6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH February Â– March 2002 Newsletter of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers, PO Box 416 Sandy Bay 7006, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH The Speleo Spiel Newsletter of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Incorporated PO Box 416, Sandy Bay, Tas. 7006 http://www.tased.edu.au/tasonline/stcaving/ ABN: 73-381-060-862 The views expressed in the Speleo Spiel are not necessarily the views of the Editor, or of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Incorporated. Issue No. 329, Feb.Mar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his work is STC copyright. Apart 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. STC was formed from 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. &217(176Regular Bits Editorial....................................................................................2 Stuff Â‘n Stuff.............................................................................2 Forward Program.......................................................................2 Dear Dorothy...........................................................................12 STC Warehouse Sales Â– Updated............................................15 Trip Reports Midnight Hole...........................................................................3 Threefortyone: Entrance Survey Trip .........................................3 SatanÂ’s Lair...............................................................................4 Rift Cave...................................................................................4 Threefortyone ..........................................................................10 Tassy Pot.................................................................................10 Slaughterhouse........................................................................11 Dwarrowdelf: First Look.........................................................11 Four Busy Days Tour Guiding in Southern Tas........................13 P-Hanger Rebolting Program: Owl Pot....................................13 Owl Pot...................................................................................15 Mole Creek..............................................................................16 Dwarrowdelf: No Orcs Here....................................................17 Other Stuff Obituary Â– Sam Carey...............................................................3 Conservation Report to ASF Â– Tasmania...................................4 New Word Search......................................................................6 Answers to the Word Search......................................................8
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH Stuff Â‘ n Stuff Missing Croll There is a Croll missing from STC gear store. It is attached to a piece of white webbing with a buckle on it. Please contact Jeff if you know where it is. Gear Store Arrangements Jeff won Â’ t be around for 6 weeks from mid May till Early July. During this time the gear store key will be with Mad Phil or Alan Jackson and Geoff Wise. Mad Phil will have it till 4 June then will pass it to Alan and Geoff. Mad Phil Phil Rowsell must leave on pain of extradition on 4 June. However, he is hoping to return and continue his excellent work in cave documenting/discovering/Phangering/archiving at a later date. STC wish you well Mad Phil, and hope your affairs come together so you can return sooner rather than later. CAVEX This year Â’ s cave rescue exercise organised by Tasmania Police will be on the weekend of 25 Â– 26 May. The scenario will be based in the Junee Florentine but won Â’ t be as difficult as last year Â’ s vertical challenge in Midnight Hole. This year there will be greater focus on the above-ground aspects of the exercise. Underground there will be more horizontal work, however there will still be a vertical component. You can get transport by being at the Police marine and rescue division in (Strahn St, North Hobart) at 8am on the Saturday. The other alternative is to rendezvous with everyone at the start of the Florentine Rd. at 10.30am Saturday. Maps of the caves involved will be provided. But you may bring your own if you have it sighted and approved by the exercise umpire or commander! You and the SES, ambos, PWS, forestry, fire service, arete, and Tas ORC people will be getting wet, so bring bathers and towel lots of thermals etc. Archiving Mad Phil and Geoff Wise are working on a incorporating a database into the existing archive system to make information on caves easy to access and keep up to date. They Â’ re going to show off a prototype at the social meeting on 15 May. (QGLVJRU\ZDOO O nce again there seems to have been a lot of caving h appening. This is good thing. And once again, p eople have been excellent about submitting trip r eports. Thanks. T rip reports ARE in chronological order this issue due t o people being confused and perplexed last time. T his issue is also woefully short on pictures so if a nyone would like to submit photos with their trip r eports in future, please do. JPEG is preferred. T here Â’ s a busy couple of months of caving ahead. C heck out the forward program! It includes two o pportunities to go to Mole Creek, CAVEX and the W inter Solstice Weekend. Hopefully the weather s tays as stable as it has been recently. I f anyone could help out with running a University M oles trip to Gormenghast/Growling on Saturday the 1 8th May please contact me (62253839) Ta. )RUZDUG3URJUDP M ole Creek Caving Club AGM ...............11 Â– 12 May Fun caving with minimal vertical work and socialising with MCCC members. Will stay at NC Hut. Contact Joe Farrell 62253839 W ednesday Social Meeting .............................15 May Mad Phil and Geoff Wise are outlining their plans for a database archive of trip reports and survey info. Come and have your two bobs (and beers). G ormenghast with Tas Uni Caving Cub ..........18 May Horizontal with pretties! Contact Joe Farrell 62253839 C AVEX ..................................................25 Â– 26 May Junee Valley. See Â“ Stuff Â‘ n Stuff Â” for more info. Contact Ric Tunney 62435415 Derigging top half of KD. Contact as above. M ole Creek .................................................2 Â– 3 June Joe is going up for a vertical trip. Contact him if you Â’ re interested in general Mole Creek caving this weekend. 62253839. Q ueens B Â’ day Long Weekend ....................8 Â– 10 June No one has planned anything yet. If you don Â’ t like the look of what Â’ s on this program plan your own trip and put it on the list server. W inter Solstice Extravaganza ..................15 Â– 16 June Exit Cave permits with fun and frivolity at Francistown with Arthur and Robyn. Contact Ric 62435415. M ole Creek SAREX ........................................27 July Can Â’ t get enough cave rescue experience. Based at Old Liena Mill (near Rat Hole, Hidden Hole, Top Hole et al.) Combined with Northern Police, ambos, PWS. Scenario suitable for all skill levels. Contact Deb Hunter 63678142 before 15 JUNE.
