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President:Dean Morgan 17 Behaven Ave. Tarma 7053 (002) 2793 18 firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President:John Stem 6 Onon Place, Montaqu Bay 7018 (002) 445025 J.T.Steeni~b~och.utas.edu.au Secretary:Lelgh Douglas 154 Melvllle St, Hobart 7000 (002) 310348 Treasurer:Niyel Williams 1/98 Arthur St, West Hbt 7000 (002) 291382 igel-w1i~antdiv.gov.a~ Quartermaster:Trevor Wailes 2 14 Summerteas Rd bgston 7050 (002) 291382 Public ofticer:Stephen Bunton 1 Raymont Tce, Mount Stuart 7000 (002) 782398 sbunton($postoffice mends tas.edu.au Editor:ban Morgan 17 Behaven Ave, Taroona 7053 (002) 2793 l8 email@example.com MEETINGS Are held on the I st & 3rd of every mmth at Shipwright's Arms hotel, 29 Trumpeter St, Battery Point, Hobart. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS Full Member .................. $25 Family ........................ $30 Student ...................... $18 Spiel Subwription..$lS Individual Issues.....$3 Back issues ............. S2 Speleo Spiel No. 29 7 (1 May 1996 Newsletter of the TASMANIAN CAVERNEERING CLUB Inc. P.0 Box 4 16 Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005 Foundation Member of Australian Speleological Federation First Caving Club in Australia Founded 1946 HAPPENINGS .............................................................. SAREX '96.. ..2 ASF-CLAG's Annual General Meeting.. .................. .2 EDITORIAL .................................................. Happy month is here! 2 CLUB MATTERS ......................... ......................... Sub's are due now! .. 3 50 Years underground a Celebration ....................... 4 .................................................................... SAREX '96 6 .............................. Extraordinary General Meeting.. .6 .................................................. Rolan's new address.. .6 OBITUARY ...................................................... Peter Dombrovskis .7 ASF-CLAG NEWS ASF-CLAG's Annual General Meeting ..................... 7 TRIP REPORTS ..................................................... Hobart Downunda.. .8 T.0.L.C.RA.F.A. (What's that mean???). ................ 9 TCC's Easter Weld River expedition ...................... 10 BITS & PIECES Review of 'Mld' cave diving article ........................ l f .......... Beyond the light; Savage River Caving Club l2 IN OUR MAILBOX .................................................. Not much this month 12 Covvri~ht 1996 TCC .W lhrs work is KC copyright. Apartfrom qfaw dealing for the purpose ofprivate study, resesemch, cririsism or revrew, as permitted under the Cojyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process wrthout written pennrssionfrom the publishers aid inclusron of acknowledgement of the source.
Page 2 Speleo Sp~el No. 297. May I996 h HAPPENINGS Southern Caving Society Annual General Meeting:You've probably missed it by now, but it was on for Wednesday 24th April at 22 Clutha Place, South Hobart. Buttman's house. Sewer tour Pt 2:1st May. If you missed the first one (See 'Hobart Downundu' m 'Tnp Reportstto$nd out what it's all about,), then don't miss out on this second underworld trek! Meeting at 7pm at the Transit Bus Ceme, Collins Street Hobart. Khazud-Dum1Dwarrodelf:25th April (Anzac Day) You've probably missed this one too! Members of SCS and Northern Caverneers will also be there. Contact Dean or Vaughan (H23840 l) if you want to get wet. ASF-CLAG Level 1 Caver assessment Weekend:4th & 5th of May. ASF-CLAG Annual General Meeting:1 lth & 12th of May. See 'ASF-CLAG News' for the details. SAREX '96:The last weekend in May; 25-26th. Don't forget this one! See 'Club Matters' for all the details. Although you should already have all the details well embedded in your skulls by now! Happy month is here! Hi everyone, It's happy month now! After my b~tchn' and moaning in last months Editorial, I thought I had better liven up this months edition. Therefore, we'll start this Spiel with a joke! Let me see if I can think of (a clean!) one. Ummmmmm hang on a moment.. Here we go: "What did the elephant say when he saw the first naked white man?" "Wow1 How can vou breathe through that thzng7?7" Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,! ! Oh well.. . .at least I laughed. 'Yf you me travelling at the speed of light and you turn your hedights on whai happens7??" Simple 01' Thor
Speleo Spiel No. 297. May 1996 Page 3 It's good to see that my whingeing in last issue has also bought about some results; hence we have contributions m this months Spiel from various other authors, and not just me! Wow, we haven't had that for a while! Unfortunately, this will be the last Spiel you will get for a short time, as Trevor is departing to sunny old England for a 2 month holiday. Probably wants to try and pick up some of that top quality English beef while it's going cheap and bring it back into Australia to sell! For those that don't know, Trevor is the trusty TCC printer the man who faithfully donates his spare time each and every month to printing the Spiel for us free of charge! Obviously, because Trev is our Spiel printer and won't be here, there will be no Spiel. I offered to airmail