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    Sac Actun and Nohoch Nachich connected

    yo all

    I just got this mail ... was not done on rebreather but I would like to share. I feel extremely priviliged to know both individuals, Robbie and Steve. Most heartfelt congratulations .... holy smoke in the holy grale ...

    Matt

    Dear Friends,
    On 25 January, 2007 Robbie Schmittner and I were finally able to connect
    Sistema Sac Actun formerly the second longest underwater cave system in
    the world to Sistema Nohoch Nah Chich formerly the third longest
    underwater cave system in the world.
    Sistema Sac Actun is now the longest underwater cave in the world
    overtaking the previously unrivaled Sistema Ox Bel Ha.
    Sac is now also the longest cave in Mexico and the 9th longest cave in
    the world which includes all of the dry cave systems.
    This accomplishment has been 4 years in the making. It has been an
    incredible adventure and at times an emotional rollercoaster as we have
    been close on several occasions but not been able to make the final
    connection. We were both confident at one point that we would have made
    the connection by December 2004 as we had promising leads from both
    sides but they never quite made it and it ended up taking us another 3
    years to achieve.
    The final connection between Sistema Nohoch Nah Chich and Sistema Sac
    Actun occurred between the Muul Ha region in Sac Actun, and the Cenote
    Manati (aka Casa Cenote) region in Nohoch Nah Chich. Cenote Por One, an
    extremely small and uninviting cave, is positioned between these two
    areas. Following eight months of sidemount and no-mount exploration, Por
    One was connected to Sistema Nohoch Nah Chich on the 12th January.
    Seven more days of exploration dives following this led to the final
    connection between Sac and Nohoch.
    On the day of the connection Robbie started his dive from Muul Ha in
    sidemount configuration equipped with 5 tanks , a DPV and a bottle of
    champagne! I began my dive from Manati wearing my sidemount harness over
    my no-mount rig with 3 tanks a dpv and a digital camera. The side mount
    harness would be staged forty five minutes into the dive and another 45
    minutes no-mounting would bring me to the end of the line. We timed our
    dives to arrive at the connection point at the same time placed the
    bottle of Champagne between the 2 lines and used that to make the
    station for the final tie off between the two cave systems.
    It is now possible to traverse from the Pabilany cenote (W of the
    Calimba cenote on the Coba Road) around the Grand Cenote (Sac Actun),
    Cenote Esqueleto (Temple of Doom), Cenote Naval, Cenote Abejas, Cenote
    Nohoch Kin, bypass Manati, press on to Balancanche, Cenote Nohoch Nah
    Chich, pass by the Dinner Hole Cenote, and end up in the Dirty Dog or
    Pet Cemetery Cenotes. In straight line distance, that's a bit over 10
    kilometers. But there's 152,975 meters (501,887 feet) of cave to look at
    on the way.
    As Sac Actun was 14,300 meters (47,000 feet) longer than Nohoch Nah
    Chich at the time of connection, following cave naming convention the
    entire cave will now be known as Sistema Sac Actun.
    When examinimg an area overview it is apparant that the last four years
    of exploration have had a radical impact on the appearance of the
    coastal drainage patterns and may well require a rethink on the
    hydrology of the area as well as showing the extremely high degree of
    connectivity in this karst aquifer.
    Robbie and I both hope that our work will be useful for scientists and
    conservationists seeking to learn more about this unique and fragile
    environment and get it the protection it deserves.
    Regards
    Steve
    Steve Bogaerts
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    Re: Sac Actun and Nohoch Nachich connected

    Absolutely amazing. Congratulations!!

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    Re: Sac Actun and Nohoch Nachich connected

    Wow that is cool! Too bad I just missed the excitement. BC sure feels cold right now.
    Congratulations on making this important connection.
    So now I have to throw away my Sac Actun map
    Cheers,

    Dave....

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    Re: Sac Actun and Nohoch Nachich connected

    Quote Originally Posted by wedivebc  View Original Post
    Wow that is cool! Too bad I just missed the excitement. BC sure feels cold right now.
    Congratulations on making this important connection.
    So now I have to throw away my Sac Actun map

    yo

    ... why don't you just glue the Nohoch map right onto it ... mas o menos ...

    saludos
    Matt
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