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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 time.
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Speleo Spiel No. 173 December, 1981. Page 1. NENSJSLETTER OF THE TASWI INII CAVEhh4EERI NG CLUE3 ANNUAL SUBSCR I PT I ON $5,00 SINGL-E COP1 ES 50 CENTS President: Trevor Wailes, 1/4 Vantona Rd., Sandy Bay, 7005. Ph: 251801 (H) Secretary: Chris Davies, 412 ptron Rd. ,Sth. Hobart, 7000. Ph: 236700 (H) Treasurer: Diana Davies, 391A Nelson Rd., Mt.Nelson, 7005. Ph:{202669 237804 (H) (W) Editor: Stuart Nicholas, 7 Rupert Ave., New Town, 7009. Ph: 283054 (H) .................................................................................. FORWARD PROGRAMME: Sat. Dec. 19 Sun. Dec. 20 Christmas Ho 2s. OF Wed. Jan. 06 Sat. & Sun. Jan. 9 & 10 Sat. Jan. 16 Wed. Jan. 20 Sat. Jan. 23 Sat. Jan. 30 Wed. Feb. 03 Sat. Feb. 06 Grol~ling SwalZet surveying and/or exploration of newly found section. Growling Swallet (or somezjhere similar). Trip for the 2nd Friizce cf Vales Venturer Scouts. N.E. Ridge, Mt. Anne. Eqloration/tourlsting see Andrew Rriggs for info. as to whether this is still on or not! Serendipity, FLorentine Valley. Exploration/su.rveying of this pot. 'L The Chairman. Yes folks, we 're going back to that dreaded hole on Junee Ridge for a downstl-eam push. Is anyone interested c -other than Mike Martyn and Tong White? Contact either of these bods if you are (both at Mike 'S addraess). General Meeting (Informal!) B. Y. 0. entertainment, refreshments, etc. to the usuaZ venue 7 Rupert Avenue. Kubla Khan Mole Creek. Trip orgctnised principally for some visiting cavers from W.A. but others welcome. JF 341. Surveying and excavation, etc. See Treu. -p Cormittee Meeting (probably informal areq't they all!) 8pm 7 Rupert Avenue. JF 147. ? final exploration and/or surveying. Sesame II. Sporting. fun f?) trip for anyone! See Trsu. General Meeting. Usual time and place. Owl Pot. Suitable for beginners, well almost!! Also on the list is Gormenghast (further ezploration), Cauldron Pot (tourist ?,rip), -Tee Tube ($4~~4~~ e.z~Z~ctiou 1 EDITORIAL Who said the era of exploration was dead? Readers may recall Geoff Fisher's report in last month's Spiel which alluded to the fact that many well known caves could have unknown and as yet unfound extensions in them. Well, it's true! A recent trip to that "family favourite", Growling Swallet, revealed something like 500m of new passage, complete with huge avens, waterfalls, several side streams entering the whole bit! Surveying has yet to reveal the actual extent and location of the new passage, but whatever the result of this, --. that well-known adage "Old caves never die, they just get longer!" still holds. This will be the last Speleo Spiel for 1981 and the first edition for 1982 will appear in February (with any luck!). Meanwhile, have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, arid may your belays hold and protectors never slip! Stuart Nicholas.