the next one over to him so he could print it out for us in England and send it back to us, but he wouldn't be in that at all! So as a result of Trevor's total dereliction of duty, and complete lack of consideration towards all TCC members; you won't see the next Spiel until he gets back and prints it for us. Some people are only interested in themselves you know.. Have a good trip anyhow Trevor, even if you are letting the TCC down in a big way, and all of you readers had better read this one really, really slowly to make the most of it! Oh yeah, you should all take special notice of Dave Nichol's report on the Remote Area First Aid Course too(see 'Trlp Reports?. Dean Morgan Serious Persetor I CLUB MATTERS L TCC Annual Subscriptions are now due!!! Just a gentle reminder to everyone, that your Sub's are now due. Costs are:Full Member $25 Full TCC membership and all the perks' that go with it! Family $30 Full TCC membership to all, but only I Splel subscrrptlon' Student $18 Reduced full membership rate for students. Spiel Subscription S18 Non TCC membership, but you'll receive all the Spiels. "It ahvays surprrses me fhaf some thzngs are so szrrpnszng that they even surpnse people that nothng surprises any more." Erik Dasque
Page 4 Speleo Spiel No. 297. May 1996 Cheques can be made payable to:Tasmanian Cavemeering Club Inc. P. 0. Box 476 Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005. If we don't hear from you fairly soon, I'm sorry to say you will be taken off the Spiel mailing list! You have been warned!!! 50 Years Underground The Tasmanian Caverneering Clubs 50th Annual Dinner [Eds Note:It's great to see someone motivated enough to put ail this together. Excellent job Bunty!l'J The Tasmaman Caverneering Club is celebrattng ~t's half century this year. Founded in 1946, ~t is Australia's oldest caving club and one of the oldest continuously functioning caving clubs in the world. Throughout ~ts hstory the club has been at the forefront of exploration of a number of slgn~ficant Australian caves, lncludrng Exit Cave formerly Australra 'S longest cave), Growling Swallet, Khazad-dum, Ice Tube, Annakananda and Niggly Cave, (each m turn the deepesj cave in Australru, w~th Nzggly Cave also having the longest srngle undergroundpltch m the Southern Hemrsphere(3) at 190 metres), and Kubla Khan, one of the countries most spectacular TCC members have also been involved in a number of overseas expedit~ons, notably to Papua New Guinea and Mexlco. In 1964, one TCC member Frank Salt, was ~nvolved in the tnitial exploration of the Gouffre Berger In France and reached the 1 122 sump Celebration of ths event wl1 involve a weekend get together of currently actlve [Where's he golng toJind them I wonder' Ed] and older members at Tyenna Lodge at Maydena over the weekend of the 16-17th November. Actlvltles are to include barbeques, socialising, talks, slideshows and the annual dinner. All set in a rather informal conference style. There may even be a caving tr~p or two for some of the keen types ... Hopefully we can also get a number of people to pose for an archval "club photo" in caving gear! Maybe in the entrance of Growling Swallet a cave whlch has signified so much in the Club's history. '~ym are travellrng at the ped of light andyou turn yuur hedzghis on what @pens3?~" Simple 01' Thor
Speleo Spiel No. 297. May 1996 Page 5 Tyenna Lodge can cater for about 40 people if we decide to go for the option of the main dinner meal. The menu and costs can be finalised later. They can also provide accommodation for 12 in a range of rooms at reasonable rates. There are cheaper overnight options available including camping on the flats beside the Junee River, or a large dosshouse with floorspace for sleeping bags and mats. This means that our more senior members can be accommodated in style, while the younger hardier types can rough it a bit and nobody need dnve home under the influence. Stephen Bunton (002 782 398) is handling all the details, so if you are coming then you need to let him know your preference for an 'Evening BBQ' or a more 'Formal Meal'. If numbers exceed 40 odd, then we will have to go for the BBQ option. You also need to book with him to reserve a room or floorspace, or you can just turn up with your tent. Bring your Trogsuit for the archival photo, and bring your best, worst, or most incriminating photos too! Tyenna Lodge has a seminar conference room that we can use for the purpose of telling and retelling old tales and other forms of public humiliation ... Closer to the date we will let people know more details, with the precise nature of the informal actwities and their schedule, also whether there will be a formal dinner, and the boring details like the cost and what time we have to evacuate the debris by on the Sunday etc. At the moment we are just letting you know it is on, so keep the date free in your dary and make the required travel plans. We hope to get some interstate refugees back for the weekend. If anyone IS a stickler for ceremony and requres a formal invitation, then please let Steve know and he wll arrange one through the club secretary. (E& note:It's onlypeople that don't recerve the Sprel and who we thmk should be envrted that wrll get an 'oflcral' mvitatlon m the marl. So fyou are readmg this -please don't expect an rnvltatron by marl unless you ask for one 1 Also fthere a anyone you can thrnk of who wouldn't recelve an lnvifatlon via Sprel's and you thmk should get one, then let Steve know.] It would also be good if we got a dstinguished after dinner speaker to officially launch TCC into the second half century. Anyone got any ideas? Stephen Bunton The Friends' School P.O.Box 42 North Hobart (002) 346 566 FAX 348 209 sbunton@postoffice. fhends.tas.edu.au "Zt always surprises me that some things are so surprising that they even surprise people that nothing surprises any more. Erik Dasque
