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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.

28th February 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, March 01, 2017 06:21:35
With Jake.

Jake only had surface gear with him, so the decision had been made, I was going underground. Not far underground though, just to the bottom of the entrance.

About thirty loads of rock were loaded and hauled out to the surface. The entrance cleared, the lid was replaced and secured. The rest of the session was spent adding the rocks to the retaining wall, and standing back to consider just, how much spoil has been removed from the cave in the past year or so.

A mellow evening, time for the pub.

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