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH OBITUARY Â– SAMUEL WARREN CAREY Professor Sam Carey founded the first caving club in Australia in Hobart in September, 1946. Sam was born in Campbelltown, NSW in 1911. He enrolled at the University of Sydney in 1929 to do a science degree. As he came from a poor family he earned his keep as a student by giving performances as a conjurer. He studied geology under Professor Edgeworth David, a great Antarctic explorer, and in 1932 he graduated with first class honours in geology. He was also a member of the University Regiment and active in rowing. A research scholarship enabled him to complete his Master of Science degree in 1934 based on work done in northern NSW. He found employment with Oil Search in Papua New Guinea in the 1930 Â’ s and carried out fieldwork in many remote areas. It is probably during this time that he first became interested in limestone and caves. Late in the 1930 Â’ s he earned his doctorate in science from the University of Sydney and married Austral Robson in 1940. In 1942, when the Japanese invaded New Guinea, the Carey family were evacuated to Melbourne. Sam joined the special forces (Z-force) and spent some of the war in New Guinea where he trained as a paratrooper. He eventually rose to the rank of captain and became involved in training special forces to operate behind Japanese lines to act as observers and carry out sabotage. Some of the time was spent training men at Mt Etna, Queensland in the use of limestone caves so that they could be utilized as bases in enemy territory. The men were trained to survey caves, to set booby traps, to find their way around in the dark and to use cave drip water as a water supply. After the war Sam took up a position as Chief Government Geologist in Tasmania. In 1946 he was appointed foundation professor of geology at the University of Tasmania. It is in that year that he founded the Tasmanian Caverneering Club. Early members were drawn from the Hobart Walking Club, Tasmanian Field Naturalists and from students in the Department of Geology, many of whom were returned service men. He coined the word Â“ caverneer Â” that is still in use in Tasmania today, gave the first club members a commando type training and remained active in the club until 1953. He was known as Sam only to his wartime comrades and to senior academics. Caving club members always referred to him as Â“ Prof Â” He became a very prominent researcher in the geological sciences. He worked out the structure of the Gippsland Basin leading to BHP taking up an exploration licence. He was a prominent believer in continental drift and developed a theory of global tectonics based on the concepts of continental drift and an expanding earth. He was a great teacher and built up an earth science school that became one of the leading ones in the country and gained an international reputation. He retired from the University in 1976 and in the following year was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He remained active in scientific research for many years and also continued to take a keen interest in cave exploration and cave research in Tasmania. He was made an Honorary Life Member of TCC many years ago and later of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers after TCC amalgamated with two other Hobart caving groups in 1996. He died in March, 2002 at the age of ninety. He is survived by his wife Austral, four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Midnight Hole (IB11): 23 December 2001 By Phil Rowsell Party: Dave Houndslow, Joe Farrell, Heidi Macklin, Jason Morgan, Phil Rowsell. Wanted to get my head back into vertical rigging as I had spent most of the last 6 months digging in horizontals systems in the UK. Good trip to sort the brain. The NSW cavers came along, with Joe and another Pommy caver, Dave. Forgotten the long walk up the hill and thankful to get in the cool of the cave. Some of the rigging was interesting as on naturals not the usual join the hangers as in the UK (5th pitch especially spooky). Still all good practice and getting back into vertical Tassie Mode. Left Joe and Jason to head out via Mystery Creek (thankfully taking the 70m rope!), leaving the 3 of us to jug out. Got back to the car just after the boys which was bad. Nice trip at least my head is sorted. Threefortyone: Entrance Survey Trip (JF341): 24 December 2001 By Phil Rowsell Party: Dave Hounslow, Jeff Butt, Phil Rowsell. Jeff needed to re-survey the entrance series of 341 so Pommy Dave and myself volunteered our services. Took awhile to get going as Dave hadn Â’ t done much surveying, but soon started to rock. Surveyed down just past the first crystal pool before calling time as my light was going. Had achieved our objective in any case. The re-survey data closed the whole system well, just have to wait for the drawn survey to be published Â– Jeff!!!
