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 July 2018

digging 2018Posted by Vince Simmonds Fri, July 27, 2018 06:50:13

Due to meetings, work commitments and some other reasons the Wookey Hole digging team was rather depleted only Jake and Jonathon were available. Not much the two of them could achieve in the sand dig in 20 so they went to Hallowe’en Rift.

At the draughting dig, the floor was lowered, the filled bags and rock stacked in any space available, and the large slab of degraded flowstone removed and reduced to more manageable pieces. The way ahead is still obstructed but the digging is easier, mostly smaller slabs and finer sediment.

The team were enthused when we met-up later after the progress meeting with Wookey Hole Caves.

The survey drawn by Tav, latest section in red 40m, overall cave length 220m.

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