Spe Leo Ss3eZ IJo. 172 November, 1981. Page 1. NEI6LEITER OF ME TASFVlANIAN CAWEERING CLUB ANNUAL SUBSCR I PT I ON $5,00 S I NGLE COP1 ES 50 CENTS pPresiden.: : Trevor Wailes, 1/4 Vantona Rd., Sandy Bay, 7005. Ph: 251801(H) Secre taq : Chris Davies, 2 Elanore Place, W.Moonah, 7009. Ph: 724104(H) Treasurer : 237804 (H) Diana Davies, 391A Nelson Rd., Mt. Nelson, 7005. Ph:iZo2 669( Editor : Stuart NichoZas, 7 Rupert Avenue, New Town, 7009. Ph: 283054(Hl ~~~YYYYY?~YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Forward Proqramme: Sat. Nov. 21 Sun. Nov. 22 Sun. Nov. 22 Sat. Nov. 28 Sat. Nov. 28 Wed. Dec. 02 Weekend 3ec. 05/06 Wed. Dec. 16 Sun. Dec. 20 Christmas Hol S. Wed. Jan. 06 Wed. Jan. 20 Weekend Yar. 20/21 Easter 1982 Apr. 9 12 JF147: Further exploration following the last trip which stopped through lack of gear. Leader: Trevor Wailes JUNEE RESURGENCE: Cave diving for installation of a fixed line and general further familiarisation with the system. Chief protagonist: Nick "Ni konos" Hume EXIT: Tourist trip for new bods. Organiser: Diana Davies ICE TUBE: Another Eberhard (should that read "Everhard"?) hole somewhere up behind Growling Swallet. Active stream sink with great potential for, well, something. Contact Stefan Eberhard for info. (Ph: 396448) KUBLA KHAN: The annual Bill Tornalin expedition to Mole Creek. Contact Bill for the good oil Ph: 674538(H), 306214(W) GENERAL MEETING: 8pm at 7 Rupert Avenue. Entertainment will be slides from the recent K.D. trip, so come along and see what you missed. CAVE SAREX 81: Mole Creek search and rescue exercise/workshop. See inside for more details. BE THERE!! Theoretical ly a committee meeti ng but maybe we should go somewhere for a counter cea and a few lemon squashes. GROWLING SWALLET (or somewhere similar): Trip for 2nd Prince of Wales Venturer Scouts. Help needed for this one so contact Stuart if you are willing and able! KELLARS CELLAR, Mt. Anne: Purely a tourist trip to SRT the longest pitch in Australia. Contact Andrew Briggs. Note that this trip may be at another time. GENERAL MEETING: 8pm at 7 Rupert Avenue. B.Y.O. entertainment. COMMITTEE MEETING: Same time and place A.S.M.F. WILDERNESS MEDICINE WORKSHOP: Waddamana is the venue. See inside and/or contact Stuart for more details, but do it now MOLE CREEK ????? Asi3e frm the recent K.D. trip and a Jume &Lying trip, not much has been hap;;enir~ of late, but that seems fairly normc7,. There have, however, been more trips tFm there are trip reports, which is a mt very subtle hint to the organisers of those trips. Not much more to say really except why keep the sport underground? tell your friends, relations, work mates and anyone you meet about the sport and get them to come along on a trip; they may even enjoy it! Stuart Nicho Zas
Speleo Spiel No. 172 November, 1981. Page 2. CLUB NEWS -t Welcome to Rik Tunney and Janine McKinnon, two Sydney cavers (ex. SUSS and HCG) who have recently moved to Tassie, the caver's paradise. These bods are superkeen and will no doubt help spur some of our slacker members into action! -+ Other new members voted in at the last General Meeting are Jeanine Davies and Margaret Palfrey. These two girls are also very keen, Jeanine already has SRT gear and it shouldn't be long before they are mixing it with the other SRT freaks. -+ The 1 icensee of the Wheatsheaf Hotel has an Oldham lead acid laap for sale. The state of the battery could be dubious but for a suitable price would be worth buying. Why not go and see Dave Cook sometime and discuss the price ever a couple of beers? -+ Re uest time: The quartermaster (that's me, Stuart Nicholas, f~r those who don't _9__7_ know is busily tearing out his remaining hair trying to keep track of the gear from week to week. If you take out gear, please bring it back pfo~np~lx, or at least let me know when it is coming back. Also, remember to nZt2 down in the book in the shed what you've taken and who you are. Prompt return of lamps is also important as they need