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH Satan Â’ s Lair (JF365): 28 December 2001 By Phil Rowsell Party: Dave Rash, Dave Houndslow, Phil Rowsell An area with great potential from looking at the map. Obviously needed checking out. Trip didn Â’ t start well, didn Â’ t find the path and bashed through bush with the GPS intermittent. Raschy spotted what looked like to a cave entrance over the valley so when to check it out. Found a stream sinking into a rubble strooned sink hole with a good roaring sound. Shit a cave. Chaos rained!! 3 possessed cavers dug frantically at the blockage, and in an hour of feverish work had only blocked the flow Â– great. Dejected gave up. Site does look interesting and have some potential takes a reasonable stream, but needs tools to move boulders etc. Have christened it Desecration Pot if it ever goes. With normal composure regained, headed down the valley and found Satin Â’ s Lair, easily located by the large stream pouring down it. Hum no one mentioned it to be a wet cave!! In the first two pitches I had put in 2 rebelays and 4 deviation to keep out of the water, on otherwise easy straight drops. We would run out of rigging gear before getting to the bottom. Played a game of chicken with Raschy through a very loose boulder ruckle, each pushing a bit further through, before being spooked and exiting for the other to have a go. Eventually got through and found the 3rd pitch, but a torrent of water pouring over it. No way of rigging out of the water here so knocked on the head. Pretty disappointing considering the effort to get there. Found the path on the way out. Definitely need a trip back here, both to do some track work, hit the cave and explore the area more. Rift Cave (JF34): 29 December 2001 By Phil Rowsell Party: Dave Houndslow, Phil Rowsell. After Satins the day before, thought we would do something easy, would go and have a look at the digs in Rift. Got to the entrance and lots of water pouring down. Hum going to be wet too. Looked at the first pitch and honking over. Only a short, but have nearly died once jugging out in Melt water and didn Â’ t want to play that game again. Na think we Â’ ll give it a miss. Had a look around the old part and was surprised to see water draining right to the bottom of the passage. Had been completely dry previous visit with no sight of recent water activity. May be a good place to have a dig, but not to day. Had a look at a few other holes on the way back, but nothing special. &216(59$7,215(325772$6)7$60$1,$Tasmanian convenor: Arthur Clarke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6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH OK, then I headed off to find the one halfway down. I was surprised when what I thought was the floor, turned out to be the wall of the other side of the pitch coming in. (Explain why I couldn Â’ t find the re-belay!). Finally I could see the spit, but had run out of rope, Bummer!! We would have to have a knot only 5m up from the bolt, what a time waster! Still all good practice. (We had used a 40m rope for this first part. A 50m would avoid the knot). The re-belay was a good airy stance, hanging in mid air, before for a straight drop on down to the ground. I waited for Joe to appear, before we headed off exploring. We found our way through the boulder ruckle and squeezes and on to the Â‘ T Â’ junction. We had a quick look down stream, but choked out eventually in silt filled rifts. I reckon this had some digging potential, either at stream level or trying to follow the roof of the rift etc. We headed back to the junction and pushed up stream for someway. Since neither of us wanted to be too late back, we didn Â’ t push it to its conclusion. Save it for another day. Nice trip, glad I got (or had the determination) to the bottom. I Â’ m also pleased my head is back in full SRT mode now. It took awhile, but I Â’ m firing on all cylinders now, just in time for Anne-A-Kananda. I will have to head down here again to push it to the full and have a little dig to see what we could find. It will be interesting to see what the survey shows, if there is one!! Slaughterhouse Pot (JF 337): 7 February 2002 By Joe Farrell Party: Mad Phil (Rowsell), Joe Farrell, Dave Chiam We entered via Slaughterhouse Pot (JF337) and had abseiled and climbed down to the bottom in an hour. The trapdoor stream was reached by climbing down a further rope ladder then followed to the point where it disappears under the wall too small to follow. It Â’ s here that the stream sumps when the catchment is saturated and then it rains. Herpes 3 is the only way on, and it Â’ s on the other side of this disgusting mucky crawl where you would have to wait for the water to subside. After being covered in slippery mud from Herpes it was interesting climbing up the 10 15 m rope ladder. At the top we found we were in Necrosis, and the route finding fun began. In these twisting phreatic passages we found loops, avens, tight crawls, but no dead ends. We paid close attention to the route so we could find our way back. Most of the route was well trogged but some of it was over clean formation. This was confusing. I guess it self cleans. We took turns route finding while the other two sat and got cold. Eventually we found our way through into a series of large chambers and climbed through and over the breakdown until we reached Mainline streamway. We walked down it for about 15 20 minutes but failed to detect the passage off to Ice Tube. To the best of our knowledge it should have entered from the left carrying a stream. Oh well, Mainline itself was a great streamway. It was large enough to easily negotiate, only occasionally punctuated by rockfall. There was a lot of great marbling in the passage. We turned around and exited the system by jugging up Slaughterhouse Pot again. Time underground was 7 and a quarter hours. The night was spent in a day use only picnic shelter at Needles on the Strathgordon Rd. Norty norty. Dwarrowdelf: First Look (JF14): 8 February 2002 By Dave Chiam Party: