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.

14th October 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, October 15, 2017 09:13:01
With Tav, Jake, Nick, Jonathon and Brockers.

Jonathon digging, assisted by Nick, Tav went into the 'Lower' Series to dig through the connection from that side, Jake was at the top of the slope, sending down loaded skips to me, on the haul and shuttle. Brockers was on the surface in charge of spoil dispersal.

Someone had said "that the digging might be a bit slower today", with three digging, how wrong that statement was. The loaded skips kept coming as fast as they could be shifted. Towards the end of the session, Tav had dug through the connection and this allowed a shift in position to clear the backlog. Jake and Nick took over the haul and shuttle, I went up to the surface to help-out Brockers. Today's count: 66 bags and 17 loads of rock, 83 skip-loads in total. Brockers had even managed to get some wall building done, good effort. Another fine session and thirsty work, ready for the pub.

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