27th October 2012

With Alex. Well, what can we say! After 30 years of endeavour by a number of diggers, along a variety of routes Hallowe’en Rift is again looking very interesting indeed!

We decided to concentrate today’s effort on removing sediment from along the rather ‘snug’ right hand side of Toil and Trouble. After we had cleared several skip loads it was possible for me to move in to a position to look along the right hand side. I was very pleasantly surprised to see relatively open, and what looks to be caveable passage, unfortunately access is presently barred by a slab of rock and sediment that will require some further attention. We carried on with the removal of more of the sediment, this eventually resulted in being able to get a better look along the left side, looking up above the clean boulders that were pictured last session confirmed that there appears to be considerable open space above this area, although it should be said that when in small passages apparent size can become somewhat distorted. It seems that, at last, we are on the cusp of something very, very good indeed! If all the links seen in the left and right passages at end of Toil and Trouble are part of the same thing then we are looking at something at least 5 or 6 metres in width. It would seem that there are exciting times ahead.

We have planned a longer weekend session for next week. Keep watching this space!!!

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist