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Speleo Spiel
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Speleo Spiel
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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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Page 0 January – February 2003 Newsletter of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Inc, PO Box 416, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7006, AUSTRALIA


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 1 The Speleo Spiel Newsletter of the Southe rn Tasmanian Caverneers Incorporated PO Box 416, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7006 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. 334, Jan. Feb. 2003 STC Officers President & Public Officer: Steve Bunton Ph: (03) 6278 2398 (h) Vice President: Janine McKinnon Ph: (03) 6243 5415 (h) Secretary : Ric Tunney Ph: (03) 6243 5415 (h) Treasurer : Steve Phipps Ph: (03) 6223 3939 (h). Equipment Officer and S&R Officer: Jeff Butt Ph: (03) 6223 8620 (h) Librarian : Greg Middleton Ph: (03) 6223 1400 (h) Editor : Geoff Wise Ph: (03) 6231 1174(h) Web Site: g/ Front Cover: That's me, under the mud! (Left to Right) Phil Rowsell, Sarah Joyce, Monica Osuchowski and Geoff Wise after a trip to Wolf Hole (photo by Emma Watt) Back Cover: Formation in Rocket Rods Pot (IB-171) (Photo by Geoff Wise) CONTENTS Regular Bits Editorial 2 Forward Program 2 Stuff ‘n Stuff 2 Office Bearers Reports President's Report 3 Secretary's Report 4 Treasurer's Report 5 Public Officer's Report 7 Editor's Report 9 Search and Rescue Officer's Report 9 Librarian's Report 10 Equipment Officer's Report 10 Trip Reports Slaughterhouse Pot-Growling Swallet 14 Hell in the Garden of Eden 14 Wolf Hole 16 Other Exciting Stuff Mt Anne Mystery Solved and another created 2 Membership renewal form 16 Caves List for the North East Ridge of Mt Anne 17 STC Warehouse sales 23 This 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 maybe 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.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 2 Stuff ‘n Stuff SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE DUE! It’s time to renew your membership. See the membership renewal form on page 16 for details The Electronic Archive Needs You Phil has made a call to arms to get data into the archive. The main task at the moment is the proof reading of OCR'ed Spiels and Southern Cavers and converting to HTML documents. This is a large task and needs as may people as possible to get the job done. A workshop will be organised soon to show everyone just what is involved in this process. Once there is sufficient data input a testing phase will begin Mt Anne mystery solved and another created. By Stephen Bunton In his trip reports about the recent expeditions up Mt Anne (Speleo Spiel 333), Jeff Butt mentioned something about a half drilled bolt hole and a fully drilled bolt hole which contained no spit. I believe I can shine a little light on the subject. For my trip to Tasmania over Christmas 1983 and January 1984, Alan Warild had made up a prototype of a lightweight aluminium bolt driver. It was a beautiful thing but unfortunately it wasn't up to the hardness of the Mt Anne dolomite. The driver began to bend on first hole I attempted to drill so I stopped, hence the half hole. I did manage to completely drill the next hole but got the driver stuck and due to the bend couldn't rotate it properly to extricate it. As such I descended the pitch, belayed off the said driver, attached to the stuck spit with no spreader cone inside. I know I was pretty gutsy in those days, and I might have abseiled off this single fixture but can't imagine Dale was sufficiently crazy to follow me. We must have rigged a second anchor but I can't remember what it was. It was this pitch which Dale and I descended to find Rocky Mountain Way. Sadly we left the driver in place during the derig. This trip report wasn't really written up anywhere. Dale then returned with VSA at Easter but I have no idea where he descended to push Rocky Mountain Way. I assume he managed to extricate the driver or it was discovered and souvenired by either the Czechs or the SUSS people on subsequent expeditions. The Czechs could not have bottomed the cave via this route, however, because the squeeze at the top of the Liquidator was not pushed. Jeff is right, in 1984 we descended a 9m pitch as we should have (probably the one that he put a bolt in) because we didn't find the next 5m pitch. So we must have trogged down the well worn way he described. Editorial This Spiel mainly covers the reports from AGM held on 5th March 2003 ( Yes I know this Spiel is supposed to cover January and February… Deal with it ). That's not to say there wasn't any caving happening during this period, much of the work done at Ida Bay over that last several months is being held for the next Spiel (or Spiels) to keep it altogether. I note in the forward program that the search and rescue exercise is coming up soon, it would be good to have a reasonable turn out this year after only three STC members attended last years exercise. Hopefully I will have the backlog cleared up soon and will get around to producing a Spiel close to the cover date!! Geoff Wise Forward Program Next General Meeting ..........................................June 4 Gormenghast ......................................................May 18 Horizontal cave with some climbs. Contact Steve Phipps Cavex ................................................................June 7/8 Cave rescue exercise, be there Exit Cave ...........................................................June 14 Send Ric ( ) an email if you’re interested Re-bolting Program ...............................................TBA Contact Jeff if you’re keen to help out


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 3 Presidents Report 2002-2003 When I first nominated for the position of President I outlined that I could commit to chairing meetings once a month and probably little else. I realised that I had become what I despised in my youth; an armchair caver. In practice I have managed a few good caving trips each year. As for the administration, little did I realise the President's commitment to club far exceeds chairing the monthly meeting. My aim in beco ming President was to ensure that, when I retired, I left Tasmanian caving in a better state than what it was when I started caving here. To this aim I can say that there has been some progress. There have been major distractions from this course throug hout the year but overall the trend is positive. The greatest of these has been the ongoing saga of Public Liability Insurance and its implications on fees, ASF levies and membership. Nevertheless we have made positive gains in this area, with the practical solutions offered by STC being adopted at the recent ASF Conference in Bunbury WA. Another change was to move the AGM and increase the membership year for STC by three months. At this stage I feel as though I have certainly done overtime. The positive developments in these areas have mostly been as a result of the incredible diligence of Steve Phipps and I thank him for his efforts. STC has committed to the National Parks and Wildlife Service's Wildcare programme by setting up a Southern Cavecare group with the specific purpose at this stage of installing p-hangers in caves. This project was described as being analogous to "duckboarding for caves". Wildcare has recently made us a grant of $1500 to undertake the projects we see fit. Currently this is the rebolting of Khazad-dum and a list of subsequent caves. As part of this project I enjoyed a few trips down KD earlier in the year, even cel ebrating my twenty fifth anniversary of caving in Tassy by revisiting the place where it all started. Last year STC committed to remain a member of ASF and this year I committed the club to hosting the January 2005 ASF Conference. These biennial conferences are the showpiece of ASF endeavour and allow cavers from interstate to more easily visit the renowned caves of each state. I have enjoyed these conferences in the past, particularly the previous WA conference and I therefore encouraged a number of people to attend the Bunbury conference to experience some WA caves. I am sure that next year many cavers will be very keen to come to Tasmania, "the caving state". I am therefore convinced that our commitment is a considerable one. To this end we need to enlist the help and support of all STC members to some degree. Our chosen venue is Dover for its facilities, its setting and proximity to many good caves. The recent visit by the Croatian cavers has highlighted a numbe r of things we need to consider in our organisation. During the course of the year STC was plunged head first into a conservation battle over the Hustling Creek Karst Area which was threatened by logging operations on the south bank of the Huon River. Whilst various cavers have their own opinions on the issue of Tasmanian forestry and Green politics our primary concern was the protection, future management and wellbeing of the caves. To this end STC members handled themselves very professionally. I was involved personally in many of the negotiations and found myself making innumerable phonecalls and emails to a wide range of people. At this stage I am confident that the caves are safe from logging operations although they are not formally reserved and there is no management plan in place. With respect to the management of caves in other areas, I have spent a considerable amount of time reading management plans and RPDC reports and discussing them with various officials. The spin-off from these discussions is that I have been able to establish some quite cordial relations within various Government departments and other instrumentalities and this has been to the mutual good. I feel such relations will have a very positive affect on caver relations in terms of management of caves, in considerations of access and involvement in