Hot and Steamy in Belize
by PCW ~, 22 April 2008
Belize 2008 by Al Braybrooke ~ Photos by Paul Craddy (daylight) and Brendan Marris (underground)
During February to March 10 cavers, including 7 SWCC members, embarked on another expedition to Belize, Central America.
The main objectives were to continue the exploration of Pueblo Creek Cave,
a potential big new river system and to get a team to the remote Experanza Camp,
where the Central River sinks.
A full detailed report will be produced shortly but to briefly summarize the
expedition had its share of successes and disappointments.
A team reached Esperanza camp early in the trip, but found that difficulty accessing the trails caused it to be almost an extra day’s walk from the first attempt in 2006. This combined with heavy rain meant that the amount of exploration that could be carried out was reduced. A number of sites were investigated along the route, but weather conditions seriously dampened full exploration.
The ‘Roaring River’ in Tiger Cave, found in the 80’s by a US
team but impassable, now has a much reduced water level, thanks to the new nearby
Hydro Plant. This was entered and has so far given several hundred meters of new passage with a waterfall still unclimbed.
Many other sites were visited accompanied by local guides and though most were
photographed and mapped they were largely on a much smaller scale.
The team were:
A fuller report will be posted when available.