Andreas Klocker

Andreas Klocker presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced Diving Conference

Andreas Klocker presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced Diving ConferenceDivers on the platform over Sump 7, used to prepare for dives since this sump is at the bottom of a 55m vertical drop, without any place to gear up.

Pic: Chris Jewell
 

Dr Andreas Klocker is a Physical Oceanographer at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
& Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.

He started his caving career in 2008 in the Junee-Florentine in Tasmania which is seen by most as Australian’s most challenging caving area. 

While being the driving force behind the exploration efforts in this region since, he has also been caving and cave diving on several big international expeditions in Mexico, New Zealand, and West Papua. 

In 2015, Andreas and American cave diver Zeb Lilly led a successful push in Sistema Huautla, the World's 8th deepest cave, to explore beyond several sumps in an area of the cave known as Redball Canyon. This trip involved several sustained camping trips underground, daily commutes through several sumps, and multiple aid climbs to work from a depth of 750 meters towards the surface. 

It was on this expedition that those two decided to restart efforts to connect Sistema Huautla's Sump 9, also known as the "Mother of all Sumps", to its resurgence 10km away in the remote Santo Domingo canyon (www.beyondthesump.org; www.facebook.com/cavedive). 

Since then Andreas has been leading three major cave diving expeditions to this region, with the two-month long 2018 expedition to the Cueva de la Peña Colorada, involving an international team of 24 highly experienced cave divers, being one of the most committing and challenging cave diving expeditions in modern day history. 

If Andreas is not in a cave, he explores deep reefs off the coast of Tasmania (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-25/deep-divers-reveal-reef-discovery-off-tasmanian-east- coast/7782660).

Andreas Klocker presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced Diving ConferenceLooking down onto the far side sump pool of Sump 3. It was necessary to climb a 15m pitch to get out of this sump. Pic: Adam Haydock

Andreas Klocker presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced Diving ConferenceAndreas getting ready on his KISS Sidewinder rebreather to reline Sump 4 and 5. Pic: Mike Waterworth 

Andreas Klocker presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced Diving ConferenceAndreas scootering through Sump 1 of the Huautla Resurgence during the 2017 expedition. Pic: Chris Jewell