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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, with a guest appearance by Ray Deasy from Australia.

18th February 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, February 19, 2017 07:27:06
With Jonathon, Matt, Nick and Tav.

Jonathon on digging duties, Matt clearing the filled bags and rocks to Nick, pulling the loaded skip up the slope, the bags and rocks then transferred to the next skip down to Tav, on the haul and shuttle. I had been up to the end twice in the week, so I was on the surface today.

I had enough time to continue adding to the retaining wall, we have plenty of rocks for the job. As bags were hauled out of the cave, they were emptied along the back of the wall, the sediment compacted, to act like mortar.

Given time, the wall will naturalise and provide shelter for a variety of small vertebrates and invertebrates.

About 40 loads of bags and rock were removed from the cave, including one of the large rocks left during the week, now reduced in size, although one of the larger lumps needed two of us to haul it out of the entrance shaft.

There are several large rocks at the end that will require 'capping', but that is a job for mid-week. Time now, for the pub.



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