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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. There has also been assistance from John 'Tangent' Williams, Pete Bolt, Duncan Price, Bob Smith, Mike Moxon, Callum and Hazel Simmonds, with a couple of guest appearances by that well-known antipodean, Ray Deasy.

1st May 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Tue, May 02, 2017 06:00:41
With Roz.

After a visit to the suppliers and prep work done it was off to Hallowe'en Rift to continue the expansion work to the south-side, at the present end of Merlin's.

Six holes were drilled, 4no. in the roof and right (west) side and 2no. in bulge of rock, lower on the left (east) side. Roz took the photographs. It sounded good from Stal Bend.


Stopped at the Queen Vic for a bowl of chunky chips each and some liquid refreshments.

Then the skies opened, impressive thunder.

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