Spiel No. 29l.October 1995 Page 3 I CLUB MATTERS I O.J. isfree!!!! Yep, that's right! At the recent Annual dinner the orange juice was served up free, as the dispenser wasn't working properly and it was all watery. A moderate turnout was had with around 20 people there. Thanks to all that turned up and don't forget that next years dinner is going to be our 50th!! It gonna be HUGE .... Year Number 50 This year's (49th) Annual Dinner u past us. However, next year is TCC's 50th year of existence. We are the oldest caving club in the country and possibly one of the older continuously existing clubs in the world. Accordmg to common tradition, we should do something about celebrating and / or recording this fact. Has anyone any ideas and if so, will you carry them out?? Some kind of Special Dimer with national / international invites and a noted speaker, perhaps?? A M1 colour Speleo Spiel with pix and articles from the archives of both TCC and others? Maybe we do it all electronically and have a Virtual Spiel ... (sounds like some of the issues we've had in years gone by!)? All this will take time to organise and do, so we should start some work on it soon, to avoid those last minute rushes that always seem to accompany such thngs. Please talk to Stu (yes, he needs more friends!) and also tell him your thoughts on this stuff. Stu can be contacted via several different electronic mechanisms: Phone (work) 002-78 1 248 (home) 002-283054 Fax (work and home) 002-28 1853 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Davies has a word or two... Many thanks to club members for my recent election as a life Member. It was a very pleasant surprise. One correction to the Spiel article needs to be noted August 95 was my first visit to Ice Tube, even to the entrance! (Dean 'S fault, sorry!) "Courage is having all of your burter/liesflying in fonnat'on"
Page 4 Spiel No. 291. October 1995 Chris Davies still having a word or two... Thanks also to Hamilton Tomo Group for all your assistance in the recent TCC does Waitomo' exmtion, and also a recommendation to travellers in NZ. The HTG 'hut' in Waitomo is exceptional, as are the club members, and they welcome cavers and other travellers too. Lucky Strike gets my number one vote. Chris Davies November and December Slide Nights Our slide night for the first Wednesday in November will be Stephen Bunton showing slides of caving in New Zealand (and maybe some others as well). Thanks to Rolan Eberhard for his excellent Nepal slides last month as we were all impressed! As for the December slide night, that one will be Arthur Clarke showing his slides taken at th~s years 'Australian Cave and Karst Management Association' (ACKMA) conference held In Tasmania. Slides are from a few Tasmanian Cavin areas, and a lot of Mole Creek. Hopefully this will continue to be a reguiar first Wednesday of the month event, so bring all of your good slides along for a look and come along and have a 'bo-peep' yourselves. Con tact List Next months Spiel will have the fully updated contact list including all the financial members in other parts of Australia as well. It didn't quite get to this issue in time. C.L.A.G. NEWS Nothing to report here except that the Cave Safety Level 1 day, and Level 1 assessment day are still on for next month. Last Spiel had all of the gory details, or you can ring Dean or Jeff Butt. "Courage, is having all your bufferfliesf2ying in famation
Page 6 Spiel No. 291. October 1995 Probably not possible to use SRT techniques in this cave as it is so tight that prussiking from the lower part of the rift would not be possible. Apparently John Parker has been further down (using a ladder) to find a large chamber and another pitch when he discovered the cave in 1977 it also tried to kill him with loose rock & hence the name .... Not a nice cave at all and unless one was vey desperate for something to do, I for one will be leaving it alone. (Eds note (again); I know that Bob 'S last statement was a lie, as 1 ended up going back to the same cave again with him about a month later. I will have to admrt, his descriprion wus wue.../ Bob Reid. *************** Wandering around the Florentine bush with a GPS. July 1995 David Nichols and John Steen. I have often looked at the surveys of Growling Swallet and wondered what is on the surface above the area around Tiger Mountain and River Lethe. When Dave told me that he could get hold of a GPS (TLA for Global Positioning System) we agreed that a surface tour of Growling was in order. We got a fix on the car park without too much trouble,. At the Growling entrance we finally got enough satellites to get a position after a lot of stuffing around and waving the GPS. The further we went into the Ice tube Valley, the harder it was to get a location. Slaughterhouse Pot entrance was too sheltered, as was Pendant Pot. We then passed an exiting stream sink which I later found out was investigated by the omnipresent Rolan