v. SPELEO S Newsletter of the Tasmanian Caverneering Club Dec 1977 NQ. 130 T.C.C. Established 1946 AT. B
Peleo Spiel. No.1& Page 1 DecembQ9G Newsletter of Me %smcmian Cavcrneering Club. Annual Subscription W.00. Single copies 40 cents. President: Stuart Nicholas, 7'Rupert Avenue, New Tom, 7008. Ph. 283054. Pres (Phydena Bch ) : liax Jef fries, 18 South Crescent, Maydena, 7457. .Ph .882256. Secretam: Tony Culbcrg, P.O. Box 36, Lindisfarne, 7015. Editor: Albert Goede, Ph.231929 (E), 230561 ,ext ,415 (B). Typist: Therese Goede. * -X. Y 4:.K%* MERRY CERTSTi .;S LE D !a HAPPY E (CAVII~G) YEAR. FOR:!AID PRCGWE. -p--Dccember 10 SATURDAY: Visit to Gro~ling Svallet, Florentine Valley, Leader: Stuart Nicholas. Decembcr 17,18 SATURDAY or \~E~JD: Shccp roast organized on Saturday by mine host Tony Culberg assistcd by J!zttherr Lcnis. Location: Junce Homestead. Caving optional and accidental January 7,8 PIEEJE3ll): A major expedition to further cxplorc The Chairman (JF 99), Junce iiidgc. Limy hands required to assist ~rith portering of cquipmmt. Leader: S hart Bicholas. January 21-29 1978 Precipitous Bluff Expedition. Access by fishing boat probably leaving fYom Southport to Prion Beach. Departure day ad tine subject to suitable weather. For those prepared to nalk in and out come men you cm and go vhcn you must. Aims arc exploration, sightseeing, mapping and scientific nork. k nc-t suit is required for those nahting to visit Quctzalcoatl Conduit. Interstate cavcrs are cordially invited to attend. Planning mecting on \!cdncsday, 14th Dcc. at 7 Xupcrt Ave., Hcv To~m. Leciders: Albert Gocdc ad Bruce Ik Intosh February 1 YEDNFXDAY: 8 p.m. Gcncral hiccting at lkcting Room of the Wheat shcaf Hotcl, 3 14 Iiacqunrie Strcct The last month has secn trips to Exit Cave at Ida Eay, Kubla Khan at liolc Crcck and a ncrr cavc in thc Cracroft Arca. Eiemvl~ile John Parkcr remains busy in thc Junec-Florcntinc finding morc promising holes for us to cxplorc. At Exit Cavc Bill Micholson and party had a little troublc finding thc Dribble Systcm and as a rcsult thc climbing polc has not yct bccn used to invcstigatc Dcvils Stov?pipc. 1~ Xaydcna 3rmch Party visited thc cavc on t:.: sac ncekcnd and acre suitably impressed vith its size. A forced march rras made to Craeroft by Bill and Albcrt togethcr with guide Grcg Mihaich of the Hobart Walking Club. The ncc cave nas found and partially explored. A strong cold draught secmcd vezy promising but so far thc cavc is fairly smcll, Lacking timc and n laddcr a lowr levcl containing somc nater was left uncxplorcd. A party of eight made a rorthnhilo visit to Kubla Jlhan but no trip report has been rcccived so far. Hcnli i.iecrding felt that a lot of damagc hacl bccn done to formations in recent yccrs by the use of carbide lmps cud suggcs-tcd that their use should be bmcd on future visits -to this crzvc. ,In incrcasc in cavirg activity cm be cxpectcd non that the younger set have finishcd tllcir cxmiiintions. Sumer plans iiiclude visits to Grorling 3xdlet, The Chairnm and Precipitous Bluff. The last Gcncral. Iiecting at thc Vhcatshcaf Iiotel nas ncll attended and