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S.peleo Spiel No. 173 December, 1981. Page 2. .......... -,. CLUB NEWS + The last couple of Speleo Spiels have been somewhat late. This is unfortunate but producticjn problems have held up the proceedings. Hopefully, this will be ironed out for the New Year and our great little magazine will hit the streets on time again. .+ The Growling Swallet breakthrough provided some information for a press release to The Mercur which, a1 though becoming slightly garbled (is G.S. really 800m dekdome valuable pub1 ici ty to our Club. As a result, a couple of phone calls have been received by the Editor from bodies interested in joining our happy band of trogs! -+That evergreen everhard, Stefan Eberhard, is off to N.Z. for caving and climbing during the Summer. He hopes to participate in the Nettlebed expedition and do the usual trips over there including Harwood Hole with its 180m entrance pitch! .+ Big things are happening on the diving scene. Nick Hume and Rolan Eberhard have set a fixed line in the Junee Resurgence extending in 100m. Further extensions of this line will enable high speed travel to the end-point and thereby increase the time availsble for exploration ...... as they say "Cave divers penetrate deeper!" or perhaps in this case it should be "Cave divers penetrate taster!" L Looks like the usual invasion of north islanders will occur this Summer. At least three groups are known to be hitting the local caving scene but no doubt, there are plenty more that have not told anyone they are coming to Tassie. Let us hope that none of them get into trouble. -+ Other bodies leaving our shores for a while include Nick Hume (taking another couple of flex-months!) who i S heading to NZ for climbing and general culture absorption, and Rolan Eberhard who is off to Alice Springs in an attempt to earn some money. -+ Part-time caver, mountai neer, expatriot banana bender, and canoeist extraordi naire, Paul Caffyn, was in Tasmania recently on a flying visit promoting his next adventure a canoe trip around Australia! For those who missed his slide snow of his British circumnavigation bad luck but he'll be back after the Aussie trip for a slightly longer visit sometime early in 1983. -+ Rumour has it there will be a house-warming sonetime in January at Mike Martyn's recently acquired establishment on Knocklofty, West Hobart. Stay tuned for further detai 1 S. L TRIP REPORTS .......... With huge holes lik~ CO l-inCavern and Ke Zlars Cellar to provide incentive, the '' purpose of this four day t~ip Was to further explore the north-east ridge of Mount Anne. h7ednesday 18th was taken up with th 3hr walk up to the 5op of the ridge. It is another Z5mins. to a sheltered campsite at Pandczi Shelf. The whole of the next day was spent searching, without success, for the mighty shaft-s which must exist. Only a compurative7y small portion of the ridge was examined and all the sink. holes ud shafts encountered, uppeared to be zontplztely blocked by crap. Ferhcips it is the excepc?:onally large size of CO l-in-Cavern and Kellars Cellar which allows them to go slightla firther before choking off. Conversely, exploration -' of the smaller holes (if they exfst) on the flanks of the ridge where the frosttt shattering hcxs bceiz Zcs; severe, rnay be 7ilOrd pmductim. The ridge it,-:elf is c.-r,.twrnnlg rugged and dif~iezilt to trme~se, cons
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Spclco Spiel No. 173 December, 1981. ----W Page 3. On Frv&y, Mount rlme itself was climbxi t,o provide some impressive views of thc +south west, exccpz; for the Ei5 ilZC lake which somewhat stuffed the place. Mzde it back io camp just as the mist closed in (2nd the ~ain cane down. Satu~lday dawned fine cud clear however, and before departing, a small hole uhich was no?