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.

29th December 2018

digging 2018Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, December 30, 2018 09:06:46

With Jon and Brockers

Finally managed to hand-over goodwill bag to Mark, who was in the yard when we arrived at the farm.

Up the hill at Hallowe’en Rift, the loose bags were packed up and the packs stored underground. We decided to start the quest along the north-west passage, the enlargement began. Jon digging, assisted by Brockers, my task was to stack the filled bags in the entrance for removal later. Some very large slabs were removed and required a considerable effort to drag them back to the entrance where I could reduce them to more manageable pieces. Sediment removal wasn’t easy.

As usual the last act of the morning was to haul-out the filled bags, 21 of them and a couple of rocks, the rest of the rocks were left at the bottom of the entrance. The bags were not easy to empty, the sediment was claggy and placed into wet bags, then compressed while stashed in the entrance. Still, it was an enjoyable morning’s digging session and I had remembered the WD40 to give the lock some care and attention.

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