17th January 2015

With Nick. Jake and Tav [Alex has his own little project going on].

On arrival at Hallowe’en Rift we were slightly bemused to find 3 packs of bags neatly stacked on the lid, it appears that Tav had come over yesterday while checking a few things for the MCRA. That settled, Jake and Tav went to the end to do the digging, Nick was in the pot and I settled down to do the hauling/shuttling of spoil back to the entrance shaft. There was quite a bit of baling done to make it more comfortable in the various hauling positions while waiting for the first bags to arrive. I had purchased a mini mattock from www.pasthorizinstools.com for the digging at the end, although Tav reckons the big mattock and bar are still useable. Anyway 40 bags were duly filled and along with some rocks were hauled back to the entrance and out to the surface. As previously agreed Alex turned up at mid-day to assist with hauling and he was accompanied by Mark ‘Gonzo’ Lumley. Unfortunately Alex had to dash off for personal reasons and Gonzo gave him a lift back to the Hunter’s to collect his van, at least quite a few of the bags had been emptied. Cave clear of bags and things it was time to go, on the way down the obligatory ‘brown stains’ were left in the field, and refreshments were taken at the Hunter’s Lodge Inn.

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist