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.

20th October 2018

digging 2018Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, October 21, 2018 07:42:36

With Jonathon, Brockers, Nick, Tav and Alex

Continued the digging effort to the south-west side of the entrance (downstream), enlarging Quiet John’s dig. Jake, Nick and I, with others, had dug there in the early 90s. It is rather snug in places. Jonathon, Nick and Brockers were all digging, filling bags and moving rocks. Tav was dragging the loaded skip back, not always with ease, to transfer the load into the skip to the surface, where Alex was hauling the skip out of the cave.
I was on the surface too, wall-building and emptying the bags. It was a glorious autumnal morning in the warm sunshine and soon had to remove the oversuit.

Alex rued the mention of a slow start to the morning’s session as the flow of bags and rocks accelerated. A sterling effort by Alex, 107 loads to the surface; 82 bags were emptied and re-bundled to be returned underground at the end of the session, and 25 skip-loads of rock, most of which was incorporated into the wall.

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