Ar,nr?ai subucr.i.pt,ion $5.00 -...Single opies 50 cents m---rUUIDDICllUD-.-. .A.-----"U LX IP.rU-rU~'-FmVIIPrek iden t : -,c----Geof f Fisher, 11 5 Brooker At.erxle, C1 .be, '7000, --.-. Fh: 20 23357 (W) 3ecrf..~-~f: v%. *-.,.Chris navies 2 Elearler Place, West Xoonah, 7003.-' Fhone : '[Z 1;; G& (H) -. -.--. p, ~~easu T;?? : -.--.--Bruce LcIntnsh, "Syrin;;ale Hostel !', 2 Mldwood St. Yew Town, 7008. Phone: 28 1282 (K), 34 2833 (W), Stuart I.Jii,Lolas, 7 Ruprt Avenue, NW Town, 7608, Phor,e: 28 3254 (1;). ..-* -. idcekene Culv --v-Juqee Florentine Another K,D, intro, trip (any-?S :;( 27 one intermr& going Z'd" the bottcm? \, cs Sa2,urcay acc sonething else on Sucday (Trapdcor?:, Sze ~hris and Diana Davies for info. Wed, Acs,C% I^rcl General Neetj-ng .. V---7 Rupert Aven~e, E pea, Bring slides, f.uw, etc. \PE&, Aug. %G Committee M2eting 7 Rupert Avenue, 8 p.a. dcekencl Aug, SPELT30 SPORTS Macquarie Uni, Syd~ey. If you're 23 6 24 in Syclney at that time why not go and test yotlr prowess at negotiating various spcleo-type obstacles in a competitive atmosphere? F'urther info, from Cathie (02-868 1348) or David (G2-858 3524). tied, Scgt,O3 penera1 Me.etin~ 7 Rupert Avenue, 8 pen, Fri. Sept.12 TCC ANNUAL DIhTJER --See inside for cistails keep this night freeor the event of the year: Cl'ee3~znd Sept. SEARCH & RESCUES PIORKSHOP llole Crecli, See inSir?e 20 G 21 for detafE t F e.. 8th International Congress of Speleclogy a .. Secretariat, .. L Dept. Geopyhy md Geology, Wcstcrn Ikntucky Univer s5t y B~wling Green, Kentucky, ~.S,A, 42'41 Doqi't Torget, there's elways plenty to do exploratic:~ of 3 known cave X%_+. landslip on Wherretts, shafts all ovey Marble Hi35 21: Tea 2.37 awaiting invzstigation, The Chai-man, Trqdom Swaliet, em 'L,:?, surface and under'g~ound surveying to keep ds ~~ing fcr 50 year,.; In ~'lorentine Valley, etc etc. We will shortly be appointing more trip leaders t:~ enable more bods to get into the action, eo stay t~r,-~r'ct, you night Q(: one of them! IVm slrre everyone knows t,y now but 1'11 say 3-t eayay, the Franklin River has been saved fro3 flooding by the HE: a;.thcugh a revised uppe? Sordo~ scheme wSll still f!.ood some of the Gcxion River below i2.e exiscing dm, Certainly a victory for the Yonse~vatiocistsft and one worthy of p-aise. Let us ho~e therc will lx more (vlstorkes, -Lh~t is). 21
Speleo Spiel No. 153 July, 1980 -.m--. Tln--%.:*aPage 2. ".pis EDITORIAL (cont. ) . Last month's Spiel was p~odv~l.ced b-: OUT !lard worki.ng Vice-President 1and Secretary, namely Diana z:.d AI:.: 3 ISavFe;j, after several absences from Hobart and a ge1wT2.iJlack 3f time prevented me from producing it. Thanks DLana aml Clsris and be 2-rned, it may happen again! SEARCH AND RESCUE You should have as,last'.page.ofllas.t mmth's Spiel, a form with questions and things on it, This was r.ot just tacked on to add Gother page, it was (=d. isl most cases, still is) there to be filled imou and re-hmied to me for the puposes of (mving me morework t?z~~'ho, =d (b) er.abl.i.rg grow S and R status to be recorded for,-a poss3i1.e callet. Any major cave operation-will, wit1im-t; doubt-,, extend over several days, possibly a week or more.9-and every able-bodied caver in Tasmania plus mainland bods-will be need~d, Irrespective of your experience, there would definiteLy be a job for you. One of the main requirenterrts *in-a.-cave reacse ,z,:;lati.on is person power, and that means YOU! So, please FILL -OUT THE '383. REGISTRATION FORPI. and return it rom tl (N.B. I have j71s-t r,ot:iocd that.the address of TCC ecomeout very well. i:. shauld be P,O. Box 41 6, Sandy Bay, 7005. Still on search and rescue, keep September20 and 21 free. This is the date of the annual Cavc Search and Rescue-..Firorkshop at Mole Creek. This -year's will be zi;.ztilain style to last year S with small groups.carryingout various specific exercises simultaneously in a number of caves, nsar--kke.