Cave Diving the Kimberleys

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Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby SubAquatic » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:29 am

Just a few sample shots from last week.....This place never ceases to amaze me.
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby ikm » Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:30 am

I like the look of the first pic ... that looks like a happy diver :)

Looks like a fking awesome trip. I am sooooo jealous!!!
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby SubAquatic » Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:44 am

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. :wink:
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby Chriso » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:17 pm

Tops work Dave, looks like some wonderful diving.
Waiting on the sideline for the next trip :P :P
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby Sea Dragonette » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:17 pm

Wow, looks amazing. I LOVE the shot of the diver with the ripples all around him, excellent!!
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby SubAquatic » Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:36 pm

Of course it wasnt all hard work and diving!
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The view over Elimberrie Springs, from half way up the Oscar ranges
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Oscars Range Base camp
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Tunnel creek
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Barnes Well...an oasis on the plains, and a welcome sight after a hard days offroad driving.
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby Martyn » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:55 pm

Good on ya Dave.
yeah the spool's caught my eye straight away. (empty) fantastic effort.
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby DECO1100 » Sat Oct 09, 2010 7:13 am

Great Pics Dave and WOW what an adventure ( Nutters :mrgreen: )

How long do you spend organizing just the logistics behind a dive like that ??
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby SubAquatic » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:06 am

How long do you spend organizing just the logistics behind a dive like that ??
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 ;-)
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby DECO1100 » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:18 am

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 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby SubAquatic » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:49 am

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 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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!
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Re: Cave Diving the Kimberleys

Postby suttosnax » Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:28 pm

that looks awesome!
something to dream about for sure.

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