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 June 2018

digging 2018Posted by Vince Simmonds Mon, June 04, 2018 06:37:43

I was away on the Gower this weekend exploring coastal caves and digging Harry Thomas’s Cave with John Cooper. Alex sent the following summary of Saturday’s activity in Hallowe’en Rift. I suspect the team comprised Alex, Jake, Jonathon, Nick and Brockers:

“Dear Vincey On the Gower, I have news about the shower, and their efforts digging underground today! The Foreman twas quite mean, also a little green; he forgot the timepiece! which means that there is overtime to pay! The tally man doth say the score was 65! some rocks, and an ever-growing void.”

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