Anyway, this year I have had the opportunity to meet a caver by the name of Angela, who moved to Chiang Mai originally to teach English but has since forfeited gainful employment for more liesure pursuits underground. Angela has over 30 years of experience in cave systems around the world, so we all tried to learn as much from her as possible, including how to survey properly.
The goals we set this year were to get into Tham Pha Daeng, which had been previously explored on a prior expedition but met a dead end at a giant flow stone wall. The following were our objectives:
1. Place titanium glue in bolts at every pitch, including re-belays
2. Create a Grade 5 survey of the cave system (thats where I came in)
3. eh those were the main ones, oh and to come out without injury
I was only able to stay half of the trip due to staffing issues at the shop, but below are some of the photos I was able to snap. It also happened to be Josh and Mario's birthday in that time frame so we celebrated roughly 150 meters down.
|Bo heading down|
|Cake time, -150 meters|
|Ooan on a 60m pitch, going up is always a bitch|
|Calibrating all the equipment with Pui|