Dry Caving

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!

Dry Caving

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 …

Dry Caving

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)

Cave Diving Progression
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Back to open water to iron out some confidence and comfort issues I had when loaded to the max with stages and towing a DPV. I found it uncomfortable to manoeuvre and that I was becoming a bit task loaded and frustrated. After a few hours practising in Cenote car wash with my very patient and supportive instructor I feel more happy and confident I can handle the gear I may need to in a cave environment and going back to one stage feels like a dream! Still a while to go … but getting there 

Film Mauro Bordignon, Cave World
Postproduction Katy Fraser

#dpvcave #xdeep #suex #goprohero6 #backtobasics#practisepractisepractise #caveworld #DTEK

Dry Caving

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

Cave Diving Progression, Film Shoot, Filming Development

Cenote Otoch-Ha


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Beautiful 3 hour DPV stage cave dive in Cenote Otoch-Ha today with MauroCave World … It kind of reminded me a bit of Super Mario Kart – Rainbow Road  #princesspeach #donkeykong #goprohero6#lightmonkeylights #fourthelement #santidiving #xdeep #bigbluelights#halcyondivesystems #suex #dpvcave #cavediving

Film and lighting Katy FraserMauro Bordignon

Cave Diving Progression, Film Shoot, Filming Development

Minotauro Cave


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Short compilation of Minotauro. The colours and formations in this cave are just beautiful … For a first video dive with lots of Big Blue Lights Nadia and Stefano did extremely well. Thank you for your application and patience it was a lot of fun!

Film and Postproduction Katy FraserShe Dives Tech
Lighting Mauro BordignonCave World
Music LeSage

Cave Diving Progression, Film Shoot, Filming Development

Cave World – Sistema Nohoch DPV


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I am very excited to kick off my new collaboration with Mauro Bordignon and his company cave world with this moody dark short compilation of a spectacular dive playing with the reflections in this cave system.

I had so much fun trying out my new Light Monkey canister light and playing with the Suex DPVs (thank you Osama) … See if you can spot who is who 

A Film by Katy Fraser
Lighting Mauro Bordignon
Music ‘Limbo’s Lullaby’ LeSage

Cave Diving Progression, Film Shoot

Cenote “First Timer”


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Currently I am making a documentary on a new cave system ‘String of Pearls’ which is currently under exploration by Harry Gust and still growing!

It’s such an awesome place and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to shoot and document this cave.

This beauty is Cenote “First Timer” a cenote in the String of Pearls system! It hasn’t been visited since 2006. Harry attached a rope through the hole which you see top right and it was about a 5m descent to the floor. I then proceeded to get incredibly muddy and light the cave up for shooting some spectacular footage. I feel so fortunate to have spent the day in this amazing place with the bats!

#xdeep #bigbluedivelights

Cave Diving Progression, Film Shoot, Filming Development

MNemo Demo


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Sebastien Kister‘s MNemo has been a game changer in Harry’s exploration and surveying of “String of Pearls”. It was really interesting to see it being put through it’s paces today and how fast and easy it is to use. Here is a short clip demonstrating just that …
If you are interested to find out more about the surveying tool check out Ariane’s Line and stay tuned for the documentary Harry and I are producing about this cave system which will include an in depth feature about device and it’s use in cave exploration.Film and post-production Katy Fraser
Product design Sebastien Kister
Explorer Harry Gust Tek-Center Cave Diving Mexico
Lighting Christine Loew Diving Caves
Music Geno LeSage

#MNemo #cavediving #survey #exploration #lightmonkeylights#stringofpearls