Speleo Spiel No. 151 November, 1979. Page 1. I NETrlJSLETTER OF THE TASNANI&T C AVERNEERINCT CLUB Annual Subscription $4.00 Single copies 40 cents President : Bruce McIntosh, c/Springvale Hostel, Midwood St.,New Town,7008. Ph: 28 1282 President Max Jeffries, 18 South Crescent, Maydena,7457. (Maydena Branch): Ph: 88 2256 Secretary Albert Goede, c/Geogrephy Dept. University (Acting) : of Tasmania, Sandy Bay97G05. Ph: 23 0561(W) Editor: Stuart Nicholas, 7 Rupert Avenue New Town, 7008. Ph: 28 3054(H), 28 4691 (k?) Typist & Sue Feeney, 60 King Street, Sandy Bay, 7005. Distribution: Ph: 23 1699(~), 34 6299 (W) ***7F*-***********x-H************-X-****-XC-*x-*+t-**-*******************->** Sometime before end of year Wed. November 21 Sat. December l Sat. December 1 Sun. December 2 Wed. December 5 Weekend, December 15 & 16 Tue. January 1 to Tue. January 81980 Wednesday evenings (or any other night ) Sat. March I Mon. May 26 to Fri. May 31 -Chairman JF99: Probably involving one or more underground biwies. This trip will be run in conjunction with Gordon Taylorts visit (dates unknown as yet). See Stuart Nicholas for details of this trip and also a one day preparation trip soon. -Cornnittee -I--up--Meetis, 8 p.m., 7 Rupert Avenue. -Radio co~mmications exercise at June Florentine -Australian Sports Medicine Federation ItIntention to AttendN registration for the 1980 Conference closes. -Bone Pit: SRT practice trip. See Chris ~avies7~eoff Fisher or Stuart Nicholas. -General Meetin&, 8 p.m., 7 Rupert Avenue. Remember the NEW format! Verv short business session with slides, etc. after. -Kubla Khan: Photographic trip concocted by -.--Bill Tomalin. See inside for details. -Annual Trip to Cracroft Area: May be extended ,------em *. by a week. To be run inconjunction with Dave Gilliesonrs visit. -Laddering, SRT, etc. exercises together with B-B-Q on Sphinx Rock meet at Sphinx Rock or Stuart's place no later than 5.30 p.m. OR the same thing at Proctor's Road quarry 4p.m. onwards. Contact Bruce McIntosh. N.B. Obviously these two exercises will not be run simultaneously! -A.S.M.F. Annual Conference. Early registration closes. -A.S.M.F. Conference at University Centre.There will be two public lectures, one Tuesday, May 27 by Dr Griffith Pugh on physiological and human aspects of the 1953 first ascent of Mt. Everest and the second, Thursday, May 29 by Dr David Lewis on the planning and conduct of solo yacht voyages.
