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.

28th October 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Mon, October 30, 2017 07:10:46
With Tav, Brockers and Jonathon.

My turn to dig, Tav clearing away, Jon on top of the slope, Brockers doing the haul and shuttle, bags and rock were stashed in the entrance.

Eventually, Tav sorted the dragline on the skip to make spoil removal from the dig-face easier. Digging was a bit slow to start, space was limited and just a bit awkward, as the space increased, excavation improved, and the little spade came into use. The saw was located and Tav shortened the handle on the mattock, this action made it easier to use. How able to sit-up in the dig and get to work properly with the spade, unfortunately, time had passed quickly, and the session was drawn to its conclusion.

Brockers and Jon had, earlier, moved back to clear the spoil from the entrance out to the surface, 34no. bags and 1no. rock. There were another 8no. filled bags left on the top of the slope.

I have arranged a return on Tuesday for more induced rapid speleogenesis, to make some more space and aid forward progress.

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