Speleo_&Le& ilq.. .; 5 7 . .--. Page 4. June 1980 Annual subscription $5.00 Single copies 50 cents President : Geoff Fisher, 115 Rrooker Avenue, Glebe, 7000. Phone: 20 8357 (P!) Secretary: Chris Davies, 2 Eleanor Place, West Moonah, 7009. Phone: 72 4104 (H) Treasurer: Bruce PkIntosh, glSpringvale HostellF 2 Midwood St. New Town, 7008. Phone: 28 1282 (H), 34-2833 (W) Editor : Stuart Nicholas, 7 Rupert Avenue, New Town, 7008. Phone: 28 3054 (H) FORV'ARC WROGRlWE Sun. 2wi 29 -Exit trip to rescue the scaling pole so we can leave it down JF341 for a while. Wed. July 2 -Genaral meeting 8pm at 7 Rupert Avenuer., Mew Town. Bring slides, new gear, or anything else of interest. Wed. July 16 -Committee Meeting 8pm at 7 Rupert A~enue, Mew TOWL Stuart is still trying to instigate a Chairman Trip or a Trapdoor Swallet trip, or both!.: Di Davies is keen to organize a survey trip to establish a grid datum in the Junee Ridge area and tape to JFI; anyone with theodolite experience interested? Khazad-dum top section trip is also a possibility along with any others anyone wants to go to. ********-x-9********-x****+*****-x*********-K************************** EDITORIAL Due to p-essure of work and general absence from the southern part of the state, our Editor handed his pen over to the VicePresider."ud Secretary, hence he takes no responsibility for this issue. We can but try. With little daylight hours and increasing wet weather, weekend trips nave dropped off in frequency. There has been plenty of activity on the conference scene with the Australian Sports Medicine :mr?erence and Sarsym 80 both being informative and generally succes~ful. Ye caq look forward to a join$ Search znd,,Rescue exerci~c in September which hopefully will increase our knowledge of resax operations, get to know other cavers and associated police ad other personnel. ~~***X-<-*X--X-*G<$+~Y*+#+*.~~~CX..~:-~.;X-X-~+X-J~J~**-%+X--X-Y~*~<--X*~ %%-+******X-*+********** CLUB NU1,'S -.l If all went according to plan you should find a Tasmanian Caverneering Club Search and Rescue Listing form attached to this issue. Pleaes fill it out and return it to Stuart Mcholas, 7 Iiupert Avenue, New Tom or send to the club address:The Secretary, Tasmanian Caverneering Club, P.O. ROX 41 J7 SANDY BAY. 7005. . This information will save valuable time in the event of a call out, so please make the effort, You will have, no doubt, noticed a sketch of the nearly empty Treasurer's Sriefcase in the last Spiel. Last Spiel was to be the second last Spiel no-n financial members will receive th1~s9 this issue is the very last you will receive if you don't pay up.
Speleo Spiel o. 157 .tune 1980 ,Page 2. MO name In the Treasurer1$ -receipt book = -no-Spiel, .Annual Subscriptions are:. -. Full member $1 0.00 Family $15.00 Junior $ 5.00 Speleo Spiel $i 5.00 Prospective $1 3.00 While on the subject of forms and membership, it has been proposed that thel.next Spiel should contain a membership form with details for you to fill us in on. We don't know if Stuartls all electric HP-2% programmable calculator is still for sale but he is trying to sell not one, but two steel wheels complete with tyres, spokes and all sorts of good things for a bicycle. See Stuart Micholas and perhaps you can organize a package deal and have the first two-wheeled E1electric number cruncherPi in your area! RECENTLY PUBLISHED : CHECK-LIST OF AUSTRAL101 CAVES i:ND WJIST 1979 4,C30 caves $6.00 to PSF Members $10,00 to Approved. Outside Buyers Plus Postage if Applicable: Single copy: 45$ Bulk: Based on 195g per copy Contact Chris Davies (with your money in hand) if you want one, .and we will bulk order. Australian Speleological Federation Copy for the second ASF Newsletter for this year is desperately low, so see if you have anything that you can contribute. Contact Stuart Nicholas. The following is a sketchy outline with a caverfs bias of the Search and Rescue Symposium held at Beresford House on June 6th to 8th. Friday, 6th Trade ExhXbition Following a display of new gear provided by Allgoods including Goretex, packs, sleeping bags and many other goodies, the evening was kicked ;,ff by discussing what's wrong with Japara jackets (most peoplt had a complaint), Goretex wearers were generally satisfied alLd suggest that it should be washed every few months, Condensation problems seem common in single skin Gsretex tents in freezing conditions. As far as footwear was concerned if the boot fits, wear it, unless you are Bill Tomalin he fibreglasses his. Fibrefill rather than down bags were preferred in situations where it is difficult to keep a bag dry (snow rescue). Saturday, 7th Synposium Following a resume of Sarsyms 78, 79, Andrew Boon, :!ICFN, spoke on Emergency Radio Cornmdnications. After recent success in ssWelcome StrangerR with radio communications, it wculd seem a good idea to hold a similar exercise in a surveyed. deep cave (KD springs to mind).