cave exploration and documentation. To this end I feel we have had to guarantee a more professional approach to caving in the future. We do need to be more aware of caving with minimum impact and to more methodically document our activities. Last year I was personally involved with Forestry Tasmania in repairing the gate to Welcome Stranger Cave and this year I ran a trip to Eden Creek at the invitation of the Forest Practices Board. There has been mention of formal representation for cavers on Cave Management Committees at Welcome Stranger and more recently at Mole Creek. To this end cavers need to present a united front to the authorities offering positive solutions to management problems. To achieve this I intend to enter into closer dialogue with Northern Caverneers, Savage River caving Club and Mole Creek caving Club. ASF has encouraged us to form a state liaison council similar to those which meet in other states in order to present a united front. STC has suddenly gone from a club complaining of no ongoing projects to one with more potential projects than personnel to achieve them. Membership is therefore an is sue for the club. Recently we have had a huge influx of Prospective Members, more in the last six weeks than for th e previous year! This is good because it may see the club's average age suddenly decrease rather than steadily increase. To this end we need to ensure that a Prospective Member's initial experiences of the club are positive. At present we are working on a means by which General Meetings can become less boring and tedious. I would certainly welcome th is! We also need to see that there are future trips


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 4 advertised, beginner trips for them to attend and projects for th em to become involved in. On the other hand secret trips, by splinter groups and other such selfish notions, have no place in this club. They are particular harmful and divisive for the club. The main motivation for a reinvigorating my caving career after the amalgamation of the various clubs to form STC was that it was important to me to have a united group of cavers in Hobart, there are too few of us to be anything but fully united. An advantage of uniting the clubs to form STC was that it also enabled the amalgamation of the cave records of the various clubs, for the sake of complete documentation of our cave heritage. In this electronic age we also have the potential for an electronic archive and this issue has consumed a great deal of the club's time and energy throughout this year. Whilst production of the Archive has stalled temporaril y, the Cave Data and Information Policy, which hopefully will encourage all club members to contribute to the Archive, is almost complete. Hopefully it will be ratified at the next General Meeting. With an increase in membership, the improved method of bolting in caves using stainless steel p-hangers to reduce caver impact, improved relations with land owners and managers, liaison with other Tasmanian clubs, more caving projects and the prospect of developing a truly comprehensive electronic cave Archive, we have made great steps towards ensuring that caving is in a better state now than it ever was. I would like, therefore to take this opportunity to give my personal thanks to all members of the club for their positive contributions to both the club and speleology in general, throughout the past fifteen months. It is with confidence that I feel that I am able to serve as STC president for yet another year. If elected it will be my third year as President and the maximum allowable under the constitu tion. Following that I imagine I will be consumed by the demands of the organisation of the ASF Conference. Should I be elected I consider that my main aim for the year would be implementing ways of expediting STC business. With the greater share of business being done by the Executive it is hoped that we can make general meetings more fun and therefore more appealing to new members and not such the turnoff they have may been in the past. The other big task will be in determining the copyright on material owned by the Club such that it can legally be incorporated into the Archive. I trust that everyone will support this major project. Stephen Bunton March 2003 Secretary's Report The Secretary has three main tasks recording the minutes of our formal meetings, clearing our mailbox and answering correspondence. The first task was ably taken over by Arthur Clarke by the creation of a Minute Secretary position at our previous AGM. Arthur's minutes are much more comprehensive than mine. Members should have noticed the difference when I had to do the minutes during Arthur's absences. I hope the position of Minutes Secretary will be continued at this AGM. I carry out the second task on the way to our meetings. Most of our mail is periodicals from other clubs. A perk of the job is to get to read these before passing them on to Greg Middleton for our library. I pass real mail (letters and such) to whoever in the club is handling the matter. I have managed to avoid most of the third task by getting others to write answering correspondence. For instance, Steve Bunton has handled most of our written communication with Parks & Wildlife and with Forestry Tasmania as he has been handling conservation issues. Generally, any letters bei ng sent from the club are circulated amongst the Executive for comment before sending. This allows a club opinion to be expressed, rather than the writer's. Much of the club's communications are now done by email. We use the listserver for fast communication within the club and various executive members receive emails from outside the club. These latter are answered immediately by whoever receives them unless the answer could be controversial. Quite a bit if work for the Secretary was generated by the planned visit by the Croatian cavers (who are at present camped a kilometre upstream of Exit Cave). There were numerous emails full of questions about Tasmania and Tasmanian caving areas. These required long replies. Fortunately, other members of the executive were able to answer some of these questions. I am happy to stand for secretary again this year, with the caveat I shall be away for about four months at various times throughout the coming year. Ric Tunney


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 5 Treasurer’s Report to 2003 1. Introduction It has been another exceptional year for STC, thanks once again to the public liability insurance crisis. The bad news is that the club lost $1860.36 during the 2001/2 financial year. However, a number of liabilities were held over from the previous year specifically, ASF fees for 2001 and the cost of producing a couple of issues of Speleo Spiel and so a significant loss was expected. The good news is that, looking at the past two financial years as a whole, STC sustained an overall loss of just $138.70. This means that the club has weathered the insurance crisis extremely well, emerging with almost as much money in the bank as it had beforehand. So can we say that STC is in good shape? Not quite. Firstly, it should be noted that our financial situation arises in no small part from the generosity of our members, who have contributed $1048.25 in donations over the past two years. It is a great shame that this money was used merely to keep the cl ub afloat, when it should ha ve been used to increase the value of the club’s assets. Secondly, the General Account has lost $1054.18 over the past two years, while the Science Account has gained $915.48. So the club’s overall financial performance obscures the fact that the General Account is continuing to run out of money. Since the club’s formation in 1996, it has lost a total of $4652.62. As the General Account is our operating account, it has to break even if the cl ub is to survive in the long term. STC needs to do better, having now lost almost half of the funds that it inherited from its predecessor clubs. As in my last report, I have proposed subscription rates for the coming year that should ensure that the General Account, and not just the club as a whole, will break even. Owing to the upheavals of the past two years, I have once again had to resort to carrying out an analysis of the club’s running costs. There have been two large increases in ASF fees since our last AGM, and so the proposed subscriptions for 2003 are much higher the previous rates. However, members should bear in mind that this is due not only to the impact of the insurance crisis, but also to the fact that STC subscriptions have always been at unrealistically low levels. On a more positive note, I would like to emphasise that the reforms to the club’s finances that have taken place over the past two years are reflected in subscription rates that are considerably lower than they would be otherwise. 2. Club membership There was a considerable fall in the club’s membership during 2001/2, from 61 to 43. Although this was partly due to a reduction in the number of life members, the number of subscription-paying members also fell by 9. The steady downward trend in the number of full members (i.e. Household, Full and Concession) is a source of particular concern. The large increase in subscriptions that is proposed for 2003 is unlikely to help the situation. I would therefore like to emphasise once again that the club needs to try harder both to attract new members and to ensure that existing members remain within the club. An encouraging sign is that 9 new members joined the club during January and February 2003 let’s hope that this represents the beginning of better times ahead. Number of members 30 Sep 2000 30 Sep 2001 31 Dec 2002 Household/Full/Concession 37 33 29 Prospective 1 6 1 Life 22 22 13 Total membership 60 61 43 Friends of STC 8 Total association 60 61 51 3. Estimated running costs In this section, estimated income and expenditure for the General Account during 2003 are presented. These estimates will be used to determine how much money needs to be raised via subscriptions. It should be emphasised that the estimates only cover the club’s basic running costs subscriptions, donations and the costs of ASF fees and Speleo Spiels for subscription-paying members are excluded at this point. 