Dry Caving

Cave Diving Progression, cave world, Dry Caving, Film Shoot, Filming Development

OX Bel Ha


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What better way to make an exciting announcement than with an exciting video to match! Here is a compilation from our shoot in Ox Bel Ha last week.

I would like to take the opportunity to tell you all about an exciting next step. I have recently applied for and received a position as in house camera AC/diver with Silverback Films in Bristol. The team have an impressive background in producing Natural History TV series over the years. Some of their credentials include Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet to name but a few, and more recently ‘The hunt’ on Netflix voiced by Sir David Attenborough with another series ‘Our Planet’ in pursuit this April. Over the next years I will be learning from and working alongside some of the most prolific ‘Blue-Chip’ Natural history camera operators in the world. This will of course mean leaving Mexico and going to live in Bristol by April and so sadly I will be saying good bye to the caves for now and would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me thus far and to those who provided the ‘glowing references’ which helped me attain the position and a significant move forward with my career.

Film/lighting Post-production Katy Fraser
Lighting/guide Mauro Bordignon, Cave World
Divers Alina RotzingerDaniele PasinatoLuca Vicenzi
Music LeSage

What better way to make an exciting announcement than with an exciting video to match! Here is a compilation from our shoot in Ox Bel Ha last week.

I would like to take the opportunity to tell you all about an exciting next step. I have recently applied for and received a position as in house camera AC/diver with Silverback Films in Bristol. The team have an impressive background in producing Natural History TV series over the years. Some of their credentials include Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet to name but a few, and more recently ‘The hunt’ on Netflix voiced by Sir David Attenborough with another series ‘Our Planet’ in pursuit this April. Over the next years I will be learning from and working alongside some of the most prolific ‘Blue-Chip’ Natural history camera operators in the world. This will of course mean leaving Mexico and going to live in Bristol by April and so sadly I will be saying good bye to the caves for now and would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me thus far and to those who provided the ‘glowing references’ which helped me attain the position and a significant move forward with my career.

Film/lighting Post-production Katy Fraser
Lighting/guide Mauro Bordignon, Cave World
Divers Alina RotzingerDaniele PasinatoLuca Vicenzi
Music LeSage

#sidemount #cave #cavediving #buceo #k01 #suex #fourthelement #lightmonkeylights #bigbluelights #oxbelha #dpvcave #cenote #dji #drone #jungle #tulum

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Kantunchi Dry caving and Survey


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Final Day of dry caving … for now! OsamaDavide and I teamed up to explore and survey part of Kantun Chi whilst Peter, Angelica and Juan did another section. It was very small and crawly and 99% sump. It was Davide’s first time dry caving and hats off … we spent a long time in the cave and connected to a separate entrance.

Film and postproduction Katy Fraser
Sketching Osama Gobara
Cave survey Davide Felicetti & Katy Fraser
Music LeSage

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Puerto Aventuras Dry Caving and flooded cave exploration


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Last day of exploring in this system. We spent from 9am to 4:30pm under ground surfacing only briefly to change entrance. All in all the cave was small and crawly which was fun! My legs and arms are black and blue but it was totally worth it. There were some chest high sumps which we got to wade through and in to survey and see if they went (and also cool down). There were lots of laughs between a steady flow of jokes and Juans ‘cave spiders’. The past few days have been an amazing and valuable experience and i’m really looking forward to more dry caving in the not too distant future!

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Puerto Aventuras Dry Caving and Survey


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Day two of dry caving with some cave exploration. Yesterday there was a lot of ground to cover and so we were split into smaller groups. Mauro and I took a look at a hole in the jungle floor that opened up into a cavern. We attached a ladder and climbed around 10m down. There were two large chambers separated by a collapse in the middle and one boasted a promising looking sump which Mauro scouted out on breath hold. I wriggled in and out of some smaller restrictions in the dry cave that had some airflow but were close out. It’s such an amazing feeling to enter a place no one has seen before …

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Katenah Dry Caving and Survey


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Today I had the opportunity to get to go dry caving for the first time in Mexico. I shadowed a very experienced and fun group of dry cavers consisting of Peter Sprouse, Juan Laden, Joaquin Rivera, Carol Vesely and Scott Linn while they surveyed and checked out some sumps. Mauro Bordignon and David Dusekexplored some sumps already known to the group.

The cave is beautifully decorated and humbling … I enjoyed it so much I’m joining again tomorrow 😊

#drycave #caveexploration #bigbluelights #goprohero6 #sump#survey #jungle #cenote

Film and postproduction Katy Fraser
Music LeSage (Martin Bass Records)

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Dry Cave Training


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Super fun evening with Mauro at Under the Jungle doing a vertical caving techniques workshop with Peter Sprouse, Juan and team. Really nice to see people bringing the community together in such a nice way, thank you for your time and effort! It is something I definitely left wanting to learn more about. Mauro is already plotting all the places he can hang ropes in the jungle around the house to send me up and down in preparation for summer dry caving in Europe … or at least I think that’s what he meant by hanging ropes for me … incase there is an ‘accident’ #repelling #verticalascent