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.