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.

2nd September 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, September 03, 2017 08:21:46
With Jake, Jonathon and Tav.

Jake in the Tuck Shop, I was on top of the slope, Jonathon on the haul and shuttle, Tav opted for surface duty. Last week's bags were cleared from the entrance, followed by the rocks left in the Tuck Shop.

When the debris was cleared, a discussion ensued regarding the best spot to engineer a connection to the 'Lower Series'. The recent survey made this clearer and a likely spot was chosen. Jake set-about digging away some loose sediment and rocks, then re-located a small 'stal boss' in a new position. Meanwhile, I went down into the 'Lower Series', beyond T-Junction, to try another voice connection. It was clear and a conversation could take place, there isn't a light connection possible, at present. I spent a short time scratching away at the potential way forward, where there is a small air-space over the top of the sediment, generally in the direction we want to go.

No-one else ventured along Toil and Trouble, I had a quick jaunt towards Trick or Treat, but decided against the muddy, wet puddle, no spare, dry 'shreddies' being my feeble excuse. I joined the team on the surface and we had a quick discourse regarding the plan. I will order the necessary supplies and attend to matters during the coming week.

An earlier visit to the Hunter's Lodge Inn than anticipated.

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