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.

22nd September 2018

digging 2018Posted by Vince Simmonds Mon, September 24, 2018 06:28:18

With Pete “Snablet” McNab, Pete Bolt, Jonathon, Duncan, Nick and Alex

Snablet’s on a week-long visit from New Zealand, couldn’t let him miss the opportunity for a digging trip.

At the cave, Jonathon, Nick, Duncan and Alex set-off to the rift in An Unexpected Development to get on with digging. I led the two Pete’s for a look around the more recent discoveries before joining-up with the digging team. Snablet got very involved with the digging so we left him there, Nick had decided to return to the entrance and continue the enlargement of the passage leading to the west series. Pete Bolt and myself headed towards Trick or Treat, the duck is still dry, we returned along Toil and Trouble to join up with Nick and start clearing the backlog of spoil at the entrance, Pete loading the skip, I went to the surface to haul out. It was raining. By the end of the session, there is plenty of material for wall building.

After a brief stop at the Hunter’s for some refreshment, several of us, Snablet, Pete Bolt and myself, we also persuaded Tangent to join us, headed down to Churchill to attend the BCRA Hidden Earth conference. A really, pleasant social afternoon/evening chatting to old chums.

Below surveys drawn by Duncan.

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