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Speleo Spiel

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Speleo Spiel
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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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No. 105 (Sep 1975)
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SPELEO SPIEL Newsletter of the Tasmanian Caverne eri \ ng Club Tasmanian mountain shrimp (Anaspides tasmaniae) T.C.C. P.O. BOX b16, SANDY BAY, TASMANIA, 7005 Registered for posting as a periodical category B

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Speleo Spiel. (No, 105) Pam 1. September 1975. .% Annual Subscription $3.00 Single copy 30 cent@. ............................. Preside~t : filbert Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point. 7000 Secretary: Tony Culberg, 16 Nelumie Street, Li:ldisfarne. 7015 Editor Speleo Spiel: Laurie Moody, 13 Wason Street, Claremont. 7011 "Speleo Spy" Phone 49 3316 September 7 Sunday: Junee Areageneral troggiM 8: scrub-bashing in the Cave Hill area. Leaders: Moody, Jeffries and Skinner. September13-14 ??? # September 20 Dinner Saturday: Prince of TIales Rotel, Bampden Road, Battery Point. Make &ure that you're there! Should start rolling around 7.0Oprn. If you have not confirned let Roy Skinner know as soon as possible, Phone hin on 23 1506 NOV!!! Possibly a trip Sund~p September 27 Saturday: Junee Area Join Jeffries Q Moady & Co. in what could be the trip of the yegr! Help squash reports that the "era of deep caving is dwrt1,September 27-28 geekend Trip to Mole Creek: Leader: Andrew Skinner. 'October 1 ~eneral Meetim: Hank Meerdingt$, 7 Courlay Street, Blackr~an~s Bay. 8,00pn. Editorial. SWES OF K.D!?! August was a fairly quiet month vith few trips and then usually for the old practise of numbering. Emever, September could hold some promise of better things to come. A party of four consisting of two WC members and tno from our Maydena Branch, located a nunber of caves whilst scrubbashing in an area north of Bone Pit (JF 203) on the 7th. September, Although soqe of these caves were sporting SCS numbers, several were virgin finds. One in particular, sh-m signs of promise in being a smallet takin(: a fair quantity of water, It was entered by two members of the party who were prevented from going too far due to the presence of a 6-8 metre pitch. It rras also late in the afterhoon. :hat adds further interest is the fact that it is approximately 700 metres up on the relief. Khazad-dum is on a relief of 438 metres, Plenty of scope for a deep one? Anyway, a further trip to this area late ia Septenber nay prove that the deep cave era is not yet finished. Velve got our fingers crossed on this one! There are still plenty of copies available. The price is only 40 cents ~hich includes postage. (cheepcheep considering the price of postage these days), A handy reference for anything that you would like to knm about the better known Tasmanian caves. Contact Laurie Moody or Tony Culberg for your copy!

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Page 2. September 1975. U'ITERS TO T% EDITOR. I Once again, ie have received a letter dPrding the cut tin^ of steps in Exit Cave at Ida Bay. See Speleo Spiel No. 103, Page 1. The Editor, Speleo Spiel; I Re the "Letter to the Editor" from John Bosler in Speleo Spiel, No. 103, July 1975; the Itmetal steps bolted into the rocks at the entrance" are a "justifiable safety mehare" for use as a high level exit when the DvEntrecastea& River is in flood. Steps cut in the "mud" bank between the river and inner base camp are ngt! If members of Boslerts party were sufficiently incompetent to'slip during the five minute nalk down to the stream to fill their =ater bags, (%at were they carrying 5 gallon jerry cans?), I shudder to think how they fared in the rest of the cave! Or did John's party have to place steps throuch the talus as well? One of my ,favourite memories of Exit Cave is of walking down the (then) relatively pristine bank to the stream to get water. TAKE !TOTr!T?E BUT PHOTOC-RWRS AND SURVTY NOllES 2dJD OBSERVATIONS EX. LEAVE NO~ATG rn~ ~oowilmm -WO m C~WFUL !mm YOU PUT YOUR GREAT CLUPEY FEET! T Kerry Tillaimson (X1SG) 31/8/75. During a recent attempt to penetrate Sesame Tmo Cave (JF 2111, by a TCC/ Maydena Branch party, a plastic bag containing carbide was found at the.top of the fht pitch below tHe entrance pitch. Cm anyone dve zn oxylmatim as to why the bag was not removed frbm the cave and buried? CLUB FdEMSER ACCEPT3 POSITION IN NET.7 GUIXEA. # TCC are about to lose a long standing member, Bill Lehiiaami, to Nen Guinea. Apparently Bill has accepted a position with the P?JG Department and his services will no doubt be missed. Bill has been the Search and'Rescue delagate for some years and no doubt we will find it hard to replace him. The Club nisbes you all the best and hopes to hear from you occasionally. CLiTJE NUF,rnRING. JF 85: (Florentine) Snall cave, close to road. 33 metres of passage; no continuation; 200-39'0 netres down road from Beginnera Luck Cave; on sane side of road. JF 86: Snall pot on ridge; tmards end .of Frizonls Road (past JT 49-50); has 6 metre entrance pitch; sone decoration; blocks after about another 6-7 netres; bone sanples mere removed from this cave. JT 87: Cave in rift off Leo Thorne's Road; NE of Beginnerts Luck; contains an interesting series of nud-floored" passages; not fully explored; cannot be entered far in wet weather. -+L+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+DON7 T FOIGET THE ,WNUAL DmTER SEP'lEBER 20th. PRINCE' OF 7XES HOTEL -! !

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BIG NOEL'S TASSIE TRE. Part Three. On tbe Saturday, we prepared for our trip to the Junee-Florentine area at Maydena. In this area a permit is needed as the land is leased by the Australian Newspriqt Mills. -!e arrived there in the afternoon and took a look at the Junee Rising where the water emerEes from the higher level swalleta and caves that are in the area; A majo~ity of the water comes from Khazad-Dum, Cauldron Pot and Niagara Pot. I also learnt that this efflux has the biggest flow of water of any cave in Australia. 7e mere then conducted to the Junee Homestead which is used by cavers when they are in the area in groups. Due to the story of the homestead being haunted small parties of tmo or three prefer not to use it. The story goes that a bloke killed somebody and came back to the house to commit suicide but botched the job: The noises that can be heard during the ni&t consist of a door being opened, footsteps and other un-explainable things. The noise ofUthe door being opened has even been heard when the door had been wired up tight. I was even informed that on one particular night two very brave cavers stood on either side of the door and the noise nas heard even though the door did not open. ( Does anyone know of a good exorcist?) The night was spent camped in one of the huts near Cashioii Creek which were apparently used by timber vorkors when they were in the area. Not a bad hut but the one in the Jurlee would have been better as it was closed in on all sides. The follomine; morning, we returned to the'barrier and waited for the party to arrive. Then they had not turned up by 10.15am. we decided that we had better not tarry any longer and'set off for Khazad-Dum leaving a map behind for the others if they turned up. Ve soon reachod the parking area via one of the logging roads, trogged up and set off for the cave." 7e reachec? the cave after mend in^ our wat through a mile of dense rain forest. This vas one of the cdves that I had heard a lot about and was the deepest in Australia. It mas 1,054 feet deep. It was'our intention to reach the top of the "Ninety Footor" and followed Andrem in, getting wet in the icy cold water as ne were only 200ft. below the sndline. A short ladder pitch vas negotiated taking us above the stream passage, along a short passage and then dmm another ladder pitch. Another passage which dipped steep ly required a rope and at the bottom of this we had to manoeuvre through about 30-40 feet of a'llflattener" before emerging near tho top of the "Ninety Footerl1. About this time, members of the second pafty arrived and-after one and all had had a look at the pitch and the raterfall, ne headed out. It was then decided to take a look at the entrance to CauldFon Pot bfit not before inspecting a very schole close to Khazad-Dum. JF 40, I think. Member6 of the tn6 party's if I can remembe? correctly $ere Andrev add Ros Skinner; Jan Hardy, GIem and Shane Pinnincton, Nick"Gould, Tioqa Skinner, Max Jeffries, Nick Bemick, Iiobert Eaton and Laurie Moody. The caves in the Juqee-Florentine are very wet and muddy (scungy). The caves are nearly all vertical and one has to be interested in vertical caving and an expert in SRT, ~hich yours truly is not! The limestone in the area has been tossed nearly vertical and the area is just below the snowline tl~us having all the qualities for very deep caves. LCIST I I Vould anyone knowing the whereabouts of a brand new, very beautiful, very expensive and totally,i'rreplaceable orange mug please forward it to either the vice-president or the editor as soon as possible; as the mer (fomale) has been highly distressed by it's loss. In an exclusive, highly emotional interview, it nas revealed that it (the nug) was lost somewhere in the vicinity of the Hastings area. A reward (in the form of a kiss) nil1 be paid on delivery. Nonot by the vice-pres or by the editor the omer pays the rena.rd!