Joseph Farrell, Phil Rowsell, David Chiam. This was the first time any of the party had attempted this cave. Our aim was to get to the second last pitch if we could find Dwarrowdelf. As it turned out there was no searching as we walked straight to the entrance. We arrived at Dwarrowdelf at around 12:00 after a 30 minute walk from the car. The description in Vertical Caves of Tasmania describes Dwarrowdelf as Â“ a series of long dry abseils Â” how wrong that description was! There was water dripping into the cave from the surface. After much mucking about, we finally worked out a way for setting up the redirect for the first pitch and entered the cave at around 1 pm. The first two pitches (22m and 21m) were wet, the others were dry. Phil and Joe headed down the third, while I headed back to the surface. I surfaced at 4:30 and Phil and Joe surfaced at 6:00. We had shoved the gear into the packs and were on our way back to the cars by 6:30 pm. Much fun was had by all. ,I\RXYHJRWVRPHWKLQJWRIORJWKHQGRQWIRUJHWWKDWWKH6SLHO ,I\RXYHJRWVRPHWKLQJWRIORJWKHQGRQWIRUJHWWKDWWKH6SLHO PLJKWEHRQHZD\WRVHOOLW7U\WKH/LVW6HU PLJKWEHRQHZD\WRVHOOLW7U\WKH/LVW6HU YHUWRR YHUWRR ,WFRVWVPHPEHUVQRWKLQJWRKDYHDJRVRZK\QRW ,WFRVWVPHPEHUVQRWKLQJWRKDYHDJRVRZK\QRW
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH Dorothy would love to hear from you! If you are having personal problems with your tackle (or rigging with it), there are many others like you. Why not write in and share it with everybody?!! Dorothy has had 49 years of caving experience and can happily answer you queeries. Just drop an email to email@example.com Dear Dorothy, I recently visited a cave that had two entrances, the upper entrance was a pothole, with three largish (42, 63 and 34 m) pitches. The lower entrance was a Â‘ walk in/out Â’ entrance. Normally this cave is used for pull-through trips, but we decided we Â’ d SRT it (i.e. abseil down the pothole and then prussik back out the same way) for practise. I was with two others, Pete and Greg. The descent was really smooth, we rigged the cave with a single 150 m piece of rope. At the bottom we spent a solid few hours having a good look around and we located the horizontal entrance. When we returned to the bottom of the pothole, both Pete and Greg decided that they were too tired to prussik out and would rather take the easy option and walk out. I was a bit surprised at this decision by them and felt quite disappointed as I really wanted to prussik out. However Pete came up with a Â‘ win-win Â’ solution. Pete Â’ s solution was that I could prussik out by myself and strip the rigging gear and untie all the knots. They would then walk up to meet me and pull the rope up and carry the rope out. Everything went pretty smoothly, although as I was ascending the 63 m second pitch, the rope must have dislodged some stones above me as a small shower of stones came down around me. A couple of smaller ones made glancing contact with my helmet. I thought Â“ that was close Â” and in hindsight think that perhaps our decision wasn Â’ t the best one that we could have made. What do you think? yours searchingly, Samantha. DorothyÂ’s reply to Sam who dropped his p ack down a pitch in Spiel 328: Dear Sam, it seems that you have taken a bit of a risk, and have suffered the consequences. Yes, it is possible to descend a well rigged cave without your ascenders attached (i.e. only using your cowstail and descender), but consider this.....what if you come across a knot, or a difficult rebelay, or a damaged section of rope, or a rope that doesn Â’ t reach the bottom (hopefully there will be a knot in the end!!). In all these cases you will want to use/have the security of your ascenders on your body, not in your pack! (or someone else Â’ s.....or even forgotten back in the car!!). If you have them with you and on you, then you will be much more easily be able to get yourself out of any strife! More particularly, in your situation, you are rigging the cave....not having your ascenders on whilst doing this is just asking for trouble! Back to your situation....well you are without your ascenders, and without a rope to be able to retrieve them. Who knows, they may not even be retrievable (e.g. pack lodged down a narrow crevice), or worth retrieving (i.e. it would be unwise to trust any gear dropped down a pitch onto a solid surface). Looks like it Â’ s end of the trip for today. Unless you can easily communicate with Barry a pitch above, it is probably best call Barry down to you and break the news to him. If Barry has some rope in his pack, then he might be able to rig the third pitch and descend down it to recover your ascenders. If not, then you have to work out how to safely get the pair of you out of the cave. A first step would be to check what ascending resources you have amongst you. These resources include: -Barry Â’ s set of ascenders, -any spare ascenders amongst you (e.g. some cavers carry a third ascender for ropewalking, or to assist in crossing knots/negotiating pitch-heads etc.) -prussik loops (which make an excellent emergency ascenders), or materials that can be fashioned into prussiks (e.g. thin tape, pack haul cord, spare rope etc.) -your descenders, which in an emergency can be made to act as an ascender (this is a rather tedious method of ascending a rope!) If the pitches are straightforward, perhaps the easiest solution is for Barry to lower down his ascenders after he ascends each pitch. You then ascend up to him and return his gear. The process is repeated until you
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH get out of the cave. Note that to minimise snagging, the ascenders would best be placed in a weighted cave pack for the lower. However, if the pitches aren Â’ t straightforward, this method might not be workable due to snagging of the ascenders, the need to undo rebelays and the consequent potential for rope abrasion etc. If the Â‘ sharing Â’ solution isn Â’ t appropriate, then you need to improvise a pair of Â“ ascenders Â” to get out of the cave. If you can Â’ t manage this, then it may be a case of sending Barry off to procure some more rope (in the hope that Barry can descend to recover your ascenders), or spare ascenders for you. In either case you Â’ ll be in for a cold wait, and will also be putting Barry at risk by having him Â‘ solo Â’ out of the cave and Â‘ solo Â’ back in. It is prudent to practise Â‘ improvised Â’ ascender skills, even if only to experience how much of an effort it is to make you realise that you don Â’ t want to lose your mechanical ascenders ever again! It is always wise to SRT with all your SRT gear attached in position, ready for use! Yours in caving, Dorothy. Four busy days Â‘ tour-guiding Â’ in Southern Tas: 12-15 February 2002 By Jeff Butt Participants included: David Wools-Cobb (NC), Garry and Jenny Whitby (NSW), Jodie (NSW), Michael (NSW), Jay and Ross Anderson (WA), Peter and Ann Bosted (USA), Phil Rowsell, Arthur Clarke, Jeff Butt. This summer has seen many visitors come to Tasmania for some caving; some of the visitors were well organised (as were our guests above) giving lots of forward notice. Unfortunately many others weren Â’ t very well organised and gave virtually zero notice and regrettably some of these missed out on any STC assisted caving. So, if you are planning a caving foray down here and would like some local assistance, then please give plenty of notice, especially if coming during a popular time! The visiting crew were very keen, though a little weary from a solid week of caving up North. After a megaphotographic trip through Kubla Khan on the 10th, Monday 11th ended up being a bit of a rest day over which everyone relocated from around the state to National Park, where we stayed as Tyenna Valley Lodge at Maydena was fully booked out. On each day we had several caving options, one a bit harder and one a bit easier to try and cater for everyone Â’ s tastes and enthusiasm levels. Not everyone had to cave each day, i.e. there were some extra rest days for some. Our trips were: Âƒ Tuesday 12/2: Khazad-Dum; Main routeSerpentine route Exchange trip. Âƒ Wednesday 13/2: Slaughterhouse Pot Through-trip/Growling In/out trip. We then relocated to Ida Bay, staying at Arthur Clarkes. Our trips were: Âƒ Thursday 14/2: Mini-Martin-Exit trip. Âƒ Friday 15/2: Midnight Hole Through-trip. Many of the visitors were into photography; and so many (verging on too many!) photographs were taken on our underground sorties....to date we Â’ ve not seen any of the results, but I Â’ m assured that there were some excellent photographs taken, and we Â’ ll see some in due course. Feedback was that everyone had a great time sampling the caving in Tassie, even if they ended up somewhat bodily tired and sore. P-Hanger Rebolting Program: Owl Pot (JF221): 1 March 2002 By Jeff Butt Party: Damian Bidgood, Jeff Butt. Last year we rebolted Midnight Hole with state of the art stainless-steel P-hangers; the P-Hanger Rebolting Program (PHRP) was thus born. Our current list (alphabetic order) of caves to rebolt includes: Dwarrowdelf, Khazad Dum, Mini-Martin, Owl Pot and Tassy Pot. All are popular caves, each of which possess a number of decaying bolts (Australian Carrots, Loxins, Spits) from days gone by. Owl Pot, a popular Introductory SRT cave has five spits, half of which are dodgy (one stripped, two poorly installed), and so was high up on the list of caves to rebolt. One could argue that no bolts at all are needed in this cave, indeed, the first time I visited this cave not a single bolt was present, nor needed. For all pitches there are natural anchor options, some of which involve using chocks, or extra lengths of rope for tie-backs to more distant natural anchors. However, whether you like it or not over the past ~fifteen-twenty years 5 spits have been installed in this cave. These have simplified the rigging somewhat meaning that less rope, less hardware and less mental energy is required to safely rig the pitches. It would be relatively easy to remove all the existing bolts and return the cave to a more natural state, but of course,
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH then someone would just install new bolts and the cycle start again. So, we are opting to install well sited, longlasting and replaceable stainless steel P-hangers in these caves....hence the P-Hanger Rebolting Program. After completing the rebolting of Midnight Hole, we were keen to make some progress on other high priority caves. However, a problem with getting supplies of resin (it comes from Melbourne, but is made in the UK) meant that the program was Â‘ stuck Â’ in it Â’ s tracks. Fortunately late in February supplies of resin were available and so once again we were able to make some progress. Experience is a good teacher, and from rebolting Midnight Hole we had all the potential problems identified and had Â‘ spares Â’ to cater for likely contingencies. So, everything was set up to make it a successful trip. So, on March 1st, well endowed with equipment Damian and I headed off for Owl Pot. We had quite a bit of gear; a pack full of rope, a Â‘ drilling Â’ pack, a small but weighty Â‘ battery Â’ pack, a Â‘ gluing Â’ pack, as well as our own caving gear. As we headed down the cave, we left bits and pieces behind where-ever possible (e.g. the spare battery pack en-route) and soon enough were at the final waterfall pitch. Prior to making a start on the drilling we had a good think/talk about options etc. It would be quite easy just to Â‘ whack Â’ in some bolts; but we wanted to ensure that the bolts were as perfectly sited as possible. Things to consider include: Âƒ are bolts necessary?, i.e. are there perfectly good naturals available in the vicinity. Âƒ giving safe access to the pitch-head. Âƒ siting bolts to give a good hang, i.e. to avoid rope abrasion or other objective hazards such as a Â‘ spreading Â’ waterfall. Âƒ the quality of the rock available, proximity to Â‘ defects Â’ other bolts etc. Âƒ placing the bolts high to facilitate negotiating the pitch-head. This is especially useful for rescue situations with