-{ced on a prcvious trip, in the base of tfze deep doline, required further .inusstqation. By re;noving a couple of rocks it was possible to squeeze through info a very loose, S Lceply descending talus collapse. Unfortunate ly, this choked off abruptly egme 15m lower down. Further seardzing in the same doline revealed a small enbrcxnce in the northern wall. '1 draughty 12m crawl, in good solid rock for a chunge, was followed until it tended vertically beneath a perched boulder. This lead is worth pursuing some time. The walk back was made more interesting by the need to avoid tripping over uZZ the bushwalkers who swam up this popular route on weekends. Ste fen Eberhard. YYY: : : >-t+ GROWLIJIG SVALLZT: -p" Sunday, flovcrnber, 29 Famy: &off fish ex^, Graeme igichalek, S-cuart Iv'-icho ias i first group), and Nick Hwne, Y'revor 1Jai les, Ste fan Eberhard (second group) L With uncommon enthusiasm, the hard men of the first group left Hobart about 0700 armed with ladders an? ropes to push the neuly found but unexplored "beyond sump'' section of G.S. A leisurely walk to the cave in bright sunshine was followed by a rapid descent to md-banks area. Pushing through thg rift and doing the climbs soon had us in a large aven chamber conrpZete with a small stream. The choice then was to 30 upstream or drop down the 7m pitch into the mknown downstream scction some choice! A ladder rigged, a few jelly-Deans in the mouth and may we went just as the second group crrived. The small sfremay Zed down to ct juncticn with annthe;~ from the Zef& and a Zarp auen further domt on the right. Excitement &:as high as we literally ran down the st~eam where would it end? Sezyeral hundred metres later, huing passed a waterfall enterixg on the right, a mud bank was reached with the strem disappzclring under the left side. Trev mamged to climb the Sank and pusk through a narwozo incredibly muddy squeeze to yet anotizer aven. Stefan mcnaged to climb 10m up the far side btc6 gave it aaay as being futile. Sinking knee-deep in the mud, a return was made to more habi tab le conditions hack in the s tremay LExpZoration of the other major streanway near the pitch, Zed to a clim3 through some veru hairy talus and on up for a considerabl~ distancc. Nick and Geoff ~stitnat~~! to hazw ~va~h?? a mint ?I?-2OO.n cb~ve the rna" sstrea~may but progress was stopped by a balm jam, Another waterfa'Li! ensers this passage about 53m from the main junction. U~zfmtunately, we did not locate the main Growling SwaZlet stream but there are sti ZZ plenty of possibilities fop exploration. Surttcyizg has yet to reveal the location of the newly found passagcs but it appaxrs to hc a separate draixage system originali~g in the Y~apdoor Swatlef; vnlleg south east of Growling S~cZlet. No doubt, the strems sinking in Trapdoor and Petxiavt Pot eiztm the s~stem ht where do the others come @om? Some clirnbilzg is planwc? soon to irzvestigate the waterfaZZs and the avezs, a couple of which have promlsiwj holes ozly 8-i0m up fr~om the floor. U~o's ~i7,Zing to help with the scalirry pole ,and t 7:e surveying ?? On only hi:: third ever cn-uiq I-rip, G~?ae!ne was someuhat astcurzded by the whole scene izod is zow throughly hooked on cacing. it 'S a pity theuae arwz 't more trips like this me! Stuart Nicholns.

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Spzleo Spiel No. 173 December, 1981. P___--Page 4. JUAiEE RESURGEKCE: December, 1 Divers: Rolan Eberhard, Stefan Eberhard, Nick Hume LOO rainfall, alcohol znhanced suicidal tendancies, unlimited flexleave credLt.. . . . .perfect conditions for further e.~ploration of this sq. The author was first in, tying off a 50 metre permanentline in the initial $assageway to make things easier on subseauent dives. This process took half an hour, large2,y spent sorting through a catch bag of unco-operative slings fever tried untying a double fishermans underwater, with wet suit gloves on?) Rolan was next and rigged up with twin ninety cubic foot cylinders for the "push", Arriving at the end of my fixed line, he tied off his line-reel and continued on through straightjroruard passageway for a further 50 metres before turning back 100 metres from airspace and still going!!!!! Tile passageway so far reaches a maximwn depth of 18 metres at a point 50-60 metres from airspace, then tends upwards to a depth of 12 metres before ZeveZZing out. No constrictions bar the way at this stage and before long, extensions of