3.1. Gear The trip fee has been a spectacular success. Combined with incr eased gear hire charges, the gear store contributed a net profit of $332.81 to the General Account during 2001/2, despite the purchase of a considerable amount of new gear. The Equipment Officer advises that relatively little purchase of new equipment will be necessary during 2003, and it is estimated that the gear store will contribute a net profit of $690 to the General Account during the year. This is a considerable sum and will go a long way to wards covering the club’s running costs. However, as it is arguably not the role of the gear store to generate a profit, it is proposed that the trip fee and gear hire charges be held at their current levels.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 6 3.2. Speleo Spiel The discounted subscription rates for members that receive Speleo Spiel electronically have been very popular, with just 12 members still receiving paper Spiels by 31 December 2002. Combined with the reduction in the number of exchanges in 2001, the number of paper copies of the Spiel being distributed has fallen from around 105 on 30 September 2000 to just 57 by 31 December 2002. This represents a considerable cost saving to the club, although there is scope for further savings to be made by encouraging life members and Friends of STC to receive the Spiel electronically. The downside of the reduced print run has been an increase in the estimated cost of supplying one year’s worth of Speleo Spiels from $10.08 in 2001 to $15.48 in 2002. Despite this, it is proposed to leave the Speleo Spiel subscription rate unchanged at $25. It is encouraging to note that, despite the electronic version of Speleo Spiel being made freely available, the number of paying subscribers fell only slightly during 2001/2, from 9 to 8. 3.3. Estimated income for 2003 2000/1 actual 2001/2 actual 2003 estimated Remains in General A/c Speleo Spiel subscriptions 220.00 200.00 200 180 Light hire 293.00 669.00 499 299 Gear hire 173.00 326.00 251 151 Gear Sales 502.00 749.00 200 180 Trip fees 0.00 519.00 540 486 CCMT interest 255.07 235.88 218 44 Bank Interest 2.70 2.20 2 2 Sale of surplus items 0.00 45.00 20 18 Total 1930 1360 3.4. Estimated expenditure for 2003 2000/1 actual 2001/2 actual 2003 estimated Supplying Speleo Spiel to life members, Friends of STC, subscribers and exchanges (45 copies) 697 ASF fees for inactive life members 0.00 107.50 138 ACKMA membership 90.00 45.00 45 Gear purchases 1054.64 1345.03 400 Audit fee 44.00 44.00 40 Fee for lodging annual return 40.80 42.00 43 Bank charges 11.34 11.20 10 Insurance for gear store 0.00 50.51 26 Publication purchases 0.00 197.42 88 PO Box rental 90.20 95.00 95 Sub-total 1582 Add 10% contingency 158 Total 1740 3.5. Estimated basic running cost for 2003 Based on the above estimates, the net basic running cost of STC for 2003 is $1740 $1360 = $380. This amount must be raised via subscriptions. 4. Proposed subscription rates 4.1. Base fee In order to divide the club’s basic running cost amongst the membership, it is proposed that members pay the following multiple of a base fee: Membership category Multiple Household 1.5 Full 1.0 Concession/Junior 0.5 Prospective 0.25 Assuming that membership remains at 2001/2 levels, this gives a base fee of $14.79.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 7 4.2. Total cost of servicing members First, add the cost of Speleo Spiel to the base fee. The subtotal is then multiplied by 1.111 to take account of the fact that 10% of subscription income excluding ASF fees – is transferred to the Science Account at the end of each financial year. ASF fees are then added to give the total cost of servicing members. These figures give us the total amount that needs to be raised via subscriptions for each category. Membership category Base fee Speleo Spiel Subtotal Multiply by 1.111 ASF Total Household 22.19 15.48 37.67 41.86 121.50 163.36 Full 14.79 15.48 30.27 33.63 68.00 101.63 Concession/Junior 7.40 15.48 22.88 25.42 61.00 86.42 Prospective 3.70 3.87 7.57 8.41 20.00 28.41 Active life members 68.00 68.00 4.3. Proposed subscription rates for 2003 The proposed subscription rates are obtained by rounding the above totals to the nearest $5 (except for the fee for active life members). As a result of the increase in the cost of Speleo Spiel it is proposed to increase the discount for receiving the Spiel electronically to $15. It is also proposed to introduce an ASF-exempt Full memb ership category in addition to the existing ASF-exempt Prospective category. By making discounted subscription rate s available to individuals who are already members of the ASF, it is hoped to encourage members of other caving clubs to join STC. 2001/2 actual 2003 proposed Membership category Full rate Discounted Full rate Discounted Household 90 80 165 150 Full 65 55 100 85 Concession/Junior 45 35 85 70 Prospective 25 30 Active life members 50 68 ASF-exempt Full 40 ASF-exempt Prospective 7 10 Steve Phipps Treasurer 3 March 2003 Public Officer's Report Apart from the various documentation notifying the Corporate Affairs Commission of changes to the rules, changes to the constitution and the notification of the annual meeting there is nothing to report. As the author of the Data and Information Policy I have worded it such that the Public Officer is the person responsible for ensuring that the policy is adhered to. Since much of this will involve keeping a legal and computer aware, eye on the club's electronic archive, I would feel inadequate in this position and notify in advance that I will not be standing for this position at the coming AGM. I have held this position out of loyalty to STC since its formation. I felt it was the least I could do... and really I have done the least! It is now time for somebody else to fulfil this role. Stephen Bunton March 2003 If you’ve got something to flog then don’t forget the Spiel might help you shift it. It cost’s members nothing so have a go.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 8 Southern Tasmanian C averneers Incorporated Financial statement for period 1 October 2001 to 31 December 2002 2002 20011 $ $ Income Subscriptions 2025.00 1442.50 Speleo Spiel subscriptions 200.00 220.00 Light hire 669.002 293.00 Gear hire 326.003 173.00 Gear sales 749.00 502.00 Trip fees4 519.00 0.00 Interest 239.84 264.83 Donations 258.00 790.25 Sale of surplus items 45.00 0.00 Grants 0.00 500.00 Science projects 224.87 0.00 Total income 5255.71 4185.58 Expenditure Printing and photocopying 977.23 466.80 Postage and phone 343.15 273.65 Stationery 62.88 11.40 ASF fees 3319.255 0.00 ACKMA membership 45.00 90.006 Gear purchases 1345.03 1054.64 Social functions 0.00 72.52 Audit fee 44.00 44.00 Fee for lodging annual return 42.00 40.80 Bank charges 14.70 12.21 Equipment Officer honorarium 139.80 182.70 Insurance for gear store 50.517 0.00 Publication purchases 197.42 0.00 PO Box rental 95.00 90.20 Death notice for Sam Carey 60.20 0.00 Payment of hire money to Jeff Butt 57.00 0.00 Key deposit 0.00 100.00 Science equipment 198.90 0.00 Science projects 29.00 25.00 Science publications 95.00 0.00 Total expenditure 7116.07 2463.92 Net surplus (deficit) (1860.36) 1721.66 Balance sheet Petty cash 19.95 7.30 General Account 570.97 1345.58 Science Account 708.53 1788.68 Cash Management Trust 5000.00 5000.00 Less unpresented cheques (18.25) (0.00) Total cash position 6281.20 8141.56 Account reconciliation Opening cash positio n 8141.56 6419.90 Add total receipts for the period 5255.71 4185.58 Less total payments for the period (7116.07) (2463.92) Closing cash pos ition 6281. 20 8141.56 Notes 1. 2001 figures are for the twelve months ending 30 September 2001 2. Includes $45 collected on behalf of Jeff Butt 3. Includes $12 collected on behalf of Jeff Butt 4. Trip fee introduced on 7 November 2001 5. Includes membership fees for 2001 and 2002 6. Membership fees for 2000/1 and 2001/2 7. Insurance for 2001/2 and 2002/3


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 9 Editor's Report I would like to thank everyone involved with producing the Speleo Spiel during the last long financial year. They include: a.. the writers of trip reports, b.. the writers of scientific articles, c.. the donators of cover photos, d.. the providers of feedback on correct publishing protocol, e.. the offerers of help if I got stuck producing an issue (which I did, but didn't take up), f.. the people who listened to me rant and whinge about page numbering problems especially Steve Phipps. It is always a team effort and each effort produces a zine the club can be proud of. I have really enjoyed being Speleo Spiel editor but now wish to stand down due to lack of time with Uni. Six Speleo Spiels were produced last financial year. They were numbers 327 to 332. Number 332 covered three months August, September, October. Each Spiel reports primarily on happenings during the period indicated on the cover. They were all bonza publications. The issue for November/December 2002 is way overdue and no Spiels have yet been produced in 2003. I apologise humbly for this. I have found the last 3 months particularly difficult. However, I am keen to assist the new editor with the first Spiel of the new year. Some good news is that enough material exists for two small Spiels in quick succession. One with stuff people have given me since the last issue, and one containing Mad Phil's proposed contribution on the work he's been doing at Ida Bay. It is desired that this be an issue in itself. Finally a word of encouragement to would-be trip reporters. It is actually fun to spend half an hour writing a journal style account of your most recent caving trip. You get to re live it all again without the cleaning up. It can also be written in whatever literary style flows from your