15th April 2017

With Tav, Jake, Nick, Matt, Jonathon, and introducing Paul Brock (Brocker’s) to the fray.

We needed two vehicles to transport a strong team from the Hunter’s down to the farm.
All changed, we headed up the hill to the cave.

After digging last session I was on surface duty, Tav and Jake on the haul and shuttle, Jonathon at the top of the slope, Matt at the bottom. Brocker’s and Nick were digging.

The bags started to arrive at the entrance at a rather alarming rate, too fast to empty them and after about thirty bags, one after another, Tav came to the surface to help. Initially, Tav had been clearing the low passage into the ‘West Series’ of Hallowe’en Rift, adding some sloppy bags to an already burgeoning pile. The first few bags were not easy to empty and several were consigned to the wall, although it was apparent that most had come to the end of their usefulness. Eventually, the pace slackened as the diggers wrestled a large boulder out of the way, then more bags came out.

Ninety-one loads to the surface, a very productive session.

The digger’s reported that the way forward is obstructed by rock(s) and probably requires ‘induced rapid speleogenesis’. I will have to see if I can arrange a mid-week trip to the supplier.

Anyway, there was a thirst that required quenching, off to the pub!

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist