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The Tasmanian Caverneering Club was formed on 13 September 1946. Initially, information was provided to members through a circular, copies of which exist back to November 1947. "Speleo Spiel, Circular of the Tasmanian Caverneering Club" was first published December 1960. Eight issues of this are known, up to May 1962. In April 1964 a "Circular" was again issued and seems to have continued, irregularly, until March 1966. Then in April 1966, a "New Series" of Speleo Spiel commenced, as a monthly newsletter. In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club amalgamated with the Southern Caving Society and the Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group to form the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. The combined group agreed to continue to publish "Speleo Spiel" as its bi-monthly newsletter, as continues today (2015). Speleo Spiel is a vehicle for recording the cave and karst-related activities, and particularly the achievements, of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. It also carriers technical and scientific reports, reprints, reviews and other information likely to be of interest to members from time to time.
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Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 1 N ewsletter of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Inc PO Box 416 Sand y Ba y, Tasmania 7006 AUSTRALIA ISSN 1832-6307


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 2 CONTENTS Regular Bits Editorial 3 Stuff ‘n Stuff 3 Trip Reports Kubla Khan, 3 Dec. 11 Ric Tunney 4 Revelation Cave, 27 Dec. 11 Janine McKinnon 4 East Side of Cave Hill, 29 Dec. 11 Stephen Bunton 5 Revelation Cave, 21 Jan. 12 Janine McKinnon 6 Standard Hill Canyon, 28 Jan. 12 Alan Jackson 6 Slaughterhouse-Growling, 13 Feb. 12 Alan Jackson 11 Other Exciting Stuff JF-Z Cave Situation Alan Jackson 12 Journey to the Centre – Vide o Review Stephen Bunton 13 Surveys Various Surveys 13 STC Membership 15 STC was formed in December 1996 by the amalgamation of three former southern Tasmanian clubs: the Tasmanian Caverneering Club the Southern Caving Society and the Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group STC is the modern variant of the oldest caving club in Australia. This work is STC copyright. Apar t from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publishers and the inclusion of acknowledgement of the source. Speleo Spiel Newsletter of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Incorporated PO Box 416, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7006 http://www.lmrs.com.au/stc ABN: 73-381-060-862 ISSN 1832-6307 The views expressed in the Speleo Spiel are not necessarily the views of the Editor, or of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Incorporated. Issue No. 388, Jan. Feb. 2012 STC Office Bearers President: Geoff Wise Ph: 0408 108 984 (m) geoff.p.wise@gmail.com Vice President: Stephen Bunton Ph: (03) 6278 2398 (h) stephenbunton@bigpond.com Secretary: Janine McKinnon Ph: (03) 6243 5415 (h) jmckinnon@tassie.net.au Treasurer: Ric Tunney Ph: 0427 889 965 (m) rtunney@caverneer.net.au Equipment Officer: Gavin Brett Ph: (03) 6223 1717 (h) gavinbrett@iinet.com.au Librarian: Greg Middleton Ph: (03) 6223 1400 (h) ozspeleo@iinet.net.au Editor: Alan Jackson Ph: 0419 245 418 (m) alan.jackson@lmrs.com.au Search & Rescue Officer: Jane Pulford Ph: 0437 662 599 (m) jlpulford@yahoo.com Webmaster: Alan Jackson Ph: 0419 245 418 (m) alan.jackson@lmrs.com.au Web Site: http://www.lmrs.com.au/stc Front Cover: Fifty Dollar Falls, Standard Hill. Photo by Damian Bidgood. Back Cover: Waterfall, Standard Hill Canyon. Photo by Damian Bidgood.


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 3 Editorial My mum always told me that if I had nothing nice to say then say nothing at all. Don’t know why I say as much as I do. Alan Jackson Stuff ‘n Stuff MORE BLOODY BABIES Benajmin Charles Jackson arrived kicking and screaming on January 7th. The jury is still out as to how much he’ll affect my cav ing in 2012. DISSIDENCE MINI-EXPEDITION Only vague levels of interest and low levels of commitment have been indicated for this event. Looks like I’ll be doing most of it on my own – what’s new? STC GUNNEDAH BRANCH Chris Chad filed the following report detailing some recent activity by the STC-GB on an Australia Day family excursion to Dripping Rock, out past Boggabri NSW: “Well actually I found a cave, explored it, noted it smelt like goats, and marvelled how sandstone had formed something that looked awfully like a stal. The really exciting part is the opportunity to bodge together a 30 m pitch (admittedly down the c liff to the easily accessible horizontal entrance). If I manage to convince Lou to wear sensible shoes next time, there may even be a photo.” We look forward to more exciting details of what the mainland has to offer. SPELEOLOGICAL NEW YEAR I’ve decided that 2012 is the year of JF-Z cave eradication. There are 92 in total and we’v e already accounted for 26 of them. That’s a mere 66 to go. I have 13 more lined up for potential eradication during th e Easter expedition. Please join me in arms against this scourge of the JF. CAVE GEAR CACHES A few caves have caches of emergency gear in them. Jane has provided an inventory of where they are and what they contain. I assume the bubble wrap is for relieving the boredom of waiting out a flood by popping the bubbles. Slaughterhouse Pot Gear Cache: Foam mats x 2 Bubble wrap x 2 Bivvy/body bags x 2 Socks (wool) x 2 pairs Balaclava (wool) x 1 Beanie (wool) x 1 Emergency blankets x 2 Candles x 6 Matches (waterproof) x 2 boxes Exit Inner Base Camp Gear Cache the 'gourmet' version: Sleeping bag x 1 Sleeping mat x 1 Lollies Freeze dried food Jacket Camp stove x 1 Methylated spirits Emergency ponchos First aid kit Tea light candles Cutlery Exit Camp One Gear Cache (pinched from Rolan's email): Trangia stove (including pots) Methylated spirits 1 L Cigarette lighters x 2 Space blankets (small) x 5 Candles (long life) x 12 Space blanket/ground sheet 1.5 x 2.1 m Foam sleeping mats x 2 Sleeping bag (lightweight, synthetic) Thermals x 6 sets Beanies x 6 First aid kit (basic) CHRISTMAS GATHERING Thanks to the Buntons for putting us up at their home for the Christmas BBQ (and not taking us all out with food poisoning or the like). For the 35 seconds I was there everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves. S. Bunton S. Bunton


