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.

14th January 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, January 15, 2017 08:05:10

With Matt, Nick, Jake and Tav.

Jake set off for the end to get on with the digging, Tav followed on, stopping at the top of the slope to load the skip and shift the stockpile of bags there. Matt settled down at Stal Bend to haul the loaded skip, while Nick was shuttling bags to the entrance. I was on the surface hauling the bags and rocks out of the cave.

It was a very pleasant morning too, warm in the sunshine and sheltered from the breeze.

At first, there was a rush of bags and rocks, eventually though, the pace slackened and I could empty the bags. Several bags had come to the end of their usefulness and these, were given a fitting burial in the spoil heap.

Jake and Tav had alternated the digging, the result was a spurt of bags and rock towards the end of today's session. Thankfully, everyone had moved back and there was help on the surface. About 100 loads were brought out of the cave and added to the ever-burgeoning spoil heap.

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