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.

13th April 2019

digging 2019Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, April 14, 2019 07:01:50

With Jake, Jon and Tav

Due to other commitments, a smaller team today so the digging effort continued in the Soft South. Tav filled bags and moved the occasional rock to Jon, who was positioned at the junction. I was at the bottom of the entrance hauling the skip away from Jon and transferring the load to the surface skip, this was hauled out of the cave by Jake.

It all seemed to be at an easy-going pace this morning, but at the end of thesession 85 bags and 16 loads of rock, a total of 101 loads, removed to the surface. A good, productive effort.

Tav fills bags
Jon, at the junction, hauls the skip away from the digger
Jake empty’s the bags onto the ever-growing spoil heap

Jake remarked that it been very pleasant on the surface in the warm spring sunshine with the bird’s singing and only very rarely could a car be heard!

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