Volume 1, Issue 1

 

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Cuban Red Tape

New members

Expo Shopping

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Expo Scrounging

Group Equipment

 

Personal Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cuban Red Tape

Espeleogia o muerte -

Evelio is working on getting our permits to explore the Pan D'Azcur area. So the details he needs are your passport number, full name as on the passport, expiry date of the passport, your place of birth and finally your date of birth. I am also supplying the scientific reasons why we are going to Cuba. So at immigration remember you are not a tourist.

New members

Beaker and Elisa are joining us on the expedition. Beaker is flying in a economy seat with BA on Saturday, so for this privilege he is able to fly direct but more importantly he will be in Havana a few days before us to sort out the transport with Bob and Evelio. No doubt they will have a few jars in the bars of Havanna before they pick us up from the airport.

As you all may know Beaker is a professional photograher and will be looking after the shooting of snaps on the trip. But even with one photographer we will be hard pushed to get everything. So if there is a budding photographer on the trip, with a slimmer pelicase, as we need to photograph the bottom of Titanic. On the last expedition Beaker could not get his case pass Fat Pelican Squeeze.

Elisa is flying with Cubanna and arrives on the same day as the main body of the expedition. Thankfully she is a fluent speaker of Spanish and English, although a few other members of the group know a few words of Spanish. Luckily at the moment my Head of Department can translate all of Evelio's  emails.

 Expo Shopping

Shop till you drop

Simon and Martin have been busy spending your money. Simon has bought on the expedition behalf a pair of Motorola radios so can communicate over a large distance. He has also got us a MSR Waterworks 2, with spares this is to use on the top of the mogote to filter any water we may want to drink. We also have tablets and drops to purify our water. 2 MSR stove have also been got so if we want to stay up on top for a day or two we can boil water etc, although belong to Simon and Martin.

Martin on the other hand spend some time chatting with Dudley, so we have dynamic rope (22m &40m), static rope (200m), drivers, a petzl hammer, 20 hangers & mallion rapide, 2 tackle bags, a bolting bag, spits & bolts, slings, and survey note paper.

There is still time to get a personal order in so contact Dudley and mention the WSG expedition. Phone 01639 730031

Expo Scrounging

Beg borrow or steal

Several members are borrowing equipment from the clubs that we all belong to. From the Westminster we are borrowing 2 tackle bags, and 2 sets of survey equipment. While Imperial are kindly lending us a petrol drill so bolting we can go. They are also letting us have 2 full survey kits. Cookie is trying to acquire the Wessex Slovenian kit. There are going to be about 12 of us on the expedition so a survey kit of one between two would be ideal as we need to get as much surveying done as possible. Plus in the high humidity you can be assured that at least one set will be come unreadable.

Martin will sort out the basic first aid requirements such as antiseptics wipes, and bandages. He is only able to get over the counter medicine for pain relief, allergies, regulating bowel movements, and oral rehydration. If you got some personal  supplies then it would be a good idea to take them with you.

Group Equipment

Or kiss goodbye to your weight allowance.

Beaker - the photographic equipment and the AA batteries needed for the equipment. If you need some speak to Beaker. A tent

Cookie -the petrol drill, the WCC survey kit,

Elisa - a 2 person tent,WSG survey kits, drill bits, bolting hammer and driver

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This Month’s Events
Date
Tuesday 6th March, The Ship & Shovell
Pub meet had out equipment.
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Saturday 17th March, The Porterhouse
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Martin by drinking till you drop Starts at 12am. For more information call 020-8203 8725.
Date
Saturday 24th March, The Hut
AGM
A great chance to chin wag and drink beer. For more information call 020-8203 8725.
Date
Sunday 8th April, London
London members meet up
Cookie has offered us a floor for the night before we head to Heathrow the next day. For more information call 02087889955. 
Date
Monday 9th April, Paris
Buy duty free
You should buy a bottle of alcohol for the campsite, any thing but RUM. Remember there are no mixers on the campsite
Date
Monday 9th April, Havana
Expedition Starts
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Martell - a 2 person tent, 22m of rope, tape,.

Martin - a 3 person tent, 100m of rope,

Simon -  a 2 person tent, 40m of rope, radios, water treatment

Tim - a 2 person tent, 100m of rope, water treatment


The hangers, mallion and spits will be divided up at the AGM is placeholder text.

Personal Caving Kit

Caving in the tropic is hot so all you need wear is a light boiler suit. A pair of lyrca shorts are useful as the prevent abrasion to the groin. A personal supply of anti fungal powder.

For Cueva Grande you will need a floatation device, normally an old car inner tube is good enough although members in the past have borrowed life jackets from Iberia. But these put you on your back and it is difficult to swim with them.

For your carbide generator you will need some spare jets etc and a old wet sock to cover it as a hot carbide next to the skin causes quite nasty burns. Everyone should have an SRT kit and some slings. A bag to carry it up the hill in. This could be tackle bag but a rucsac is more  comfortable.

 

Other personal kit, which is needed for surface work, is a hat, sunglasses, and insect repellent, a water bottle or preferably two.

 

Other reminders don't forget a karrimat or thermarest, a sheet bag, and a light weight sleeping bag.

Cigars

They are cheaper than in the UK and it is possible to make a profit with them, but remember  investments can go up  or down. To a buy a reasonable amount (50) you need at least 250USD, although Andy can sell them at Christies on our behalf.