frequent maintenance and often long charging times if they are flat. + Anyone travelling with Nick from now on will no doubt experience the 4WD scundlounge comprising the ultra expensive, technicolour, all-electric, yoti-beaut, all pervading, phase 4 sound system, with (special this week only) WAR? FAZTOR G!! His truck would have to be one of the few Toyota Landcruiser sound Iainges in existence! -+ Andrew Briggs that hara caving, soft 1 ivi ng individual with red rtai r and a huge repertoire of bad joh, has been temporarily reduced to invalid status. His car had a slight (?) altercation with another on a recent trip to Ida Bay and will be out of commission for a couple of months. Andy then precsedes to simulate a human torch by trying to set fire to his hand with a welding torch. He didn't succeed but it has made riiing nis bicycle difficult to say the :east! Anyway, get well Andy's car (and hdy) i ...... ............ 1," COULD ONLY HAPPEN Ifl AMERICA. Prof. Carey recently sent aterfa2 2, follow an underground stream, and cross a glass bridge as you thread yak way tbough an eerie labyrinth of passageways (all indoors) in the Musewn of Nc;uraZ Zistory's famous replica of a cave. Fashioned with every attention to de;aiZ, this threestorey cavern is typical of those found in Kentucky 's karst topc_~aphy. Then from "inner space" you 'l2 travel to 'outer space and star gaziq with a program in the Museum's planetarium. Return to the hotel at 4.30p.m. I"e cost: $8.00. Thanks Prof. for that article. Vhy don't we charge $8.00 per head for visits to ow real caves?? +cc::::::::::::<..--......52...-...2 The Tasmanian Wilderness Society: a request for assistance in the form of volunteers and funds to fight against dams in the south-west wilderness: and a request for volunteers to staff a Wilderness Society shop in Strahan for the summer months. The letter goes.. "Perhaps you would l i ke to spend a
Spe Leo Spiel No. 172 November, 1981. Page 3. week or so in Strahan? Just think, long surmer evenings strolling along the beach.. . . .accommodation arranged." Contact Cathie Ploughman and let her know which week/s suit you! The World Wildlife Fund: a request for financial assistance by becoming a member for 1 year ($12), 2 years ($22), 3 years ($33), l ife member ($500;"includes gold panda"). Or how about a bequest by adding a simple codicil to your will? WWF also have a book for sale. For $22.95 you can have SAVING THE ANIMALS by Bernard Stonehouse, and learn of WWF measures to save endangered animals from extinction. ASMF: advising of their WiZderness Medicine Workshop at Waddamana, March 20-21, 1982. Bush & Mountain Walking Leadership Training Board of Tasmania: are calling for applications for their third course which comnences at Easter 1982. Pamphlets from Stuart. Royce Padman, Recreation Officer, Div. of Recreation: advising that he m holds a key to the Clear HiZZ Road Gate which provides access to AdamsfieZd. Pbne: 303727 for further info. A.R. E.A. (Associated Research, Explorations & Aid) : advertising a programme of expeditions for ecologists, environmentalists, speleologists, scuba divers, ornithologists, mountaineers. A comprehensive pamphlet, without prices ( ) i S avai lab1 e at Stuart S. Looks very interesting. Does anyone know about this organisation? Canberrcr Spe Zeo Zogical Society : drawing our attention to the inquiry into S. W. Tcsmania recently established by the Australian Senate and the caZZ by thut Co,mitcee for submissions from interested parties. This wiZZ be discussed at the next general meeting. WC have also received a request for submissions from the T.W.S. on this THE 1981 CAVE SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE WHEN : December 5 & 6 WHERE: Mole Creek, Wet Caves campsite on Mersey 1:100000 G,R, 504943 WHY: This is the only statewide SAREX held and provides an opportunity for a1 l concerned to meet other cavers, Pol ice S&R bods, ambulance officers, and others who would be involved in a real