SPELEO SPIEL Newsletter of the Tasmanian Caverneering Club P.O. Box 41 6, Sandy Bay, Tasmania. 7005 Registered by Australia Post Publication No. TBH 0201
Page 2 Spiel No. 293. December 1995 COMING EVENTS 11 No Caving Trips On The Agenda:But Dean will be sure to be going underground, so give him a call and see what trips are happening. Visiting Pommy Cwers Slide Night:Wednesday 6th of December, see 'Club Matters' for more details. Mount Anne trip:1617th.of December. Nigel & Dean are heading back up to the North-East ridge karst for another look. Anyone else interested? Nineteen Ninety Sir:l st of January onwards. I hope you've all been practicing signing dates with 1996! TCC/SCS Christmas Party!:Wednesday 20th of December. See 'Club Matters' for details BB@Boxing Day 26th December. Trevors annual Boxing Day barbecue is on again th~s year! Anyone is welcome, so be there from 4pm onwards. EDITORIAL The times, tbey are acbangin' Accreditation. What is the purpose of being accredited at something to you? Learning new skills? Getting more qualified at a subject? Or just being able to hang another certificate on your wall, It all means different things to different people, and to some people it is just beaurocratic wankering! Unfortunately (fortunately?) accreditation is almost certainly the way it is going to be for outdoor leaders of the future, whether they like it or not ... 'Don Y JustSit There Redng l% &id, Go GningI'
Spiel NO. 293. December 1995 Page 3 The Cave Leadership Accreditation Group fASF-CLAG) was originally set up around 3-4 years ago, and consisted of representives from all of the Tasmanian caving clubs. At the time, I (along with quite a few others I suspect) thougfit that it was basically some beaurocratic codswallop and I couldn't see any need for having an organisation like CLAG, or a need for accredited leaders in caving. Around 2 years after CLAG's formation, it nearly fizzled out due to a lack of interest from cavers, but then we realised that if cavers were not involved in getting an accreditation course up and running, beaurocrats would do it for us and come up with something totally unsuitable. Therefore, there was a burst of life around 2 years ago, and CLAG has gone ahead in leaps and bounds since then. Most other outdoor activities have gone the same way as well (rockclimbing, skiing, bushwalkmg, kayalung wt.) and they all have similar accreditation Mes. This has happened Australia-wide, and subsequently we now have a fairly standard set of caving competencies all round Australia, and a top quality Cave Leadership course up and just starting to run now. And it's all fully supported by the Australian Speleological Federation, hence the name ASFCLAG. Caving accreditation isn't happening because of CLAG, it's a case of CLAG happening because of caving accreditation! Will it affect you as recreati~nal cavers? The answer should be NO, and hopefully will stay that way. But there is a need to have accredited cave Leaders, meaning people that lead novice, inexperienced, and first time cavers on trips. eg. school groups, scout groups, commercial operators and the like. As it stands at the moment, there are no qualifications in the outdoor industry. Anyone can get a job as an outdoor leader with very little experience. Think about that for a moment. You are pumng your trust into someone you hnk knows what they are doing, when in reality, it could be their 2nd or 3rd caving trip! I know of instances where this has happened, it is not just a scenario! Since being involved with the Tasmanian Outdoor Leadershp Council (TOLC) I have come to realise the huge responsibilities in being a leader. It's not a matter of just having the 'technical' caving skills to be a competent leader. If you are not up to scratch with modem leadership standards, you could reaily get yourself into the shit technically and legally! The leadership skills are just as important as the caving skills in my opinion, and you really have to have both. I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm trying to scare people off being leaders, that's not my point. I am just trying to make people more aware of the responsibilities put on you nowadays if you want to be a leader in the outdoors. Theres a lot more to it than just talung people caving.. Anyhow, on a lighter note. 1995 is coming to a close, and I hope you all have a good Christmas and New Year break. Don't forget to get all of your trip reports to me fiom the trips that will happen over the holidays, and I'll see you all next year (our 50th year in existence too!). [Piease note that the views expressed here, are those of the edrtor, and not necessarily those of the Ihsmanzan Caverneering Club. Hate mail can be sent to me!] Dean Morgan EditorIPresident 'Don't Just Sit There Reading The Spiel, Go Caving!'
Page 4 Spiel No. 293. December 1995 Tasmanian Cavtrneering Club/ Southern Cavfag Society Combhed Annual (hopefdiy!) Di.rer Make sure you keep Wednesday 20th of December free this year as we are having the first combined TCCtSCS annual dinner. Venue is the Tea House' at 33 SalPlace from 7PM. The Tea House is an Asian restaurant and for $25 they will supply a banquet or other o@ons. It is BY0 as well as being licensed, and 20 seats have been reserved for the night. Vaughan Andrews is the person to contact to secure your seat, so contact him &(H) 238401 or (W) 215362 if you don't wit to miss out! *************** Deeembers Slide Night will be... Some English person! I can't remember his name, but he is a visiting English caver so you can be sure of not having seen these slides before! I know we had Arthur Clark down for this month, but because the Englishman' is only here for a couple of weeks, Arthur has been postponed unal the February 7th 1996 slide night. Sony Arthur! We will give the January 1996 slide night a miss as a lot of people will be away (caving perhaps?). No Cavers Diary For '% I am sorry to report that the West Australian Speleological Group's 'Cmers Diary' that Garth mentioned in an earlier Spiel will not be available for 1996. Apparently there was not enough support for it. Damn shame as tbe 1995 edition was a mighty fine piece of work, and well worth possessing.. 'Don't Just Sit There Reading The Spiel, Go Caving!'
Spiel No. 293. December 1995 Page 5 Australian Speleological Federation Draft Data Use Agreement [Eds note:You may remember a TCC meetrng earher on m the year where there was talk of havrng a central computer 'Karst Index Database' set up vra the ASF. Apparently there was a drafi 'Data Use Agreement'drawn up by the ASFfiom the ~nputfi.om Australra wide cavrng clubs (although no-one m the TCC or SCS had heard about thrs draft. ...l and thrs follows on from there. I am sow Ifyou don P recerve thrs untd aJier the closing date for submrsslons, but rt only arrrved l day afer grving the last Sprel to Trev forpublwhmg. Thanks to Peter Matthews (VSMASF) for the artrcle.] The closing date for comment on the drafi Data Use Agreement document (issued by ASF last January) for the use of Karst Index data, has been set at: 20 Dec: 1995 A letter to thts effect has been posted out to all ASF clubs. This date has been chosen so that the Working Group Convener, Peter Ackroyd, will have time to incorporate any desirable amendments for presentation at the January Council Meeting of ASF. If you foresee any dificulties for your club in the way the draft agreement has been drawn up, it is important that you advise the Convener ASAP so that suitable changes can be considered. We are trying to have any foreseen problems ironed out beforehand so that the setting up and ongoing operation of the distributed Karst Index Database will be as smooth as possible. Your club should have received a copy of the draft earlier ths year. It is also available on the ASF WWW pages at: from where a printable copy can also be downloaded. (Trevor now also has a TCC COPY. ) Comment on the draft should be posted to: Peter Ackroyd Convener, D UA Working group 384 Canning St North Carlton. VIC 3054 A ustralia. Tel. +61 3 9347-8058 Alternatively, comment can be emailed to Peter Matthews for passing on to Peter Ackroyd at the following address:Peter Matthews ASF Documentatron Commission matthews@melbpc. org.au 'Don't Just Sit There Rdng The SW, Go Coving!'
Page 6 Spiel No. 293. December 1995 Dean sets the record straight Please let it be known that it was not me who was injured on the recent (unfortunately unsuccessful) search for a missing bushwalker down at Precipitous Bluff! I was ~ust sharing a tent with the injured party, and had to stay in the tent with hun for the 1 112 days (in atrocious conditions!) unttl the helicopter came to our rescue. Not the most exciting way to spend your time ... I TRlP REPORTS I Diving Scott's Rising at Mole Creek. 3rd May 1995 Scott's Rising is the source of the 'Mole Creek'. Its innocuous appearance belies it's status as a major drainage system. Shrouded in blackberries and choked with fallen timber, the spring spews forth a great volume of water which supplies the Mole Creek township. The water's underground journey begins several lulometres away, on the lower slopes of the Great Western Tiers. Streams sink 1x1 Westmoreland Cave, Kelly's Pot and other swallets (including possibly Prohibition Cave) which flow onwards through Herberts Pot, Shiskebab, Dangerous, Wet Cave, Honeycomb, Cow Cave and kilometres more of intricate subterranean conduits which have never seen the light of exploring speleo's 1 Rolan Eberhard made a recce dive into the spring some years ago, which revealed the somewhat treacherous diving conditions of sunken vegetation combined with poor visibility (