a patient in a stretcher. Âƒ minimising fall-factors in the event of any one anchor failing. Âƒ correct orientation of the Â‘ eye Â’ to facilitate load-sharing of anchors. Âƒ and last but not least; the removal and rehabilitation of existing/defunct bolts in the area. At the waterfall pitch a safety line was rigged from a natural well back up the passage and the one good spit. We drilled three holes (location details in the table below), which the standard drill battery (1.7 Amp-hour, 24 Volt) managed. Once the time-consuming drilling was done we swiftly installed three new P-hangers. Attempts at removing the two spits weren Â’ t successful; the thread on the one good one ended up stripping as I attempted to extract it, and the other was already stripped. So, we filled these defunct anchors with resin and camouflaged the pink resin with drill dust. At the Bowling Alley pitch we again debated options. In the end we opted for one bolt at the pitch-head, to augment existing natural anchors (the large blocks), and another a few metres down for use as either a rebelay or deviation. This second bolt stops the rope rubbing on blocks at the pitch-head. Back at the second pitch, we installed three bolts, one as a tie-back near the existing spit (which we had trouble removing), and two at the pitch-head to give a y-belay. Note that on this pitch, one ideally should install a deviation about 8 m from the bottom (there are plenty of naturals on the floor for this) to prevent the rope from rubbing on the ceiling for the last part of this pitch. The two poorly installed spits on the ceiling adjacent to Â‘ top ledge Â’ were not removed; we need to return with better spit extracting technology! No P-Hangers were installed on the entrance ramp as there are suitable naturals there. All up we installed 8 P-Hangers in 3 sessions using 3 glue nozzles and about two-thirds of a 380 ml cartridge of glue. Time-wise it took us about 8 hours to complete the job. For future reference; the 24 Volt 1.7 Amp-Hour battery pack just does 3 holes; the 7 AmpHour pack should do at least a dozen. The locations are outlined below in the updated rigging guide for Owl Pot. PS. Alan Jackson, Geoff Wise and David Waugh visited Owl Pot on 3/3/2002 (see next page). They checked all the new P-hangers and then used them to good avail. Pitch Rigging Details Entrance Ramp-20p 25 m rope. Y-belay between boulder on ground and trunks of the small tree on the lefthand side. Pitch 2-30p 35 m rope. P-hanger on left hand side as tie-back. Y-belay from two P-hangers at pitchedge, one on each wall. Deviation suggested from naturals in the floor about 8 m off the bottom. Pitch 3 (Bowling Alley)-20p 25 m rope. Tape around large block, P-hanger on right hand wall at pitch-head. Rebelay or Deviate from P-hanger on right 2 m down. Pitch 4 (Waterfall Pitch)-30p 35 m rope. P-hanger on the right-hand wall at head height 4 m back from the lip. Two P-hangers on right-hand wall just past the lip, one at head height, one at lip level. Use of these latter P-hangers places one a further 0.5 m away from the waterfall than the natural Â‘ spike Â’ right at the lip.
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH STC WaReHoUsE SaLeS Publications Â“ Caving Safety 1 Manual Â” 92 pages, covers Planning, Safety, Maps, Gear, Rigging, Emergencies etc. $20.00 Back Issues of Southern Caver, Speleo-Spiel. There are various issues available. Please contact the Librarian, Greg Middleton (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your requirements. ~$1 each Gear CAVE PACKS, cylindrical in shape, made from Heavy duty Ripstop PVC material, double thickness material at wear points, strong seams (triple sewn) and all critical stitching is on the inside (to protect it from wear), drain holes, large diameter eyelet Â’ s and a simple Â‘ draw cord Â’ closure as well as adjustable straps. Strongly made. Available in either Yellow or Blue with different colour trims. Available in two sizes, the Â“ STANDARD Â” (25 litres: 23 cm diameter, 61 cm long) and $55.00 the Â“ EXTRA Â” (31 litres: 25 cm diameter, 63 cm long). $65.00 LARGER OR SMALLER-SIZED PACKS can be made to order, JUST ASK. POA Aluminium Bars for Rappel Racks. $5.00 BATA full-length Gumboots, Size 9, Green with Orange Sole, and steel toecaps. $20.00 Tape Edelrid 25 mm Supertube tubular tape. Ideal for rigging, chest harnesses etc. (White) $1.50 per m 5 cm (2 Â” ) flat tape. Ideal for harnesses, rigging, gear bags, belts etc. (Black or White) $1.50 per m Safety Rivory 10 mm dynamic rope (for cows tails, safety loop) $4.00 per m, e.g. Cowstail $11 Space Blankets (don Â’ t be caught underground without one!) $4.00 each Lighting Yuasa Gel-cells, 6 Volt, 7 Amp-Hour $24.00 each Metal Lamp Brackets, complete with fixing rivets and cable keeper. $7.50 each Used Metal Lamp Brackets and cable keeper. Good condition. Just need to add some small bolts. $4.00 each Used Plastic Lamp Brackets. Good condition and comes with fixing screws and a cable keeper. $3.00 each Jets (21 litres/hr) for Petzl kaboom (just a couple left) $5.00 each Tow Ropes/trailer tie downs/yacht mooring lines etc. RETIRED CAVING ROPE, no longer safe enough to use for caving purposes, but more than adequate for many other purposes. We Â’ ve got ~400 m of the stuff and it Â’ s time to get rid of it. It Â’ s available in various lengths (up to 20 m), diameters (9, 10 and 11 mm) and includes Edelrid and Bluewater ropes. You might be surprised to find that it Â’ s not all stiff and horrible! Prices have plummeted and the price structure is now: < 4 m free or make a donation of 10 cents/m if you wish, 4 to < 6 m $1.00, 6 to < 10 m $3.00, 10 to < 15 m $6.00, 15 m plus $12.00 or 70 cents/m, whichever is less. If you need any of the above please contact Jeff Butt on (03) 62 238620 (H), or email@example.com, or write to us: SOUTHERN TASMANIAN CAVERNEERS, P.O. BOX 416, SANDY BAY 7006. Owl Pot (JF221): Sun 3 March 2002 By Alan Jackson Party: Alan Jackson, Dave Waugh, Geoff Wise After a long summer featuring a distinct lack of subterranean