brain that day so it turns into creative therapy. Best of all, for it to be a bona-fide speleological report, (which makes you a bona-fide speleologist) there only needs to be four vital facts: a.. who was on the trip b.. where you went c.. travelling times and caving times d.. any damage to the cave or gear Good luck to the new editor, Joe Farrell. Search & Rescue Officers Report The level of caving activity after being a bit "light on" over 2000/1 has returned to more normal levels over 2001/2. It is pleasing to say that there have been no incidents over the past 15 months. A Caving Search and Rescue Exercise (CAVEX-2002) was held in May (whilst I was overseas) in the Junee-Florentine. Numbers of cavers attending was very low, but nevertheless some useful practise was obtained by all who attended. Currently, in both the Police Search and Rescue Team and the Caving Club there are many newer members amongst the ranks. These people have less experience that others in th e different facets of both Caving and Search and Rescue in a Caving context. To address this, we are planning to make CAVEX-2003 much more of a SAR training experience than a SAR exercise. It is envisaged that we will have about half a dozen Workshops (e.g. Patient Care, Stretcher types/loading/carrying, Hauling Systems, Underground/Surface Communications, Underground/Surface Navigation, SAR Incident Structure), each run by competent instructors. Teams of participants will rotate around the different workshops over the course of the weekend. Each Workshop will include extensive 'hands-on' experience for participants. At this stage, it is envisaged that CAVEX-2003 will occur on the weekend of June 7/8...Please Mark this in your Diary now. The actual venue is yet to be decided. Further details will be forthcoming in the near future. Jeff Butt Search & Rescue Officer


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 10 Librarian's Report I was elected Librarian/Archivist on 1 April 1998 and over the next few days took delivery of numerous boxes of books, journals and other papers from the former SCS, TCKRG and TCC libraries. I instigated a database and set about integrating the three libraries and accessioning the journals and books. New journals and newsletters are added each month. To date I have accessioned 3,430 journals and 148 books and monographs. We also have a series of binders containing reprints and photocopies of hundreds of cave-related papers and magazine articles. These holdings are shelved on around 25 m of shelf space. Loans have totalled 434 journals to 11 members; a further 12 books have been loaned. This doesn’t include numerous duplicate copies of the Spiel loaned to Phil Ro wsell and others to scan for the STC Archive. In May 2001, thanks to the generosity of Albert Goede, we had a book auction which raised $615 for STC funds; probably our biggest fundraiser ever. We also obtained a number of valuable donations from Albert’s library. Since then he has also donated a large number of journals, conference proceedings, etc. The club now has a near complete set of all publications from TCC, SCS and TCKRG. It also has a large holding of other Australian and oversees newsletters and journals, including NSS Bulletins back to 1943 (incomplete). Lists of our holdings are available; members are welcom e to borrow at no charge and are invited to contribute copies of journals that we are missing! The journals list also indicates duplicates of the Spiel and other Australian newsletters which are available at negotiable prices. I can also provide access to my own extensive collection of worldwide speleological abstracts back to 1970. The archives of the three constituent clubs are held in the li brary, in boxes. Unfortunately they have not been catalogued or shelved. There has been little interest in this material. I’m prepared to stand again as Librarian but it is possible that I may be away for extended periods in the latter part of the year. Greg Middleton Sandy Bay 21 February 2003 Convenor, ASF Commission on Bibliography; Australasian Coordinator for IUS Speleological Abstracts Equipment Officer's Report The Gear Store has been quite busy over the last 'year', however, when you look at the number of gear loans one can see that the level of caving is not abnormally high, it has just returned to a more normal level after an 'off' year over the 2000/1 year. The number the number of gear loans over the last year (15 months long due to the change in our financial year) period was 134 (equivalent to 107 in 12 months), almost double 2000/1 (65 loans) and commensurate with prior years (103 and 109 loans in 1999/2000 and 1998/9 respectively). The return to a normal level of caving and the introduction of trip fees has meant that the gear store is providing a steady stream of income. This income is of sufficient magnitude to be able to allow us to replace gear as it wears out. The annual rope drop testing session occurred in August; this annual session is essential for assessing the safety of our older ropes. P-hanger work has continued; with installations in Owl Pot (JF221) and Mini Martin (IB8) being completed. A start on installation in Khazad Dum (JF4) has been made. However, the project has currently halted, awaiting funds from Wildcare. All gear is either present in the gear store, or accounted fo r in the Gear Loans book. Some 'highlights' in the various departments are outlined below. Lamps/Charger During the year four lamps failed, 2 Oldhams and 2 Gell-cells. The 2 gell-cells were replaced, bringing us up to having 13 serviceable lamps; comprising 9 Gel-cells and 4 Oldhams. All lamps were tested for capacity during the year and most lamps are '8 hours plus'. This is the smallest number of lamps we have had for some time; however this number is satisfactory for the current level of demand. We can expect the other aging Oldhams to begin to fail in the near future; as this occurs, these lamps will be converted over to Gell-c ells. I aim to have a minimum of 12 serviceable lamps. The bits of the failed lamps are providing a good source for spare parts for the working lamps. Helmets Two SRT helmets and the older Construction workers helmets were retired during the year. One Joe Brown helmet was lost (money for this loss was paid to STC), leaving us with 5 Joe Browns. The remaining Construction workers helmets still in service are basically at the end of their life, and will need to be replaced shortly.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 11 Ropes In August the main Rope drop-testing session was held. All our remaining 9 mm Beal rope (X-TCC) has now been retired. During the year we purchased a 200 m roll of 10 mm diameter Roca Static rope. Also, we gained access to 360 m of private Mt. Anne Expedition rope (9 mm Edelrid); this rope has been added to the STC store. So, all up we have 1264 m of serviceable rope in the store. Over the coming year I expect to retire ~250 m of rope leaving us with about 1 km. I don't expect us to need to purchase any new rope this coming year (or perhaps for the next two years), as all our ropes (apart from the 250 m I plan to retire) are now well with in their "use-by" periods. A table of serviceable rope is included below. We have a good range of lengths available; though I expect some of the longer ropes will be shortened over the year to give us some more useful lengths. Gear Bags We are down one rope-pack, and one of the SRT packs is on its last legs. I would expect us to need one new rope pack shortly. Ladders and Traces All ladders and traces are serviceable and we have more than enough for our needs. Indeed the ladders rarely get an outing; the traces get out more often, being handy for rigging. SRT Gear We have two complete SRT sets in good order, although one of the harnesses is now getting on in years. The cowstails were renewed during the year. With a current influx of new members the SRT gear is regularly getting used. Occasionally there is demand for a third set; but buying and maintaining a third set for occasional use is probably not justified. Bolting Gear/Power Drill The power-drill has been used quite a bit to affix number tags; it is perfectly suited to this job. Survey Gear The survey gear has seen considerable use over the last year and we are basically down to having three serviceable units (2 compass, 1 clino.). If the current level of surveying activit y is to continue, then we can expect to have to buy at least one clino. in the coming year. The GARMIN GPS 12XL unit has been used sporadically, the external antenna never gets used. Rope Protectors We have more than enough for our needs. STC Warehouse Sales Due to the lack of demand, this venture has been scaled right down. The main demand is for dynamic rope for cowstails/safety attachment for the hand-jammer, and this service will continue. SUMMARY The club equipment (a complete inventory follows) is well maintained and the Equipment Store remains in a well organised state. An inventory of our gear follows; it is likely that this will remain fairly constant from now on, with items just being placed as they are retired. Jeff Butt Equipment Officer STC GEAR INVENTORY 31/12/2002 Item Quantity Purchased/ made/ put into service Condition Location Lighting 4 Volt charger 1 n/a fair store 6 Volt charger 1 2001 good store 4 Volt Oldham lamps 4 n/a good store 6 Volt Gel-cell lamps 9 n/a good store Belts 24 n/a good store spare Oldham headpieces 10 n/a good store Box of assorted lamp spares 1 n/a various store Sewer-pipe lamps 2 n/a poor store Sewer-pipe spare battery carriers 3 n/a good store plastic fish crate 1 n/a fair store Container of spare 4V bulbs 1 n/a new store Container of spare 6V bulbs 1 last in Jul-00 new store HELMETS Joe Brown Helmets 5 Jan-01 good store Safety Helmets-white 10 Feb-98 shortly to be retired store Total number 15


