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.

5th May 2018

digging 2018Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, May 06, 2018 09:50:50

With Brockers, Jonathon, Alex and Duncan.

As our guest of honour, Duncy got to go upfront and dig, assisted by Jon, Alex went to the slope, Brockers on the haul and shuttle and I was on the surface again.

Duncan supplied some insect repellent that proved to be very effective. It was warm on the surface and there were plenty of midges and other flying insects but, none bothered me. I managed to get a good bit of walling done in between hauling and emptying bags, any rocks were added to the construction too. It was peaceful and rather pleasant on the surface in the warm sunshine, the leaves now bursting open, a vibrant green, the birds were singing.

Soon though the session was over, 60 bags had been emptied, 11 skip-loads of rock added to the wall. It was thirsty work and refreshments were eagerly anticipated, time for the Hunter’s.

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