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 4 Trip Reports MC-1 Kubla Khan Ric Tunney 3 December 2011 Party: Grant Elliot (Hills Speleo s), Trent Ford, Janine McKinnon, Petr Smejkal, Ric Tunney We entered the top entrance at 8.30 am. The trip through was standard and uneventful. Grant had brought his camera and four flashes, so we stopp ed at the usual places Opium Den, Watergate, Forbidden City, Silk Shop and Khan Chamber. Grant's cave and canyon photography experience minimised delay. He soon had his minions rushing hither and thither, flashing wildly. The photography was helped by relatively clear air, despite there being a lot of water around. Water was still pulsing down the column in the Silk Shop. There had been 68 mm of rain in the previous week! The River Alph was a little high. About half the Pleasure Dome pools were filled, although the big lake near the top was almost empty. All but Trent donned wet suits for the wet bit. Trent was experimenting with new lycra/neoprene clothing under his trog suit. He had worn thes e through the cav e and reported feeling quite comfortable. He had no more complaints than the rest of us in the water, too. [ Trent doesn’t complain – he’s too hard – Ed. ] On a previous trip we had been trapped by a jammed padlock on the bottom gate. We had exited by breaking a shawl in a small passage nearby, which allowed us to slip past the ironwork. The padlock had been subsequently replaced on a trip with Parks staff, discussions had been held about a mechanism to allow the gate to be opened from the inside even if the padlock failed, and repairing the bypass had been discussed. While the party started up the bottom pitch, I blocked the bypass with more ironwork. This repair won't withstand an angle grinder, but neither will the gate! We were all out and walking back to the cars at 6.30 pm. It was a pleasure to visit this time with a party that can take time to get good photographs and spend a while actually looking at the cave, but can m ove efficiently so the whole trip doesn't become tedious. IB-1 Revelation Cave Janine McKinnon 27 December 2011 Party: Serena Benjamin (briefly), Ken Hosking, Janine McKinnon, Petr Smejkal, Ric Tunney and the Robertson family (to the entrance). Ric and I had had two attempts to tie the new vertical entrance into the old survey, in 2006. We still couldn’t get it to make sense so we decided the easiest thing to do was to resurvey the cave. The survey party was five strong and it was decided to take two cars down from Hobart for the comfort of the passengers. Amy had expressed an interest in joining us for the walk in, given good weather, and so we all rendezvoused at the car park at Ida Bay (after the Hobart contingent had met up at Banjo’s in Huonville). The whole Robertson family came for the walk, including brand new bub, Ray. We had a pleasant chatting walk to the entrance, with the chat slowing a bit on the steep slog up the hill. The Robertsons headed away as we started to enter at 11 am. Serena went first as she was planning on being the survey point scout. I came last. Whilst they sorted out survey stations, I rigged the approach line and put in the hangers and rope for the drop. We started surveying again (I was on instruments, so they had to wait for me) when Serena unexpectedly declared herself unwell and aborted her caving day. We quickly re-sorted jobs and continued on, whilst Serena exited, to wait for us at the cars. We remaining four surveyed down to the junction with the old entrance, and then packed up survey kit and headed to the end of the cave. We starte d surveying out from there. The survey in the stream goes to the corner in the crawl but not around the corner where Amy is reported to have squeezed. This is the same terminus of the old survey and is short of the true end by only a few, very nasty, metres, according to Ken who was with Amy on the relevant trip. If the cave can be pushed beyond there then it will be worth the horrible job of surveying the extra bit. A couple of rangas in their natural habitat. The dry branch to the dig wa s surveyed from the end. We surveyed the side passages on the way out to the bottom pitch, and stopped the surveying at the top of the bottom pitch. Forward and back bearings were taken on all legs. Disto was used for lengths. The bottom pitch was derigged and the other two left rigged for a return to complete the job soon. We were all out by 5 pm. J. McKinnon


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 5 East Side of Cave Hill Not JF-67 but JF68, 217, 218, 441, 442, 443 and more! Stephen Bunton 29 December 2011 Party: Stephen Bunton, Ken Hosking With our new track to Rescue Pot in place we were now able to access the long lost caves of yesteryear on the east side of Cave Hill. We followed the new track virtually to Tarn Creek Swallet (JF-364) and then contoured around the hill to the southwest aiming for JF-68 near Zulu Pot (JF-215) This was in the GPS from our earlier visit on the day we descended Zulu Pot ( SS 376:8). Almost immediately we found JF-218 and got stuck into the rigging, exploration, surveying and recording. This cave is merely a 12 m pitch but previous records mention a short climb to a passage with calcified tree roots [ SC 2(4):25]. This is merely an alcove on the far side of the pitch. It is a difficult climb without aid and so we couldn’t be bothered, although it could be entered by some gutsy commando move across from where you would rig a ladder. We then moved on to JF-68. This cave is in an area of exposed limestone pavements with some eucalypt and dogwood regrowth that is nowhere near as dense as the western side of Cave Hill or the stuff higher up around the Bone Pit (JF-203) to Voltera (JF-207) area. Even so it took us a moment to find the cave as there were lots of likely looking depressions. JF-68 was recorded as 15 m deep with an 11 m pitch and a 4 m pitch. In reality it is just an 11 m pitch to two slots in the floor; the proximal one is 4 m deep and the distal one about 6 m deep. Interestingly enough light shone down the former is not seen in the latter and so Ken thought there was a chance that the cave could continue. I knew I didn’t fit but Ken had to measure his girth in relation to the passage. The problem was that he still had his SRT gear on when really it would be better done without the extra hindrance. The main problem was that Ken had forgotten his suit this day and his thermal legs and cheap raincoat were more prone to snagging than a racy trogsuit. After reading the report of the original exploration by prospective member Philip Voss ( SS 96:3), I am definitely not going back, the continuation narrows to the “same diameter as his arm”! Near JF-68 we found another small solution feature that Ken was willing to push if he had his trogsuit but not today. I knew it was not for me. Nevertheless we GPS’d it and entered it as BK1. There is a BK2 nearby as well. This is a 2 m deep garbage bin-sized hole that Ken stood in. We know, we should have carried tags and a drill with us but Gavin the Gear Store Man was not at home for us to collect them. Yes, I know, we should have planned ahead. Yes I know, Alan’s going to be rude to us and give us a hard time about it, so we called the first cave Rudeland Cave. Rudeland is a rough, tough place where nasty people live, a bit like the slopes of Cave Hill. [ Judging by those descriptions I’d suggest that not tagging them was the best course of action – Ed. ] The alleged cave BK1. Now we began heading back to Tarn Creek Swallet. Almost immediately we found a rather impressive feature that we thought had to be Deefour (JF-67) but we couldn’t be certain because we could not find a tag. The tag should have been one of the nice rect angular TCC ones rather than the thin flimsy “guttering strap” SCS ones. From the recollections of my research [ SC 2(4):25] there was some possibility that Deefour and JF-217 may have been the same cave. Finding either tag would have been good. Nevertheless we descended the cave and surveyed it. We rigged from the southern side with a long redirection from the northern side. This cave goes down a 13 m pitch and then reaches some short, horizontal passages floored with the same soft, typical Cave Hill flowstone. Unfortunately the pitch into Deefour is supposed to be 40 m. Whilst you could drive a bulldozer into this cave, we decided that it was not Deefour and this explains the absence of a tag. We therefore called the new cave B obcat; it's a mini-bulldozer. We couldn’t be certain whether the lower reaches had been trogged or not and my suspicion is that the marks on the flowstone in this cave were made by the animals whose skeletons grace the chamber at the bottom of the pitch. Bunty descends into Bobcat. The gods were definitely smiling on us this day because shortly after leaving Bobcat we found JF-217, a mere 10 m from JF-218. This cleared up the confusion about Deefour and JF-217 being the same cave, or that JF-217 was another entrance to Zulu Pot. If only SCS had published trip reports, not just a summary of their endeavours as secondhand “Area Reports”, a lot of this confusion would S. Bunton S. Bunton


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 6 not have eventuated! The presence of JF-217 also confirmed our thoughts that on the day these were tagged they did come over the hill from the west, from Dementia Den (JF-216), and then tagged these two next. The other objective for the day was to determine if Ping Cave (JF-442) and Pong Cave (JF-443) could in fact be JF219 and JF-220. The two pairs of caves each connect and the descriptions of them almost match. I wanted to see if we could locate the JF-219 and JF-220 tags to clear up this confusion. We found Ping Cave and Pong Cave by going to the GPS fix for nearby Index Pot (JF-441). We found and photographed all these caves, although looking at the photo-tags, I forgot to put flagging tape on the JF-442 and JF-443 tags. Unfortunately we did not find any old number tags there, so they still might be (they are in the right place to be) JF-219/220 but we will never know until we find separate caves with those numbers. Not finding them won't help. Optimistically there are still these two, tagged caves to find on this side of the hill … and the great lurking 40 m pitch of Deefour! We then headed cross-country towards our new track and intersected it at the point I initially thought we should leave it. It was a mere 10 minutes back to the car. In summary, work still to be done in this area: 1) Survey Index Cave (JF-441), Ping and Pong Caves (JF-442/3) and put tape on the tags. [ Sounds like a job for th e slackarse cavers who tagged the frigging things – Ed. ] 2) Find JF-219/220 and Deefour (JF-67). 3) Tag Rudeland Cave (BK1) and BK2. 4) Tag Bobcat. 5) If we thought that there was any importance to the relative positions of these caves we could do a surface survey but that might be too conscientious! IB-1 Revelation Cave Janine McKinnon 21 January 2012 Party: Ken Hosking, Janine McKinnon, Ric Tunney This was a trip to complete the survey we started on our previous trip a few weeks ago. We had left the top half of the cave rigged, thus we got down and were surveying within half an hour of the first person (me) starting in. We surveyed all side passages and I had a go at climbing a narrow rift off a small side passage. I couldn’t move enough to get up and then Ken had a go by building a pile of rocks. After some time struggling, he managed to climb about 5 m up and determined that the passage closed off. This was a pity as we were high enough up the cave that we thought it might be another entrance, although there was no draft. We surveyed up the passage to the old entrance, and it was here that Ken had a nasty fall off a ledge, 2 m to the floor. The ledge was very slippery and he was contorted in an odd position to get a Disto shot, when his boot suddenly slipped off. He fell hard onto the rocks in the passage and was very lucky not to have done serious damage. As it was he badly bruised an elbow and jarred his neck. Valiant trooper that he is, once we had determined that he was going to live, we continued on with the surveying. When we reached the rift that Ric and Petr looked up last trip, Ken had a go at climbing up. He got a short way up, could see daylight, but didn’t think the way was climbable. He thought it fitted Amy’s description of the old route in she had taken before the landslip. I had gone in that route once too, many years ago and before the landslip but (typically some might say) didn’t recognize the rift. We did a couple of shots part way in and then retreated out of the cave. I was first out and so I went around to the old entrance tag and climbed down as far as I was game. I was looking down a rift that looked a dare-devil climbing job to me. Maybe bridgeable but you would have to be desperate. When Ken came out he went to inspect the view of the rift from the top and was certain it was the one he had been looking up. So we have determined that is the old way in and we have surveyed to the correct spot. We are a couple of legs short of tying the two together though. On closer inspection we think that the old entrance was a walk down slope (which is what I remember) near the tag which has been filled in by the landslide, leaving the vertical rift at the end the only opening. We have completed the survey Forward and back bearings were taken and a Disto used. Standard Hill Canyon – Southern Tasmanian Canyoneers? Alan Jackson 28 January 2012 Party: Damian Bidgood, Gavin Brett, Alan Jackson, Graeme Jackson, Mark Nelson Before I was obsessive compulsive about caving I was obsessive compulsive about whitewater kayaking. Sometime in the mid-1990s, as a pimply-faced teenager, I paddled the ‘Standard Hill Run’ section of the Mersey River (Liena Bridge to Union Bridge). I remember turning the corner at the top of the big rapid and having my eye caught by a sizeable tributary th at entered on river left via a steep and incised canyon. I ma de a mental note to myself that I should explore that trib utary one day. With the recent advent of commercial canyoning in the Dove River my mind was returned to this fleeting teenage moment and I decided to check the maps to assess the feasibility of such a trip. The 1:25 k map (Cethana 4240) showed a conveniently-located fore stry road, two (unnamed) waterfalls in the (unnamed) creek and some excitinglooking contours. Google satellite and aerial photography also provided incentive. The first of the two waterfalls stood out like dog’s balls on the imagery – with two obvious parallel cascades of water down a large face. The second waterfall was just visible, if you knew where to


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 7 look from the 1:25 k map, and the lower section of the creek looked suitably shadowy and steep to keep spirits high. An impending baby made planning difficult but a date in January was finally set. I checked with a friend in Forestry Tasmania if the access road was locked and he confirmed it was but a key was sorted without any hassle. The road proved to be in good nick as there is actually what appears to be a permanent residence located on a private bl ock at the spot we left the cars. The first bit of track was simple going (old logging track in good condition) but once this turned to the west we headed into the scrub. It was pretty ordinary in spots but Gavin and the Damian (the human bulldozer) did all the grunt work and created a tunnel in the bauera. The approach to the creek was very steep and slippery but around an hour or so after leaving the cars we stumbled across the creek. It was a lot bigger than we had imagined (it does have a large catchment – in excess of 16 km2) and would be deserving of rivulet status rather than just creek. About 50 m downstream was a very obvious horizon line and it was evident that the top waterfall was going to be as impressive as the Google imagery suggested. Upon poking our heads over the edge we began wondering if our two 50 m ropes were going to be enough to get us down. The vegetation situation … There were a few blue, yellow and pink tapes in the vicinity and a crappy bit of old laid rope stretched between two trees 10 m upstream of the waterfall, so others have obviously been there. There may be a more established route to the falls, which would make future attempts more enjoyable. Getting to the bottom of the falls from this point without rope would be a large undertaking though, with a long traverse around and down the large waterfall bowl required. [ I have later talked to a friend who has visited these falls by following a taped route from Olivers Road somewhere near the Lorinna (Cockatoo) road junction which essentially follows the creek. ] Mind the step! The first 10-15 m of the fall is overhanging and the following ~30-35 m is a n ear-vertical slab. The water spreads beautifully over the slab and pours into a large plunge pool. We chose a couple of suitably solid-looking trees several metres back from the lip and abseiled the overhanging section to a large sassafras tree, which provided a good anchor for the remaining portion of the falls. Mark created a spectacle while abseiling the first section by failing to zip up his shorts pocket – at first a $20 note fluttered down and stopped on a ledge above me. Then a second $20 and a $10 note followed. I caught the second $20 but the $10 passed out of reach. At the bottom of the rope, floating in the plunge pool, I found the missing $10. Gavin later suggested the name Fifty Dollar Falls. Sexy legs and waterfalls. D. Bidgood D. Bidgood A. Jackson


