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.

15th August 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, August 16, 2017 06:21:20
With Roz.

Arrived at the Tuck Shop to find there was still bags and rocks there, this was probably a consequence of the issues with the skip slowing things down. The scarred rock floor n the way-up from Stal Bend might be testament to the struggle.

Continued to widen/deepen the fissure [south] off Tuck Shop. 6no. holes, not all to the full depth, silly me! didn't bring all the batteries and had forgotten that one was part-used. Still got the job done and brought to a satisfactory conclusion. Really needs a sound test on Saturday to check on direction and progress.

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