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.

26th August 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, August 27, 2017 09:09:20
With Brockers, Matt and Tav.

Brockers and Matt did the digging, stashing bags and rock in the Tuck Shop, Tav and me went surveying. Carried-out a line survey from the top of the pot through Merlin's, and then went into the lower series to survey the passage to the north-west of T-Junction. It has been a little while since I last went along Toil and Trouble, a passage well-named. At the end, we could hear Brockers and Matt in the Tuck Shop, but couldn't make contact, they were far too busy.

The abandoned dig beyond Nick's pit prop ends in a sediment filled passage, there doesn't appear to be any solid walls or ceiling, within the sediment are more detached lumps of calcite flowstone. The wooden prop has now carbonised.

When the surveying was finished, we returned to the others to start hauling some of the spoil out. We shifted the bags, leaving the rock in the Tuck Shop, the bags were left stacked in the entrance.

Tav, later drew-up the line survey and distributed by email. To the east of the entrance there is 110m (361 feet) of passage.

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