Page 6 Spleo Spiel No. 297. May 1996 Tasmanian Caverneering Club Extraordinary General Meeting for 29th May 1996 The joint Extraordinary General Meeting between both caving clubs is st~ll on for Wednesday 29th of May. We need to finalise the matter of "whether or not to amaIgamute wrth the Southern Cavrng Society". You have to be there to have your say unless you have put in a proxy vote to someone. It's no good whingeing about the outcome if you don't attend the meeting. -SAREX '96. The Last Weekend In MayAs mentioned in the last 2 issues of the Spiel (you can't say you drdn't have pnor warnmg thrs year!), SAREX '96 is all set and planned for the weekend of May 25-26th. It's on at Ida Bay thls year, and we are meeting at Police Search & Rescue headquarters, 19 Paternoster Row at 8:OOam Saturday momlng. Accommodation is at the Lune River Youth Hostel for those staying overnight. Please be there, or I'll be really, really cross and call you all nasty names in the next Spiel!!! Rolan's new address As also mentioned in the last Spiel, Rolan Eberhard is now living in Canberra. If you want to contact him, he should be available at:PO Bax 2563 Civic Square ACT 2608 Although by the time you read this, he'll probably be '%ff'overseasfor a spot of climbing m Callfornra and Peru." Some people have all the fun! "If you are travelling at the speed of light and you turn yaur headlights on what happens 7 7 7" Simple 01' Thor
Speieo Sprel No. 297. Mq l996 Page 7 OBITUARY Peter Dombrovskis 1945 1996 Peter Dombrovskis: Even if you are one of the few people involved in the Tasmanian wilderness who didn't know the name, I'm sure you would have come across his work at some stage over the years. Although he was not a caver that I knew of, he was an exceptionally talented wilderness photographer who had won international acclaim with hls photo's of Tasmania's wilderness. He was particularily well known for his annual wilderness calenders, diaries and postcards, as well as CO-producing the book 'Wild Kivers'with Dr Bob Brown in 1983. Unfortunately, Peter's body was found near the top of Mt Hayes at the Western Arthur's ranges in Southern Tasmania at 4pm, Wednesday, April 3rd. A traec loss of a very talented man who will be sorely missed. I AS'. F. -C. L.A. G. NEWS 1 What's coming up with ASF-CLAG? Apart from what you saw in 'Happenings', nothing! Although I should mention that the ASF-CLAG Annual General Meeting is happening on 1 lth-12th of May in Launceston. Anyone is welcome to come along and attend, so contact Jeff Butt or Dean if you are interested. Free transport will be leaving from Hobart on Saturday morning, perhaps with a caving trip to Mole Creek on the Sunday? Come along and join in the festivities! "It ahvays surprises me that some things are so surprismg that they even surprise people that nothing surprises ary more." Erik Dasque
Page 8 Speleo Spiel No. 297. May I996 I., TRIP REPORTS h Hobart Downunda 3rd Apnl; Hobart Rivulet Dean Morgan, Kelly Miller, Vaughan Andrews, Andrew McNeill, Greg Jordan, and others I can't remember but am bound to get into trouble for forgetting. [Deans note:Some of the others were:Chrrs Macmtosh, Wayne Partrrdge, Tess, Jolyon Uesmarchlier & glrljriend and Dave Rasch.] With all the local interest in Wellington Bridge beneath the pavers of the Elizabeth Street Mall, some cavers eventually had to head for the Rivulet. And this seemed more popular than real caving, judgng by the attendance list above! It's easy to get into the Rivulet either near the Redline bus depot in Collins st, or near the hospital. It's also easy not to get lost. It is however, easy to lose people ... Our merry little group of enthusiasts trundled down the water-smoothed sandstone pavers and less inspiring concrete, examining each little lead with such fervour it's a shame noone goes caving anymore! There were few large enough holes until beneath the fabled Wellington Bridge, where 3 tunnels headed vaguely up Elizabeth St. The first two are big concrete boreholes, and would be good fun with a lilo and a flood. The third is older and is lined with convict bricks which are definitely worth a gander. Needless to say, everyone had a play in the tunnels. These went at least a couple of blocks up before boredom and cramped necks set in (apart from the convict tunnel, whch was more interesting and joined up with the other two eventually). the^ was also lots of graffiti from some group fiom the mainland. "Cave Clan is Coming!" they stated. I think we missed that event. Somehow in all of the fun and games, Kelly and Vaughan made it back to the Rivulet only to find everyone gone! So of course they headed downstream, past the hospital and into the next wetter section. Another large tunnel went off towards the Brooker Highway. The last section is like a large rail-way tunnel. I guessed it was the last section because there was lots more water and there were waves breaking over my gumboots. It emerged somewhere between the Regatta grounds and Macquarie Wharf, leaving the alternative of going back up the Rivulet, or walking back past the Cenotaph and through the streets. [What about swlmmlng out into the Derwent River, you woosres//lEd]. ''Ifyou are travelling at the speed of light and you turn your headlights on what happens???" Simple Or Thor
Speleo Spiel No. 297. May 1996 Page 9 The fear of being recognised wearing gumboots in town was too great, and we took to the rivulet again at the hospital. Needless -to say, everyone else had long gone home.. You too can go Urban Caving if you want to. The greatest danger 1s someone you know seeing you wemng gumboots in the city! A light is a good idea ('lrghts are there, but are probably only runzed on for 'oficlal toursl). Gumboots are a good idea, part~cularly if you want to go right down to the river (stick to the sldes of the tunnel though). And a lilo and a mild flood could make it REALLY interesting. Kelly Miller A "Trip Report" for; The Tasmanian Outdoor Leadership Council's Remote Area First Aid Course By David Nichols [It's good to see that someone else is as impressed with these TOLC course as I am! Ed] The TOLC Remote Area First Aid course is run to provide training in the necessary emergency response and management slulls for patient skills in remote areas (and ifthis sounds like an Ad itprobably is!). The course is designed to build on basic urban first aid knowledge, as denoted by a senior first aid certificate (eg; St. Johns, Red Cross.) and to extend patient care skills beyond the usual assumption that the Ambulance will arrive within the next 15 minutes. As such it is very good training for anyone that leaves the metropolitan area. Even if you think "nothing will ever happen to me", it may well do to someone near you! The course consisted of three 2.5 hour theory sessions, followed by a weekend of practicals (and assessment) at the Waddamana Field Study centre. The real benefits of the course, in my opinion, fall into three main points; Firstly, due to the presumption that medical hetp (apattfiom your) will not arrive for a considerable period of time, that is fiom hours to days. Many of the treatment protocols suggested differ markedly fiom those contained within urban-oriented "normal" first aid courses. The protocols for many treatments are more involved, and extend much fiuther than usually recommended in urban areas. Important aspects of this are shock management, patient secondary surveys and recording of patient information. "It always surprises me that some things are so surprising thar they even surprise people that nothing surprises any more. Erik Dasque
Speleo Sprel No. 297. May I996 Page I I We climbed the Acropolis (we have the photos of[lns~de] cloucis to prove rt), walked up to the Labynnth, fought off rabid one-eyed possums intent on destroying our slumber, and went fungus-watching (on the really slow days). And then we caught the ferry back down the lake and had some hot chips from the new super-duper visitor centre at Lake St Clair! Wonderful to see our park entry fees being put to such good use ... So that was the TCC Easter Expedition of 1996. Bit of a bummer really, although it was a relief not to have to carry caving gear as well as camping gear. Perhaps we can do it again sometime. Kelly Miller I BIT'S AND PIECES Rev~ew of an article titled "Once in a Lifetime." Stefan Eberhard's personal account of the 1995 Cocklebiddy Cave Diving Expedition" from Wrld magazine, Autumn 1996 (no 60) 'The frrst rule rs, "Don't die":; the second rule rs, "Have fin".' Sound advice for anyone, especially anyone on the 1995 Cocklebiddy Cave Diving Expedition. This logistically epic push last year into Cocklebiddy Cave, beneath the Nullarbor Plan, broke the world cave diving record. Previously at 6090 m from the cave entrance, a further 20 m was added by Chris Brown before the passage became too narrow. All but some 350 metres and the odd air chamber are under water, and several days were required to ferry equipment through the two sumps before the find push from Toad Hall. To get to this point: 18 months of preparations, 9 experienced divers, 60 air cylinders, 7 diver propulsion vehicles (scooters), and various tonnes of other equipment. Stefan seemed particularly enamoured of the scooters: "I hadn't had so much fun with a small machine since just before I crashed my brother's motor bike years before." The words "hoon", "thrilln, "barrel roll" and "maximum velocity" were also mentioned there somewhere. Methinks that breaking the record was merely an excuse for a very big jolly ... '2 ahoays surprises me that some fhrngs are so surprwng that they even surprrse people that nothrng surprrses ay more." Erik Dasque
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