Hallowe'en Rift, Mendip Hills

Excursions [and other notes] involved in the exploration of Hallowe'en Rift; a cave, so far, formed within Triassic Dolomitic Conglomerate.

The exploration of Hallowe'en Rift was started in 1982 by Trevor Hughes with other members of the Bristol Exploration Club, then during the early 1990's Vince Simmonds and other, mostly, local diggers were active at a number of locations within the cave, including the start of the present dig with Graham Johnson in December 1991. The current phase of exploration was commenced in 2009, with the majority of the early work being carried out by Vince Simmonds and Alex Gee, now the regular team includes Rob 'Tav' Taviner, Graham 'Jake' Johnson, Nick Hawkes, Matt Tuck, Jonathon Riley, Paul 'Brockers' Brock and Roz Simmonds. There has been regular assistance from Duncan Price and Mike Moxon, and occasional help from Mike Willett, John 'Tangent' Williams, Pete Bolt, Bob Smith, Callum and Hazel Simmonds, with a couple of guest appearances by that well-known antipodean, Ray Deasy.

12th January 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Fri, January 13, 2017 06:15:17

With Nick.

A covering of snow on top of the hill.

At the business end of Hallowe'en Rift, Nick filled two dozen bags with sediment, I cleared. There's room to put the mattock to good use. We, then, changed places and I filled 20 or so bags, until time ran out.

All the bags are at the top of the slope, it was a rather snug fit passing them.

There are several puddles below strong drips after today's rain.

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