-Wet Caves campsite. AS well, the Police divers-will m: lilrcly 'be -ti-yingA their hand at cave diving during the Saturday9 w~th socialising on. Saturday night (who will be the first to clij;;l> t?.e brick in the Mole Creek pub?) and a ground search on Sudsy xith c?. two-f old aim: (a) find a person in an unknown cave above IJzt Cave, and (b) me find some new caves. Stuart -Nicholas, Search & Rescue Officer. -AUSTRALIAN HTI'/L4LAIrAM EXPEDITIONS--. --__0-..-------No, TCC is not running a trip to "he Himalaya. We have, however, received some info. on %Siiw ;..id climbing trips to this magnificent area from A.H.E. so, if yoc are one of the filthy rich, all the screed. is-at Stuvt S place. *X-r -1 ---p **H*****m[IIIIII .-D. CA13 RESCUE**3CSCS(.SC****** A party -of threeuras trappeddd for 2%. days in Profanity Cave on the South Island's west coast when. heavy rain last week blocked their means of escape,. Swirchers, including Keith Dakkers found what they believe was a new entrance and eventually managed to gain access tothe.&mer section of the cave where the ,thee were found alive and well. Tasmania-is not the'mly.place where cave floods can occur, so be prepared on -your-next-+verseas caving trip %*********%**********H**
Speleo Spiel No. 158 ~uly-, -q198Q Page 3. --000--AKNUAL DINNER FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 --000---For the first time in many years, this annual extravaganza is being organised with time in hand and with any luck should be a rip-roaring success (well, better than last year's anyway!) Upon recommendation from Chris and Di, the venue has been tents& tively selected as Ali Baba's which I am told is a Lebanese style restaurant in Sandy Bay. It is a B.Y.O. place and prices are quite reasonable so strat practising your shish kebab eating technique in time for this great occasion. Further info. may be had from Chris and Diana Davies who seem to be organising the whole affair, NEW PTEPEERS A recent influx ready to tackle Andrew Briggs Nick Hume Dave Southgate of new bods has produced a keen group of trogs almost anything! originally from the White Rose Potholing Club in Yorkshire (that's in England), hess been touring around for quite some time and plans to stay in Tassie for a year or so, Vo do some hard wet potsN! (~irst we'll have to cool his enthusiasm for ladders) well known in the bushwalking world, he has recently seen the crror of his ways and joined his brother John (NuCC) in the pursuit of underground thrills. another one of these walking types but one of the smooth trendy brigade very couth! Also, into diving in a big way and tends to forego caving trips in the interests of improving relations with members of the opposite sex. been involved in TCC for a while now. Dave is yet.another walker who's seen the error of his ways. A mad keen cyclist, he's sutdying something at Uni. but still finds time for socialising and caving but not necessarily simultaneously! The prospective members list includes Mark Mather, Peter Tedds, Barry Ransley, Greg Kerfoot (I think you've done 3 trips now Greg!) George Vitesnik. Roy Skinner, despite being an honorary associate member has paid his subs. for this year such dedication thanks RoyI (%-)!(*):(*)!(*)!(*)!(*)!(X-)! (*)! (*)! (X-)! (-%)!(*)!(& (X-)!(*)!(*)! Life Line (the community welfare organisation) rang the other day asking for volunteers to assist in their Door Knock campaign on August 31. If you're interested, ring Paul Tunsdall on 20 0227(W) or 72 5082 (H). CARBIDE As cavers, we know carbide as grey lumps resembling road metal which produces acetylene for carbide lamps. If formulae for carbide on some tins is anything to go by, there seems to-be some confusion as to what it actually is. .4/
