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.

8th July 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Tue, July 11, 2017 07:04:39
A large part of the team, were elsewhere this weekend. I was on the Gower Peninsular helping-out with a cave dig there. Therefore, a depleted team attended Hallowe'en Rift.

Jake penned the following:

"Jonathon & me.

Cleared the loose, thirteen bags and a few rocks. Doesn't look good straight ahead. Stacked in Tuck Shop. Maybe worth blasting-out the floor. Might be worth visiting our other sites beyond the pot, now we have a bigger team? Anyway, one or two shots in the floor to see if it widens sounds good, long bar can be hammered into the floor quite a long way."

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