25 September 2012
Merapoh 2012 - Croatia Malaysia speleo expedition, pt 1
When the Croatian leader, Sinisa Jembrih, asked me for suggestions for a caving expediton, I suggested his team go to the Merapoh area, as very few of the caves have been documented. The Croatians linked up with Laili Basir in Malaysia, who organised the accommodation, food, transport and guides.
The first day we explored Gua Jinjang Pelamin, which the locals have already explored a few times this year. It has some nice formations, gour pools in the first section, then a stream passage, large chambers with lots of guano, and then a short swim across a pool to get to another entrance guarded by twin 16.5 m columns.
cave fauna was varied - cave racer, toads, a terrapin, crabs, lots of bats and invertebrates such as scorpions, whip spiders, millipedes etc, as well as goat droppings.
The bat guano made some of the climbs very slippery
The next cave we visited was Gua Katak. This is a network of small interlinking passages, some of which have quite deep water.
For dinner we drove the 7 km to Merapoh, and on most evenings visited Syukri's internet cafe to catch up on emails etc.
This is pt 1 of 8 pts of the Merapoh caves expedition.
part 8 cave fauna
Also more photos of Gua Katak taken in Nov 2012.
On 2 Feb 2013 we extended Gua Jinjang Pelamin when we found a new entrance and this passage links to the main river passage. See blog Feb 2013.
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