excursions Geoff and I were ready for a change. Dave had quite clearly done bugger all to further his caving experience either, so we dragged him along on his first half proper vertical trip. The weather appeared ominous at times, but cleared nicely in time for our tearing assault on the slippery Nine Rd. Momentum was the key to ascending the hill in the Â‘ beep-beep Â’ and we all appeared to have what looked like cave mud in our underpants by the time we reached the parking spot. We donned the brand spanking new caving suits and headed in to the scrub. The first pitch was as slimy as ever and we scurried down to head of the second pitch. It was here that the element of risk increased as we put our faith into the new p-hangers put there on Friday by Jeff and Damian. They smelt a little, but not excessively, and there was no obvious movement. We trusted them! A perfect natural eye in the rock face provided a satisfactory redirect and the second pitch was safely descended. It was at this point that we discovered the result of what can only be described as a filthy and blatant act of vandalism. Constable Damian Bidgood Â’ s torch, which he will have us believe was Â‘ dropped Â’ was lying a little worse for wear on the cave floor. How much longer must we put up with this disrespectful practice so
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH typical of our police today? Needless to say we removed the torch in question.* Continuing on, we negotiated the tight boulder pile, descended the third pitch and stopped for a nibble at the streamway. At this point Geoff Â’ s STC battery threw in the biscuit and barely managed to emit 1 femtowatt (bloody dodgy STC lights!) Stocked up on squished sandwiches we descended the majestic waterfall pitch, which is now much more pleasant thanks to the new bolts, and had a grovel around the final passage just in case a new section had mysteriously opened up. We then began the slog back to the top. All up Â‘ twas a thoroughly enjoyable trip. The new phangers didn Â’ t fail catastrophically, which was nice. They were a little smelly, but that could be expected as they were under 48 hours old! Bolt position is certainly better, removing the messy rigging from pitch 2, the dodgy boulder from 3 and the wetness from 4. Well done Jeff and Damian. The new suits are now considerably less orange and we all have an appreciation for the art of driving one Â’ s car ludicrously quickly on the Nine Rd. in no way does the author believe that dropping his glove down Dwarrowdelf is even remotely similar to Const. Bidgood Â’ s act of vandalism. Mole Creek Trip: 9-11 March 2002 By Stephen Bunton Present: Stephen, Kathy and Grace Bunton, Joe Farrell, Michelle Keyes, Janine McKinnon, Heather Nichols, Steve Phipps, John Stackpoole and Ric Tunney. We all arrived at various hours of the Friday evening and into the night and erected tents etc. Â“ The Marakoopa Hut is fine to live in but you wouldn Â’ t want to sleep in it! Â” was one comment I overheard. Saturday promised to be a scorcher but it got off to a slow start. Indeed it started in dribs and drabs but surprisingly we eventually all arrived at our destination and we even had all the ropes and rigging gear. There Â’ s something about the need for people to escape to the luxury of the Marakoopa toilets that disrupts the communications. Debbie Hunter arrived for the day to escort us on our Devils Pot Anastomosis through trip and by the time we all started to slog up the hill the day had indeed warmed up. Ric, Janine and Debbie had located Anastomosis by the time the rest of us arrived. We trogged up and split into two groups. Joe rigged Devils Pot and Kathy descended the first pitch to the rebelay for a look-see. The Steve Â’ s then descended and after a long wait while Joe continued the rigging, we all got the bottom of the Devils Pot although the whole cave rather misses the point by not following the spectacular waterfall. At the bottom we encountered the others abseiling into the final rift/chamber and they related stories of the obstacles to be encountered on the way out. As we began our respective ascents we were treated to the rare sight of two people prussiking out of the same chamber but out different caves. I was certainly concerned about the squeeze halfway up the bottom pitch and did in fact find it challenging as I inchwormed my way out. The other obstacle to be considered was two straws beside a flowstone false floor. This wasn Â’ t as claustrophobic a squeeze as the other but equally as serious. The rest of the trip out was uneventful. I managed to find my way out to daylight but Joe and Steve continued on into a large chamber where they found a marsupial skeleton. We had a few jokes and a bit of empathy for the South Australian cavers who were lost and overdue here recently. We imagined what it would be like without the daylight to guide you out. We got back to Devils Pot just as the others emerged and we all headed down the hill together. Kathy and Grace had amused themselves for the day and had the campfire burning when we arrived. Most of us were keen just to wind down for the afternoon and forego the trip into Genghis Khan for which we had a permit. Steve, Joe and Heather escaped the heat by heading off for a swim in the Mersey. We all enjoyed a most pleasant evening around that most ancient and increasingly rare phenomenon, the campfire! Next morning again in what seems to be typical STC Mole Creek mode we headed off to the Mersey. While Joe and Steve rigged Top Hole the Buntons spent a pleasant though chilly couple of hours in Croesus Cave (despite being clad in wetsuits). Some of the pools are a little deep for 7 year olds and dad did a fair bit of piggy backing, 24kg of weight training should be good for the soul. We headed out of the cave as the others headed in. This bit by Joe: I took about an hour and half to rig Top Hole, descend and ascend to check that the rope made the bottom. Then Rick conveyed us to the bottom of the hill and the party (minus Buntons) trogged up and we did the soggy low side shuffle through the entrance pool into the cave. Rick had his cave blaster light so Croesus was displayed in all her awesome splendour. John and I had trouble keeping up (this was because benefiting from John Â’ s superior knowledge of speleogenesis was higher on my agenda than wading through the next knee deep gour to see another big flowstone Â– I Â’ m so spoiled). I was nearly the only one to use my pre-rigged exit. When I rigged it I thought people were keen to go out that way. I think I was blinded by my enthusiasm. Ric, Janine and Michele turned back after a trot up the golden stairs and Steve and Heather turned back when