PLEIISE RE~;F~.;BER Thcrc will be g general mccting in Jznuary and Spclco Spicl. Albcrt Gocdc +**x.*i:-*.*+ Club Ncns Matthew Lcriis tr&s secn hobbling around on crutchcl8 rcccntly aftcr his motor bikc collidcd on a blind corner wit11 n car containing c. large Grcck family. Hc learnt a, lot of Grcck in a vcry short tinc hut had a lucky escape fron scrious injury. Shows that caves arc much sofcr than notor bikcs. John Parkcr is still vcry intcrcstcd in gctting somc support from our Hobart mcnbcrs in cxploring a number of his promish~ ncn finds especially in the rlhcrrct$s Lookout arca. Two prospects arc vcry dccp vertical holcs whilc thcrc is also a nm infloi-r cavc 16th sizcablc S-lrcam to bc lookcd at. Anybody intcrcstcd cnn contact hin by ph~nc on 88 2222. A phone crll has hccn rcccivcd from Phi1 Prust, u. mcmbcr of a cavc diving group in idclaidc, who havc cxtcnsivc cxpcricncc diving in thc iTullarbor Caves. He is kccn to bring a tcm of czvc divcrs to Tasnmin in Fcbruary to divc in Kubla Khan exit at Iiolc Vrcck m-d would likc further infornation. Can anyone assist ? ? NEmS FROId ~~~YD~~A 3WTCN C r' Contrary to rcports, thc I~iaydcna Ermch of thc T.C.C. is still in cxistcncc, folloving its battering in Exit Cavc. ~LX, I hope, ~nll bc miting a fill rcport of thc visit that took plocc fron the 4th to the 7th Nov. 1977. For mysclf it Iras m incrcdiblc cxpcricnvc that put a ncn dimclzsion on caving something ?I shall ncvcr forgct. On the folloving Sunday, 13th Nov., I drovc to thc ilhcrrctts Lookout arca of thc Jwlcc Florcntinc rcgion. TJalkcd up fron thc road to fairly mar thc top of the Lookout whcrc a high lincstonc cliff is locatcd. This was follomd along tonzrds the Plorcntinc Vallcy. Cliff faded out to bc rcplsccd by a linc of five small smllcts and a nunbcr of dry holcs, onc rrith a considerable draught. Thc area dcscribcd abovc is thc arcs on Therrctts Lookout abovc thc Gap ~rhcrc thc road passes bctnccn Tin Shca and thc Lookout. Rill bc returning next ncckcnd ncnthcr pcrnitting with war, to invcstigatc thc finds. John Parker. Clim NU1 i3ERIBG 1.. John Parkcr has bccn activc ,again in thc Jwlcc Florcntinc arca and has providcd the f ollouing inf ornation. JP 120 Inflow cave ncar L11orcntinc -Eivcr closc to md bclorr Elcvcn Road on ncstcrn sidc of river. Uncxplorcd, rcquircs a tret suit for cxploration. JF 121 129: Descriptions previously,publishcd. Scc Spclco Spicl No.127, PWC 3. JF 130 Cavc rrith cntraiice cxp~scd in Dcvhurst Qu'vry, Junee arca, The cave has bccn cxplorcd to a dcpth of 9 nc-brcs and contains good formztions. A fur-thcr 7 nctrc pi-toh rcnains uncxplorcd. JP 131 Inflo-ir cavc locatcd high up on Plhcrrctts Lookout south of summit. Explored to dcpth of 20 mctres vrhcrc it sunps. JP T32 Located closc to JP 131 but out of the stream vallct associated nith JF 131 and approx. 80 ~zctrcs YflLi from that cavc. A vcyy
