A team of explorers have discovered the deepest cave in Canada north of Fernie.
The Calgary – led group began the project in 2012 and have conducted roughly 10 expeditions at the Bisaro Plateau which is located at a remote mountain range roughly 10 km outside the city.
The cave is now measured at 5.3 kilometres in length and 670 metres deep after a record breaking New Year’s Day crusade.
To put that in perspective, Project Leader Jeremy Bruns draws a comparison to CN Tower which stands 550 metres high.
What’s fascinating is Bruns suggests there are still decades left of exploring this plateau which could go a kilometre deep.
The team was taken to the plateau by helicopter and camped underground for up to seven days a time, enduring temperatures of 2-4 degrees celsius and complete darkness.
Team Leader Katie Graham says the expedition had literal and metaphorical twists they never imagined and took them down unimaginable shafts.
Graham was the one who achieved the record depth.
She says after putting your actual sweat, blood and tears into something so difficult and then you are the first person to ever set foot some where, it’s pretty special.
Being involved in the project since its beginning, Graham admits it has been a learning process and it is exciting to reach this milestone but there is a lot more there to explore.
– Bisao Plateau Project Leader Jeremy Bruns
– Team Leader Katie Graham
(Photo courtesy of Jeremy Bruns)