Cave Diving, Cave Exploration and Cave Mapping in Yucatan, Mexico
Highway 180 in Veracruz state Mexico

Remarkable Progress at The Pit!

Patrick and I are happy to announce a HUGE success at The Pit.  After a lot of deliberation yesterday morning and discussions with our partners, we decided to make a single alpine attempt at pushing the end of the line at The Pit.  We came to the conclusion that using the habitat and support was too much of a burden and elected to go to the end of the line with one scooter each, no support, zero VPM-B conservatism and limited bailout.  We decided to not use bailout after we realized that loading 35 tanks into the jungle was more of a risk then the possibility of bailing out.  Additionally, we recently perfected the team skill of CCR buddy breathing.

On Tuesday morning, we packed up our gear and headed to the dive site about noon and were in the water at 1PM.   The decision netted a significant addition to the end of the line.  We are still tabulating our survey data but it looks like we added more then 1500ft of line.  The dive took us about 7.5 hours using 7/70 for diluent.

I want to thank our significant others for supporting our effort and the rest of the team for not standing in the way.  The dive was a huge success and will serve as a model for future dives at The Pit.

If you are interested in learning CCR Buddy Breathing, I can make a video of it available to you directly for $4USD per copy.  In a couple of weeks, we will write a full article on our recent success and we will be posting our raw survey data on line in the name of safety and future dive planning.  We expect Jill’s Chamber and Next Generation Tunnel to be a popular dive site with the launch of the new Mark 6 Technical CCR.

Note: This was an April Fools Day post…..  Your milage may vary.

11 comments

1 Marvin Gozum { 04.01.09 at 9:45 am }

Congratulations. Can you tell us more about what issues you encountered and would need for a 7.5 hour long dive?

2 Hans { 04.01.09 at 9:51 am }

Marvin,

Since the dive was a last minute decision, we hadn’t managed what we had eaten that morning. Patrick had eaten a big sausage and steak breakfast and I had eaten road side Tacos. So we had some elimination issues. We were somewhat concerned about dehydration, but we filled two camel backs with Margarita so we could sip on them starting at 150ft. We like to call it our deco drink, it really calms us down as we suffer the impending doom of a potential DCS incident.

Beyond that, There were no issues because all we brought were our rebreathers and thermal protection. In the past all the issues arose from the support divers and all the tanks and regulators on site.

Hans

3 Mark Chase { 04.01.09 at 10:17 am }

Personaly id avoid a steak breakfast on a push dive. Curry is better because if you need a poo during deco the nappy can soak it up better than the solids steak can cause.

I apreciate in Mexico Curry can be hard to find but its worth the effort as chilli dosent work as well and can burn a bit on the way out.

ATB

Mark

4 Alain { 04.01.09 at 10:23 am }

Nice joke 🙂

5 Erik Dasque { 04.01.09 at 11:06 am }

Actually, when diving a CCR, I prefer to eat avocado and carrots. I found that this diet minimizes my CO2 production by 23% after running the numbers on about 40 dives.

6 Hans { 04.01.09 at 11:19 am }

Ahh… but the real question is how does it effect elimination? 7.5 hours in a dry suit is long time……

Hans

7 Ryan Battles { 04.01.09 at 11:30 am }

Wow, you weren’t kidding about an alpinist approach! Glad you had a safe dive and congrats on the push. Exciting stuff.

8 Sonny { 04.01.09 at 12:16 pm }

Hi Hans,

Congratulations!… I know you guys are awesome and would definitely do what no man dares to!… Anyway, Hannah and I just came back from mountaineering to Mount Everest. We have a great video as well…. and we are selling it for USD10!… What about you send me your DVD and USD6 and I would send you one of our awesome video?!…. I would even give you an extra one for Patrick….

Miss you guys.

9 Mark Chase { 04.01.09 at 12:51 pm }

Not as exciting as a Vindaloo for breakfast and 7.5 hours in a dry suit. For added spice use pure 02 for suit inflate and play the Russian Roulette farting game.

10 rob infante { 04.01.09 at 7:06 pm }

with proper diet and a smidgen of talent you can skip the suit inflate bottle…

11 Paul { 04.07.09 at 11:13 am }

Congratulations! BTW…you guys are nuts.