S~~elco Spicl. Lo.5. Ij~g.l j mJlr. dccp uncxplorcd holc ni-bh rocks falling for many seconds. JP 133 Anothcr vcry dccp uncxplorcd cave loczted approx. another 80 mctrcs Vl?:I from JF 1 9 2 Not Numbered Iio suitablc placc for numbcr found. Cavc abovc Eleven Road on vrcstcrn sidc of Pl&xtiac Rivcr. Explorcd to dcpth of 18 mctres. Vcry muddy, narrow and dagcrous entrance. Locatcd 200 metres south of un-nunbered cavc abovc. Vcry closc to md above Eleven Road. Sloping cntrancc pitch lcads donn 13 mctres to a strcm passo@, Passagc very narrov and nct nith numerous cave crickcts. Cave loca-tcd on Whcrrctts Lookout 60 mctrcs S-E of JF 131 in an isoleted patch of horizontal scrub. Cavc rcnains uncxplorcd but compriscs two closcly adjaccnt cntranccs rrith a small amovat of sccpagc nater running into onc of thcm. Locatcd 200 mctrcs I\J.7 from JF 133. Cwc has sloping cntrancc nith 2 nctm cntrancc pitch. Thcn a nalkablc grade pcssagc for approx. 200 mctrcs. This closcs dorm to a squccze which nas not pushcd. A low passcgc lcads off on thc right just aftcr thc cntrascc pitch not yet cxplorcd. Locatcd in thc arca of thc Chairman (JF 99) spprox 10 mctrcs VSm of JP 121. Unexplorcd cavc with c~ltraicc a small holc in nall of dolinc. Cove appcms to bc vcry dccp and a draught is prcscnt. ~maii cnvc in lovr ridgc 60 mctrcs hTI of %c Chairman. Fully cxplorcd to a dcpth of 15 mctrcs. Vcry nuclty :iith sonc dirty formations. Co.vc locatcd in cnd of riclgc extending 31 from Rift Cavc (JF '54). Fully cxplorcd to dcpth of 15 mctrcs. Small slit cntrmcc givcs access to large charlbcr. Suggested nmc "Sn,zkc Pit", as a tiger snake nas found lodgcd on a lcdgc in the cavc vhcm it nas first cxplorcd. Thcrc is still a gap in our club rccords. Caves JF 114 'md JF 115 arc mcnti~ned in Spelco Spicl No.123, p.4 but no dcscriptions or locations are givcn. I have no record at all of ccvcs JP 116 up to and including JP 119. Have thosc nwnbcrs bccn uscd? If so, rrhcre arc thc cave locations and descriptions.? Can scmconc providc mc nith thc infornation to kccp out rccords straight ? Albcrt Gocdc, Ikcpcr of Archives. TENSILE TESTING OF FIGUFEI DESCEXDERS E@ Stuart Nicholns. 11s scvcrel pcoplc in thc Club undoubtedly knor;, I have always bccn suspicious of 'figurc-of-cightt dcsccnders. In ordcr to prove or disprove ny suspicions, c tcnsilc tcst was obviously rcquircd. Thc only snzg rras thc ficcd for a samplc to tcst md not bcing very vcalthy at khc nomcnt, I was not prcpmcd to buy onc for dcsCruction testing. This situation nas rcmcdicd dtcr a training scssion at H.J.I.C. reccntly vhcn a CL1 1'brmd dcsccndcr was donated by Bill Xicholson aftcr it had bccn bashed hcavily agdinst the rtall. ~ing nadc of p aluiinium alloy it was cxpccted that thhc; dcvicc nould be quite brit'tlc; i..c. it would brcak like a piccc of chalk. It is this fact nhich has alrrays madc mc suspicious of thcsc dcviccs. Figuring that all that would bp rcquircd was a sinqlc tcnsilc tcst, a rathcr crudc holding jig 17x3 constructcd as shorn in Fig.j. Although not s totally realistic sct-up it nas considcrcd to bc sufficicntly rcalis-tic to givc rclizblc rcsults. As night bc cxpcctcd thc #" stccl
