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.

11th July 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, July 12, 2017 06:38:03
With Roz.

The entrance was wet after a rainy day, rest of the cave was okay, although it is still a little moist in the Tuck Shop.

Drilled 6no. holes, plus an extra one for the trimmings, either side of the narrow fissure, aiming to proceed downwards. The holes were well-stemmed and plenty of tamp was applied. All good.

Still raining when we exited the cave, the dampness has brought the little frogs out of hiding in the narrow rift at the rear of the entrance.

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