Expedition Update

Expedition update: Underground camps in the La Grieta and Sotano de San Agustin sections of Sistema Huautla have ended for the year. The SSA team, led by cave divers Zeb Lilly (USA) and Andreas Klocker (Aus) climbed 180m vertically and it still goes up and up and cork-screws south and back north.

In La Grieta the big expedition break-through for the year occurred. Gilly Elor (Isreal/USA) and Derek Bristol (USA), exploring from Camp 1.5, discovered a new and unexpected section around 400m deep with big boreholes, strong air flow, and the best formations in Sistema Huautla. They named the new section Mexiguilla because it reminded Derek so much of Lechuguilla.

The derig of Sotano de San Agustin has begun. Hopefully the many heavy bags will be at the base of the entrance drop tonight.

Expedition co-leaders Tommy Shifflett and Bill Steele have named the Rookie of the Year for 2015: Mexican caver Adrian Miguel Nieto. He is always perfectly willing to do whatever is needed, including going to -620m yesterday and hauling two heavy bags up the 77m Space Drop, carrying a heavy bag out of the cave, taking a midnight bus to Mexico City, and going to work today. Very impressive.

Aussie cave diver Andreas Klocker at Blue Ball Sump #1 (of three) in Red Ball Canyon at 650m of depth in the Sótano de San Agustín section of Sistema Huautla. On the other side of the sumps, 30m, 30m, and 5m in length, Andreas has led a climbing effort up vertical shafts with waterfalls, at times wearing a dive mask while climbing.

Aussie cave diver Andreas Klocker at Blue Ball Sump #1 (of three) in Red Ball Canyon at 650m of depth in the Sótano de San Agustín section of Sistema Huautla. On the other side of the sumps, 30m, 30m, and 5m in length, Andreas has led a climbing effort up vertical shafts with waterfalls, at times wearing a dive mask while climbing.