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 12 STATIC ROPES Serviceable ropes-see attached Ropes list 1264m various various store Retired ropes quantity n/a u/s store ROPE PROTECTORS red PVC 5 n/a good store yellow PVC 10 n/a good store canvas (firehose) 8 n/a mostly good store Total number 23 SRT GEAR Petzl Rapide harness and alloy D-Maillon 1 Sep-95 good store Petzl Super Avanti harness and steel D-Maillon 1 Apr-98 good store Stuff sacks for SRT gear sets 2 Apr-98 good store Rappel rack (long) 1 n/a fair store Petzl Stop descender 1 Nov-99 good store Petzl Expedition ascenders 2 Jun-90 good store Petzl Croll ascenders 2 Jun-90 good store Cowstails (each with 2 snaplink krabs) 3 2-2002, 1-1998 2 good, 1 medium store Jumar-yellow 1 n/a good store CMI handled ascender 1 n/a medium store CMI chest ascender 1 n/a poor store SRT medium ascender 1 n/a poor store Gibbs ascender 1 n/a good store Screwgate D Carabiners 3 n/a good store Screwgate Carabiners 3 n/a good store Snaplink Carabiners 3 n/a good store Box of Unserviceable/old ascenders/descenders 1 n/a poor or unserviceable store PACKS Large (Rope) -yellow 1 Jul-01 medium store Small (SRT)-yellow 2 Feb-96 1 medium, 1 poor store Extra large-white 1 n/a medium store Small-red 1 n/a poor store LADDERS & TRACES 15m (50') Electron ladder 1 Sep-95 good store 9 m (30') Electron ladders 4 2 in Apr-91 3 good, 1 fair store 3 mm wire traces-long length (6.1 m/20') 2 1 in Sep-95 good store 3 mm wire traces-medium length (2.4 m/8') 6 n/a medium store 3 mm wire traces-short length (1.3 m/4') 1 n/a ok store PVC rung ladders 5 3-1998, 2-1999 good 4 Growling Swallet, 1 Exit Cave ACCESS KEYS Junee Quarry Road key 1 n/a n/a store BOLTING GEAR-ELECTRIC Hitachi DH15DV Hammer Drill-complete 1 1996 medium store 12 Volt Gel-cell (Yuasa) 3 1-1998, 2-2001 1 medium, 2 good store Gel-cell pouch 1 1997 good store Arlec 12 Volt Gel-cell charger 1 1997 medium store Drill bits-1/4 1 1996 good store Drill bit-5 mm 1 1996 good store Drill bit-6.5 mm 1 n/a fair store Drill bit-8 mm 1 Dec-98 good store Drill bit-10 mm 1 Dec-98 good store Drill bit-18 mm 1 Sep-01 good store BOLTING GEAR-HAND Petzl Bolting kit pouch 1 n/a good store Petzl Bolting hammer 1 n/a good store Petzl Bolting Driver 1 n/a good store Petzl 10 mm self drive spits and cones 3 n/a good store (bolt kit) Container of grease 1 n/a good store (bolt kit) Petzl Twist hangers 12 n/a good store (bolt kit) BOLTING GEAR-SPARES Fixe stainless steel expansion bolts (90 mm by 10 mm) 8 May-98 new store Fixe stainless steel hangers with captive rings 8 May-98 new store Petzl 10 mm self drive spits 4 n/a good store Cones for 10 mm spits 4 n/a good store Petzl hangers (Straight) 7 n/a new store Nylon bolts (for markers) 20 n/a new store GLUING GEAR Glue dispensing gun 1 2000 good store Hole cleaning brush 1 Sep-01 good store CAVE NUMBERING GEAR Box of Blank number tags 1 box n/a good store Metal punches, set of 10 numerals 1 n/a good store Nylon sleeves and nails (for number tags) ~80 n/a new store GPS GEAR Garmin 12 XL GPS unit (S.N. 35324575) 1 Jun-98 good store External Antenna 1 Jun-98 good store SURVEY GEAR 50 m fibreglass tapes-open reel 1 Nov-97 medium store 30 m fibreglass tapes-open reel 1 n/a medium store 30 m fibreglass tapes-open reel 1 n/a only 20 m long store 50 m fibreglass tape-closed reel 1 n/a only 30 m long store Suunto compass #333530(3) 1 n/a medium store Suunto compass #438188(25) 1 n/a medium-blue oil store Suunto clinometer #424155 1 n/a fair store Suunto clinometer #423770 1 n/a poor-no line store Box assorted U/S Suunto's & part 1 n/a u/s store


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 13 FURNITURE long wooden box with 2 lids 1 n/a good store wooden cupboards 2 n/a ok 1 at store, 1 at Greg Middleton's metal rope racks 2 n/a not used store Two-tier wooden rope rack 1 Mar-98 new store Shelving for library quantity May-00 good Greg Middleton's DROP TEST RIG 80 kg weight 1 Mar-98 the 'spacers' need replacing store Zennit maillons 3 Mar-98 ok store Screwgate Carabiner 1 n/a poor store MISCELLANEOUS Rope cutting knife 1 n/a good store Ropewasher 1 n/a needs a rebuild store quantity old fire hose 1 n/a ok store sack metal ladder rungs 1 n/a ok store Metal adjustable squeeze 1 n/a ok store Aluminium rod (for making rack bars) 1 piece Jun-98 new store STC WAREHOUSE SALES-gear for Sale space blankets 1 Dec-95 new store Petzl 21 litre carbide jets 2 n/a new store Jeff Butt, STC Equipment Officer. ROPE INVENTORY CURRENT Rope No. Brand Type Diameter (mm) Year made Length (m) 34 Bluewater II Static 10 1989 14 13 Bluewater II Static 10 1989 13 51 Bluewater II Static 10 1989 12 9 Bluewater II Static 10 1989 11 SH Bluewater II Static 10 1989 9 10 Bluewater II Static 10 1989 8 SH Bluewater II Static 10 1989 8 67 Bluewater II Static 10 1989 6 65 Bluewater II Static 11 1992 39 5 Bluewater II Static 11 1992 35 82 Bluewater II Static 11 1992 32 4 Bluewater II Static 11 1992 23 21 Bluewater II Static 11 1991 23 64 Bluewater II Static 11 1992 22 77 Bluewater II Static 11 1985 21 24 Bluewater II Static 11 1985 21 72 Bluewater II Static 11 1983 20 19 Bluewater II Static 11 1983 18 22 Bluewater II Static 11 1991 17 20 Bluewater II Static 11 ? 10 SH Bluewater II Static 11 1983 6 A8 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 121 A4 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 66 1 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1994 53 80 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1994 48 A9 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 45 A6 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 32 A7 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 24 A5 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 19 A10 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 19 A3 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 17 A2 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 13 63 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1995 12 A1 Edelrid Superstatic 9 1999 11 SH Edelrid Superstatic 9 1995 7 SH Edelrid Superstatic 9 1995 5 B75 Edelrid Superstatic 10 2001 50 B81 Edelrid Superstatic 10 2001 49 B76 Edelrid Superstatic 10 2001 40 B79 Edelrid Superstatic 10 2001 32 38 Edelrid Superstatic 10 1995 9 39 Edelrid Superstatic 10 1995 8 SH Edelrid Superstatic 10 1995 6 48 Edelrid Superstatic 11 1984 10 C1 Roca Static 10 2001 200 TOTAL 1264m Jeff Butt STC has Caving lamps and helmets available for hire to Schools, Scouts and other groups with responsible Caving leaders. Contact the Equipment Officer for details


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 14 Slaughterhouse Pot-Growling Swallet 7 February 2003 By Janine McKinnon Party: Phil Rowsell, Sarah Joyce, Monica Osuchowski, Luke Wallace, Rik Tunney Janine McKinnon This evergreen sporting trip was being run to give new members Luke, Sarah and Monica the "post-beginnerstrip intro to what caving in Tas (STC-style) is all about". They were all keen and ready to go. After all, Luke had already had 1 hours caving experience! Plenty of prior experience for this trip (!). He wasn't sure if he suffered from claustrophobia at all but we said "no problem, you'll soon find out in the first half hour". All went smoothly on the downward trip, with lots of laughter and chatter, and we did the brief diversion to look at the trapdoor stream way waterfall. Always worth the effort I think with beginners (If they're coping well so far) as it's quite an impressive sight. Our passage through to the growling stream way went very smoothly and remarkably quickly. Even the windy rift didn't faze the recruits. They were still laughing and chattering on the other side, and as we went up the stream way. The water levels were as low as I've ever seen them so passage up the stream way was pretty easy. We stopped for the obligatory look at the glowworms enroute. Time underground was 6 hours and as the troops were still laughing and chattering as we got unchanged at the cars I think they'd had a good day. I certainly did. A fun day's caving with great company all round. Thanks guys. Hell in the Garden of Eden 22nd February 2003 By Stephen Bunton Party: Stephen Bunton, Greg Middleton, Serena Benjamin, Tristan? Olivier? Nathan Duhig of Forest Practices Board asked me if the club was willing to explore and map some caves discovered during recent activities in the Eden Creek area of the Junee Florentine. Newly discovered unexplored caves sounded too good to be true, there had to be a catch and there was; stinging nettles. I advertised the trip as a bit of a lottery; there may be "caverns measureless to man" or nothing much either way I didn't play down the threat of the stinging nettles. Tristan provided the appropriate technology with a slash hook and a machete but it was not sufficient to prevent all of us getting well and truly stung. The caves were in a series of gently sloping broad valleys which were part of the streamside reserves in the area. Although Forestry Tasmania doesn't advertise it, these streamside reserves account for a large proportion of the old growth forest reserved in Tasmania. In this case I'm not surprised they don't mention it since these streams follow valley which are meadows of neck deep thistles and nettles. Why the valleys are not full of ti-tree, cutting grass and bauera, I'm not sure but Greg proposed the hypothesis that they could be due to frost. From end of the new road on the left of Westfield before the Welcome Stranger turnoff we walked west through a bit of forest and out into the meadow. We located two collapses with no exposed rock. The third doline had a large boulder like chunk of bedrock exposed which now sports the JF 266 tag. Beneath this was a small hole which lead around to connect with the vertical solution tube entrance. The cave was explored one person at a time and eventually named Thistlebed. A small solution tube at the lowest point was choked with cobbles at a depth of 10m. The next doline over looked more promising with an 8m deep rift. It was tagged JF 267 and named Wormhole due to the couple of native earthworms dug out by Tristan. Olivier got even keener and dug more stuff out before getting down to water level. Undeterred he tried pushing a very tight squeeze in an attempt to break through into the promised parallel universe before admitting defeat. By this time we were all feeling the heat from bashing around trogged up as defence against the nettles. Next we went in search of a known streamsink further south. On the way we investigated anything that looked like a doline in this nondescript landscape. It was Serena who located Eden Creek Swallet much closer to where we were investigating than we'd thought. The streamsink was just a small stream which flowed along under a log into a muddy pool with no exposed limestone. We all grabbed a drink and then retired to the shade of trees to have lunch. (There is another streamsink further south as marked on the Forest Practices Board Map.) After lunch we adjourned to some caves also known to Forest practices Board, a few hundred metres further north but for this we relocated the cars. We still had to descend through a few hundred metres of nice forest which had suffered from some manfern plundering. We again emerged into a garden of thistles and nettles arriving spot on at one of two caves marked on our map. This was just another dirt doline. We then found the other, although it wasn't exactly where it should have been. This feature had a small pool in it almost at the level of the surface. We named it Dog Puddle. After a bit of half hearted searching for any other holes in the area and climbing trees for a better view, we finally aborted the mission. We wasted a bit of time