8palce Bpicl.!.Je.lYO. P age& Dcccmbcr, 1977. rod fractured at thc ~:clds wing to ein3ritt;lcmcnt dricJ fo %he veld hcat. 8omc dcfornation of thc small eyc had occurrcd thc P ,?,F .E, coating had begUh to flake off ht the top of -bhc QyC and at %he neck, Iio othcz' deformation vas rloticed, Thc teriklilc foPcc vhcn the jig broke nhs E7 M:, h couple of rrccks htcr anothcr jig naa oonstrndtcd a$ &horn in Fig, 2. Thc tcsl rm smobthly(rclativc1y) this time aft~r somo minor troublcs with the testing maahinc. Above rrboht 30 M? scVerc dcfom.ntion of tho small cyc accur~sd nLthou& the strcss-strain CLWVC vno still faiedy liilcar + $cc Fig. 3. FractUrc OCCUPPO~ wdcP & force of 45 kli at the top of tllc cp. &pc #jurpriscs the fracture was a crlassio ahcar &ad nccking-iri was notioablo at Ihc sides of thc small cye scc Pig.4, Obviously the ma-bcrial used in thc col~structian 173s of a vcry Wliforn nature and qtiitc. ductile in fiaturo, Ultinato fractym was by show rather than nopm1 qtrcso limititig Ftbicb sccms to indicate that thc figure-of-ci&t dcsccndcr is quitc safe gs far as brcakagc is conccrpcd. (2) Donations of othcr hcl;rd~~m~ frill bc gratcfully rcccivcd for appropriatc tcsting. (3) Thdw arc duc to Frank Andrciiartha and Brim Honcll of thc Civil Engineering Dcpt at the T! .C ,A.F., Mt. Nclsan for thcir ildviuc, assiatanoc and much criticism.
CILVERS AND XIT.S?LXS. (prompted by m uticlc on Equipment by Cill Nicholson.) Contrary to popular bclicf, slot all cavcrs arc Ncandcrthal thro~rbacks vith hairy knucklcs ad 45' sloped forchcads to facilitate smooth cntry to potty little holcs. Sonc arc highly dcvclopcd Hono Sapicns and Ercctuscs nith scicntific kno1;lcdgc pouring out of cvcry orifice, vliilst others arc Arts oriented vociferous znd gcncrally incomprchcnsiblc. Take mc for instmcc I m a traincd tcachcr of Zrcnch md Kusic with a distinct aptitude for saying thc sinplcst things in thc most convolutcd mmncr ..... Not th~t this blurb has anything to do uith thc subjcct mattcr of this articlc, ('mistlcsl in case you had forgottcn) but it does naltc up the pagc a bit. Non . . Flhist1cs:Sonc years 3go rihilst oozing my sinuous self under some antisocial joint-blocks ir. Kublc, I had occasion to usc my nhistlc, I nas found and extr~tcd vcry rapidly but ny rcscucrs advised mc that they hcd follorrcd ny mcnring (in ~rcnch) rathcr than my rhistlc (in ~nglj-sh). I vas using an Acmc i'hunclcrcr 1.2.4 riith 270 dccibals at full puff! 1r11~~ocd at thpir scnsclcss prattling, I put my 1974 brain to rrork with the follorring results:( 1 ) I got a hcadzchc (2) I discovcrcd that at full gruablc, ny voicc rcsonatcs at 64. cyclcs per scconds. (3) ia Acmc Thundcrcr Idk.4 rcsonatcs in cxccss of 586 cyclcs (19ddlc C). This lead to souc startling conclusions:(1 ) ;I gmmblc or mblc, nlthough not directional, does pcnctratc a confuscd arca of rock nor? cfficicntly than a squc,zk, l-zhistlc or burp. (2) Trcnch sncaring is more cffcctivc than Ektglish nhistling. --;;hich lcads nc to suggcst thc follor-5ng ~dc!iti.ons to X11 Nicholson's cxtrcmcly succint (short ) nrticlc t;io months WO: (1) Idcally, your chistlc should have a 1017 rcsonmcc-factor (prcfcrably around thc 64 cycle). (2) The longer thc barrel of the 1,-histlc, thc bcttcr for distmcc pcnctration. (3) A discarded 303 shcll works ncll although puff nuls out.
