Recent discoveries in Sanwang Dong, China
Session code: OE26
Oral / Exploration, Main EuroSpeleo Conference
Mr Madphil Rowsell
Hong Meigui Cave Exploration Society (HMG) has been exploring the area around Houping (后坪), Wulong (武隆), The two largest systems in the Houping area are Sanwang Dong (SWD 三王洞) and Erwang Dong(EWD 二王洞) and at the time of writing are 74.9km and 47.5km long respectively. The caves are in very close proximity to each other with some passages over laying the other cave, but despite considerable effort, the two caves as yet have not been connected.
This talk discussed the recent exploration in these two caves, including recent attempts to connect the two systems, and new exciting discoveries it the SW of the system, where a 110m bolt climb has discovered a new multi lever fossil drainage system in the far NW, which is posing some interesting questions about the drainage in that area of the cave. Much of the new passage in this area is very well decorated.
Bristol Exploration Club / Hong Mei Gui