Page S Spiel No. 293. December 1995 Nonetheless, we enjoyed ourselves. There is a possibility of rejoining the stream via a small deep hole at the entrance to JF226, although this will require some enlargng. Perhaps another day? And where is the other entrance to Burning Down the House??? Kelly Miller. BIT'S AND PIECES l[ "They Seek Dark Secrets of Bacteria" (Article reproducedfrom Campus Review (1995), 5/44}, 23. Thanks to Dave Nichois for sending 12 rn.} Three Flinders University scientists spent a weekend in South Australia's Naracoorte Caves recently, but unlike most visitors to the World Heritage listed site, their main ~nterest was dirt. Honours biology student MS Sarnantha Mead is studying the variety of non-hazardous bacteria in the caves, with a view to identifying how they contribute to the subterranean ecosystem. As a basis for the study, Mead together with her supervisor Dr Sue Thomas and research assistant MS Kylea Clarke spent hours crawling through narrow passageways collectmg sediment samples for testing. The biochemicals produced by some bacteria are valuable in more than scientific terms, and are used in everyday products such as laundry detergents and medicines. Research in the United States has shown that subsurface bacteria, which he m dark, cool and dry areas, are different to surface bacteria which live in wanner, lighter or wetter environments and produce different biochernicals. Their potential is clearly worth testing, yet comparatively little work has been done in Australia, and more particularly South Australia, on ths novel group of microbes. "Traditionally, work with bacteria has focused primarily on their value in medical and agricultural areas and we have comparat~vely little knowledge of their environmental potential," said Thomas, a senior lecturer in biology. The term 'environment' is used broadly in this context, referring to the essential part microbes play in the ecosystem and, as such, Mead's study can be seen as one of conservation. She is optimistic about the prospects of identifying new bacterial species and of being able to determine their relationship with more commonly isolated types. Tests will be run to determine whether cave bacteria can live in areas where surface bacteria would die of starvation, how sensitive they are to sunlight and ultraviolet light an4 therefore, how likely they are to survive outside their normal environment. At a later stage, molecular techniques will be applied to examine individual genes on the bacterial chromosomes. The long-term aim is to understand how bacteria repair damage to their chromosomes caused by ultraviolet light. 'Don't Just Sit There Reading The Spiel, Go Cavingl
Spid No. 293. December 1995 Page 9 Armed with this knowledge, the scientific community will be in a better position to develop ways of preventing and treating sunlight damage in humans. Bender's Quarry Sculpture Anyone been down to Bender's Quarry at Ida Bay lately? There's a mighty impressive grey 'sculpture' there now that looks an awful lot like a gate! Surely Parks & Wildlife wouldn't have gone to that much expense just to replace the old gate? Would they??? For sales Premier Carbide Lamp Ideal second light source, and can keep you warm under a space blanket in an emergency. Heaps of spare jets, new reflectors of various sizes, ect, ect, ect. Spare base and screw on cap, plus some small granule carbide. $50 50mm BucklesBlack coated, heavy duty ones ideal for malung up caving harnesses, Made in England and in new condition. They are impossible to replace locally. $5 each. Cave Lamp Charger4.5V X 450 mA output. Just needs keyhole bracket adaption to suit Oldham style through-the-headpiece chargmg. $5 Contact Leigh or Nick on 310348 (Aq) Free 8 channel multitrack recorder! Anyone want a free 8 channel multitrack recorder? All you have to do to obtain this item is purchase 10 guitar lessons off Dean at $150 per half hour lesson (10 X $150 = $1500) and I whl grve it to youfree How can you turn down an offer like that! It is a Fostex 280 multitracker with full recording and mixing capabilities, overdubbing panning, equalization, bouncing tracks, monitoring, punching in-out, ping-pongmg tracks, &gital tape counter, and adding effects capabilities. This unit has so many features even I can't remember them all! But best of all, it has heaps and heaps of buttons, knobs, sl~ders and flashing lights for you to look at and play with! You can easily fool all your friends into thinking that you are a professional musician with this unit! It also uses standard high bias cassette type tapes and is nice and easy to use. Don't forget, this Fostex 280 will be yours FREE with the purchase of a few guitar lessons. Call Dean now and arrange yours before it's too late! 'Don Y Just Sit There Reading The Spiel; Go Caving!