Due to fog, a helicopter was not available for ~en.~onst. ~eith Harper's talk-on.helicopter usage so we had to make do with a picture of one. Basically, keep your head down and watch the pilot. Film of high speed abseiling from a helicopter was amazing to say the least. Bill Tomalin presented facts and figures on the incidence of illness and injury in the Tasmanian bush, Sunburn seems to be the least of our problems! Dr. navid Hutchinson spoke vividly of strangulated hernias and what to do with an appendicitis case. Dr Kevin Doran presented an enormous but well conside7ed list of what a medical kit for an expedition should co~tain and also presented a resume of the Sports Medicine Conference, The remainder of the day was devoted to snow and wild river workshops. Stuart attended the snow workshop and Chris and I attended the wild river workshop so, if you are interested, please ask. Sunday, 8th Rescue Demonstration If bleary eyes are any indication, Saturday night's social evening was a success. Stuart, Chris and I rigged a 120' SRT pitch in the Cataract Gorge along with SCS1s ladder pitch and the winch crew. Meanwhile, Bob Crosthwaite had paddled up the Gorge and was feigning unconsciousness at the foot of the cliff, He was helmeted and strapped to the stretcher. Unfortunately, he suffocated on the way up the cliff due to no provision for head restrain-L on the stretcher for a vertical lift. The winch crew had difficultic:3 with the winch rope kinking badly. Our rope protectors foxed a northern caver as he was using a Gibbs in his rig, ma-king passing ascenders over the protectors difficult. Beware of other cavers' SRT techniques! Sarsym 80 was summed up and you can look forward to Samym 81 in the south of the State. Di Davies. .. .* TASP'~TI.4' lS DEEPEST .CAVES LATEST EDIT'IOK --by Albert Goede The last time I published a list of Tasmmials deepest caves was in November 1976 (Speleo Spiel '118). Sirice that time there have been quite a few changes and. additions making it worthwhile to present a revised list, As before, the list is ixstricted to caves 90 metres or more in depth. The depth figure given for Khazad-dum in the last llst has been reduced as the claims made by R. King and others that their Easter 1976 trip had increased the depth of the system by a significant amount have been refuted by a subsequent survey (see Southern Caver 10(4), page 24). Three Falls Cave has been dropped from the list as a recent survey by SCS has showh tkrzt the system is only 84 metres deep. New caves added to the llst are Owl Pot and Victory 75, JF-341 in the Junee Florenti~e area and Big Tree Pot at ~Ida Bay. The depths of Sesame I1 Cave and The Chairman have been extended. The latter is stilx not fully explored and may evertually reach still greater depths. The list as it stands at pres~nt is as follows:Cave 7 Depth in metres 1. Khazad-dum, Junee Florentine 323 2. Cauldron Pot, Junee ~lorentine 263 3. Owl Pot, June6 Florentine 244 4. 'Tassy Pot, Junee Florentine 231
Speleo Spiel KO. 357 June -?.98QI .-Page 4. Tasmania's Deepest Caves (cont.) Cave Sesame 11, Junee Florentine Mini Martin-F-xit Cave, Ida Bay Mddnight Hole-Mystery Ck. Cave, Ida Bay The Chairman, Junee Florentine Growling Swallet, Junee Florentine SF-341, Junee Florentine Kellar Cellar, Mount Anne Niagara Pot, Junee Florentine Sa*mfs Lair, Junee Florentine Revelation Cave, Ida Ray Rift Cave, Junee Florentine Victory 75, Junee Florentine Gormenghast, Junee Florentine Thun Junction Cave, Ida Bay Big Tree Pot, Ida Bay Col-in-Cavern, Mount Anne Herbertls Pot, Mole Creek Rescue Pot, Junee Florentine Devil's Pot, Nole Creek Pillingerts Creek Cave, Junee Florentine Bone Pit, Junee Florentine Splash Pot, Junee Florentine Dribblespit Swallet, Junee Florentine Croesus Cave, Mole Creek Execution Pot, flnle Creek Kellyls Pot, Mole Creek Depth in metres 229 230 203 197 l76 165 755 149 143 1 37 131 130 1 28 120 120 119 116 107 105 99 Ne still have 13 out of the 15 deepest caves in Australia located in Tasmania most of them in Junee Florentine. The deepest caves in the Australian mainland are Eagle's Nest Cave System ski) at 174 metres and Odyssey Cave (NU>) at 148 metres. There is still relatively little vertical caving being done in Tasmania and considerable scope for more deep caves exists in a number of areas. ." HISTORY OF JF-341 The partially blocked. entrance to 341 was found on an exploration trip by a party composed of G. Fisher, C. & D. Davies and S. Feeney on 26th i?ay, 1879. (See Spiel 148) On 4th ~ugust, with the addition of S. Nicholas to the original party, the first trip into the cave was made. Exploration to a depth of approx. 