Eberhard in the early 1980's. I sometimes wonder if the Eberhards designed the Florentine after Slartibartfarst designed the fiords in Norway ... Moving further up the valley we encountered a small doline on the right of the track, just before the impressive Ice Tube doline. Here we tried to get a position again so we could head off the track in the direction of Tiger mountain. While walkmg around the area to try and get a clear fix, Dave noticed a tight rift that issued a promising draught. After we removed a log from the rift and had a look over the edge, it appeared that it might widen after the first 5m. Definitely worth another look with ropes. From here on we abandoned the GPS idea, I think an extended antenna is required. We then passed Ice Tube, located a particularly muddy streamsink, and then followed a blue taped track to the top of the saddle at the end of the valley. I assume this is a surface tie in with Niggly Cave, but I haven't been able to get a definite answer on that. John Steen. "Courage, is having all your buttetjliesfiing in formation
Spiel No. 29l.October 1995 Page 7 Armchair Caving TCC Style. JF 345 Ice Tube, August 95 What began as a plan for a leisurely survey up to Ice Tube with the Wailes boys turned serious when Gavin and Travers decided against a day in the rainforest! As John Hawkins and Bwce Stewart (Mainlanders) were in Maydena working up to a Niggly trip, Trev suggested we join up and drop into Ice Tube to check the survey from the base of the Ramp Pitch up to the base of Degenerated Man. "Its only 5 pitches down" ... In traditional style we set off in the hgh speed Escort Van in bright sunshtne. As we picked up John and Bruce at the Maydena Chalet the cloud started to build, and as we left the cars tradition was satisfied as the rain commenced. The rainforest walk recharged a few failing memory cells, and the last kilometre or so was a new experience for me. What a blast it must have been to find this cave. Big doline with stream and a steeply inclined walk-in entrance coming to a 25m pitch with waterfall. The draft is strong, and it goes! No dramas going in. There is a real pleasure caving in a quiet achever type caving team. Bruce filmed with a video and floodlight(!). He had high hopes for the footage of Trevor high speed abseiling the Degenerated Man pitch (hs namesake). On th~s 22 metre pitch the last 10 metres or so is in the middle of the waterfall. After a 'cordon bleu' meal of hot pasta and noodles in the chamber above the Fabulous Spangley Pitch (where Ice Tube starts to get serious), we began our exit. Trevor and I surveying and John and Bruce derigging. Unfortunately the waterproof housing for the video wasn't and neither was my sewer light. Bruce produced a shy new FX2 light from his pack thanks Bruce. 1 got to be last up the Degenerated Man, no bottom weight, freezing water poundmg down and finding that my normally well behaved chest ascender does not work well under water with a soft new rope. I managed to dislodge the borrowed lamp from my helmet and couldn't reattach it swinging in and out of the torrent. A little fear and an adrenalin boost can do wonders and I got it together and prussiked out of the worst of the water. Of course, no trip to the Florentine would be complete without a wander in the rainforest searching for marking tapes which seemed so plentiful in daylight. A couple of thngs are worth noting; A cave rescue from upper Ice Tube would be extremely difficult. From below the Ramp Pitch it would be much harder. It is interesting what passes through your mind when you are hangmg in a waterfall! "Coumge is having all ofyour buiferjhhjlying in jorrnation
Page 8 Spiel No. 291. October 1995 l removed the hand traverse line to the single bolt for the first pitch. It was old and inadequate. 15 metres of 9 mm would be an adequate replacement. An extra bolt or t\yo at the head of the pitch would be nice. Chris Davies Asteroid Pot (JF366) and JEW ( near Asteroid Pot.) August 1995 John Steen and Kelly Miller. I have heard a lot about this enigmatic mini-cave at the bottom of the Serendpity Valley. After reading the last report (Wailes et a1 1994 Spiel No 282) on the possibjlities of this pot, I was enthused for a visit. /E& note:A good reason forpeople fo write trip reports '/ Asteroid was located with little difficulty. The entrance to the tube at the base of the first pitch (6m) was reopened after a few bucketloads of mud were sent back up the shaft. Looking around the corner down the tube it was apparent that the rest of the tube was clear, so I then set about widemng the entrance to the tube with some success until the hammer handle broke. We then tried to find F384 by walking up a small dry valley that runs perpendicular to the Serendipity Valley. According to previous reports, this small choked pot, like Asteroid also contains a draught. We failed to find this but found S309 Mher up the valley. This has a small