Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 06 Oct 2019

Expedition details (GPF2019b-003)

Expedition Name (& Club): Northern Thailand 2019
Destination country: Thailand
Region: Chiang Rai & Mae Hong Son
Lat: 20.4334 Long: 99.8753 Elevation: 393 m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Ms. Emma Porter
Total cavers: 6
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 1
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 4/2
Eligible for grant aid: 4
Alex Pitcher nominations: 1
Expedition dates: 12th Oct 2019 - 27th Oct 2019
Duration (days): 16
Man-days in field: 72 Man-days travelling: 24
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

To assist Martin Ellis (SMCC) with the ongoing Thailand Caves database project that two members of the team have been involved with for several years. This expedition will focus on two areas, firstly, the newly formed, Tham Luang National Park, with the aim of undertaking a detailed survey of Tham Luang and the surrounding caves and secondly, to locate and survey new caves in the Mae Hong Son region of NW Thailand.
How can the GPF support your Expedition?:

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

We are a team of six UK-based cavers who will be undertaking speleological exploration and surveying. Grant aid will significantly benefit the team, as we are a non-club based expedition, based mainly in the Midlands, with many of us known to each other through cave rescue work.
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.

To continue the work of Martin Ellis to populate the Thailand Caves database with up to date and accurate information. The survey work around the Tham Luang area will also assist the National Park by providing a detailed survey of the main cave and the caves surrounding it. The area of Mae Hong Son has many unexplored leads that need to be explored and surveyed to add to the database.
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.

Some of the caves have been explored before, with some surveys available. The current survey of Tham Luang is not very accurate. The National Park authority has requested a detailed survey for this now famous cave.
Many of the entries on the database are of an entrance location only.

Key publication: The Caves of Thailand by Martin Ellis

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
Fly from London to Bangkok. Internal flight to Chiang Mai.Collect hire vehicles (x2) and drive up to Chiang Rai region.Meet Martin Ellis and Vern Unsworth.

# from UK: 6 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from UK: £4,380 Flights from UK to Chiang Mai = £550
Car hire = £100
Fuel in Thailand = £40 approx
Fuel to airport and parking = £40 approx

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

Travel total: £4,380 Travel p.p. from UK: £730
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £2,100 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £350 Hotel costs approx £15.00 per person per night.
Meals approx £10.00 per person per day


Total: £535 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £89 Slings, maillons = £100
Throughbolts and drill bits = £100
Hangers = £50
Team first aid equipment = £25
Surveying books = £50
Tackle bags x 6 = £210

Special 1

Total: £600 Comments:
Special 1 p.p.: £100 Insurance = £100 average per person (based on annual or per trip)
Exped Total: £7,615 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £1,269
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £0
Mean Exped cost per person: £1,269

Other Funding

Total: £0 Comments:
Total shortfall: £7,615 Mean shortfall per person: £1,269

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. Andy Eavis
Affiliation: n/a

Reason: Knows some of the team & issues encountered with the originally scheduled China expedition

Permission obtained?: Yes
Referee 2: Mr. Arthur Champion
Affiliation: n/a

Reason: Previous expedition caver, who knows the majority of the team

Permission obtained?: Yes

Expedition report author: Mike Clayton


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