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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.

30th September 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, October 01, 2017 08:34:38
With Nick, Jake, Matt and Jonathon.

Nick and Jake went along to the dig, reeling in the wire as they went, I climbed down the pot, along Toil and Trouble, left-side of T Junction to carry-out another voice test. Not only did we achieve a positive voice connection but, a visual one too, I could see Nick's light and then a gloved hand.

A successful test done, I returned to help Matt on the haul and shuttle, Jonathon was on the surface, hauling-out and adding to the wall and spoil heap. A constant flow of rocks and bags kept us busy. 30 skip-loads of rock and 59 bags were hauled up the surface.

Towards the end of the session, a call came back from the dig, it was looking interesting, intrigued, I couldn't resist going up to have a look.

To the left of the connection, there was open space behind a jumble of rocks and slabs of flowstone. Although Nick and I tried to move a large slab to get a better look, time was moving on, we decided to leave it to the next session, some more digging is required. The loose sediment was tidied up and the last couple of bags and a few rocks were dragged-out to the surface.

Satisfied with the mornings progress, it was time to make our way to the Hunter's Lodge Inn.

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