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.

21st December 2017

digging 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Fri, December 22, 2017 06:30:45
With Jake, Brockers, Nick, Tav, Jonathon and Mike.

After a 'shopping' trip last weekend, Brockers didn't miss out on his turn up front and was ably assisted by Nick, Jake on the slope and I was at the top. Tav, on haul and shuttle, occasionally assisted by Mike, Jonathon was on the surface, also assisted by Mike, who was on a dual role this evening.

As expected, it was rather squalid at the dig and the bags, when filled, felt quite liquid, they were going to be a 'joy' to empty. It must be said, the bags when empty are almost as weighty as they are when filled. I cleared a few bags of slump material from the top of the slope to add to the bag count. Although some rocks were cleared out, as many, if not more were left in the alcove at the top of the slope.

We returned to the surface, to find it had been raining, and helped to empty the last few bags. The count, 43 bags and, possibly, a dozen loads of rocks, there is a discrepancy here due to a malfunction of the tally system.

It was quiet in the Hunter's...until we arrived.

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