operation. PLAN : Most probably will be based on a "workshop" type exercise in a short section of the bottom entrance of Kubla Khan. Various individual exercises will be carried out simultaneously with penetration into the cave proper being no more than 50m. FURTHER INFO: Be at the December 02 meeting for complete information on the exercise, or contact Stuart during that week. ttfttit+ttiittttttttttttittttttttttttttttttTttttttittttttttttitttttttttttttttttftt WILDERNESS MEDICINE WORKSHOP WADDAMANA MARCH 20 21 1982 This will be the third W.M.W. to be run by the Southern Regional Branch of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and, if it's anything like the others, shouZd be a great weekend. The prqrarme covers an enormous range of topics with guest speakers from all over the state peesenting information of retevance to all invoZved in outdoor
Spe Leo Spiel No. 172 November, 1981. Page 4. recreational pursuits. Subjzcts covered incZude protective c'bthing, nutritional andysis of common bushsalking foods, snakebite treatment, cold water immersion, recognition of heart at~acks, first aid kits and so on. Having been to both the ?revious Workshops, I can thoroughly recommend them as being informative and erjoydle. Cost for non-members is $15 which covers accommodation for Saturday nipkt and four meals! If you are interested, ,DUI you should be, contact:>+S Betty Pmssey, ; 4 Bina long Road, .YORNINGl'ON. TAS. 7018. but do it soon as pZams are limited and fi ZZ very fast. TRIP REPORTS: Junee Resurgence: 23.10.81 Party: Roland Eberhard, N jck Hume Junee River was down at last, so through the sump we went. Both taking turns diving, having a look about and practicing with the linereel. It was a dive made gloomy and remote by unseen walls, invisible beyond the 2-3 metre sphere of vision for much of the time. The initial submerged passageway extends 20 metres or so back from the mouth of the sump, before taking a 90' turn to the left, through a "squeezeN (interesting with a double backpack on). This is part of an extensive, narrow fissure, which requires care on return to locate the correct place to exit. Beyond this, an open chamber with a sandy floor and scungy roof, runs steeply away for 20 metres to a water depth of 12 metres, ending in a blank wall Here the passageway continues to the right for an unknown distance. There is obviously much potential for further exploration in this system and enthusiasm is high for a return. This will require one, preferably wet suited sherpa per diver for the extra gear involved in "pushing". Other points of interest to come out of this dive were:Two completely separate SCUBA systems were carried by the diver for safety in the event of a failure, e.g. free flowing regulator, blown contents gauge, etc. A semi-permanent line rigged in this cave would allow simpler, protracted exploration. Possibilities for tying off the line reel exist where the passageway changes direction. Equal numbers of plain slings and diver's weights with slings will suffice for this purpose. A second diver acted as anchor man to the lead diver and waited at the mouth of the sump, fully rigged, in case of trouble (this would probably look better in a post mortem) Unfortunately, this diver waits around, partly submerged, getting cold before his turn to dive, which is unsatisfactory. Siltation was no problem and visibility never got below 1 metre with care. Water flow was scarcely noticeable, though the passageway cleared itself of siltation about 10 minutes after each dive. The sump, therefore, seems to be di veabl e at most times, except after heavy rains. Air consumption was low, due to the slow progress required while managing the line reel. This consumption would rise with depth and as the diver became cold. As much as two weights could be subtracted from the weight belt, to account for the lesser buoyancy in fresh water. Screwgate karabiners should always be used in any line connections, except for Nick Hume.