Speleo Spiel No. 151 -. *... ~ -P Page 2. EEITORIAL ... --.._ -.After some discussion at the October committee meeting, it was decided all the "ho-hum borinq stuffu will be dealt with at cornrnittee meets in future. Gene. .l meetings will probably have a short business session (10mins) but will mainly be for entertainment purposes, i.e. any slides, films and so on that may be brought along will be shown, trips discussed, etc. The original idea behind such an arrangement of committee and general meetings was to encourage attendance at general meets by doing all the boring stuff at the committee meets. However, during the last 12-18 months, there has been a duplication of effort with long business 'r,ssions occurring at both meetings and consequent small attendance at the monthly general meetings. Hence, you may all breathe a sigh of relieTi^, take your.ear plugs out and come along to the editozls residence on the first Vednesday of every month ( or any other Wednesday for that matter) for some entertainment instead of a prolonged sleep! O~X-%-~iCiCiC.3:-~~-%~~X-X-9-%~+-X-~*~+~!-~*%*-X--~-X-Xj(.*.3cX-i:-~2b*j:-*-X-~-E~+j(.**.3c-E)t-3tJt%~)t~iC-~*.3c~->~-~-.X CLUB NEWS Summer Visitors (a) A group of five cavers from Canberra (~TUCC) lead by Cordon Taylor will hit our State in mid-December for a two month Tassie-Trog. They have ideas of doing a Chairman trip, visiting the Cracroft, Precipitous Bluff and hopefully, exploring some of the shafts in the hill above Exit. They are bringing 300m odd of Sl?T rope and all other gear so will be self-contained. Gordon has indicated however, that they would like to participate in any interesting local trips that may be happening duping their stay. (b) The second group comprises 22 Rover Scouts from Sydney lead by George Alexander. They are apparently well known S.S.S. bods. They wish to visit Exit on thb 25-26 January, 1980 for which assist&ce will be required from some ttlocals's. Anyone interested? If s6;contact Bruce McIntosh. (c) The third group is a small crowd of UCSS cavers including Dave Gillieson who will be here during January to do some walking and caving including a week in the Cracroft area. A note given me by Therese reveals the information'that former Club ember, Ruth Stephenson, vino moved to Iceland some time ago, has given birth to a son (Karl) on July 7, 'l979. Somebody still has the library book "Single Rope Techniquesu by ~eil Montgomery in their possession. It is not Julie Marsh, who kindly returned the 'fCavesff book last month. I have declared an amnesty this month so, if you do happen to have any T.C.C. library books, ropes, ladders or other paraphernalia hiding in your closet, cellar or under your bed, no torture treatment, fines or other nasties will be imposed if you return the goods!
.-. -. ._ Speleo Spiel No. 'l51 -. / November, 1 979. Faae 3. REPORT OK SARSYM 79 Conducted over the weekend of October 27 and 28 at Gowrie Park, the "Search and Rescue S;r~posium 197gU was the second such annual meeting to be held. The main aim continues to be for all attending to meet others from around the State involved in search and rescue and to become familiar with S & R procedures in activities other than their own. To this end, I am quite sure that SARSYM 79 was very successful. Although only eitheen hods attended owing to Show Day in the south inducing people to take four day long wekkends and a general lack of notification, much discussion of problems the various organisations have encountered during past S &, R operations took place. Several major problems were brought to light, particularly the call-out procedure in the North and North-West. In these areas, when the Police decide a call-out is necessary, they contact the SES who then contact clubs and societies for volunteers. In other words, there is a third party involved with a consequent loss of information essential for an effective call-out. Other problems, including that of easy access to caves at Mole Creek and Ida Bay by unknown and unannounced individuals, were discussed. During the last twelve months, a lot more bushwalkers, cavers, climbers and so on have been registering their trips with a local Police station aiid deregistering at the concluSion of the trip. However, the numbers registering are still a small fraction .. of the total going into the great outdoors. It was decided that a SARSYM should be held next year in conjunction with the A.S.M.F. Conference (see elsewhere in this Spiel) with the possibility of obtaining a guest speaker(s) to lecture on some aspect of the problem of survival in inhospitable environments. Alternatively, some kind of combined exercise could be held over one day of the weekend. N.B. The Sheffield pub will never-the be the same again! Stuart Nicholas. AUSTRALIAN SPORTS MEDICINE FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE Next year, the A.S.M.F. is holding its Annual Conference in Hobart from May 26 to May 31 inclusive at the University. The theme of the Conference is "The Hazards of Outdoor Sports and RecreationH which is most appropriate to Tasmania since our (shrinking!) wilderness areas have claimed quite a number of lives in recent years, mainly thrul exhaustion and exposure. Session and workshop topics include: vExhaustion, Exposure Causes, Management and PreventionN, I1Medical Aspects of Outdoor Recreation1I, "Acute Mountain Sicknessu, "Medical Aspects of Protective Clothingv, '!Medical Management of Exhaustion Exposure Victimsi1, "The Hazards of Water SportsI1, and so on.
