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.

4th July 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, July 05, 2017 05:56:53
A solo trip.

At the current end of Merlin's, attended to widening the narrow fissure to make for more comfortable digging. 6no. holes, plus an extra one for the trimmings, on either side of the opening. Spent some time making sure the holes were well-stemmed. Then, a steady retreat, reeling-out the wire, stopping at Stal Bend. All was good.

There should be stuff to clear on the weekend. Hopefully, someone will be able to rake-out the debris blocking the narrow fissure and see whether it widens, or, if there's any draught.

Exited the cave into a warm, humid evening.

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