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.

7th December 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Fri, December 08, 2017 06:19:02
With Brockers, Jonathon, Tav, Nick, Duncan and Mike.

Duncan at the end of Another Emotional Journey, digging in the sloppy, sticky bit; I was clearing the bags and continuing the assault on the slab of rock, it did succumb; Jonathon was, once again on the slippery slope; Mike at the top of the slope and, I assume, Brockers and Nick sharing the haul and shuttle; leaving Tav, alone, on the surface.

After rain, it was wet and rather squalid in places.

Twenty-nine bags and sixteen skip-loads of rock were shifted out to surface, forty-five loads in total, to keep Tav busy and warm.

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