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.

1st September 2018

digging 2018Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, September 02, 2018 07:40:55

With Jonathon and Tav

A small, but sufficient, team today. On the way to An Unexpected Development, I climbed down into the Tuck Shop to free a hauling rope jammed under a rock and tidy away another of the old skips ready for removal later. When I arrived at the rift, Tav was busy clearing some loose debris from around the jammed boulder. A lengthy discussion ensued regarding the stability of the boulder ensued, the outcome was it is fine, but we could do something to make it even safer sometime in the, not too distant, future. At the bottom of the rift, Jon got on with digging, me and Tav hauled and emptied the skip, a large rock was hauled out too. We finished digging a bit early as Tav wanted to remove an obstruction in the low passage leading to the old digs to the south-west of the entrance. After a joint effort, hammering, chiselling and barring, the obstruction was removed. The will allow water to drain more freely along the passage when it gets wet again. There is a plan for a mid-week dig here when the dig in Wookey 20 becomes flooded or too wet.

It was noted that there are a lot of Tissue moths in the cave, near the entrance, didn’t notice any Heralds though.

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