Category: 2018

Things to do in a Pandemic (part 1)

With no expedition in 2020 I was left with plenty of time to go through reams and reams of data, surveys and photos from the past 10 years of the expedition. About 10 years ago on one of the expeditions I took a small video camera, with the intention of creating a video log of…
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T20A Silvestre Pot exploration log

Extract from various sources on exploration of Silvestre Pot (Alistair Gott) Part 1 Sobra valley is part of the stream catchment for cueva del marniosa, very little was known about the stream sinks until 5 days ago. Cueva del marniosa is one of the two well known stream caves in the Tresviso region. Imo furlong,…
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Silvestre Pot (Sobra Valley)

An early start was arranged, which would normally mean an early night. 2am was the actual bedtime for most on the trip. The agreed start time of 9am was fairly well stuck to and saw us at the cave by 9.45am. Upon arrival at the track, AG decided to put his caving kit on and…
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Practice Pot (IM2) Cueva Donga (AS 1) & de Silvestre (KJ1)   

By Stu Coxon  We left the hostel with the intention and kit to look at the tight section in Cueva Donga and hopefully enlarge it. Our secondary objective was to have a look at the pitch in the entrance of what is now known as Practice Pot. Alistair and Dreads went over to Practice Pot…
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Cueva del Marniosa – Upstream avens (Part 2)

by Dan Workman The planned trip as of Monday eve was Sam and I to continue the climbing whilst Dave and Derek resurveyed the upstream passage behind us. However, in the morning Derek was not feeling up for caving and we were reduced to a group of three. We set off slightly later than planned…
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Cueva del Marniosa – Sump 2 push         

   Josh Bratchley, Rob Middleton, Joe Daniels, Arwel Roberts A late start saw us in the cave not long after 13:00 (much better via Land Rover) and good progress was made down the entrance series to the 1st Pitch in the downstream passages where we’d left our 3 bags of cylinders the day before. Here…
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Pozo Castillo – Snow Plug

By Alistair Gott Castillo, the snow plug “dig” and boulder chocking. I’ve heard a lot about it, after some prospecting on the surface. We kitted up, all were going light just to see what the snow plug and block in the roof looked like. Stories of three previous trips to the snow choke saw the…
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Updates

Pozo del Castillo After 30 years of a blocked snow plug, preventing access to the lower reaches of Castillo, the snow plug has melted.  The previously scary boulder held up by snow, is now held up by air and luck.  A 100 year old winch has now been revealed, and more large scary boulders.  The…
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Sponsors – 2018

Many thanks to the following, who have provided sponsorship to the 2018 expedition via money, equipment, support or words of encouragement:      

Article on recent expeditions published

The 2018 expedition is now only 4 weeks away. A few red tape problems have now been resolved and everything is set, including last minute equipment orders, turning over the shed looking for old equipment and herding everyone into position. The latest edition of Descent (No 263 – Aug/Sep 2018) includes an article on Tresviso exploration, giving an…
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