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The 2007 British/Vietnamese caving expedition proved to be a huge success.
The trip was the first time we had being able to obtain permission to visit the two
provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nge An. However half of the trip we would visit
Quang Binh province and the Ke Bang Massif once again. This time the trip
would try and start searching in a new area in Minh Hoa district. Very little had
been done in this huge limestone section which is approximately 45k x100k. One
trip into the far Eastern part of the massif gave us our best and most spectacular
find of the trip Hang Cha Lo. It also gained us lots of information of further caves
deeper into the massif. On our next visit to Vietnam we will concentrate in this
very promising area.
Unusually for this part of Vietnam we discovered a number of deep shafts in the
jungle. One Hang Nightmare proved to be an integral part of the Phong Nha
system. The other was not descended due to lack of rope and will on the next
expedition be a major objective. Again huge potential in this previously
unchecked area which we believe will lead into the Hang Vom system.
Hang En was again used as a base for further exploration into the mountains at
the top most part of the Phong Nha system. Hang Ho Nui was a major find and
this huge cave shows signs of the high level development in the Quang Binh
Every trip into the jungle would have not been possible without the help of the
local people who we used as porters and guides on all trips. These lads as usual
were excellent company and helped us in many ways to survive the jungle hell.
Also Hanoi University were fantastic obtaining all the required permissions.
Without their considerable help we would not have been able to achieve any of
our success. Also many of the Hanoi University were actively involved in the
cave exploration during the entire expedition and proved more than capable in
assisting us in surveying and photography during the trips underground.
For the first time for many years Prof. Quang My was unable to come with us on
the expedition due to ill health. However he recovered from his operation and
paid us a visit on our leaving party in Hanoi. Mr. Nguyen Hieu was the
Vietnamese leader of the trip and he did a wonderful job organizing the
expedition and we look forward to continuing our work with Hanoi University for
many years to come.
All members as usual had a fantastic time exploring some excellent caves in a
wonderful country with amazingly friendly people. We area all looking forward to
the return in 2009.