Speieo Spiel No. '1 51 November, 1979. Page 4. Registration is invited from any person interested in sports medicine and.-its relation to sports and recreation with particular reference to so-called uoutdaor sports-u.; . For further information on this most-worthwhile conference, write now to : A.S.M.F. Conference (Tasmania), PoO. Box 65, LINDISFARPE TAS 701 5. N.B. Important dates: December 1 Intention to attend notifiYou do not have to medicine to attend session (half-day) cation closes March l Registration at normal fees closes, be a member of the A.S.M.F. or involved in and, if you so wish, you may nttend any one on its own. KUBLA KHAR PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIP For a variety of inconsequential reasons, the Kubla trip lead by Bill ~oma~in will now be offered for December, 15th. Since this is primarily a photography trip, cavers will be moving in pairs (one clicking, one flashing!). To get things underway vrith organisation, would you please write to Bill with the following details;. Partner v S name : cave you wish to photograph. (a.b.c.d.) River Passage to Pleasure Dome Pleasure Dome to Great Khan Great Khan to Top Entrance Through trip Information by Dec. 1st please final details to be discussed at Club meeting on Dec. 5th. Bill Tomalin. TRIP REPORTS Exit Cave Saturday, 5.10,79 Party: Albert Goede (leader), Bruce McIntosh, Stuart Nicholas, Sue Feeney, Chris & Diana Davies,-John Adams, John Penwill, Sam Steane and Dave Southgate .-.--." _ --I_.-_ Stuart and I left Hobart at 7.45 a.m. in Stuartts excitement machine to meet the remainder of the party at the junction of the Ida Bay and Hastings roads. Surprise: Everyone turned up ahead of time so we made our way to the beginning of the track to indulge in the usual "getting ready for cavingHceremony. The track was reasonably dry and the rain held off despite threatening skies. A little after 11 a.m. the whole party was underground and heading for the Grand Fissure at quite a good pace. Some emergency rations made up by Bruce were left at Camp 2 and we arrived at our lunch spot a little after 1 p.m.
Speleo Spei b.0, 'l 9.1 November, 1979 ?, .-. --Page 5. I -. -. ... After lunch, we found our way through the rockfall into the Vestern Grand Fissure and continued to Kellerls Squeeze: new territory for all but the leader. Diana dashed through at a remarkable pace followed by the leader trying hard to preserve his youthful image. ;'ie listened with interest to the comments of the others athey discovered the true nature of the crawl and desperately tried to stay reasonably dry. Next was a visit to the big aven near'sy with quite a shower of water coming down. From there to Six Vays (station 13) with pasaages lead-ing off im ail directions. Piore by luck than good management, the lesder located tile Acoustic Chamber. We soon discovered that going doim in-to it was rriuch easier than coming back up. Our president, a gwtlcm as always, waitri till last. This turned out -Lo be a mistake. Fi:..lly, goaded on by our threats to leave Aim thare and fetch the emergency rations, he made it to the top. As nobody was very keen to return through Keller's Squeeze, it was decided to do the Cainp Pie Circuit. Here the leader's memory began to fail and KS did quite E; bit of route finding, Finally, we emerged into 3 7-a?:? ckmber. Here the leader made the mistake of tur-izi.-y ~.~.:,l:': mc3 we ended up looking down from a rock pile into u stx-&~p:..:c. lnaccecsible without rope or ladder. W2 virre 27-:~t eh:.? to r?i;race our steps when someone discovered the way k.to b~oica Colurnn Chamber. Here we admired the formatiorz?, then --in~.cd cast following a small stream passage downstrer~!. 0-tlritvelly, this blocked off with rockfall forcing us to clin3 c-w?rds aid to the right. Here we went astray once nox, iu-red on by a diamond sxoked on a rock into a high level pscsage ;j.%ich appeared to take us in the right direction but left 1.s stra~ded at the top of a big drop. Retracing our steps O~CC agzin, TIC found the right way and were soon back in the Wand Fissure. After eating the renains of our rations, we headed back to the emtranci! wj-tl? a visit to Camp 2 on the way. It was about eight o'clock, Arrr!: znd reining as we emerged from the entrance. The vialib~sli t2 thc czs seemed twice as long as it had that morning. 