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.

22nd April 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, April 23, 2017 10:00:47
With Jake, Tav, Brocker's and Jonathon.

The blast didn't have the desired effect, there is some deep fracturing but not enough to allow widening of the passage, still too tight to remove. I cleared away the debris that had been created, but digging was going to be slow, so Jake came to the end to dig the high-level blockage to the north-east, while I continued to scratch around the potential lead to the west, ready for an attempt at induced rapid speleogenesis here. I will, probably concentrate on the roof, where there is solid rock, the lower blockage appears to be heavily calcited gravel, cobbles, etc., this is not easy material to deal with.

The way to the north-east did not develop any further, a narrow inlet trending north and calcited, it was, however bought to a conclusion.

All that was required now was to clear the pile of rock and fine sediment, that Jake had dug out, including some quite large boulders.

Everything, was cleared to the surface, and there is another supply of rocks for the wall.

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