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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, Jonathon Riley, Paul 'Brockers' Brock and Roz Simmonds. John 'Tangent' Williams has been known to lend a hand, there has also been assistance from Pete Bolt, Duncan Price, Bob Smith, Callum Simmonds, and a couple of guest appearances by that well-known antipodean, Ray Deasy.

14th February 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, February 15, 2017 06:23:44
My funny Valentine!

Solo.

A mild evening, with some low cloud, as I walked up to Hallowe'en Rift, I caught sight of a bat in the light from my torch, flying low across the field.

I dragged the bags to the end of Merlin's, it was damp and muddy along the way, puddles in places. At the end I tidied away some tools, cleaned some mud from the walls, and decided on a strategy.

Six holes [plus an extra one for the trimmings, later] split into two equal groups, on either side of the passage. On the right side, to take off a 'nose' of rock and, to the left, to widen the passage, to make forward progress easier. There is an abundance of good tamp available.

It was a tad awkward on the return to the entrance, dragging two bags and laying the wire. No matter, the evening was brought to a satisfactory conclusion. I exited the cave and made my way back to the farm.



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