SpeZes Spiel No. 172 November, I98l. Fcige 5. Khazad-dh: Saturday, 31.10.81 Party: Stuart Nicblas, Nick Hwne, Mike March, Len Smith and Trevor Wailes The usual coffee drinking, roll eating ceremony at the Magdena shop concluded at a rather later hour than usual after an in-depth interview with Andrew's legs FoZZowing ;hat educational supplement, the five sweaty bodies (minus Andrew and his legs), struggled up the track, organised themselves and the small mountain of gear, ard headed underground at about 11.30a. m. A Low strem and an efficient team made for an ezhilarating and speedy descent with little wasted time. With Trev and Stuart rigging, "Nikonos" Hume was able to fhh my happily with his new waterproof camera, the results of which should (but probwly won't!) be worth seeing. The wet pitches still are, although with ccre, they can be rigged semi-dry. In this contest, the definition of "semi-duryU depends on the waterproof gear one happens to be wearing at the time! Brewing-U;; near the sump gave time for relaxation while various bods looked at the sunp ad generally poked around in the final chamber. A couple of hours later a depmtum was made up the magnificent bottom pitch. De-rigging went smoothly, the cTean, solid rock making gear hauling a relative pleasure after the muddy, scuqj holca to be found on the Junee Ridge. Thi sight of various bits of Trevor sticking it of rips in his wetsuit spurred everyone on, if only to escape this hsrri3 le s;zctac le Back on tk surface at about l.OOa.m. (Sunday), the night was cool but clear and fine, cr p:s~sant change from the wet internals of K. D. Nick and Trev drove home since Nic;'s truck had been left on the other stde of the log, while Stuart, Len and !Kke s-/,'oye=l a meal and a few hours sleep bzfore washing the gear in the Junee and rztum::ng ho,e Sunday afternoon. Various pesp7,e have labelled K.D. as the trip ts do in Australia, a reaZ classic. There is m question that this is true as all TLve of us will testify. A great trip Stucrt Nicho Zas P.S. This sime there was no storm during the &3 and hence, no flood! Growling Sual let (JF36): Saturday, 14.11.81 Party: Chris Davies, Danny Moore, Geoff Fisher Yes, another trip to that family favourite, Growling Swallet. Our trip had been planned to give Danny an idea of caving as practised in the Junee-Florentine. He had had previous experience in the Cracroft, so was not unfamiliar with caves. Our early start was set back by a large wattle blocking the Nine Road, but we still arrived reasonably early, entering the cave at 10.30a.m. The stream was carrying nore water than usual but the level was receding. Rather than visit the sump, it was decided to have a look at the high, abandoned streamway beyond Mud Banks (see Spel eo Spiel No. 166). Admission to that area is gained via some tricky chimneys and squeezes but, once passed these, the cave is more open. The roar of the waterfall can't be heard there and the feeling is completely different. A lead was noticed near the ceiling up a kind of ramp. Danny and Geoff went to viddy the prospects and.. .lo and behold oh faithful readers.. . .a way on was evident; a bifurcating tunnel about 10m long, with a small stream entering on one side. The RH branch led into an aven, complete with stream and possibility of climbing. The climb, however, would have to be made in the stream so it was not attempted. The LH branch descended and was followed a short way to a 10m drop but, having no gear, it couldn't be climbed. At this point, the "growl" of the swallet stream (?) could be heard faintly ahead. The side stream was then explored to its origin in another aven. The possibi l i ties of climbing were not so good, but it could probably be done at a pinch.
Spe Zen Spiel No. 172 November, 2981. Page 6. Excited by these new discoveries, we made our return in high spirits. The potential for further exploration is very good as leads go in two directions, up and down. The downward may offer a bypass around the sumps; following the streams back up may yield a second entrance, or at least some more passage. Either way, the message is clear "known" caves still remain unexplored fully 777 and could contain ........... Geoff Fisher. P.S. One incident Chris fell about 3m when a rock flake gave way. He suffered some abrasions and bruises but was able to continue. Gormenghast: Sunday, 22.11.8 Party: Diana Dauies, Stuarf h5hoZas, Justin Winning, Ross Chapman .'ex R. A. l/. C. A. Sydney) and P4ichael ? Thanks to a tree across the Niw Road and general misunderstanding, 3 trip to this pot the week before resulzed in a couple of short Ladders beinup left in it. Hence, the planned Exit trip 7u'as changed to Gormenghust. Armed with a chain saw, the trze was quickly removed from the road ;?ereby saving about 1km of wclking. Zine, wamn weather was the order of tk day, but we proceeded anyway, doizg som necessary track clearing with the sm. A brief but exciting garder,ir,g session in the entrance talus liveze, thizga up. Apart from a slight dampening z.r$ mch reluctance from a couple of 32ds at the low wet crawl, the trip was w~ventful but worthwhile. Has anyone pushed tF& swnp c5 :he ed? A wet-suited bod could floa; through on his/her back and may find smething of interest. The ladders were retrieoed ups^ exitting and a return to the surfacz made after a pleasant four hours underpcmd. Stuart proceeded further alx; the -;rack, bent on removing more log;, w%,)le the others returned to the vehizlz;. ?he track is now reasonably clear ;hros3h to Grow ling Swa l let. Stuart Nicholas. A trip on Sunday November 29 brought to light (?) an estimated 500~ of previously unknown passage, complete with waterfalls, big avens and ssde passages! A low wet crawl has temporarily slowed progress downstream but there is still plenty to look at.
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