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 8 The pool at the bottom had to be swum and the water temperature was surprisingly mild. A few moments were taken to admire the stunning beauty of the waterfall. Damian on the top section of the falls. $50 Falls with abseilers for scale. The map and contours suggested that the section below the falls would be reasonably steep (and with at least one more waterfall), which would then be followed by a relatively flat section between for seve ral hundred metres and then the bottom section to the Mersey should be pretty steep again. This, more-or-less, is how it panned out. The first bit consisted of a series of short drops and cascades (up to ~5 m). Most of these could be reasonably easily skirted around by heading into the sc rub adjacent to the drops but a couple had to be roped. Some of the bypasses were a bit sketchy and would have been safer on rope. The banks were steep in this section but not vertical or canyon-like. It was very pleasant. Scouting another waterfall. A delightful little waterfall. The middle section was as expected – fairly low gradient with the occasional ~2-3 m dr op, none of which needed rope. We stopped for lunch near the end of this section and were visited by a passing tiger snake. The bottom section was better than expected. It started as a ~10-15 m wide sheer-sided canyon with a series of short falls and plunge pools. The canyon then narrowed somewhat and a classic slippe ry dip channel was found. A D. Bidgood D. Bidgood A. Jackson A. Jackson


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 9 well-positioned tree on the right bank past the chute allowed a clean abseil down by the final drop and a short swim across the plunge pool. While the others negotiated this Gavin was checking the next section. He called back something about a long swim. When we joined him he was toying with the idea of jumping into deep water over a ~3 m drop but we were in the shadows and the water was heavily tannin-stained so we decided to err on the side of caution and use a rope. This was a good decision as a submerged log was found to extend out 3 m from the base of the drop at about 1 m depth! A ~30 m swim round a corner followed before the canyon widened and opened out into glorious sunshine. Fairly easy going followed and before long we could see the hills on the other side of the Mersey River. Gavin manages a controlled slide. Damian manages an uncontrolled slide. The creek had one last surprise for us – an ~8 m cascade into a deep pool about 50 m from the Mersey. This was the first drop that we used any rigging gear on – a couple of tapes were left on a blade of rock. All the other drops had been easily rigged off trees with little friction, allowing easy rope retrieval. This last drop didn’t have a convenient ledge to stand on while unthreading one’s descender so it had to be done while swimming – not the easiest of manoeuvres. In future, once the first person has established that there are no submerged logs in the pool, it may be possible to get off the rope above the last 2 m drop and jump in but the rock is bloody slippery here and it may prove a challenge. A short swim later and we were sitting by the Mersey River. Everyone was ecstatic with the quality of the day’s events so far but we all knew that we weren’t out yet and that the worst was to come. Delightful box canyon with cascades. No escaping the canyon now! The Mersey is at about 250 m elevation at this point and our cars were at ~700 m elevation and on the other side of a 750 m high hill but only ~2 km away in the horizontal plane. It was going to be a st eep slog back to the cars. We headed up the bank of the Mersey for about 50 m before A. Jackson A. Jackson A. Jackson A. Jackson


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 10 spotting a potential line of weakness in the cliffs. Our initial attempt to access it faile d when we intersected an unclimbable cliff face but we managed to bypass this a few metres further along and regain the weakness. With the cliff on our right we scrambled up a ridiculously steep slope to the top of the main ridge running from the river/creek junction and the cars. Thankfully the vegetation wasn’t as bad as it could have been and it didn’t slow us down too much. The unrelenting steepness took its toll on the legs though. Upon reaching the top of the hill we were disheartened to find that the logging track marked on the map had 30-something years of regrowth on it and couldn’t be found. We zigzagged fro m clearing to clearing and finally picked up a rudimentary vehicular track that seemed to match the location of the mapped track. The track was just starting to seem like the correct option when it ran into a ~10 year old nitens plantation and stopped dead. We opted to follow the coupe boundary track to the right (north) and a slightly circuitous (but easy) route had us back on the track we’d followed earlier in the day and finally the cars came into view. Abseiling the side of the slippery dip waterfall. It was a bloody good day out and I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an adventurous demeanor. I don’t think I need to bother providing detailed rigging notes other than: you’ll need two 50 m lengths of rope (could get away with 40s) there are heaps of trees in good spots for rigging off with the exception of the last drop (where we used a couple of tapes to be certain of rope retrieval) wear Dunlop Volleys as the wet rock is outrageously slippery the route out could be tricky to spot but with half a brain you should find your way out eventually don’t forget to contact Forestry Tasmania as locked gates can lead to disappointment. Anyone fancy a swim? Did I mention the exit route was steep? A. Jackson A. Jackson A. Jackson