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 15 optimistically bashing down the gully of another streamside reserve to no effect. I was surprised when Greg mentioned he hadn't visited Growling Swallet and suggest that we visit it on the way home. This was an offer that the new members were keen to take up. We spent a little time scrambling down into the cool of the entrance. The flow was as low as I had ever seen which put the other area in perspective. Effectively all the aquifers in the Eden Creek system were effectively still quite full.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 16 Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Inc Membership Renewal Form (1 April 2003 31 March 2004) Name(s) Postal address Phone (AH) (BH) (mob) E-mail Membership category (please tick one): Category Standard rate Discounted rate(1) Household $165 $150 Full $100 $85 Concession / Junior $85 $70 Active life members(2) $68 ASF-exempt(3) $40 Please forward payment to The Treasurer, STC, PO Box 416, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7006. Cheques and money orders should be made payable to "Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Inc". Notes: (1) The discounted rates are available to those who opt to receive Speleo Spiel in electronic form only AND who pay their membersh ip fee by 30 June 2003. (2) Only those life members who intend to undertake one or more cavi ng trips during the course of the year are required to pay a fee. (3) The ASF-exempt rate is available to those who are already members of the ASF, either individually or throug h membership of another ASF-affiliated club. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Wolf Hole 23 February 2003 By Geoff Wise Party: Sarah Joyce, Monica Osuchowski, Phil Rowsell, Emma Watt, Geoff Wise Phil and I needed a break from the work at Ida Bay so we decided to take the girls to Wolf Hole. This was my eighth trip to this cave, so I figured I knew the route. How wrong was I! We met at the gear store, grabbed the necessaries and were on our way. The usual stop at the Dover stop prompted panic from Phil as there was only one bacon bun and another bloke in the queue before him. Luckily the other bloke didn't buy it so disaster was avoided and the world did not come to a halt. Another stop at the Hastings visitor centre to drop off a bunk bed and then onto the cave. Here was my first error, we drove right past the start of the track and had to turn around and come back. A short walk to the cave and we rigged the pitch and headed down. We entered the main entrance, only the second time in this way for me, and began by exploring the rift directly across from the entrance. We then had a bit more of a look around before deciding to head to Lake Pluto for a look. This would be my next mistake. I remembered the way roughly, but missed the turn off so we explored more and eventually found the connection to the other entrance (the one I usually enter). The others found a passage leading off this that I had never seen before. We followed this narrow winding passage until we came to a steep climb/scramble that connected back to the main drag. I'm sure there was whispering behind my back about mutiny but I ignored it and led on. Then we headed straight to the lake for a bite.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 17 The water level is still down and while the others were finishing lunch I went around the edge on the immediate right of where you enter the chamber to investigate. There was not a lot around there but there was a survey station so others had been there. It was a bit of an epic not to fall in while getting back to the others. We then went to the far end of the lake and crossed over to the other side. We crawled / slid up to Lake Charon, our wet trog suits provided lubrication against the floor but got muddy in the process. We didn't go across, in my opinion it's not advisable without floatation or a line as the banks are very steep and the water is deep and very cold. That done we headed out, I got the envious task of hanging off the rope at the edge of the drop to reset the rope protector for the others. Am I a nice bloke or what? It was a great trip finished off with obligatory posing for photos and a trip to the thermal springs pool. Caves List for the North East Ridge of Mt Anne By Rolan Eberhard and Arthur Clarke This list was compiled several years ago with assistance from Martin Scott of the Sydney University Speleological Society (SUSS) who corresponded with bot h of us. Martin was involved in the SUSS Mt Anne Expedition in January 1987 (sponsored by Australian Geographic ), which explored and number tagged many new caves. Arthur Clarke has provided additional information that he has collated for ASF karst index record purposes from other published and unpublished records. (A detailed summary of referenced exploration or expeditions to Mt. Anne will be published as another article.) To the best of our knowledge all caves with ASF numbers have been physically tagged, though MA-26 and MA27 are reported as only being number tagged with flaggi ng tape. Another possible exception to this are the three caves reported by Martin as: MA-46, MA-47 and MA-48. Since these three caves are not recorded in the SUSS Expedition Diary and there is some confusion as to whether or not these caves were actually tagged (M. Scott, pers. comm.), these are included here as “untagged” MA-X caves. In accordance with ASF practice as described in the ASF Karst Index (Matthews 1985), “X-” numbers have been applied to the various known and reported caves at Mt. Anne that do not have number tags. As listed in the ASF Karst Index, in 1985 there were nine untagged MA-X caves at Mt. Anne, shown as numbers MA-X1 to MA-X9. The ASF Karst Index was the principal source of information for most these caves. Three of these caves were subsequently number tagged by SUSS in January 1987: MA-1 ( Col-In-Cavern ), MA-2 ( Keller Cellar ) and MA-9 ( Anne-A-Kananda ). With the exception of the Timk Swallet feature (MA-X3F), it is possible that the remaining untagged caves (MA-X4, MA-X5, MA-X6, MA-X8) plus MA-X10 – all discovered on early TCC trips to Mt Anne – have subsequently been recorded under different names and possibly number tagged. However, until this can be confirmed or otherwise, these MA-X numbers should be retained. (Arthur considers that it was unfortunate that SUSS members misunderstood the practice of assigning “X-“ numbers to untagged caves, believing that permanent number tags could only be applied to those caves with the respective MA-X numbers, e.g., MA-1 for MA-X1, MA-2 for MA-X2 and MA-9 for MA-X9. Consequently, this is another cave area in Tasmania where there is a gap in the sequentially number tagged caves.) Amongst the additional MA-X numbers, there are th e “MA-CS” numbers in brackets referring to caves documented by the Czech Speleological Society ex pedition in March 1987 (Tasler 1989). Although the Czechoslovakian cavers were quite meticulous in their documentation, they unfortunately only used paint to place their allocated cave numbers at cave entrances and even less than a month later it was noted that the painted numbers were fading! For this reason and aesthetic considerations we advocate that cavers should not paint numbers on caves. Following the summary list of Mt. Anne caves below, there is an expanded list describing all the known and recorded caves for Mt. Anne. The information follows the format of: ASF cave number (including “X-“ number); cave name (and other alternate name); and a brief description of the cave and other relevant information including, where possible, details of when and who explored it; a general indication of the cave’s location (unless considered obvious); and a list of selected references. In terms of locations, the northeast ridge of Mt. Anne has been described as being “Y” shaped, with the LHS fork of the “Y” going to “Sodom” and the RHS fork going to “Gomorrah”.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 18 Cave Previous Cave Name Other Name Discovery Exploration Date MA-1 MA-X1 Col-In-Cavern B. Collin (Dec. 1966) Jan 1971 MA-2 MA-X2 Keller Cellar A. Keller (Jan.1967) Jan. 1971 MA-9 MA-X9 Anne-A-Kananda Hole 1 (TCC-1966) TCC (Dec.1966) Nov. 1981 MA-10 Deep Thought SUSS (7-1-1987) Jan. 7th 1987 MA-11 Dungeon Castle Cave SUSS (7-1-1987) Jan. 10th 1987 MA-12 Teddy Bears Picnic SUSS (10-1-1987) Jan. 11th 1987 MA-13 The Dirty Elf SUSS (10-1-1987) Jan. 14th 1987 MA-14 Lewis Rift SUSS (10-1-1987) Jan. 19th 1987 MA-15 Humusungus Hole SUSS (10-1-1987) Jan. 11th 1987 MA-16 Perhaps SUSS (11-1-1987) Jan. 11th 1987 MA-17 Cone of Silence SUSS (6-1-1987) Jan. 11th 1987 MA-18 Godzone TCC #1 (1987) TCC (13-1-1987) Jan. 14th 1987 MA-19 Un-named TCC&SUSS (21-1-87) Jan. 21st 1987 MA-20 Meltwater Pot TCC&SUSS (21-1-87) Jan. 24th 1987 MA-21 Potatoes Cave C SUSS (17-1-1986) Jan. 18th 1987 MA-22 Wombats Demise Friend SUSS (20-1-1987) Jan. 20th 1987 MA-23 Cave D TCC #3 (?) 