entrance pitch with a small window at the bottom to a more roomy, and relatively clean chamber. A draught was confirmed by the movement of cobwebs in the "window". Undoubtedly the following hypothesis has been mentioned previously but it is probably worth restating. Asteroid is situated right on top of Serenlpity and a line of draughting pots exists between Serendipity and the New Feeling area of Growling Swallet. I have limited experience with geology but could there be a weakness in the limestone that has allowed the creation of Destiny and New Feeling that also intersects with Serendipity? Certainly the prospect of a Growling to Serendipity connection suggests more work with Asteroid Pot and the other pots in the area could be worthwhile. John Steen. "Courage, is having all your buttrrfimflying in formation
Page 10 Spiel No. 291. October 1995 I BIT'S AND PIECES I For Sale Brother WP-1450DS word processor. Only 9 months old. 3 115 inch disk drive, IBM compatible, Built in printer with excellent print quality, framing programs, spreadsheet programs, spell checker, file management programs, nice and portable and vely easy to use What more do I need to say? New $1 100, sell at the bargain pnce of only $650' A mere spit in the ocean! Contact Dean for details. Ghost Tours? A recent issue of the 'Community Express' urban newspaper featured a photo of two of the tour guides for the recently expanded 'Hobart Ghost Tours' business. Dressed in period costume, one of the two guides looked vaguely familiar. Reading the caption revealed that ~t was none other than Laurie Moody, a past TCC member. Laurie did a considerable amount of work in the Florentine Valley during the 1960's through to 1979. He was mainly concerned with the less steep and daunting valley floor and did much to explore and document this now seldom visited area. Following his retirement from the sport, Laurie wrote a manuscript (as yet unpublished) based on his own recollections of the activities, plus using much from the Speleo Spiel. This document gwes a comprehensive 'working' history of much of the major exploration activity through to about 1980. Well done Lawie! We'll get around to doing something about publishing the Florentine document at some stage. Only one question do all ex cavers end up as ghosts of their former selves?? Stuart Nicholas. Rolan takes over the drill Rolan Eberhard (348126 H) is now the one to ask if you want use of the TCC h11 as he is now looking after it. Rolan also is the person with the number tags and ASF Karst mdex forms for when you do number these new caves. "Courage, i,s having all your Bnttefliesfiing in formation
Spiel No. 29l.Octobcr 1995 World Cave Diving Record! [Eds note:This snlppet appeared via Ozcaver, and is quotedfrom the Adelaide Advertiser September 27, 1995, page 7. 1 assume it is true ...l An Adelaide man has broken the world cave diving record! Christopher Brown navigated 6.26km of underground cave, below the Nullatbor Plain an improvement of 20 petres on the record set in 1983. His support team inithe water with him and at the entrance of Cocklebiddy Cave, where the attempt began, were all delighted yesterday. "We'll start a celebration on what we've got down here," Brown said from below ground. "I don't suppose you could throw a few beers down, could you?" He departed, Toad Hall air chamber, beneath the Nullarbor in Western Australia, on Saturday night. Cocklebiddy is about 250km from the SA Border, roughly midway between Eucla and Norseman. He set off with a motorised scooter but, as the cave narrowed, he abandoned powered vehicles. Hoping to find another cave or huge air chamber, Brown had to push his oxygen tanks in front of him because the cave had become so narrow. Then, 97 minutes after leaving his crew at Toad Hall, Brown decided it would be too risky to canyon. "I couldn't negotiate any further, with or without packs, so I decided 20m was the best I could do," he said. Brown, who spent a year preparing for the dwe, praised his support team. They are expected to be back above ground late last night. Heres one to keep in mind! Appearing via Ozcavers was a new method of breaking up rocks inconvenient to handle. This involves detonating a Wilti' (nail gun) cartridge at the bottom of an 8mm hole drilled in the rock, using an 8mm rod propelled with force by a lump hammer. The system is accredited to be quiet (relatively), safe and fumeless, and more or less legal. Is anyone brave enough to try it, because I'm not! Don't forget to keep those Spiel articles rolling in, ifyou want to receive a new Spiel every month! "Courage is having all of your burterfries fiing in fi'on
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
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of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. It also carriers
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information likely to be of interest to members from time to