C~'i:i-~xi carb:.de is pre~al-ed inc'ustrially from quicklime (c~o) and c.~rSc,:! 2-k 20C3 -:o 2209 C. The source of carbon is usually coke, n:GptroL, ;a coke. Phos~horus should be absent from 3 v 8,. ,,v LI.A .. C ~:~-k;?i?d S :ince it forms a phosphi.cis which is converted to : 3~. ~110 ;::knc when acetylene is produced frorn the carbide. r-,.-., .U, L C:? r,m'.:-"it~ ~3f c~11ziurn 2nd ace5vlide ions packed into a latt.'X? m?is tisrcc ~;sr?Lated to the tm~ ca~bicles which ?.-'c co7rdlently ~:?d:c.ci. md t3ns kl7-v? VCT~ dif f erc-at yoper3Ae.s e;g: -silicon carbide, ? -7-1 X, ~-~f 0i1 G:: 70-3 ter to calcium carbicle produices calcium hydrox-ide :I~~; acetylene. Zfnc and ca&";!im czrbiae, the coinage metals and r? F-O ;,, also :^1-1: 'chei~ hydroxies and acetylene. ,Jxcl.? PD~CV? Life vwnl t meant to be easy, beryllium and aluminium 0 1980 AUTUMN UNDERROOUND FASHION SCENE '0 -----------m------Oo Xost trogs ere wEch seems to Various people un~uccessful. Two suits that fac9liar with the cotton industrial ltboiler-suitn be universal as the outer layer of caverst clothing. ham tried alternative gear but most of it has proved do work well, although not necessarily in similar ~ituetions, are the 3USY BEE all enveloping fully waterproof suit and the ENDTJRO suit which is sezi-waterproof but much stronger than the Busy Bee. Never having used a Busy Bee suit, I cannot rave about its virtues or otherwise but, from observation, it seems that Large wet systems such as ICD or those found in Nuigini would be ideally suited (!) to this device. Ab~asion resistance and general toughness do not appear to be in its list of virtues. Being made from a vinyl material, it is fully waterproof and a:'~o has a sewn on hood. Possibly a better deal for Tassie is offered by the Enduro suit. Just before Christmas last year, I saw one survive a fairly long Cheirmen trip without a single tear -the toughness of these suits is obvious. They are made froa a woven nylon material which is virtually untearable but only splash-proof and you would still need to wear waterproofs underneath in a wet cave. The hood supplied a ic huge and will easily go over a helmet although an attachment systzn better than press studs would.be a good idea. C The great advantage of any synthetic suit over cotton overalls stems from the inability of the rraterial to ::.bsorb water. They dry with incredible speed and even when "wetii do not drag on your legs'or cling like cotton hence easier movement and far less energy loss tbough evaporation of water from soaked material clinging to your body! Endmo silj-ts s2e.n capable of surviving at least 24 times as long as cotton overalls and hence become ecorromically viable as well. As you may have figured by now (if you didn't already kngw) I have recently acquired an Enduro suit and (please excuse the pun!) X?n rapt in it! Sweating cm be a problem during hard work,
Speleo Spiel No. 158 July, 1980 however, "-a7 ga~V&l ayer oE-wos-lbe?.t;Wsea;ya~,~and the* sit solves that difficulty and also provides the necessary insulation -for'wkien you're not working hard. For negotiating typical J-F grot, %he suits slide well over rocks, don't snag up and all the goodies in your pockets are protected. because all the pockets (including bca-pad packets) are on the I, inside -of the suit. Elastic foot and hand loops keep the ends oflegs and arms in place and a velcro flap eases the load on the double ended zip in the front of the suit, All in all, a good piece of gear worth investing in if you're into serious caving. N.B. Matching orange helmet. and gaiters complete the ensemble and both are available as an op'tional extra! Stuart Nicholas. TRIP REPORTS Exit Cave: Sunday, June 29 Party: Bruce McIntosh + 3 EMC students, Chris and Diana Davies, Andrew Briggs, Sue Feeney and friend, Greg Kerfoot, Stuart Nicholas, Bill Nicholson, John Penwill, Barry Ransley, Dave Southgate, Trevor Wailes, PeterXtiatts yes, that's right! 