5 in the Melinau gorge. Further exploration will continue in the Whiterock/Blackrock part of the Clearwater cave system, and various systems in Gunung Benerat. A sub camp at the N. end of G. Benerat will help explore leads in that area. Surface work to look for new entrances will also take place. All finds will be surveyed, mapped and photographed to a high standard.
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.

1. To continue exploration and survey of a number of outstanding leads in the Whiterock/Blackrock Cave system.
2. To revisit areas of Clearwater cave and investigate leads to explore and survey.
3. To visit Deliverance cave in Northern G.Benerat and investigate high level passages at the end.
4. To locate and survey Gawai€„¢s Cave in northern G. Benarat
5. To continue exploration and survey of a number of outstanding leads in the Benarat Caverns system.
6. To conduct surface searches for new entrances in G. Benerat and G. Api. A Helicopter may be used to look for such new entrances.
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.

1977-78 RGS Mulu Expedition
1980 Mulu Caves Expedition
1984 Mulu Caves Expedition
1988 Mulu Caves Expedition
1989 Mulu Caves Expedition
1991 Mulu Caves Expedition
1993 Hidden Valley Reconnaissance Expedition
1996,98 Hidden Valley, Mulu Caves Expedition Benerat 2000 Caves Expedition Benerat 2003 Caves Expedition Benerat 2005 Caves Expedition
2007 Mulu Caves Expedition
2009 Mulu Caves Expedition
2010 Mulu Caves Expedition
2011 Mulu Caves Expedition
2012 Southern Hills Mulu Expedtion.

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
Flights UK to Kuala Lumpur, KL to Miri, Malaysia, Miri to Mulu National Park. c. £750 per person total.
Long boat travel from National Park HQ to camp 5. Trekking on foot to caves.

# from UK: 16 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from UK: £13,500 Flights = £12,000
Boat travel = £1,500

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

Travel total: £13,500 Travel p.p. from UK: £844
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £5,200 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £325 Accomodation = £1,200
Food = £2,000
Local Labour (cook, porters, guides) £2,000


Total: £650 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £41 Equipment £500
Medical Equipment £150

Special 1

Total: £1,700 Comments:
Special 1 p.p.: £106 Insurance £1,200
Publication £500
Exped Total: £21,050 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £1,510
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £366
Mean Exped cost per person: £1,316

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 Dick Willis


Permission obtained?: No
Referee 2: Mr Matt Kirkby

Reason: 0

Permission obtained?: No

Expedition report author:


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