Page 10 Spiel No. 293. December 1995 Spiel Back Issues Did you know that you can purchase Spiel back issues (when available) for a mere pittance of their former price at only $1.00 each! Buy 2 and get none free! We guarantee that you won't get a free set of steak knives with them either! Don't ring 008 003 007 now, because I just made up that phone number and there probably won't be an answer! If you are interested in any, then contact Trevor (002) 291382 A Christmas 1 New Year Break Don't despair if you don't get a January 1996 Spiel. The Editor will probably have a break over ChnstmasMew Year, and get back into it monthly next year. Hope you all have a good time and don't forget to keep those articles coming in. It's going to be our 50th year remember.. IN OUR MAZLBOX 11 This is a new section that I am going to start regularly placing in the Spiel. Because a Iot of you don't attend meetings, you may not know what has amved in the TCC mailbox for us to look at. This will be a quick summary of what has appeared. All of these magazines are stored and kept in the club library at Trevor's house, and are available for all members to look at, although they must be returned to Trev when you have read them. Georgia Underground; Volume 3 1, No. I. (Dogwood Ciq Grotto, America) This issue has the exploration and survey's of Blunder Hole, Highland Plunge, Sir Lance-a-slot, Rebel Cave, Blue Spring Cave, and Larsons Well. An article on planning for your cave accident(?). Review of BMS Microrack (worth a look). And more of those excellent Linda Heslop cave drawings that seem to appear in every caving magazine from America nowadays! Caves & Caving;lssue 68. (Rrrtlsh Cuve Rescue Assoclarion) Heaps of British exploration stuff and surveys Cave potential in the lower Wye valley. Cave Radio and Electronics group field meeting including info on using radios in caves. Expedition to Northern Spain. Borneo caving expedition. Nepal caving expedition (thesefellas really get around') Origins of the British Cave Rescue Association. How to make an adjustable 'Cowstail'. and more ... Deseent;No 124. (Great Brrtarn & Irrlh cavers) Operat~on Cave Rescue (Sid Perou'J uccount of making hwj?rstJjlm). Caving in Belize, Guatemala. Explorat~on of Ogof Draenen. Lots of other exploration stuff, including ssme really strange soundlng cave names (bloody Welsh!} The British Cave Rescue Council incident report summary for 1994 (this IS worth look~ng at) and heaps more. 'Don 't Just Sit mere Reading The Spiel, Go Caving!
Spiel No. 293. December 1995 Page 11 NSS News;Volume 53, no 6. (National Speleological Sociey, America) Exploration in River caves in Guatemala. Vertical Safety Techniques (mainly for beginner's}. Memorial to Vlahmir Kisseljov (a Russian caver who lost his lfle in a cave diving tragedy). Product review of the 'Sonen 250' electronic distance measuring instrument (sounds promising.'). And of course, Linda Heslop's cave drawings.. Australian Cuver;No 138. (Australran Speleological Federation) Cave sediment5 and what they can tell you. New' caving terms, Exploration in Labyrinth cave, West Oz. Using 'mini buses' as a transport solution for club trips. The curse of the pharaohs (interesting). Caving and Sex (definitely worth reading)! SUSS; Volume 35, No I. (Sydney Unrversrty Speleological Society) Explorations in Twiddley-on-pom and survey. Lots of trip reports. Presidents report. The SUSS trip leader system. An extract fiom Norbet Casteret's book 'Ten Years (inder The Earth'. A SUSS newsletter index. And a letter to the editor on the last page that all Tasmanians should read! Hills Speleology Club Newsletter; Volume I l, No I. (NSW) A report fiom an expedition to Tasmania! Caving in West Oz. A photocopy of an article from the Sydney morning Herald from March 17 1995 featuring our very own Stefan Eberhard, complete with an interview! This boy is a legend! And also, a 2 page cavers quiz challenge (worth doing). ~Vargun; Volume 28, No 5. (Victorian Speleological Associatronj A new Granite cave in Victoria including survey. The Buchan First Response Cave Rescue Team info. Information on their President, Miles Pierce. And that's about all. The Journal of the Sydney Speleological Society; Volume 39, No IO. Drama in Icy Cave (a reprint qf an article in the Yix magazine, basically a load of shit.') And an article on cave women reproduced from back in 1959. Surveying Horse cave and a survey of WA7. Langana; September 1995. (Czrcular of the Launceston Walkmg Ciub) General info, reviews, and tips on bushwalking in Tasmania. There is an articIe on leeches and parasites! And a couple of good campsite meals to try out. 1 REAL ESTATE f!) h For Rent Townhouse in Battery Point. Only five minutes easy walk to the cafes, bars and cultural activities of Salamanca Place, close to the University and Sandy Bay shops, this near new two story townhouse will be available for rent next year (1996) for a period of six to twelve months. 'Don't Just Sit There Reading The Spiel, Go Caving!'
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