fixed lirze will open the way for further exploration. Stefan also took a plunge for a look see, thus adding to our group of diving looneys. %bmerged times of 40 mir,utes with ezistixg wet suits appears to be the limit becr*z!se ,,--,' low water temperatures. Therefore, the value of a permmerit liw in speeding wp transit times is enormous and the Zine also adds considerabZy to one's confidmce! b. Nick Hvme + < : : < : : : : : "'W1 -::Y,YYY::;:::::::::~ JUNEE RESURGENCE: December, 6 A return was made to the swnp, with an army of helpers from the previous day's pathetic fiasco in Ice Tube. So many assistants waiting OH. you hand awl foot tends to enlarge one's confi'cence and I managed to rig more fixed line, up to a squeeze about l00 metres or so from airspace. This was done by tying off the guideli~e to weights and blocks of limestone on the cave floor. For safety, this squeeze may have to be negotiated with side mounted air tanks. G Maybe next week, more next issue.. . . . Nick Hwne. < : : : : ccttttttyyyyy-tttttttttttt, ICE TUBE: Scturday, December 5 ,rty: Nick Hwne, Trevor Wailes, Andrew Briggs, Rik Tunney, Janine McKinnon, Fred LSteele fC.7'. C. G. ), Stefan Eberhard h7ith such a Za~ge md apparently capable team, and stacks of gem, prospects kit iaZZy Zuoke!i Kright foi. a strong push into this promising poti~o Ze. ice l'ube 4 l was previously explorcd dowrl a series of pitches to the edge of a deep shaft which requires boZtiug in order3 to avoid the suicidal torrent of water. (Mmy tlzatzks to Stumt who clused us all the way up to Ma~dena with the bolt hangers, which we had been urzable to locate earlier. lronicall~, the bolting kit was never2 used. Much procrastinating and stuffing about eventually saw everyone stagger up to the entrance at the ridicuZously late hour of 2.30p.m. Even more discussion ensued before Rik and Janinc volunteerecl to remain on the stirface, in order to reduce tt)aiting time on the pitches. At this point, Andrew decided not to go underground and wmt surface trogging instead. This reduced the efjlectiva pushing team to thive. . . . and, the mainla~ld visitor, Fred. .. FortwzutcZ!_y, the stream level was comparatively low, reducing what t'as a seucre dre~?ching in winter to a rnerz s~~aying. By the time the botcom of the second pitch was reached, I~owewr, the bullshit uas getting so thick $hat the trip seemed doomed to failure and it was decided to retreat. This proved a uise decision although, at this stage, the competence of the uisitor, Fred, had never really been doubted since he hana71ed the 45in of abseiling O.K.

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Speleo Spiel No. 173 December, 1981 Page 5. h7ick and I stardted out, but it soon becmc appamnt to Trev, still down the ,. bottom, that something was up uhen it was found necessary to persuade Fred to use a safety Zoop on izis upper (brad, spanking neu) Jumar. It appears that Fred had never prusiked beforc! It took him an hox~ to ascend the 20m waterfall pitch alone. Furthermor~e, the chest xscender was supported around his neck by a single Zoop of climbing tape; this is a convenient method of hanging ons df. The first 24m pitch involves a pendulum into a dry, parallel shaft, with a second tie-off around a Zclrge spike. Trev removed the re-belay on his way up so thut Fred would be able ts ascend directly up without having to perform the potentially dangerous act of crossing over ropes (How he managed to pass this obstacle on the wtzy dom, without coming off, remains a complete mystery). Because of the awkward pendulum across a knife-edgg, the essential rope protectors seemed redundant and it was tPzrefore 7zecessary for Stefan to re-descend and position the rope off the edge, whilst Fred prusiked slowly up past the criticaZ section, By now, 'the trip had taken on tFi p~oportions of a minor epic (or a hell of a big stuff-up) and by the time tk surface was reached Fred was exhausted, and suffer~r?,g from the co M. A hasty scrub-bash in the gathering dark folloued, mcde smezc;hnt easier bz~ the blud tape mo.kers placed Ey Andrew cnd Trevor on the tr2ek '2 iZ It is strongiy felt