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Speleo SpieI. September 19% .. TRE MOLE CREEK IT.JT_. The Nole Creek hut near Narakoopa, has recently come into frequent use by parties both fron other parts of Tassie and also fron the North Island. Some of these groups tidy up after themselves but some do not! None seen to knon anything about the hut and most seen to have the attitude that, as cavers, they are entitled to use it. It nust be emphasised that this hut is private property, as is also the field in which it stands. It belongs to Roy Byard of South Mole Creek. Roy is NOT a caver but some gears a{:o he very generously alloned sone of us, vrho he counted as his friends, to nape use of it freely nith no strin~s attached. Roy cannot be bladed if he feels that his hospitality is being abused, he has every right to close off the hut. The Northern Caverneers atter~pt to act as custodians. The charge of 10 cents per night mas initiated to cover the costs of minor repairs, re?placement of gas cylinders and so on. However, our treasurer has received no noney in the last year for the hut accouxt fron any but Qur o~m nembers, and ne are non minority users of the hut, as me nostly return to Launceston at night. In the days v?~en me first necotiated for the hut, I had had an accident and was out of caving, so I poured a fen beers into Frank Brown Jnr. tc, persuade him to give a first hand account. Seemingly I overdid thinp, but older nenbers nay find his historical ranhlin~g of sone interest. (See Speleo Spiel No. 104) the record, in chronological order, the huts Frank mentions are:The forestry Shack with a broken door at Liena Nil1 (taken amay at least 12 years a;--Q). "Rnther nice house" was a genuine house belonging to the Sassafras Mill, across the roaci fron the ?Till, obtained by Dou~ %rnerls glib tmgue. The old house in the niddle of thc paddock Tas on the track up to Sassafras Cave. @in 'ICC neptiated this one. The t?lree roon shack 77as at Sassafras PIill. It vas a meek until ne took it over hut later learnt that tenants should beware of nakigg improvenents. The "house in the hack paddocks" ?nas near Tobo~:gan in the Den Plain area. It cost us ten shillin(,~ a neck which vith a3out six active memhers, was a drain on our resources. This would have been al?out 1965. Rob :loolhouse. +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+IIear ye, Hear ye! (Hear you too!) Let it he lplm to all cavers frm this day forth that the yuc!cy old, orange,, Coles type hug at t\e bottom of '7olf-hole is not (N.R. JOT) a decoration to be left untoxhed by hunan hands! It is, in actual fact, a piece of f~rmation connonly knm as "spcleologius discardus"! It has been requested that the next caver to enter ye olde cave bring out this specinen and take it to his placc of abode. Ye never bow sorlleone nay have a use for it! -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+TRIP REPORTS. Continued on Pa6 Pady: &lax QG Tin Jeffries, Nichael Bronfield (TCC/!lB), Andrew ?c Ros Skinner and Laurie Koody. On the ~aturday, me travelled out to Frizonls Road in the Florentine Valley to investigate yet another hole iocated by Nax, The eath her was not the hest and rain fell nest of the norniw. The hole was located on a ridge and duly

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Speleo Spiel. September 1975. Speleo-Spiel "Findwords l'. A nice and easy brain-teaser for those weekends when it is too wet to go caving. Find 51 words related to caves and caving. STTETRENIBARAKCT GKRPAMROOLFESLAF UTOO.ECNEGRUSERVA CRGRGEMANLTEMLEH TOYGOLOELEPSETRS .AGOURPOOLITEIRNR LLFBECMPDPOTHOLE UOPEFAMMHSCBAGAT SXULFNIUE 1 OSRLEI WJ3TALDLDLOLREOFN A'NDYULKETEUEEBMO LEOIXEHSRLMKNIUG LGOHBSDIAENCRTSA %VACPRNNCPEIEEPR TSRAKIAKKSURVEYA PLUORESCEINPADGE LOOPENOTSMIRCLIP Check off'lhe words as you find them. The hidden words can be found Sy loo3rir-g Forwards, Backwards, Up, Down, Vertically, Horizontally or Diagonally. rimstone pool boots flat t ener shaft moonmilk gypsum trogloxene survey Speleo-S2iel swallet fluorescein cave resurgence rope troglo3hile talus karabiner sink (hole) gouspool aragonite caverneer troglobite speleology helictite false floor pothole column candles cerbide belay tufa track dip sand oolite cavern helmet map karst weta trog bugs influx siphon efflux pricker(for clearing carbide mud lamp jet) tuff(synonymous to tufa) name(of the cave) clip(c-clip) tag(with cave number) N.B. cave,, cavern and caverneer are to be found independently of each other.