32 ;cnc-cxr~;r+tte? being in front as he collected all the watrr and 'leaches on the 7;;ay. By the time we reached the cars it ha6 stoppod r3lni~z. It was very pleasant to get into dry gear and enjoy the luxury of a car seat. It had been a long day bv-i; most ensoyzble one. The amount of ground we covered was quite sn echi~~,-~--.int for a day trip. I think everyone v-as duly impl-esscd by the size, complexity and extent of Exit Cave. Albert Goede. Florentine Valley Sunday, 14.10.79 Party: Stuart Nicholss, Diana 8. Chris Davies, Dave Southgate Geof f FicheiOur party went to JF741 to descend the long pitch (see Speleo Spiel No. 149) and exnlore the cave if it continued from there. We made good time in 'che ceve and soon reached the ledge on top of the pitch. We were uncertain about the amoun-k of ladder needed but estimated that 120' would suffice. Stuart rigged the pitch and expertly set up the ropes and hamess for the belay.
Geoff was tied to the belay and set off down the ladder. At the edge of the overhang he noticed that the ladder was tangled, so it was hauled up, untangled and lowered back down again. A further problem wzs encountered when Geoff saw the ladder was not long enough to reach the floor. Returning to the top, a 30' Ladder was attached to his belt and he started off once more. Some time passed before he shouted that he was coming back up again, apparently not having got off the ladder at the bottom. It was a slow return trip but he eventually made it. Within about 10' _of the bottom of the ladder it seemed likely that the extra 301 he was carrying was still not enough, so not wishing to risk it he had no option but to ascend. From his description the descent is into a narrow but quite long chamber. Some formation, including a few long straws, was seen on the walls. The floor was small however, because the walls tapered to the floor in a funnel shape. Parts of the walls lower down appeared to be flowstone and a large column stood in one corner. Although unsure, Geoff thought that the cave did continue beyond the floor section he'd seen. Everyone was pretty cold by now and no one relished the thought of climbing the ladder with numb fingers and hands. We packed the t gear away (into very practical bags provided by ~hris) and made our i way back to the surface. Having bem close to bottoming the pitch S we are curious to see from Stuartls next trip if the cave does continue and if so, what lies ahead. Geoff Fisher. Florentine Valley Sunday, 4.11.79 Party: Geoff Fisher, Dave Southgate, Geoff Lee, Dale (Pace) Madden. We planned to take a look at Beginner's ~uck/Nomguano and Cashions Creek but, unfortunately, this didn't work out. A very large tree had fallen across the road about half a mile below The Gap so we had no choice but to turn back. Our new goal was to be -JFl near the Junee Quarry Road. Our attempts at finding this cave were to no avail, but we did however find a new cave. The entrance was a squeeze and then a short ladder pitch. The floor was about 10m below, beyond which the cave appeared to continue but via a much tighter squeeze. After that the going seemed to be easier. Ve would have explored further but an additional ladder was required, so we packed it in. From there we went to inspect the Chairman entrance and on the way back found a couple of nunbered caves we decided to take a look at. The first was JF149, a couple of hundred yards away from 341. It was quite small and disappointing; to judge from the large entrance we had guessed it would be fairly extensive. Our next cave was JF129 (Railway Tunnel?) which was only about 10m long and hardly deserving of comment, save for the fact it was chockablock with crickets and spiders. Back at Maxfs place we got a precise description of the location of JFI. We must have walked within metres of it! Well, at least we'll know.how to find it next time. Geoff Fisher.
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