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 October 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Fri, October 27, 2017 05:59:36
With Brockers, Tav, Duncan and Jake.

There was rock debris. Brockers upfront, digging; I was clearing away; Duncan was at the top of the slope, after he had been on a brief tour around this part of the cave. Tav was doing the haul and shuttle, Jake was carrying-out surface duties. Along the approach passage a few puddles were beginning to form, at least the skip would slide easier.

When the clearing had been done, entry into the open-space was possible. There's a fissure, c.3 to 4m length trending c.NE, approximately 0.5m high x 0.3m width, it has a silt floor and there is a cool air movement. The up-shot is, as ever, more digging is required, this might, open-up other leads on the north-side.

A total of 33 loads were hauled up to the surface, an almost equal split between rocks and bags.

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