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Speleo. Spiel. Septenber 1975. TRIP FlEPORTS Continued; investii;ated. It proved to have a 6 netre pitch and sloped steeply another 6-7 netres where it beccme too tight to follow. A number of hones ;*rere collected before we ener~~d. Further scruh-bashing failed to find anything else in the innediate area and me adjourned to the cars fnr lunch. After lunch we adjourned to an area just off Leo Thorne's Road and not far fron Beginners Luck. :Je had noted tvro caves in this area on a previous trip and it vas our intention t~ explore then further and nunber each. Hmever, timber felling had been taking place since our last visit and one of the caves m-hich me had not yet explored vas 3uried beneath a hu~~ fallen tree. Access was denied. The other cave was duly nunbered J?;' 87. It was then decided take a quick trip into the Western Florentine and in due course, we arrived at Stan blurray's Road. 7e had to leave the cars close to 3' 83 and J!? &l, as large water channels had danaged the renainder of the road. ;7e walked some 600 rietres up the road and then descended into the valley following a creek domn to a point sone 200 netres below the cars. Although several linestone outcrops mere noted nothing of interest evolved. On the way hone, me nade c, quick search of an area between Cave Rill and Bone Pit (JF 203) and succeeded. in locating JF 210 (Sesme One). A further trip to this area is planned. Laurie 19oody. Party: Nax Jeffries, millip Voss (WC/EO), -Indrew Skinner and Laurie Moody. The four of us arrived at Sesane One (m 210) around 10.30m. and soon found our objective, Sesane Two (JF 211), Australia's f if t!? deepest cave. Andren abseiled dm the entrance pitch and the rest of us followed after first taking care to dispose of R rather precarious looking log which nas balanced on a small ledge half-,.ray dm the pitch. It was our intentim to go as far as we cou1d:but after hdrem and myself had descended the second pitch, we decided that to i'o too far in the talus without nore gear, would be a 'lit risky. Tt-erefore, we decided to abmldon our attempt on this cave. After emerging, we skirted the 5adc a5ove this cave and soon arrived at ,the entra~ce to a fairly active sri-allet. Tt was blocked hy debris and no may in could 3e found. About that tine, I noticed what appeared to be a cave on the opposite %ink. Investigation proved it to he JT 209. On first inspection it did not appear to go far but Phillip decided to invcsti&*te a hole off tothe right. It proved to be an upper level and shamed no signs of being entered prior to our visit. Approxinately 35;aetres of passa-, ~hich contained sone go3d exanples of flwstone, :yere found. !L possi3le extension was entered but was not pushed due to the fact that .Indren blwked up the entrance mith large rocks Phillip was still inside! His reyort that it still continued vas not checkednaznly 3ecause no-oce trusted Anrlren and I 4nnft think he trusted' us! :7e then nade our nay back to the car where a check on the cave nu~3ers shoved that JT 209 had not been fully explqred. After n snack, I finally nmaged to convince Andrew that it voulc! 5e better to scrub-bash up towards Bone Pit than to drive up in the car. (I apologise hdren) Anynay, we reached the Bone Pit area after a fruitless and steady slog then hem cochini; a ridge above this cave.' Several holes mere located, Ji;' 204 and Jl? 206 being two I can renenher. JF 2CL: was descended by Fhillip and proved to 3e about 25 9etres deep. Af'ter this ne worked in pairs with Andrew and I heading dovm the ridge mhile !Tax and PhiIlip headed down into the valley behind it. L%dren and I located several nore holes including JF 206 ai~d -one m-nunbered hole~hic? is well worth a return visit. flax md Fhillip locate3 several holes including a very pronising looking m-nunhered mallet. This area appears to have sone potential and due to the high relief, a trip hack on the 27th. Sept. could have sone interestin;: results. Laurie Floody.


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.