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.

25th July 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, July 26, 2017 06:22:29
With Roz.

Roz isn't a fan of bulls and was less than impressed to be told that 'bully' was in the field we were about to walk through. She walked a wide diversion to the stile into the wood.

In the cave, 6no. short holes (300mm) drilled, at the current end of Merlin's, gone back to the south-west lead. Got two of the long holes (460mm) complete and was on the third when, disaster struck ( a bit of melodrama!), yellow sparks, smoke, the acrid smell of electrical burning, the drill - dead, or, at least dying. Had to make-do with the hole that had been drilled, applied plenty of tamp, did the best that could be done. Will have to wait until the weekend to see the results.

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