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.

31st January 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, February 01, 2017 06:07:44

With Jake.

I couldn't believe it, stung by a wasp in January. I had decided to retrieve a long unused oversuit from the horsebox. When getting ready to put it on, I noticed a wasp on the cabin floor, then another was seen, and as I slid my arm into the oversuit, a third was located. I didn't survive after the first sting, some vigorous patting of the arm, followed by a digging trip. As for the oversuit, I won't be wearing that one again, far too tight, like trying to cave in a strait jacket, restrictive and very uncomfortable.

At the end of Merlin's Jake and I took it in turns to fill forty or so bags, plus a few rocks. Most of the spoil is at the top of the slope. Jake ended the session by loosening a large boulder into the way forward. This will need capping next session before much progress can be made.

Quite a strong drip in the cave this evening and the puddles were noticeably deeper in places.

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