1987 SUSS (17-1-1986) Jan. 14th 1987 MA-24 Un-named SUSS (25-1-1987) Jan. 25th 1987 MA-25 Un-named SUSS (23-1-1987) Jan. 23rd 1987 MA-26 Un-named (Tape Tag) SUSS (23-1-1987) Jan. 23rd 1987 MA-27 Un-named (Tape Tag) SUSS (23-1-1987) Jan. 23rd 1987 MA-28 Lunar Pot SUSS (26-1-1987) Jan. 26th 1987 MA-29 MA-X5?? Damocles Well of Loneliness TCC: Nov. '71; 20-11-83 Oct. 83; 15-1-87 MA-3F Timk Swallet (in ASF KI) TCC MA-X4 Un-named (in ASF KI) TCC MA-X5 Un-named (in ASF KI) Damocles? TCC MA-X6 Un-named (in ASF KI) TCC MA-7R Un-named Rising (in KI) TCC (23-4-1972) 23-4-1972 MA-X8 Un-named (in ASF KI) TCC MA-X10 Un-named TCC (9-1-1968) 9-1-1968 MA-X11 False Floor Rift Rift TCC (23-10-1983) 23-10-1983 MA-X12 MA-CS/9 Posturepaedic Bivvi Cave Posturepaedic Bivvy TCC (19-11-1983) 19-11-1983 MA-X13 Un-named TCC (20-11-1983) 20-11-1983 MA-X14 Nemesis TCC (20-11-1983) 20-11-1983 MA-X15 Cave A TCC #2 ?? SUSS (17-1-1986)/ TCC 17-1-1986 MA-X16 Cave B SUSS (17-1-1986) 17-1-1986 MA-X17 Dereks Cave SUSS (15-1-1987) 15-1-1987 MA-X18 Blue Pirate TCC?/ SUSS (17-1-87) 20-1-1987 MA-X19 Devils Eye TCKRG (31-1-1987) TCC: 12-4-1987 MA-X20 "MA-46" Un-Named MA-46 in Scott list SUSS January 1987 January1987 MA-X21 "MA-47" Un-Named MA-46 in Scott list SUSS January 1987 January1987 MA-X22 "MA-48" Un-Named MA-46 in Scott list SUSS January 1987 January1987 MA-X23 MA-CS/1 Un-Named Czechs: March 1987 March 1987 MA-X24 MA-CS/2 Un-Named Czechs: March 1987 March 1987 MA-X25 MA-CS/3 Un-Named Czechs: March 1987 March 1987 MA-X26 MA-CS/4 Un-Named Czechs: March 1987 March 1987 MA-X27 MA-CS/5 Un-Named Czechs: March 1987 March 1987 MA-X28 MA-CS/6 Un-Named Czechs: March 1987 March 1987 MA-X29 MA-CS/7 Un-Named Czechs: 15-3-1987 March 15th 1987 MA-X30 MA-CS/8 Un-Named Czechs: 17-3-1987 March 17th 1987 MA-X31 MA-S/10 Goggled Eyes Goggle Eyes Czechs: March 1987 March 24th 1987 MA-X32 MA-S/11 Un-Named Czechs: March 1987 March 25th 1987 MA-X33 MA-S/12 Goggled Eyes Goggle Eyes Czechs: March 1987 March 27th 1987


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 19 MA-1 (was MA-X1): Col-In-Cavern Massive sinkhole entrance with 55 m pitch to a large descending tunnel that reaches a depth of 119 m below the top of the pitch. A natural bridge (col) spans the entrance. Explored in 1971 on an ASF Conference field trip. The name is a play of words on TCC member Brian Collin’s name and the natural bridge at the entrance. Brian led some of the first caving trips to Mt Anne by TCC in the 1960s, when the entrance to MA-1 was found. References: 1, 2, 3, 14, 30 & 34. MA-2 (was MA-X2): Keller Cellar Spectacular shaft entrance with a pitch of about 120 m to a large chamber with a rubble choke. Total depth is 155 m. First descended by TCC member Alan Keller using ladders in 1971, on an ASF Conference field trip. References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 30, 32 & 34. MA-9 (was MA-X9): Anne-A-Kananda (also known as “Hole 1” by TCC, 1966) Massive doline leads to spacious entrance chamber used as a campsite by cavers. A small passage below the chamber leads to a complex cave containing more than 50 explored pitches up to 118 m deep. The surveyed depth of the cave is 373 m from the lower lip of the doline according to the 1982-83 survey, or 371 m according to a 2002 survey. About 3 km of passages have been mapped. The entrance was evidently found by TCC in December 1966, when it was also known as “Hole 1”. The small passage below the entrance was explored in 1967, but a squeeze leading to Organ Grinder passage was not explored till November 1981 and the main part of the cave was not found until a TCC trip in 1982. Various other groups contributed to exploration of MA-9, notably Northern Caverneers and the Victorian Speleologi cal Association, who explored parts of the Desiccator pitch series between 1983 and 1985. Additional explorations were made by STC in 2002. References: 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 25, 29, 30 & 32. MA-10: Deep Thought Cave with pitches of 32 m, 45 m, 8 m, 8 m and 32 m. Contains numerous small converging streamways with small waterfalls. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Depth is 183 m; length is 435+ m. Located near MA-2. References: 2, 4, 14, 32 & 34. MA-11: Dungeon (originally named as “Castle Cave” during SUSS expedition) Cave with pitches of 10 m and 8 m. Depth is about 25 m; length is 38 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near MA-2. References: 2 & 32. MA-12: Teddy Bears Picnic Three shafts of about 18 m converge at the bottom of the cave. Depth is about 18 m; length is about 20 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near route from MA-1 to MA-2. References: 2 & 32. MA-13: The Dirty Elf Doline entrance with squeezes leading to descending canyon containing a stream. The stream sinks in gravels and the cave terminates in impenetrable rifts. Depth is about 20 m; length is about 20 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near MA-2. References: 2, 19 & 32. MA-14: Lewis Rift This cave comprises three closely situated entrance shafts ranging from 30 to 37 m in length. At the base of the middle shaft there are two ways on: a 7 m pitch to a chamber with a clear sump pool at a depth of 41 m, or an 18 m pitch to a chamber with a small muddy sump at a depth of 56 m. The cave is 82 m long. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near MA-1. References: 2, 20 & 32. MA-15: Humusungus Hole Shaft choked by humus (hence name) at a depth of 20 m. Wallaby skeleton at the bottom. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located between MA-1 and MA-2. References: 2 & 32. MA-16: Perhaps Contains pitches of 17 m, 13 m and 7 m. Depth is 57 m; length is 119 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located between MA-1 and MA-2. References: 2 & 32. MA-17: Cone of Silence Large sinkhole with entry via a rubble slope at one end or a pitch of about 50 m at the other. Overhanging at one end, but no cave per se. Depth is 59 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near MA-2. References: 2, 4, 21 & 32. MA-18: Godzone (referred to as “TCC #1” in SUSS diary) Contains pitches of 10 m and 8 m, ending in a chamber with a small waterfall. Depth is about 5 m; length is about 100 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near MA-2. References: 2 & 32.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 20 MA-19: Un-named cave Doline contains a shaft of 46 m to a rockpile floor and small waterfalls. Depth is about 50 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near Gomorrah. References: 2 & 32. MA-20: Melt Water Pot Contains pitches of 16 m and 7 m. Depth is 64 m; length is 91 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near Gomorrah. References: 2 & 32. MA-21: Potatoes (first recorded as “Cave C’ during SUSS 1986 expedition) Contains pitches (31 m, 7 m, 4 m, 15 m, 18 m and 34 m) and climbs to a small stream. Martin Scott has suggested that the stream in this cave flows to MA-10, as only about 5 m separates the two caves. Depth is 116 m; length is 188 m. Explored by SUSS in January 1986. Located near MA-2. References: 2, 14, 22, 32 & 33. MA-22: Wombats Demise (also referred to as “Friend” in SUSS diary) Depth is about 20 m. Located near MA-2. References: 2 & 32. MA-23: Cave D Contains pitches of 12 m and 23 m. Depth is 64 m; length is 82 m. Explored by SUSS in 1986. Originally referred to as “Cave D”. Located near MA-2. References: 2, 22 & 33. MA-24: Un-named cave Rubble floored rift about 15 m deep. Explored by th e 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near MA-2. References: 2 & 32. MA-25: Un-named cave Contains pitches of 20 m and 4 m in a rift with a small stream. Depth is about 40 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near Gomorrah. References: 2 and 32. MA-26: Un-named cave Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near Gomorrah. (Only number tagged with flagging tape.) References: 2 & 32. MA-27: Un-named cave Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near Gomorrah. (Only number tagged with flagging tape.) References: 2 & 32. MA-28: Lunar Pot Two entrances with 25 m pitches converge to a rubble floored sink. Depth is about 45 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near Sodom. References: 2 & 32. MA-29: Damocles Cave at the bottom of a large doline: named “ Well of Loneliness ” by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Mapped by SUSS in 1987, but apparently explored by an earlier TCC trip. Length is 61 m. Located near Sodom. References: 2, 4, 8, 32 & 34. MA-X3: Timk Swallet Constricted slot on the edge of Lake Timk. A climb down leads to a descending rift passage. Can only be entered in very dry conditions as the slot is very close to lake level, which drains into it. Discovered by TCC in about 1970. References: 3, 14, 23, 24 & 30. MA-X4: Un-named cave A large vertical doline located at the contact between the dolomite and overlying conglomerate. The doline leads to short passage and has an estimated vertical range of 90 m. This feature was discovered by TCC (1960s or 1970s?). The description in ASF KI suggests that it may be synonymous with MA-9. References: 3. MA-X5: Un-named cave Pothole discovered by TCC (1960s or 1970s?). Contains several short passages and a 30 m pitch. References: 3. MA-X6: Un-named cave Pothole discovered by TCC (1960s or 1970s?). Contains two 4 m pitches in a small cave. References: 3.. MA-X7: Un-named spring Perennially active outflow discovered by TCC in 1972. Probable resurgence of the Lake Timk outflow. References: 3, 23, 24.