Welcome to Tolel - In January 2016, an international caving expedition traveled to the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. The goal? To find and explore the areas last remaining unexplored mega-doline identified during aerial observations. After leaving the coastal town of Palmalmal, the team took a truck ride inland, through miles and miles of oil palm, coconut and cocoa plantations, before finally reaching the road head. Here the team was met by fifty or more Papuans from a handful of secluded villages hidden in the forest. Thanks to all the support, the team hiked up into the rainforest, each carrying a load. The heat was stifling and the bags were very heavy. Finally they walked into a wide-open field lined with a few wooden structures. The first was a school, and since the children were on vacation, the Papuans set down their packs and offered to let the team use it during their stay. The rudimentary school building contained three small classrooms with rows of wooden benches. With barely enough time to take off the heavy packs, and eat a little the Papuans invited the team to join them for a welcome ceremony. At the top of a small slope, the entire village came into view. Huts of different shapes and sizes extended over a broad expanse of part grass and part mud. Jean-Paul Sounier, looked to the north of the village, where the primary forest-covered plateau stretched out to the horizon. He knew this area was where the legendary Black Hole lay.
Stay tuned for more from this fascinating story as the team try to unlock yet another secret of Papua New Guineas hidden underworld.
The expedition was sponsored by Petzl, the leading manufacturer of equipment for outdoor sport enthusiasts and professionals, whose roots were founded deep underground in the then deepest cave in the world - The Gouffre Berger. For a more detailed account of this awesome expedition, please download the eBook from the link in my bio. #adventure #exploration #cave #caver #explorer #NewBritain #PapuaNewGuinea #PNG @petzl_official #petzlgram #accesstheinaccessible #blackhole #expedition