VANILLA SKY PROJECT

CAVE EXPLORATION MEXICO

Follow the Vanilla Sky Project team, documenting their Mexico cave explorations "as it happens".


Following up the official GoPro series “Searching the Maya Underworld – Quest for the Earth’s Biggest Cave”, the team's explorations continue.

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VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2019

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12 Explorers, 10+ cenotes, 10.53km of line laid.  

VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2018

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Meet O’ho Tucha, a gorgeous new cenote discovered by the Vanilla Sky Project 2018 team

VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2017

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Incredibly important finds by the team after a sluggish start.  Persistence pays off

VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2019

Vanilla Sky Project 2019 was a massive effort.  With over 10 cenotes to explore, and hikes of almost 4km each direction.


Robbie had found several cenotes to check out, but while hiking to those cenotes we found several more.  With 12 explorers, and ~30 tanks needing to be filled every day, 2 compressors were hiked out to support the project over the sprawling exploration area.


In the end over 10.5km of line was laid, and 3 episodes follow the team while they explore this new area, and cave systems.

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VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2019 | TRAILER

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EPISODE I

Vanilla Sky Project 2019 was in a new area that’s littered with cenotes, and of course that area wasn’t close or easy to get to. 


10+ cenotes and 3+ that go, spread out over a ~4km area. Due to the distance between the cenotes (3.2km between the two corner cenotes), two compressors were needed this year to support the explorations. 


If that weren’t enough, the caves were fairly deep, so the scooters and rebreathers were hiked in pretty early on as well. The payoff was new, unexplored caves that seem to go - Elementos and Kiichpan.




VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2019 | PART I

EPISODE II

The exploration keeps going deeper into the jungle, which means hiking a compressor, and more gear, even farther in.  Totally worth the effort, as there are some gorgeous cenotes and caves.  Three in particular are pushing close to each other, including a new one, Burning Wasp, and even moving toward O’Ho Tucha (VSP 2018) and MOAC system.

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VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2019 | PART II

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MYSTIC

One day in the project.  A small group checked out another target which ended up being a massive depression, with several stunning dry caverns, pools and entrances, and….artifacts, possibly pre-Mayan.  


This was excruciating - we had a single day to work here..  If it really went, we’d return, but with 3 other caves going, all we had was the one day to decide if it was going or not.  One day was not enough.  


The other caves were really going, so we hauled everything back out to work the going caves.  Something to look forward to picking up again on another visit.

VANILLA  SKY PROJECT 2019 | MYSTIC

VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2018

There's been some pretty amazing finds in previous Vanilla Sky Projects.  As the team's explorations continue, we wanted to document true exploration as it happened, providing the viewer with a sense of the exhaustive work, disappointment, frustration and exhilaration of exploration.  ​


​Hiking and searching for new cenotes to explore, we found several cenotes that look worth exploring.  However, the last target of the day really caught our attention.


A new 2 part series follows the Vanilla Sky Project Team as the explore a new area, and new cave system.


Huge thanks to GoPro for time, support and guidance on this project.​

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VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2018 | TRAILER

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O'HO TUCHA

Meet O’ho Tucha, a gorgeous new cenote discovered by the Vanilla Sky Project 2018 team. After a couple of scouting dives, the team quickly sets up camp and starts exploring the cave, which seems to go and go and go.

 

Live exploration, as it happened, shot 100% on GoPro Hero4 and Hero5 cameras with BigBlue video lights

VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2018 | PART I

EPISODE 2

O’Ho Tucha is turning into an endless, massive cave system and the team needs to use all available tools to properly explore. Maarten and Packo find a deep saltwater section with some bones from the last ice age. Having a compressor on-site is critical, but also comes with some risk.

Live exploration, as it happened, shot 100% on GoPro Hero4 and Hero5 cameras with BigBlue video lights 

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VANILLA SKY PROJECT 2018 | EPISODE II