chat a major accident was mrrowly avoided. If catastrophicgea19 failure had not done it, simple exhaustion,/exposure may well have. Whilst it is the responsibility of the trip leader to ensuzne adequate experience and competence in ctZl members of the party, this car?, only be enforced to a certain degree. It 1:s also the responsibility of each individual to judge, for himself, the situation and his oim capabilities. It is far better to back out, when the going ge&s too to~gh, thav. to continue on and hence evdanger the safety of the resS party. Despite the faux*pas of the night before, some of us were still keen for some actioiz on the Sunday and so assisted Nick with gear portering for another dive in the Junze Resurgence sump. He laid in mother 60m of a 100m polypropy lene line, from the e-nd of the 40m live fixed previous Zy. lie was under for 35 mins. 3efore turning back at a narrow section. Ste fan Eberhard. ~-tttttttttYw~'Y::::::::::::~ 30 you want to tie the trace on to the flake here or shall I move it over there?! JF 117 T~G one no-one wanik to know. O~iginally found by Chris Dauies, Mm Jeffries, Di Davies, &e Feeney and Geoff L* Fisher (see Spiel 144). The next trip irz was July 27, 2980 (see Spiel 259) where it was surveyed to the top of an estimated 20rn pitch with no belay point. The fclZowing t_s,ip took a Zong time to eventuate as the prsvious party weren't happy uith any of the belay points in the whole system and a bolting trip plannned stacpated. At great Ze~~gth S. & R. Eberhard, Nick Hume, Andrew Briggs and niyself mnt to examine the final pitch. As memory man Andrew was on the previous survey trip with Nick Hzme, he told us of the tackle required. On reaching the final pztch, however, and belaying to a large mud flake, we only had enough gear to rig down to a large haZZ/avan cJunction Zall. The end of the rope wcts let down the obvious route (avr,of,4er pitch 15m) but proved to be 6m short. RoZm descencicd azd contiwed to the botl-om on slings. The repor" was of another tight 1Om pitch, to this date untouched. He returned tc Junction Ha22 where we had sat in the spray fmm the small stream. A hole in the wall was enlarged ~ith the foot a7;d nnother pitch of 20m was unearthed (alvost literally) This pitch semed t~ be ir, a totnlly different system ad just out. of sight, a small stream ?clling down the pitrh could be heard (possibly the stre~zn that sinks near the then entrance 50 147). idi-ch no tackle Zeft, we exited with thoug4ts of a great system still to be dissovered.

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Speleo Spiel No. 173 December, 1981. Page 6. The next trip was a "Tassierr4 trip and your ever fearful president rollcd up with 3a 100ft of ladder, 900ft of rope, all the wire traces in the store and no rope protectors! That's all history. Interest hcid waned on 147 to the lowest possible swnp dive, until I conned Rolan (uho knew) and Rik Tzl.nney and Janine McKinnon (who didn't know) into another look-see trip. The first drop down a squeeze was rigged with a hand line and Roland and I quickly rigged the 22m pitch (free hanging) following, and decided to free climb the third pitch by climbing over a flake and foZZowirig a natural staircase back to the (today) dry stream passage. The steps on the next pitch were rigged with a rope to use as either hand line or prusik on the return. The 5th is a continuation of the 4th pitch and this put us at the bottom of the surveyed section above the 6th (20m) pitch into Junction Hall. At Junction Hall, which uas relatively dry, we decided on the Window Pitch. Rik was bringing up the rear pratecting and the ..... rope, when free, .. was fed through the windo-d into new space. As RoZan rigged it, I thought he should go first (as with all pitches in this system, its nice to have the belays proved!!). I followed to find myself in an almost dry chamber with the small stream falling down a slnall tight hole into a recess 3m off the floor. Janine followed me down as I negotiated a squeeze, follouing Rolan. This sectC3n t?a3 ?cr.F.