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 21 MA-X8: Un-named cave Unexplored pothole discovered by TCC (1960s or 1970s?). References: 3. MA-X10: Un-named cave Explored by TCC on 9/1/1968. References: 30. MA-X11: False Floor Rift Explored by TCC on 23/10/1983. References: 30 & 35. MA-X12: Posturepaedic Bivvi Cave (MA-CS-9) Overhang used as a bivouac site by cavers. Found by TCC in November 1983. Located near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18, 28 & 30. MA-X13: Un-named cave Explored by TCC on 20/11/1983. References: 28 & 30. MA-X14: Nemesis Contains pitches of 7 m, 22 m and 10 m. Explored by TCC on 20/11/1983. Located near Sodom. References: 17, 26, 28 & 30. MA-X15: Cave A Pothole with a 1.5 m diameter entrance and containing an 8 m pitch. Depth of 10 m. Explored by SUSS in January 1986. Located near MA-2? References: 2, 22 & 33. MA-X16: Cave B Pothole with a 3 m x 2 m diameter upper entrance and a 2 m diameter lower entrance. The entrances are connected by a passage containing pitches of 12 m and 5 m. Explored by SUSS in January 1986. Located near MA-2? References: 2, 22 & 33. MA-X17: Dereks Cave Explored by SUSS on 15/1/1987. Small entrance with 10m pitch leading to impenetrable rift. Located in low relief doline “pandanni hollow” near MA-10 below track to Sodom. Reference: 30 & 32. MA-X18: Blue Pirate Cave Explored by SUSS on 20/1/1987. Found with 1m of “blue tape” surrounding entrance, possibly one of Phil Hill’s “Other Eyes of AAK”. 20m deep with free-climb pitches, leading to rubble base. Located near MA-9. Reference: 30 & 32. MA-X19: Devils Eye Very large horizontal entrance in side of ridge. Explored by TCC in 1987 following discovery during helicopter reconnaissance by Bob Davies of the University of Tasmania’s Department of Surveying. 40m x 40m entrance, narrowing to 20m wide and 6m high, leading to steep floored spacious chamber estimated at 40-50m high; ends with two ascending rifts. Located near Sodom. References: 17, 27 & 31. MA-X20: Un-named cave (record ed as “MA-46” in Scott list) Small cave. Length is about 30 m. Explored by the 1987 SUSS Mt Anne Expedition. Located near Gomorrah. References: 2. MA-X21: Un-named cave (record ed as “MA-47” in Scott list) Depth is about 10 m. Located near Gomorrah. References: 2. MA-X22: Un-named cave (record ed as “MA-48” in Scott list) Depth is about 10 m. Located near Gomorrah. References: 2. MA-X23: Un-named cave (MA-CS-1) Steeply descending passage to a 10 m pitch. Depth is 21 m; length is 90 m. Explored by Czech Speleological Society in 1987. Located near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. MA-X24: Un-named cave (MA-CS-2) Shaft with a diameter of 3 m contains pitches of 12 m, 7 m and 2 m. Depth is 25.5 m; length is 60 m. Explored by Czech Speleological Society in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. MA-X25: Un-named cave (MA-CS-3) Small fissure cave. Depth is 8 m; length is 12 m. Ex plored by Czech Speleological Society in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 22 MA-X26: Un-named cave (MA-CS-4) Feature is a 5.5 m deep shaft and horizontal passage, with an air connection to MA-X15. Depth is 8 m; length is 25 m. Explored by Czech Speleological Society in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. MA-X27: Un-named cave (MA-CS-5) Three entrance shafts lead to a fossil canyon with abunda nt scree at the bottom. Depth is 19 m; length is 40 m. Explored by Czech Speleological Society in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. MA-X28: Un-named cave (MA-CS-6) An entrance shaft 5 m deep connects to a chamber with several short passages branching off. Depth is 10 m; length is 35 m. Explored by Czech Speleological Soci ety in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. MA-X29: Un-named cave (MA-CS-7) Three entrances in the wall of a large sinkhole. The cave is complex in form with horizontal and descending passages. Depth is 59 m; length is 230 m. Explored by Czech Speleological Society in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. MA-X30: Un-named cave (MA-CS-8) Entrance is below a low overhanging wall in the slope of a depression. The cave contains short pitches and high canyon-like passages with a large pool of water. Depth is 43 m; length is 180 m. Explored by Czech Speleological Society in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. MA-X31: Goggled Eyes Cave (MA-CS-10) Comprises generally spacious chambers and passages with abundant rockfall. Depth is 76 m; length is 575 m. Explored by Czech Speleological Society in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. MA-X32: Un-named cave (MA-CS-11) A steep and high canyon leads to small chamber with rockfall. Carries water in times of rain. Depth is 39 m; length is 90 m. Explored by Czech Speleological Soci ety in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. MA-X33: Goggled Eyes Cave (MA-CS-12) Second entrance to Goggled Eyes Cave. Approximately 120 m from MA-X23 entrance. Explored by Czech Speleological Society in 1987. Near Sodom. References: 8, 17, 18 & 30. References: 1. Anderson, T., 1971; Mt. Anne S.W. Tasmania Wed. 6th. January to Sunday, 10th. January, 1971. Spar 5: 2-5. 2. Scott, M., 1994; pers. comm. (including corresponde nce and list of recorded SUSS 1987 expedition caves.) 3. Matthews, P.G., (ed.), 1985; Australian Karst Index 1985 Australian Speleological Federation Inc., Broadway, NSW. 4. Vaughan-Taylor, K., 1988; Secret World Inside Mt Anne. Australian Geographic 10: 44-59. 5. Bunton, S. & Eberhard, R., 1984; Vertical Caves of Tasmania Adventure Presentations, Miranda. 6. Eberhard, S., 1982; Kellars Cellar (map). Speleo Spiel 181. 7. Eberhard, S., 1992; ‘Annakananda’ in TCC Explorations Journal Tasmanian Caverneering Club, Hobart. 8. Tasler, R., 1989; Tasmania 87: Expedition Report Czech Speleological Society, Praha. 9. Carter, B., 1984; A Bantam Weight Expedition Scrapes a Victory Over Anne-A-Kananda. Nargun 17(5): 28-32. 10. Carter, B., 1985; Anne-A-Kananda II, Nargun 18(4): 24-27. 11. Gilliatt, D., 1984; Anne-A-Kananda (or And-A-Kanadian), ASF Newsletter 105: 5-7. 12. Webb, J., 1985; Correction: Depth of Anne-A-Kananda. Australian Caver 107: 18. 13. Hume, N., 1983; Mt Anne – TCC Easter Expedition to Find Australia’s Deepest Cave Speleo Spiel 188: 36. 14. Scott, M., 1993; Hydrogeology of the Mt Anne Karst, Tasmania. Tastrog Conference Papers pp. 44-47. 15. Eberhard, R., 1982; Mount Anne 6-8 November 1982. Speleo Spiel 183: 5-6. 16. Hart, R., 1983; Anne-A-Kananda 7-9th, 12-13th and 26-27th March 1983. Speleo Spiel 187: 6-8. 17. Tasler, R., 1988; Czechs on Mount Anne. Speleo Spiel 240: 2-10. 18. Havlicek, D. & Tasler, R., 1989; “North Pleateau” of Mt. Anne Area (SW Tasmania). International Congress of Speleology Proceedings 10: 499-503. 19. Scott, M. & Gemenis, D., 1987; MA13 – The Dirty Elf. SUSS Bulletin 27(3): 16-17. 20. Scott, M., 1988; MA14 – Lewis Rift. SUSS Bulletin 28(1): 13-14. 21. Scott, M., 1988; Cone of Silence. SUSS Bulletin 28(2): 26-28. 22. Anonymous, 1986; New Caves at Mount Anne. SUSS Bulletin 26(1): 13. 23. Kiernan, K., 1990; Bathymetry and Origin of Lake Timk, South-west Tasmania. Helictite 28(1): 18-21. 24. Kiernan, K., 1990; The Alpine Geomorphology of the Mt Anne Massif, South-western Tasmania. Australian Geographer 21(2): 113-125.


Speleo Spiel Issue 334, January – February 2003. Page 23 25. Webb, J., 1985; Geological Observations on Anne-A-Kananda. Nargun 18(4): 27-31. 26. Hill, P. & Hume, N., 1983; Nemesis; Mt. Anne (map). Speleo Spiel No. 194: opposite p. 10. 27. Hume, N., 1987; Day Trip to the Devils Eyes. Speleo Spiel 227: 3-4. 28. Hill, P., 1983; Mt Anne N.E. Ridge 19-21 November, 1983. Speleo Spiel 193: 10. 29. Butt, J., 2002; Three lightweight expeditions to Anne-A-Kananda (MA9) at Mount Anne. Good caving and some new surveyed finds Speleo Spiel 333: 3-13. 30. Clarke, A., 2003; pers. comm. and partially completed paper titled: “ Mt. Anne caves: caving trips, exploration & published references .” 31. Davis, B. 1988; Large Scale Mapping of the Mt Anne cave region in S.W. Tasmania. TCKRG Journal No. 3: 67-70. 32. SUSS 1987; unpublished di ary of SUSS Mt. Anne expedition (January 4th – 31st 1987). 33. Anonymous, 1987; Tasmania 1985-86 (ctd). SUSS Bulletin 27(1): 5-10. 34. Larkin, P. 1987; SUSS’s Mt. Anne Expedition. SUSS Bulletin 27(1): 14-15. 35. Hill, P. 1983; Mt Anne N.E. Ridge 22-27th October. Speleo Spiel #193: 3-5. STC WaReHoUsE SaLeS Publications “Caving Safety 1 Manual”, 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 ( 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’s and a simple ‘draw cord’ closure as well as adjustable straps Now featuring a handle on the side to facilitate carrying the pack in low passages. Strongly made. Available in either Yellow with different colour trims (navy, green, red, black etc.). So, they don’t all look the same! Available in two sizes, the “STANDARD” (25 litres: 23 cm diameter, 61 cm long) and $55.00 the “EXTRA” (31 litres: 25 cm diameter, 63 cm long). $65.00 but 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 NEW STOCK.... Edelrid 25 mm Supertube tubular tape. Ideal for rigging, chest harnesses etc. (White) $1.50 per m NEW STOCK.... 5 cm (2”) flat tape. Ideal for harnesses, rigging, gear bags, belts etc. (Black or White) $1.20 per m Safety NEW STOCK.... Edelrid 10.5 mm dynamic rope (for cows tails, safety loop) $4.50 per m, e.g. Cowstail $12 Space Blankets (don’t be caught underground without one!) Just one left. $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’ve got ~400 m of the stuff and it’s time to get rid of it. It’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’s not all stiff and horrible! Prices have plummetted 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 a length, 6 to < 10 m $3.00 a length, 10 to < 15 m $6.00 a length, 15 m plus 80 cents/m. If you need any of the above please contact Jeff Butt on (03) 62 238620 (H), or, or write to us: SOUTHERN TASMANIAN CAVERNEERS, P.O. BOX 416, SANDY BAY 7006.


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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