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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 and latest recruit, Jonathon Riley. John 'Tangent' Williams has been known to lend a hand, there has also been assistance from Paul 'Brocker's' Brock Pete Bolt, Duncan Price, Bob Smith, Roz and Callum Simmonds, with a guest appearance by Ray Deacy from Australia.

24th January 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, January 25, 2017 05:54:22

With Nick.

I did the digging, Nick cleared away the bags and rock, up the slope and stacked the spoil at the top, ready for removal later.

I concentrated the digging effort to the north side of the fissure, where air movement can be detected. Removed a lot of rocks, a mixture of conglomerate and degraded calcite flowstone, some were quite large, and filled bags with sediment. There is still plenty to come out before a clear idea of how this will develop can be made.

How time flies when you are enjoying yourself, all too soon, it was time to depart.



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