(ps the I07ga2-i horizontal (.rlrnost) ~~~ZC~TPTZ~ SO far, 3ut lt for long. Rolan uas ctt the top of a IOm drop OWE n rift xhich he part f~2ee X-,imbed, part jmpd, SO I ~mited for Janine and the Zadder she was carryi~g. This rigged and des2ended, we followed more semi-horizontal past an accessible hole in 8% the right hand wall which was taking what water there was. We followed the abandoned section on down to a tight sqzeeze awkward with a tackle bag and even worse on the return. Past this is a climb dolm to a small chamber with a pitch ove~ hu-ng with Zarge talus blocks. We were rslnning short of gear having only 2 ropes, 1 ladder and 2 protectors left, and a couple of traces. We rigged this pitch uith a 30m rope to one of the blocks and I descended down one drop then mother step and stopped at the top of yet anothezq one maybe 1Om. I wasn't sure if the rope was long enough and I could see yet another black hole. Rolan and Janine came down to my ledge and continued down to the next step w&re we hung a 10m ladder to the end of the pope as there zl~ns no belay point. Rolan was off again and in the distance reported horixontal passage about time! The ladder Gi. climb down was spring loaded to the extreme "4ft of bounce" to yet another step. Five metres down, we were on the level in serpentine type passage which ended i~ a T-junction with a small stream passage. I tried downstream but it started small and became tighter but not impossibly so the cobbles wme removed. Backing out uphill was a struggle, dragging my Zmp "and helmet after Re. Rolnn, c~Tanine and Rik (who had run out of R. P. S) had g0n.e upstream into an ascending rift with hiqh auens. This route was not followed tc any conclusion but Kses as a-s-teadzj climb.-. So that was it as far ar z;le were concerned; we had one rope left and a couple of traces and nowhere to go but back so we started our return; Rolan and Rik in front with Janine and I detackling. At the foot ~f the rope after. coiling the ladder and waiting for Janine to ascend, I noticed what I presumed was a normal cave type shrimp 6-7cm long climbing a verticaZ wall, also whaS appeared tc be a normal, if somewhat colourless, earthworm snaking its way across a certicaZ wall (300m belou the surface with too small a stream to carry it?) The return to the sulnface was uneventful if somawhat slcw. Chris Davies in his report of the trip irz Spiel 159 closes with the statement.. ."and is getting safer with depthtr. This is not entirely true!! Andrew Briggs proposed the name Tuo Strawsrlowzr down there is more forivation. (i~ell a little mort?!). If we are proposing names, I would like to suggest'Peanut Brittle Pot:' for obvious reasons. Although we had a success~ul day and more thn doubled the depth and length of this system, I feel th~r~ is more to find. If my gums work s~trv~y is anywhere near close, the original obvious route ouhf Junction fiall, if pushed, (~Ltl! some luck would put it beyond the squeeze ?:n t&e hozaiaontaZ section of the bottcm of this pot which eould have far reaching connections. I presume the hole in the wall abow thz awkward squscze

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Syelco Spiel lb. 173 December. l98 ----p----W-Page 7. P 7 bt?Zow ViniSow pitch, iocds irzto the final bij' p7 .. Vnere the water comes ., f~om ad goes to dotm the L+&W pitch is a mgsimy! Any one irstcrested? Give me a c~~ple of mn5:r to ,Lbrget t.i~is shithole so I only remcrnber the good bits, and we lZ look ojoin! Estirriatd depth: 615f-t. Lengbh: 1,100ft. Conditions : R/S! Vassit psyched up ready to go but impossible due to unforeseen balls up! (see Spiel 166 club news and happenings!) Tackle for JF 147 "Two Stramrl or rrPeunut Brittle Pot" 1st pitch STaP PRESS: 25ft handline if rigged from tree oatside, 90ft 70-80ft free hanging wire header/tram around suspect flake also lie to pitch l. 2 r20pe protectors. .' 30ft Zudder can be free climbed -1 r. p. (super-long header) 50ft handli~e for steps. 1 header, 3 r. p. s (good belay point) 40ft tie to pitch 4. ? R.p,s 60ft i?-,w Junction 2aZZ, iia to piech 4, 2 r. p. a, 1 header 50ft obvious route, ? thereon t

Description
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
time.