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.

18th July 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, July 19, 2017 06:27:19

A warm and humid evening, so decided to wear cotton overalls, anticipating the cave would be dry enough...and it was!

There are cows in the field with young, and a wary eye was kept on the bull, in truth they hardly noticed me as I strolled up to the stile.

In the cave, 6no. holes drilled to loosen rock in the floor at the west extent of Merlin's, where the passages appear to converge. A bit awkward clambering over the stash of bags left-over from the weekend, but job done.

The conclusion shook a pheasant of its perch, I could hear flying away in alarm. The frogs are still in the entrance.

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