Speleo Spiel Issue 388, JanuaryFebruary 2012 page 11 JF-337 Slaughterhouse Pot JF-36 Growling Swallet Alan Jackson 13 February 2012 Party: Ken Hosking, Alan Jackson, Janine McKinnon, Peter Brady (UTSSS), Andrew Baker (UTSSS), Rob and Barb (WASG) There was an unnaturally high number of mainland cavers in the state thanks to Tonys Exit Cave expedition. Since I refuse to assist with any Exit Cave activities it is only fair that I assist with pre-Exit entertainment. Ken and Janine came too. The Slaughterhouse-Growling component of the trip wasnt overly noteworthy, suffice to say it happened. What interested me more was the bit of sleuthing I did in the area while waiting for the backlog to clear in Slaughterhouse. First I had a look for JF-39. Im pretty happy that I found it (it is well marked on the sketch map in SS 69:2). Chris Chad had found it recently too so it was never going to be a big challenge. I didnt find the tag but there is about 60 m2 of potential rock face in the general vicinity and half an hour of moss-scraping is probably required to locate it. Tag, explore and sketch will all come in good time for this cave. At Slaughterhouse Pot I set about looking for JF-343. This cave was mistakenly tagged by Albert while attempting to tag Slaughterhouse Pot in March 1983. His initial notes appear in SS185:3. Albert was truly ahead of his time not only did he tag caves (when no one else seemed to) but he also published descriptions of where he placed the tags. The JF-337 tag, on the correct entrance to Slaughterhouse, wasnt placed until February 1984. Again, by Albert, who gives a clear description of the where, how and why. He was also astute enough to point out his earlier mistake; Saint Albert strikes again. I suspected that JF-343 was going to be the more invitinglooking and larger entrance five metres to the right of the JF-337 entrance. I was right. Tick another old cave relocated with confidence. GPS and photo will have to wait till some other time though. My two other targets for the day were JF-Z64 and JF-Z87. I soon realised I had little hope of finding Z87 as the area was drier than Id ever seen it before and the chances of finding a small stream sink[ing] underground near JF-37 doline were slim. Z64 was another matter though. My theory is that JF-Z64 was created based purely on desktop review. Rolan obviously did a lot of Speleo Spiel and Southern Caver reading during his Forestry study and assigned Z numbers to anything mentioned in the text that he didnt think had ever been assigned an X number or a proper tag. It would appear Rolan created JF-Z64 based on a rough sketch that appeared in SS 69:2. This sketch accompanied the trip report detailing the clubs first ever foray into the Pendant Pot/Slaughterhouse Pot/Trapdoor Swallet region, which was published in the previous Spiel The trip report in SS 68:6 doesnt specifically mention the feature, which is depicted in SS 69:2 as a circular doline labelled Contains crevice with draught. I had a good look around the Pendant doline and in the side closest to Slaughterhouse Pot I found a narrowing crack/crevice which initially had me excited but there was no draft evident and technically it was located within the Pendant doline, not in a disjunct, circular doline as is indicated on the map. The (approximate) scale on the map suggests the drafting crevice and associated doline sits about 50 yards from Pendant Pot. The only doline matching the size, location and presence of a drafting entrance is Slaughterhouse Pot itself. There is only one other minor, blind doline located between Slaughterhouse and Trapdoor. The first confirmed trip report for Slaughterhouse Pot appears in SS 70:3-5. Its author, Peter Shaw, was present on the trip that discovered Pendant Pot et al. described earlier ( SS 68:2). After failing to penetrate Trapdoor Swallet, Peter directs Bill Lehmann to a hole which was draughting but too small to enter in a nearby doline. Bill proceeds to crawl in, hammer annoying bits off and find himself at the top of the first pitch in Slaughterhouse Pot. It seems reasonable to me that Peter would have known about the draughting crack from the first trip (I even suspect he drew the map, since he authored both trip reports) and if it was interesting enough to map in the first place then surely it would have been on his mind for a second look only two months later. The upshot of all this is that Im 95% confident that JFZ64 is synonymous with JF-337 Slaughterhouse Pot. Some may suggest that Rolan knew of the existence and location of Slaughterhouse Pot when he assigned JF-Z64 to this feature and would have come to the same conclusion I just did and not create the Z cave. But one must consider that Rolans aim was not to tidy up X caves or minimise the proliferation of Z caves. The whole report was based on providing evidence to support his claims for high, medium and low sensitivity zones for logging. Rolan is a karst conservationist at heart and the more caves, sinkholes, swallets and random karst features he could find/create and identify the more evidence he had to argue that particular areas were high sensitivity. Rolan can write in if he disagrees with this analysis, but I suspect Im right. The only other noteworthy event of the day was the amount of rubbish we collected from around and within the Growling entrance. Inside the cave we found four beer cans and one beer bottle some as far in as the bottom of the Dry Bypass. Outside the entrance we found two Coke cans, a Freddo Frog wrapper, some toilet tissue and one broken beer bottle. Up at the old hut site we found a newly constructed fire place with a cardboard carton (apricot box), two long life milk containers, another beer can and a few other odd bits of plastic. It looks like the fuckwits of society are frequenting Growling Swallet these days and maybe that gate of Rolans isnt as bad as we initially thought. I also noticed that the red and white star picket at the 8 Road/McCullums Track junction was missing, as was the Parks sign that was installed here a year or two ago. I have contacted Parks and they have confirmed that they havent removed the star picket and the sign.