6SHOHR6SLHO,VVXH)HEUXDU\0DUFK 3DJH the going got crawly. John decided he was up for an adventure (no vert. gear), so I belayed him up the first two thirds of Top Hole. I played around with a hauling system to get him up the last part but it turned out much simpler to lower my harness down. Back to Bunty: The McTinnies had spent the morning sunbaking on the gravel beach and now it was the Buntons turn. After lunch the Buntons headed off for a trip into Lynds Cave. The crux of Lynds is the wade downstream and this was actually quite enjoyable given the warm weather and wetsuits. We didn Â’ t venture too far into the cave because Grace was a bit spooked by the noise of the waterfall which she proceeded to c limb in better style than many a grown up. (You know how some kids hate noise and are scared of the vacuum cleaner, well so is her dad come to think of it!). We then enjoyed the wallow upstream and finally washed off in the Mersey with the others who had now returned from Croesus and were rinsing the ropes from yesterday. After the cold of Croesus, Michelle who had recently arrived from Cairns, resorted to sunbaking in her down jacket to get warm. Joe and John arrived back eventually and again we all enjoyed a pleasant evening around the campfire at the hut. Monday Â’ s haphazard start somehow came together at the last minute just in time to join the 10am Marakoopa Cave tour. Once inside we quickly by passed the tourists and took off into the far reaches of the cave. We jumped the fence at the appropriate location to continue upstream. We set a cracking pace through the lovely streamway to the upstream entrance and then thrashed around in the jungle and found the entrance to Marakoopa II by following the sound of the waterfall. We proceeded to the upstream entrance following the stream. It Â’ s impossible to get lost and hard to describe. Marakoopa Cave is my favourite type of streamway, dark, sinuous and smooth-polished with occasional marbling. The only thing it doesn Â’ t do is plunge over a few big pitches. As I negotiated the same obstacles as my daughter, I realised how much I am limited by my decreasing flexibility and the advantage being 1.2m high in narrow sinuous passages. When we returned to the tourist cave we followed the trail around and about and a up and a down, a one two three step and so on. Marakoopa Cave has more steps than almost any other tourist cave I know but it Â’ s well worth the exploration especially to the top chamber The Cathedral. Once back near the entrance we cleverly avoided the tourists once more before making our exit. It wasn Â’ t long before we were lunching back at the hut and packing up for the drive home and the battle with the long weekend traffic. Steve and Joe didn Â’ t join us for this Marakoopa adventure but went bushwalking somewhere for some reason. Joe you better explain this bit too. [yeah, well Â… we walked into Lees Paddocks to commune with the leeches and the bugs of nature. We did find some human-sized entrances in a siliceous sandstone outcrop. This was up behind the hut at the Western end of the main lower paddock. Â– Joe] Dwarrowdelf Â– No Orcs Here (JF14): 13 March 2002 By Geoff Wise Party: Phil Rowsell, Alan Jackson, Geoff Wise Party: Alan Jackson, Phil Rowsell, Geoff Wise Alan and I met Phil the day after the Mini Martin trip, while we were cleaning the ropes. He immediately quizzed us on when we would be free to go caving. My muscles hadn Â’ t recovered from the day before and I was thinking now would be a good time to give up the caving caper. Anyway we agreed to head down Dwarrowdelf the next Wednesday. On the morning of the great quest we arrived at the gear store at 8, packed everything into the Â“ go anywhere Â” Barina and the fellowship headed off. We got to the entrance of the cave where Phil blew two globes before heading down. I caught up to the others at the head of the third pitch for which Phil claimed to need the rope that was in my pack. However as we fed it out of the pack and down the pitch he realised that I had the 110m, not the 40m and had to rerig while I stuffed the rope back into the pack. The rest of the descent was uneventful, although Phil Â’ s rigging songs and humming took me back to the days of caving with Tim Anderson. We bottomed the final pitch and rigged a handline down the slope to the streamway. Phil and Alan were then off for an explore with me following slowly behind enjoying the view. While groveling on the edge of the stream the rock I was on gave way and I ended up in the drink. This was made worse by the fact that there was an obvious dry bypass that I dismissed because I was following Alan. We found no orcs, cave trolls, wizards, elves, hobbits or dwarves which was nice for a change. We headed out taking it in turns to derig and carry the heavy pack We were all out of the cave and on the way back to the car by 7:30 declaring the trip a good one, although I was thinking it did not look much like the movie. All that was left was to meet the next day to clean the gear, for which Alan bailed saying he had to work. A likely story! Choose your own trip reportÂ… If you liked the Choose your own adventure in the last Spiel then feel free to write your own and send the pieces to me. Greg hates them Â‘ cos they Â’ re hard to catalogue so lets have some more Â…
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