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The Cave Connection: Into the Unknown

Selected for entry to the KMF International Film Competition, 20-23 November 2014.

Every year, thousands of people visit Kendal Mountain Festival to see film-makers, adventurers and lecturers from around the world. Here on BMC TV, we’re showcasing a flavour of the films submitted.

Deep underground in the wilderness of New Zealand, gigantic and largely unexplored cave systems attract adventurers and cavers from around the globe. Kieran McKay, one of the most accomplished cavers in the southern hemisphere, and his team of like-minded adventurers set out on an almost impossible journey to try to find a connection between two cave systems. If they happen to track down the link between the Nettlebed and Stormy Pot systems, roughly 80 missing metres, they could claim credit for having found the deepest cave in the southern hemisphere. But 80m can become a mind-boggling odyssey, hampered by tight squeezes, the unexpected inrush of water and a total lack of communication with the world outside…