Houping 2005 Expedition Diary

Diary:

Date Summary T.U. (h)
2005.04.14 Julian + Becka leave UK
2005.04.23 Julian + Becka leave Bangkok, night in Hong Kong
2005.04.24 Julian + Becka take bus from Shenzhen to Yangshuo
2005.04.25 Julian + Becka arrive in Yangshuo
2005.04.26 Organizing stuff in Yangshuo
2005.04.27 Julian, Becka, Erin + Duncan bus to Liuzhou, stay in brothel
2005.04.28 2:33am train to Chongqing
2005.04.29 Arrived 5.01 Chongqing + got the first bus out to Wulong at 6.40, there 10:30
2005.04.30 11.30 bus Wulong to Houping arrived 3.30, only 4 hours. 2 hour trip down He Ma Dong. 2
2005.05.01 Two trips of two surveying He Ma Dong 6
2005.05.02 Double carry down to Er Wang Dong
2005.05.03 Duncan, Becka, Erin survey Chocolate Coated in Feng Dong 6.5
2005.05.04 D + E draw survyes. B + J to Guan Niu Dong (not a goer) + Resurgence. B to Shi Wang Dong Tiankeng.
2005.05.05 All rig + survey Underworld in Er Wang Dong 8
2005.05.06 B to Qingkou + Niu Bizi Tiankeng + Er Wang Dong Two. B + D to new cave near EWD. Lots of nerding.
2005.05.07 All in EWD. B + D survey Underworld 2. J + E survey in Feeling Groovy. 8
2005.05.08 B, D, E in San Wang Dong survey Bag of Tricks. J programs 9.5
2005.05.09 D overslept. All stayed in and drew. No lunch. Rob leaves Guilin
2005.05.10 B, D + J in Feng Dong surveying. E drew up surveys. 8
2005.05.11 Rob to Wulong. B + E in Feeling Groovy + connect to Carmel Squares. No power! D + J in Twin pits + linked to Slideways, EWD. 8.5/2
2005.05.12 Rob arrives in Houping; Becka, Julian, Erin walk to road below Ma Wang Dong; all pissup in Houping
2005.05.13 B + J do morning survey in Chuan Dong. B, R + J survey more in Chuan Dong in afternoon 2.5/4.5
2005.05.14 B + R survey East Meets West in EWD. E + D survey Feeling Optimistic in Feeling Groovy in EWD. 5
2005.05.15 D, B + R survey Crazy Painter off East Meets West in EWD 6
2005.05.16 D, B + R do Rob's Dig + Magician's Nighmare. J + E do 2 leads off main EWD chamber (Broken Beatles + The Bird). 9.5/6.5
2005.05.17 R, B + E in Broken Beatles + survey Bone Collector in EWD 9
2005.05.18 J, B + E survey Waterworks; R + D survey Pissing in the Wind, both off East Meets West 8/9
2005.05.19 R, D + B Shi Wang Dong breakthrough in SWD (+ partially rig pitch in Wishbone Chamber) 9
2005.05.20 All take photos in main SWD. E, D + J survey big stuff. R + B survey The Pit + then route to Shi Wang Dong Tiankeng 7
2005.05.21 B, R + J survey round Shi Wang Tiankeng + find Bisto in SWD 7
2005.05.22 E + D rig pitch in Wishbone Chamber. R + B finish Magician's Nighmare 11/10
2005.05.23 R + B tidy up Loose Ends in East Meets West, EWD 8
2005.05.24 R, G + B rig + survey Shattered Stream, R out. B + E survey Bone Collector 2. 7/9
2005.05.25 Becka walks to various tiankeng, Julian + Erin survey Poo in SWD 2.5
2005.05.26 All carry up hill to Houping; pissup with porters. Becka + Julian survey Chuan 3
2005.05.27 E + B recce caves at Tudi en route to Wulong. Others to Wulong direct 0.5
2005.05.28 Bus to Chongqing after posting 7 tacklesacks, 4 boxes + 1 stretcher off for Yunnan expedition
2005.05.29 9:30am train from Chongqing
2005.05.30 Train to Liuzhou at 1pm. Bus to Yangshuo, dinner at Karst Cafe
2005.05.31 Climbing and nerding in Yangshuo
2005.06.01 Rain
2005.06.02 Climbing and apple crumble; Julian + Becka leave for Hong Kong
2005.06.03 Julian + Becka arrive in Hong Kong
2005.06.04 Julian + Becka leave HK for UK