17 people on one trip! Vet! You wouldntt believe it. That v S right you wouldrift, it was only a bLt damp when us fools set off to retrieve the notorious scaling poles from near Camp 11. Time was about a mirrute past 11 when we entered the Exit: Stream level was not up by muchso it looked like another bloodi boring Exit tpfp, but not to be. Trevor was smrting a new nylon caving suit which you can buy from City Disposals, 71 Murray St., 344395 for $35.95 or roundabout (plug!-plug!) Anyway, Trevor was so excit~d about his "cheaper than Stewielsu suit, he was seen to be frolicking to and fro until he slipped fair smack into the middle of the stream face dowri and spread eagled. Boy, was it a sight %o behold! By the time we all reached Camp I on the way out, the stream had risen about one metre which meant the second crossing was above nipple depth, and bloody cold at that. The cars were reached a minute past pretty late. I?ell, it was dark anyway but maybe not so late? On a more serious note, I would like to point out two extremely L important facts: 1) Make sure you are capable of doing the cave you are visiting on your own merits, not only in good conditions but in adverse conditions. If not, you could become a liability to your team mates. 2) The trip leader is responsible for every member in his party, and his word is law, Think it over. Bill Nicholson. Junee-Florentine: Saturday & Sunday, July 5 & 6 Party: Stuart Nicholas, Chris and Diana Davies (Sat.) plus Dave Southgate, Trevor Wailes and Andrew Briggs on Sunday. 61
Speleo Spiel No. 158 dul.g;1.9F3,fJ~ .... W-.A a ... --. . ---.-...-.--. --.-. -.-.-. .. -Page. 6. -. TRIP REPORTS (cont. ) Two good trips on two successive weekends could it be true? As an intro. to IfreallI caving, on Saturday a trip in Khazad-dum to the end of the horizontal streamway seemed a reasonable idea and after the chest deep wading exercise in Exit last weekend, the prospect of getting wet feet in K.D. seemed af little consequence. Lack of C gear, prior social engagements and general apathy, reduced the party to an enthusiastic three. Thanks to Dave Martin et a1 from Sydney, the track up to KD cwr.. ently is clear of all the wind-fall debris which made for an easy wzllk in, We found the stream to be fairly low despite the rain and, after a certain amount of messing around, headed underground at noon, Despite my enthusiasm, Chris and Di could not be persuaded to have a.go at the 20 Toot first wet pitch, so we retired to'the Serpentim Passage and convened a meeting of the Khazad-dum Goupets and Gluttons Society! Almonds, chickeh soup, Mars Bars and coffee (we forgot the mints!) made up the menu which we enjoyed by candlc-1 light, Sometime later, six cold feet splashed their way back up the streamway (which had risen about 25mm during our feeding session), hauled themselves up'to the surface and trundled back along th. rainsoaked Khazad-dum Highway. An uneventful but very enjoyable six hour tfip has ,riven Chris and Di a good introduction to "big-~ave~~ techniques and organisation, Another will be held soon to initiate some more budding SRT freaks. Sunday around +l0.00, Trevor, Daveanb. Andrew wcikcd-into the Homestead their car had stalled down the road because of an attempted rally-style puddle crossing! Rain had dampened enthusiasm somewhat but after a lot of procrastinating and other devious time wasting ideas failed, we all slid into JF1 (yes folks, we managed to find it, first time) for a grovel in the mud. Two hours in there was enough for everyone so a retreat was made to Trevorys van for hot soup. A further retreat to Max's for coffee, finished off a great weekend must do the same again fairly soon. Stuart Nicholas.
5 i f SOPW&XT LOOSELY BASED i ON TC.C:S TRIED & PROVF N HUMES INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH. F~L LK~NG RIG. SETUP HEAVILY MODI~E D WITH 10/o INSPIRATION & NICK ROPEWA DOES IT WORK ?...... .... WELL, IT LOOKS GOOD.
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