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Just a few sample shots from last week.....This place never ceases to amaze me.
Yeah, to run out 3 reels (the third was left in the cave that day) in two dives was bloody awesome. Even better that the cave showed no signs of giving up.
Shame I wasnt able to take the video camera along....maybe next year.
Tops work Dave, looks like some wonderful diving.
Waiting on the sideline for the next trip
Wow, looks amazing. I LOVE the shot of the diver with the ripples all around him, excellent!!
Take only photographs (& crays & prawns), leave only bubbles.
Canon 40D in Ikelite housing, Inon Z240 strobe and Nikonos SB105 in Slave mode. 60mm macro lens, 24-85mm lens.
Of course it wasnt all hard work and diving!
Mate, that was the big trip as a result of several investigative shorter trips over a long period of time. We have been probing the ranges, searching for going cave and researching the geology for almost two years now. All the shorter dives and trips put the focus on a few special areas, and that was where we put all the effort in on this trip.
The logistics of a trip like this cannot be underestimated. Between landowner and pastoralist approval, mining lease agreements and permissions, and most importantly, the support and backing of the local indigenous people, it took many many months just get a green light to start the work!
What you must keep in mind is that many of the caves up here are extremely significant to the culture of the locals, and many of the caves are resting places for some very important and very old indigenous people. There were many areas around the caves that we could not photograph, would not go near, and had to give a wide berth. It’s imperative on these kinds of ventures that you have a very good relationship with the elders, and communicate with them at all times.
When you add in the vehicle, equipment and general transport side of it, at times, it did seem a bit overwhelming. Then there are river crossings, cattle mustering, crocs, water monitors, snakes, roads that were there 2 years ago that are not anymore, food and water, fuel and trying to keep a beer cold, and it certainly makes it fun! In the weeks leading up to this one, there were many times when I said to myself, “Shoulda just done the bloody Nullarbor”
It was all worth it though, and the isolated remoteness of it all does add certain value to the trip. We are already making plans for the start of the next dry season, with more virgin cave, further exploration of the cave we have found, and more detailed documentation……and next time this fool WONT leave the u/w video cameras in my donger
Certainly love the virgin exploration side of things BUT DAMMM thats a huge effort for a couple of days diving
How many dives did you do and was this cave perhaps undived before ???
Great effort mate i love your pics and adventuress attitude, can i perhaps reccomend one thing "BUY A HELICOPTER " Now that would just cap it off
We dived most days, maybe 2-3 dives per day. A lot of setup dives, laying line, getting gear in and out, working out where to go, what to do. With exploration, you tend to find more dead ends than leads. Almost all of it was virgin, untouched underwater cave.
Usually we dived in the morning, and did the dry cave exploration and hiking in the arvo.
Paul Hosie has already done the Helo cave diving thing up here.....those guys take it all to the next level and beyond!
that looks awesome!
something to dream about for sure.
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