70 metres. (See Spiel 150) A further trip on 8th September gained another 10 metres and found '!the big pitchst. (See Spiel 150) The 14th October saw the first attempt on the pitch and fzilure with Ceoff hanging off the ladder about three quarters of the way down (or a quarter of the way up). This resulted, in a rest for 341 while the prospective explorers developed I single rope techniques. (See Spiel 151) The WCC trip about the beginning of 1980 bottomed the cave and began the survey of the main level. The big pitch was estimated to be 200 feet, The full extent of the cave was not determined although WCC were very thorough. 3 The first SFT trip for TCC was on 17th February, 1980 with IYick Hume, Geoff Fisher and Chris Davies. The cave was bottomed (we think) and the fabled crystal pool described by NUCC was seen but not crossed despite ideas of floating across. Diana did some solo surveying in the upper section, and Stuart had a wog in his stomach and stayed in his car all day.
JF 341 P= Scale 1:500 Survey Grade ASF 5.2 Present Survey Length 367.2 m 12179 G.Taylor et al NUCC TZ 17/21 8O,ZL/2/8O D. Davies, S.Nicholas, D. Southgate Drawn D Davies SUUNTO Compass, Clino., 50m FG Tape.
Speleo Spiel Yo. 157 June 1980. Page 5* 7. The following weekend, Diana Q, Stuart N., and Dave Southgate bottomed 341 and tied in with the two existing surveys. The big pitch was taped at 38.2 metres free hanging. The main level was surveyed to the second to last chamber. A lot of surveying remains to be done. Rock bolting around the pool W~B declared Y%ot onu. Diana drew up the plan of the developed section on the accompanying pages, using both TCC surveys and some hWCC information kindly sent by Gordon Taylor. Hopefully, when we have recbirn2d the scaling pole from Exit,we can c~oss the crystal po.01 or at least reach a rift in the-.wall half way around the pool. Yet another rift hasn't been looked at and the chamber of the big pitch requires further explorbtion. C;, Fi'sher D. 82. C : ,Davies Note: Re~arding the accompanying surveys, sorry for the strange scales but they resulted from photo-reduction. I also accidentally labelled the sections the wrong way round, -D. Davies TRIP REPORT Junee-Florentine: Sunday, 25th May Party: Stuart Nicholas, Geoff Fisher, Dave Southgate, Undrew LJriggs, Trevor !'sites, Greg Kerfoot ,,\As proposed in the forward programme of the previous FFSpieli', our party set off to clear the entrance of Trapdoor Swallet. Unfortunately, it b'ecame evident as we drove to Maydena athat we would not have any luck, The Tyenna River was carrying much more water .*, than usual, indicating heavy rain e.arlier, which would prevent . entry to the cave. JF1 was suggested as an alternative, not being very far from the Florentine Cate. Despite the fact that Stuart and myself had visited this cave before (in my case only 4 months ago!), we were unable' to find the entrance, ille searched for about -3/4 hour and eventually decided to try something else. Having a hammer and lever, we went off to attempt an entry in the flLetterbox';, a slit discovered. on the way to JF341. This entrance had previously defied all efforts and held promise of being a reasonable sort of cave. After some levering and hammering, Trevor managed to get inside and was able to tell us that it didn't "goit. He also added some memorable quotes describing the tightness of the squeeze. Stymied yet again, we headed off to JF148 to see if any extension could be made. A report by Chris & Di Davies suggested that this was a ~ood prospect, The heavy rain made cond-itions in JF148 difficult and dangerous so our trip was pretty brief. A descent was made to about 50m at which point excavation would be necessary. The presence of a small stream however, made this impossible but, under normal (?) dry conditions, it may well be worthwhile. As we were all wet and cold. by this time, we packed it in and headed back to Maydena, where Flax was able to provide concise details of the location of the elusive JFI. Geoff Fisher.
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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
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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
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