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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 dig to the 'east' side of the entrance, leading to An Unexpected Development in August 2018, 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 also includes Rob 'Tav' Taviner, Graham 'Jake' Johnson, Nick Hawkes, Jonathon Riley, Paul 'Brockers' Brock, Roz Simmonds, Duncan Price, Mike Moxon and Matt Tuck. There has been occasional help from others including Caroline Allen, Mike Willett, John 'Tangent' Williams, Pete Bolt, Bob Smith, Callum and Hazel Simmonds, and several appearances by that well-known antipodean, Ray Deasey.

There have been visits from some notable experts in their various fields including: Charlie Self, Andy Farrant, Christopher Smith, Derek Ford, Joyce Lundberg, Don MacFarlane, Marc Luetscher and Gina Moseley. All have added to a better understanding of Hallowe'en Rift.

3rd November 2012

digging 2012 Posted on Tue, November 06, 2012 19:43:04

With Alex. Spent the early part of the morning on a runaround before meeting up with Alex at the Belfry where we were soon on our way to Hallowe’en Rift. Got changed at the farm Alex into his damp and muddy kit from last evening, me, smug in nice dry and clean spare kit. Carried on with the enlargement task along the right hand side of Toil and Trouble, eventually returning to the surface a bit later than anticipated although still managed to drop into the Hunter’s before lunchtime last orders.

The biggest part of Sunday morning was spent washing and cleaning a pile of kit and equipment.

2nd November 2012

digging 2012 Posted on Tue, November 06, 2012 19:34:42

With Alex. Digging trip on a Friday night whatever next – been quite a while since we got up to that.

After a cold, rainy day spent digging and recording archaeological evaluation trenches on a site in Devon, on the way home grabbed a supper of fish and chips to eat on the way in Cheddar Gorge, it was then time to meet up with Alex at the Belfry and set off for Hallowe’en Rift. Started the task of enlarging the right hand side of Toil and Trouble to enable access to the [possible] open space seen on previous trips.

After a suitable time spent digging decided to call it a day and head off to the Hunter’s for a Friday night of socialising!