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 12 Other Exciting Stuff JF-Z Cave Situation Alan Jackson As previously mentioned on many occasions, I hate JF-Z caves. Here is a table of the ones we’ve accounted for so far, what they are now and a reference for the report where the realisation of successful eradication was theorised. Some didn’t have satisfactory previously published reasons, so I’ve provided my reasoning below the table where required. JF-Z number JF number Name References JF-Z5 JF-561 Cheap Vasectomy Speleo Spiel 381:19-20 JF-Z6 JF-509 Blue Frog Hole Speleo Spiel 378:271 JF-Z7 JF-474 Conspiracy Speleo Spiel 375:5-6 JF-Z8 JF-447 Pitfall Pot (Frog Pot) Speleo Spiel 376:23-24 JF-Z9 JF-563 Speleo Spiel 377:10-11 & Speleo Spiel 383:10-11 JF-Z10 JF-476 Coitus Interuptus Speleo Spiel 375:5-6 & Speleo Spiel 377:10-11 JF-Z13 JF-540 Johns Blast Hole Speleo Spiel 380:13-14 JF-Z14 JF-561 Cheap Vasectomy Speleo Spiel 381:19-20 JF-Z20 JF-481 Waist Deep Speleo Spiel 378:182 JF-Z21 JF-487 Platypus Pot Speleo Spiel 376:17-18 & Speleo Spiel 376:18-19 JF-Z34 JF-489 Perfect Pitch Pot Speleo Spiel 377:5-6 JF-Z36 JF-269 Toss Pot Speleo Spiel 354:6-7 JF-Z37 JF-279 Speleo Spiel 354:6-7 JF-Z38 JF-276 Hairball Hole Speleo Spiel 354:6-7 JF-Z56 JF-270 Tachycardia (Wherretts Cave) Speleo Spiel 354:6-7 JF-Z57 JF-470 Munted Tag Cave Speleo Spiel 374:6-83 JF-Z59 JF-288 Speleo Spiel 352:13-144 JF-Z63 JF-292 5 JF-Z64 JF-337 Slaughterhouse Pot Speleo Spiel 388:11 JF-Z70 JF-451 Wind Hole Speleo Spiel 362:4 JF-Z71 JF-564 Speleo Spiel 381:11-13 & Speleo Spiel 383:12-14 JF-Z76 JF-568 Chrisps Creek Swallet Speleo Spiel 381:16-19 & Speleo Spiel 384:13-14 JF-Z77 JF-274 Suck It and See Swallet Speleo Spiel 354:6-7 JF-Z78 JF-277 Speleo Spiel 354:6-7 JF-Z86 JF-296 Scrubwren Swallet Speleo Spiel 363:3 JF-Z89 JF-471 Ice Lake Speleo Spiel 374:6-8 1This reference is the cave map only, as no previous mention was made in the text of our theory. The main reason we thought this cave was synonymous with JF-Z6 is that Rolan created this entry based on a description given by Stefan in SS 222:4. Jeff Butt reports the presence of blue tape on the ground when he found this hole (in SS 317:5). We also found this tape and it was the dark blue stuff that turns up next to every hole found during the 1980s, particularly those found by Stefan. Stefan’s description of the vegetation boundary and cave depth matches perfectly and the blue tape just caps it all off. 2This reference is the cave map only, as no previous mention was made in the text of our theory. Essentially the decision has been based on where Rolan plots the cave on his ‘Z-map’ (unpublished) and the description. Basically, it’s in the right place and the description matches. 3This reference doesn’t explicitly state that JF-470 is JF-Z57, but it does infer that it is synonymous with the cave in SS 220:3-4, which is the reference Rolan supplies in his JF-Z cave list in his 1994 report for JF-Z57. And the description matches perfectly. 4As above: This reference doesn’t explicitly state that JF-288 is JF-Z59, but it does infer that it is synonymous with the cave in SS 209:8, which is the reference Rolan supplies in his JF-Z cave list in his 1994 report for JF-Z59. And the description matches perfectly. 5There is no previously published detail for my theory on this one. Rolan sites SS 215:7 as his source for creating this Z Cave. Chris Davies describes the feature an d the fact that he ran yellow tapes from JF-338 Lost Pot to the feature (located above Lost Pot). I first found this feature as described in SS 344:4-5. I remember noticing a line of yellow tapes between Lost Pot and the un-numbered cave. Serena and I subsequently tagged this cave JF-292 ( SS 352:14-15).


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 13 Journey to the Centre – Video Review Stephen Bunton Inflight entertainment is a contradiction in terms. It is usually sufficient to prompt me to find the parachutes and the nearest exit. So it was ironic that a 50-minute documentary on BASE jumping had me riveted to my seat. This is a story of three of the world’s leading BASE jumpers, one of them an Australian, doing the first jump into China’s 700 m deep Tian Keng (The Heavenly Pit). They actually start from a steel cable strung out over the shaft by some previous looney that had tight-roped across it. I view BASE jumping, like cav e-diving, as some form of ritualized suicide. You go th rough an elaborate gearing up ceremony and then kill yourself. I could, however, tell from the thrust of the documentary that nobody died and they were successful in their mission. This always leaves me thinking so why don’t they “cut to the chase” and show us the few moments of exciting footage and let us go off to sleep? Actually it was a good story and a well-presented feature, which I thoroughly enjoyed. For those of you with the concentration span of a gnat, the good bits are available as film clips on the internet. Check it out! And for all those who want to better Alan’s Chinese cave depth record there is a set of stone stairs all the way to the bottom. Surveys


