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.

2nd March 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Fri, March 03, 2017 06:26:18
With Tav and Jake.

Tav digging, me clearing the bags and rocks to Jake, at the top of the slope where the spoil was stashed temporarily. Some of the rocks needed reduction in size before being moved on.

After a couple of dozen or so bags had been filled, we changed positions and moved the bags to the entrance, the rocks will stay until where they are until Saturday. The final task of the evening was to clear the bags from the entrance and empty them out. Emptying the bags turned out to be rather more difficult than anticipated. The sediment had become claggier, possibly because it was 'trampled' material.

Tav, then set about removing the spoil he had brought out of the cave attached to his oversuit and boots.

Hopefully, now spring has arrived, according to meteorological terms, the cave should start drying out.

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