Students discover, explore and map over 2,500 metres of Moroccan cave system

Students from the University of Sheffield have travelled to Morocco and discovered over 70 caves, surveying two and a half kilometers of tunnels in the process.Morrocan Landscape

21 members of the University of Sheffield’s Speleological Society travelling to Tazekka national park in Morocco to explore and map caves which have not been visited by British cavers since the 1980s. The students investigated caves that were over 90 metres deep and almost 150 metres long, providing an exciting opportunity to explore one of the last wildernesses in the world. 

Rosie Hadfield, 23, said: “Organising this expedition was a great experience. Working together with Moroccans and 21 keen cavers was fantastic. Seeing new members learn new skills in a beautiful environment had to be the highlight for me.

“The conditions were very hot, reaching 40ºC in the middle of the day. Water was scarce when we were out each day and members carried three litres of water with them to remain hydrated. We collected water from a local spring and boiled it to purify it, and always tried to avoid working around midday.”

The data will be compiled into an expedition report, and sent to the British Caving Association’s library, available to any cavers making future trips to the area. The students hope to return next year, to continue the discovery and mapping of caves in the area.


Rosie caving

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