Myanmar Cave Documentation Project

 

 

Expedition Members

The core members are organized within the Swiss Speleological Society (SGH) and the British Cave Research Association (BCRA). The project integrates cavers with special expertise to foster multidisciplinary approaches and intercultural cooperation.

 

Joerg Dreybrodt

Founder & Main Project Coordinator - Physicist - Switzerland

Foundation of the project in 2009 after leading in Laos a similar project since 2001. Caving since childhood. Focus on Karst Areas in Asia after living for several years in China, Japan and Taiwan. Chair of the working group “Sustainability in Speleology” of the German Caving Society. Specialist in survey, mapping techniques and publications. Participation and lectures at international speleological conferences 

Member of Swiss Speleological Society and German Speleological Federation

  

 

Urs Etter

Expedition Leader - Rope and vertical expert – Civil Engineer - Switzerland

Former President of the Swiss Speleogical Society Bern. Caving experience since 30 years in Switzerland, Indonesia, Oman and Laos. Specialist in rope safety and vertical techniques. Civil Engineer for infrastructure at Swiss Railways.

Member of Swiss Speleological Society

  

 

Roman Hapka

Specialist in Environmental Policies and Documentation – Archeologist - Switzerland

Former Adjacent Secretary of the World Caving Union UIS. Caving experience since 40 years in Switzerland, Mexico, Columbia and China. Groundbreaking speleological documentation in new karst regions in Columbia. Environmental Specialist at the NGO for Nature Preservation in Switzerland.

Member of Swiss Speleological Society

  

 

Diego Sanz

Cave instructor and rescue specialist - Civil Engineer - Switzerland

Certified instructor for cave education in the Swiss Speleological Society. Leading explorer of the Sieben Hengste System in Switzerland (currently 157 km length, 1340 m depth). Cave expeditions to several countries. Specialist in vertical caving and aided climbing.

Member of Swiss Cave Rescue and Swiss Speleological Society

  

 

Claude Bernhard

Groundwater Specialist - Photography & Marketing - Switzerland

Geochemist with specialization in groundwater dating. Publication of geological environmental books about local landscapes as professional photographer. Cave explorations in Namibia, Switzerland and Spain

Member of Swiss Speleological Society

  

 

Florian Hof

Map Expert – IT Specialist - Switzerland

Leading explorer of the Sieben Hengste System in Switzerland (currently 157 km length, 1340 m depth) and caves in the Jura mountains.

Member of Swiss Speleological Society

  

 

Manuel Bourrat

Architect - Switzerland

Explorations in the Swiss Jura Mountains and the Sanetsch area. Participation to several international expeditions.

Member of Swiss Speleological Society

  

 

Peter Talling

Expedition Leader & Coordinator - Geologist - UK

Leading several expeditions to the Taunggyi and Ywangan region in Myanmar. Professor for Earth Science at Durham University. His specialty are expeditions to remote karst areas around the world like China, Kyrgyzstan and Timor Este.

Member of British Cave Research Association

  

 

Fleur Loveridge

Co-Expedition leader - Civil Engineer - UK

Dedicated cave explorations at home in the UK as in other parts of the world. Member of the Hongmeigui Project in China. Maintaining of log book and records with contributions to project publications. Fellow researcher at the University of Leeds.

Member of British Cave Research Association

  

 

Imogen Furlong

Expedition leader – Outdoor Instructor - UK

Imo led the first expeditions to the Shan plateau. She is dedicated to cave explorations at home in the UK as in other parts of the world. Member of the Hongmeigui Project in China. Her recent project is to integrate families with young children in expeditions and develop a family expedition methodology.

Member of British Cave Research Association

  

 

Chris Densham

Vertical Specialist - Physicist - UK

Long term participation in several international expeditions to Austria, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Peru, Spain and other countries. Member of the Hongmeigui Project in China. Specialist in rigging techniques and descending challenging shafts. Group leader at the University of Oxford in particle physics.

Member of British Cave Research Association

  

 

... and many others - see expedition section.