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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 and Roz Simmonds. There has also been assistance from John 'Tangent' Williams, Pete Bolt, Duncan Price, Bob Smith, Mike Moxon, Callum and Hazel Simmonds, with a couple of guest appearances by that well-known antipodean, Ray Deasy.

22nd July 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, July 23, 2017 07:15:01
With Jake, Tav, Jonathon and Brockers.

Brockers cleared the bags and debris, Jake in the Tuck Shop, Tav on the [slippery] slope, Jonathon doing the haul and shuttle, leaving me on the surface, hauling skips and managing spoil dispersal. Rather surprisingly, I wasn't at all bothered by pesky, buzzing flies.

The rock that came out of the cave was added to the walls, finer sediment and gravel was levelled and compacted. Six dozen skip loads (51 bags and 21 skips of rocks), including 20 bags left-over from last weekend were shifted, each load somewhere about 10kg.

The news from the end, a solid rock had been reached, so no-go in a downwards direction. Another discussion ensued, continue the dig that leads to the south-west for a while and see how that develops, it might intersect something. I will arrange something for a mid-week visit to loosen the area. And so...to the pub.

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