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, Roz Simmonds, Duncan Price and Mike Moxon. There has been occasional help from others including Mike Willett, John 'Tangent' Williams, Pete Bolt, Bob Smith, Callum and Hazel Simmonds, with regular guest appearances by that well-known antipodean, Ray Deasy.

24th June 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, June 25, 2017 12:17:57
With Jake, Tav, Brockers and Jonathon.

A rather disappointingly short session, the induced speleogenesis did not have the desired effect and the debris was quickly cleared. There are fractures but too tight to break-out. The narrow gap in the fissure has become filled with gravel and didn't look all that enticing. We spent some time looking around and discussing a couple of alternative options before making our way-out of the cave, and up to the pub after getting changed.

Following a conservation with Jake, over a pint, we'll persevere a little longer with the expansion of the narrow fissure. I might, just change the ingredients to give a little more oomph to the speleogenesis process.

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