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.

19th October 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Fri, October 20, 2017 05:54:05
With Jonathon, Jake, Nick and Brockers.

Nick digging, Jake clearing, Brockers on top of the slope and Jonathon was on the haul, shuttle and stack. I was in Tuck Shop, capping rocks and bagging-up the gravel and finer sediments. Two digging, it was busy again.

Above me, I could hear Nick rattling slabs, Jake swinging the sledge, then, 'oohs and aahs', Jake reported back, "it looks good". Unfortunately, time passed all too quickly and soon the session was over. Tuck shop was now looking much tidier, so I packed away the capping kit and climbed-up to see what Nick had uncovered. There was a gaping hole, albeit just too narrow to pass...back in the day...into open-space, it looks easily body-sized, but can't quite see all of it. The way ahead, does indeed, look good.

The digging on Saturday should reveal more delights, but there are a lot of bags and rocks to shift as well!

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