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Friday 16th Nov 19.30 - 22.30 Kendal Town Hall Buy Tickets

Petzl Underground Session

Petzl Underground Session Petzl Underground Session An awesome mix of caving films and lectures brought to you by UK Caving and Petzl.

Our Underground Session continues to grow, and this year Tim and Jane Allen from UKCaving have worked with us to pull together the strongest line-up yet! Hosted by Steph Dwyer, we have a very exciting programme:

Christine Grosart started caving in her teens and cave diving in her early twenties, following a career in horse racing. She is a paramedic and now works offshore as a dive medic, while also running her own business in her spare time as a caving instructor. In 2009 she broke the British female cave diving depth record in the far reaches of Wookey Hole, and has since concentrated her cave diving on exploration. She has led projects in France and Croatia and has the end of the line in four different caves. Of these, the most significant cave system is Izvor Licanke in Croatia. A short reconnaissance trip led to her organising three years of exploration and she was determined to document it from the beginning. To do that she taught a cave photographer how to cave dive, learned to dive a rebreather from scratch in a year, and endured several buttock-clenching moments during exploration of this deep, cold but fascinating underwater cave. Christine tells the story of how she and her friends went where quite literally nobody has ever been before.

Jason Mallinson is a cave diver whose exploits have led him to set distance and depth records in caves all over the world, from the deep jungle caves of Mexico (the Huautla and Cheve systems) to the vast dive distances of Pozo Azul in northern Spain. Jason led the world record breaking team into Pozo Azul in 2010, where a dive distance of 8.8km from the entrance was achieved, requiring immersion times of 12 hours plus. The skills that Jason has acquired over nearly 30 years in caves go a long way to assist in rescue situations and he is a member of local cave rescue teams plus the UK’s international cave-dive rescue team. Successful recoveries by Jason have been carried out in Mexico, where six military personnel were successfully dived out of a flooded cave, but live recoveries are just some of the aspects of cave rescue. Unfortunately, the more sombre task of body recoveries is also part of the tasks, and these have been carried out by Jason in Norway, Ireland, France and UK. Naturally Jason became part of the recent high-profile and unprecedented rescue of the Wild Boar football team from Thailand’s Tham Luang Cave. Following the discovery of the trapped boys and their coach, Jason helped carry out the daring rescue plan bringing four of the boys through the flooded sections of cave to safety. He will talk openly of his experiences and answer questions from the audience. This is a rare opportunity to hear the real story behind this extraordinary event.

Imogen Furlong is a seasoned caving expedition leader and exploration caver with a focus on subterranean Asia. As a day job Imogen (Imo) works as an Outdoor Activities Manager for Highlife Highland, managing outdoor activity and environmental conservation programmes for young people in the Scottish Highlands. Imo led the first expeditions to the Shan plateau in Myanmar, and has been an important contributor to cave projects in North East India and South West China. Her recent work has been around integrating families with young children into expeditions to develop a family expedition methodology. Imo’s talk will give an overview with footage of what exactly is involved in the coordination of an Asian expedition from ground zero prospecting missions in new areas, to well established projects trying to connect caves together into systems, plus reflecting on her experiences in Asia and the relationship different local populations have with their caves.

£15.00£8.50 for Young Adventurers (under 18's)

Speakers

​Christine Grosart ​Christine Grosart

Christine is a world-class cave diver, committed to finding new connections and extending big cave systems.

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Jason Mallinson Jason Mallinson

​Jason is a cave diver whose exploits have led him to set distance and depth records in caves all over the world, from the deep jungle caves of Mexico (the Huautla and Cheve systems) to the vast dive distances of...

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Imogen Furlong Imogen Furlong

Imogen is a seasoned caving expedition leader and exploration caver with a focus on subterranean Asia.

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