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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, their interest waned by the late 80s. 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 with Graham Johnson in December 1991. This led to the discovery of An Unexpected Development in August 2018. 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, and Duncan Price. There has been occasional help from others including Phil Coles, Caroline Allen, Mike Willett, Mike Moxon, Matt Tuck, 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.

Some sound advice for ramblers!

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, December 26, 2021 10:57:01

Beware of falling down a hole … in the fog … in the middle of the night … with an OWL!!!



27th March

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, March 28, 2021 07:56:17

Vince, Roz and Brockers. Later in the morning, Caroline helped out with emptying the bags.

At the cave the work was concentrated on the uppermost level and cleaning a section there, this involved some reduced level excavation. Started the session digging on my side, by the end I was kneeling. 40 bags were filled, dragged away, and hauled out of the cave (the hauling done by Brockers). Caroline turned up to lend a hand as we started to empty the bags.

The uppermost level, cleaning the section underway. 6″ trowel for scale because I forgot to bring the proper scale.