Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 14 Jul 2017

Expedition details (GPF2017b-002)

Expedition Name (& Club): SMCC Thailand 2018 (Shepton Mallet Caving Club)
Destination country: Thailand
Region: Phitsanulok
Lat: 16.9151 Long: 100.3985 Elevation: 57 m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Paul Dummer
Total cavers: 14
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 1
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 14/0
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations: 0
Expedition dates: 9th Feb 2018 - 3rd Mar 2018
Duration (days): 23
Man-days in field: 238 Man-days travelling: 84
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

This time the expedition will be in and around the Phitsanulok area, we visited here briefly in 2016 on our way to Nan. The area is home to the longest known cave in Thailand but has had no work done there by any cavers for a number of years, the potential for new cave here and extending existing known cave is very high.
How can the GPF support your Expedition?:

Please explain the aspects of the trip which make it eligible for Ghar Parau funding.

Any help with regard to kit expense is always welcome, we will need to sort life jackets for everyone this time, so help there would be appreciated, also we are trying to encourage younger members of the club to get involved with the SMCC expeditions to Thailand to keep them going as us usual ones are getting older, if we can help them afford the expense then that would be beneficial for the future.
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 2018 SMCC expedition to Thailand will be exploring and surveying caves in the Thung Saluang National Park, Phitsanulok province, central Thailand. The last caving expedition to this area was in 2004 and there are many inlets and climbs that are unexplored in the known caves. Close examination of the karst escarpment, where the majority of the caves resurge, is likely to reveal new caves.
The main cave in the region is Tham Phra Wang Daeng which is the longest cave in Thailand at 13.8 km. Only one team has ever been to the end of this river cave and many inlets and high level passages remain to be explored. Tham Khang Khao (3.7 km long) also has many inlets that have not been pushed. Another good lead is Tham Nam Long Lu which is a stream sink cave that has been explored to the top of an undescended pitch at a depth 75 m and probably resurges at Tham Duean/Tham Dao. A connection would make the system about 3 km long and 135 m deep. The 1 km long Tham Khlong Khun Huai Tum Lek has onl
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.

All known work in this area has been carried out by Simon Brooks and Dean Smart etc when exploring and surveying the longest cave in Thailand Tham Phra Wang Daeng.
These guys are the only team to do any work in this area
Martin Ellis has published some details in SMCC Journals and in his own Caves of Thailand book

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
All will be flying out of Heathrow to Bangkok. Hiring Hilux 4x4 vehicles, on the way to the caving area we will be stopping off at Lomsak to pick up all expedition equipment left in Thailand from previous years

# from UK: 14 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from UK: £14,050 Flights 14 x £700 return = £9,800
Car hire 3 x £750 each = £2,250
Fuel, total = £2,000

# from outside UK: 0 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from outside UK: £0 none

Travel total: £14,050 Travel p.p. from UK: £1,003
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £5,000 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £357 Accommodation = £3,000
Food = £2,000


Total: £750 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £54 Ropes = £250
Life Jackets = £500
Exped Total: £19,800 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £1,413
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £0
Mean Exped cost per person: £1,414

Other Funding

Total: £0 Comments:
Total shortfall: £19,800 Mean shortfall per person: £1,414

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: Older member of SMCC

Reason: Responsible person and been involved with SMCC for many years

Permission obtained?: Yes
Referee 2: Mr Martin Mills
Affiliation: Older member of SMCC

Reason: Responsible person and been involved with SMCC for many years

Permission obtained?: Yes

Expedition report author: Martin Ellis


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