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 14


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 15 Given name Family name Postal Address Phone (H) Phone (W) Mobile E-mail Members Guy Bannink 52 Grays Rd, Ferntree 7054 6220 2456 0438 551 079 gbannink@bigpond.net.au Nicolas Baudier Hobart Hostel, Hobart, 7000 nico-bn@hotmail.fr Serena Benjamin 33 Coolamon Rd, Taroona 7053 0449 183 936 serenab@utas.edu.au Damian Bidgood 54 Cornwall St, Rose Bay 7015 0400 217 117 damian.bidgood@police.tas.gov.au Gavin Brett 4 Clutha Pl, South Hobart 7004 6223 1717 gavinbrett@iinet.com.au Kathryn Bunton PO Box 198, North Hobart 7002 Stephen Bunton PO Box 198, North Hobart 7002 6278 2398 6210 2200 stephenbunton@bigpond.com Siobhan Carter 17 Darling Pde, Mt. Stuart 7000 6228 2099 kstokescarter@gmail.com Chris Chad Somewhere in NSW 0437 125 615 chris.chad76@gmail.com Arthur Clarke 17 Darling Pde, Mt. Stuart 7000 6228 2099 6298 1107 arthurc@internode.on.net Matt Cracknell 32 Windermere Beach Rd, Claremont, 7011 0409 438 924 crowdang@yahoo.co.uk Tony Culberg PO Box 122, Lindisfarne 7015 6243 0546 culbergf@bigpond.com Rien De Vries 45A Mill Road, Collinsvale 7012 6239 0497 Rolan Eberhard 18 Fergusson Ave, Tinderbox 7054 6233 6455 Rolan.Eberhard@dpipwe.tas.gov.au Stefan Eberhard Suite 8, Cedric St, Stirling, WA 6021 08 9203 9551 0401 436 968 stefan@subterraneanecology.com.au Kate Edney 66 Wellesley St, South Hobart 7004 kate.edney@gmail.com Hugh Fitzgerald 124 Wenworth St, South Hobart 7004 corky@internode.on.net Trent Ford 50 Edinburgh Crt, Goodwood, 7010 mrtreycool@gmail.com Sarah Gilbert 36 Tasma St, North Hobart 7000 0449 184 233 sgilbert@utas.edu.au Albert Goede 69 Esplanade, Rose Bay 7015 6243 7319 goede@iinet.net.au Kenneth Hosking PO Box 558, Sandy Bay 7006 6224 7744 6231 2434 0418 122 009 hosking@netspace.net.au Ian Houshold 134 Fairy Glen Rd, Collinsvale 7012 0419 744 500 ian.houshold@dpipwe.tas.gov.au Alan Jackson 45 Gormanston Road, Moonah 7009 6231 5474 0419 245 418 alan.jackson@lmrs.com.au Ben Kaiser 50 Surf Rd, Seven Mile Bch 7170 benkco@hotmail.com Simon Kendrick 1283 Glen Huon Rd, Judbury 7109 6266 0016 6234 7877 0414 908 466 kend_sim@yahoo.com.au Peter Kleinhenz 41 Alexander St, Sandy Bay 7008 peterk7@postoffice.utas.edu.au Ron Mann 52 Loatta Rd, Rose Bay 7015 6243 6049 6235 0521 Janine McKinnon PO Box 1440, Lindisfarne 7015 6281 8284 0427 889 965 jmckinnon@caverneer.net.au Greg Middleton PO Box 269, Sandy Bay 7006 6223 1400 0458 507 480 ozspeleo@iinet.net.au Dean Morgan 44 Forest Oak Dve, Upper Coomera, QLD 4209 07 5526 2244 0407 738 777 DeanM@resco.com.au Bill Nicholson 21 Saladin Circle, Clarendon Vale 7019 billnick@iprimus.com.au Tom Porritt PO Box 60, Millaa Millaa, QLD 07 4056 5921 07 4056 5921 Norm Poulter PO Box 399, Kingston 7051 normal@iinet.net.au Jane Pulford 405 Liverpool St, Hobart 7000 6231 1921 0437 662 599 jlpulford@yahoo.com Ivan Riley 3B Aberdeen St, Glebe 7000 6234 5058 6223 9714 0427 626 697 iriley@telstra.com Amy Robertson PO Box 177, Geeveston 7116 6297 9999 0407 651 200 amyware@yahoo.com Dion Robertson PO Box 177, Geeveston 7116 0428 326 062 dion.robertson@forestrytas.com.au Chris Sharples Adrian Slee 28 Carr St, North Hobart 7000 0458 545 788 rapidgeo@gmail.com Aleks Terauds 60 Belair St, Howrah 7018 6244 3406 6244 3406 aleks.terauds@optusnet.com.au Richard Tunney PO Box 1440, Lindisfarne 7015 6281 8284 0427 889 965 rtunney@caverneer.net.au Tony Veness 405 Liverpool St, Hobart 7000 6231 1921 Trevor Wailes 214 Summerleas Rd, Kingston 7054 6229 1382 6229 1382 trite@ozemail.com.au Geoffrey Wise 143 Springfield Ave, West Moonah, 7009 0408 108 984 geoff.wise@onecare.org.au Friends of STC Bob Cockerill 14 Aruma St, Mornington Heights 7018 6244 2439 susancockerill@hotmail.com Mike Cole 1/17 Twentysecond Ave, Sawtell, NSW 2425 02 9544 0207 0408 500 053 mikecole@tpg.com.au Brian Collin 66 Wentworth St, South Hobart 7004 6223 1920 Chris Davies 3 Alfred St, New Town 7008 6228 0228 Therese Gatenby PO Box 153, Orford 7190 0428 391 432 pelicansrest@yahoo.com.au Steve Harris 17 Derwentwater Ave, Sandy Bay 7005 Nick Hume 202A Nelson Rd, Mt. Nelson 7007 Phil Jackson 8 Malunna Rd, Lindisfarne 7015 6243 7038 Barry James 52 Edge Rd, Lenah Valley 7008 6228 4787 Kevin Kiernan 6239 1494 6226 2461 Kevin.Kiernan@utas.edu.au


Speleo Spiel – Issue 388, January–February 2012 – page 16

The Tasmanian Caverneering Club was formed on 13 September
1946. Initially, information was provided to members through
a circular, copies of which exist back to November 1947.
"Speleo Spiel, Circular of the Tasmanian Caverneering
Club" was first published December 1960. Eight issues of this
are known, up to May 1962. In April 1964 a "Circular" was
again issued and seems to have continued, irregularly, until
March 1966. Then in April 1966, a "New Series" of Speleo
Spiel commenced, as a monthly newsletter.
In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club
amalgamated with the Southern Caving Society and the
Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group to form the Southern
Tasmanian Caverneers. The combined group agreed to continue
to publish "Speleo Spiel" as its bi-monthly newsletter, as
continues today (2015).
Speleo Spiel is a vehicle for recording the cave and
karst-related activities, and particularly the achievements,
of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. It also carriers
technical and scientific reports, reprints, reviews and other
information likely to be of interest to members from time to


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