El?#%L Br~a~~bar, Iahl r (4) A short lcngth of 5/411 hosc-pipc is bcttcr vhcn played "sotto vocc:', (5) Polico-~rhistlcs arc probably thc best compromisc to date c~1thoug.h policcmcn arc rcluctmt to part riith then. ---nhich prompts mc to ask that my Physics-oriented cavcr should bend his or hcr attcntion to producing a ~rhis-tlc xith the specifications as fol101-m:1, 60-120 cyclcs at 200-300 dccibcl o~~tput 2. Sclf-blm arld unloscablc. 3, Prcfcrably homc-construct~d cith provision for indcstructiblc nmie-tag in casc onc of thosc cavcrs first-ncntioncd in Paragraph 1. happcns to bc using it. ( I1 y a unc luttc Entrc lcs chpscs La pcqctuitc du scricux et ** crottinagc ) 1~utcur:Bill dc Tomalin. TRIP REPORTS. Nov. 5-6, 1977 lkit Cavc, Id2, my. Lcadcr: Bill ITicholson. Party: Ian Gothard, Matthc~; ~criis('ll~~) Garrj Idclvillc (appointed Expedition hot ographcr ) and i~lcx 'ilu3b, visitors, \7hcn nc arrived the E .C. car park rras full, almost, by ilorthcrn Cavcrnccrs including a snattcring of thc BIaydcr.a Branch converging around a tube of fcncntcd hop juice. Thc cavc nas cntcrcd at 12.303.r.l. and thc cxit was cxittcd smc tinc fol101-;ing day. But, to cut this silly report short. I shall be bricf. Thc rivcr rruv noticcd -to bc high but dropped ovcr 60 cm. overnight but mom~rhilc rrc grunted through the talus and up to thc climbing polc pick up spot I~herc, aftcr a unanimous votc, vc rcstcd and dccidcd to catch thc 2 p.n, bus to inner base camp. Bus n2s latc so GC left in disgust. Ncar thc cn-trancc of thc Dribblc Systcm(our objcctivc) ae play a game. I spy nith ay littlc cye, a system stating riith "3" xhich ~iasn't found until much latcr that night. In our ~rmdcrings :7c -C,roggcd thc Wcstcrn Passage with glcc ,and follorri~g cr. brcn(courtcsjr Northern Cavcrnccrs) Camp 1 nss rcached ot arolmd 11.45 p.m. Oblivion cmc at 12.15 a.n. In conclusion: The Dribble Systcn as far as Devils Stovepipc and including both cntranccs which facc Cmp 2 md nov mmkcd by red reflectors. Bill Nicholson. Cracroft Bre2. Saturday, 26th Xov. !977. Party: fLLbcrt Gocdc, Bill Nicholsofi and Grcg IiIihaich(Eobart Ualking Club) The ain of thc trip ~ras to investigate 2 cavc entrance in a dolinc I-ihich had becn found ,md clcarcd out by a ilohart Valking Club party last sunncr. Flc originally intcndcd to makc it a r~cckend trip but changed it to a day trip to avoid having to carry hcavy packs. We left Hobart not long after 7.00 s.n. and by 10 a.n, nc had crossed Farmhouse Crcck and ncre hcading up thc vallcy. 1; little ovcr tr:o hours latcr saw us at PiricCmp by which time thc neather was gctting rathcr hot, Be had lunch a little snort oif Saddlc Cmp mth ratcr from some miserable puddlcs suckcd out with the tubcs that Bill and Grcg ncrc ccrrying. It nss ncarly thrcc o'clock uhcn 17c reached the dolinc nit11 the cavc entrance. It is vcll dorm thc ncstcrn sZdc of the divide md only a short distancc from thc buttongrass plains. It rras obviously too lon do~m to
*--h ,, )L%+ provide 4. \iay il1-L~ thc cpstrccm p~rt uf Judds Cavcr11 but the sbrone;, cold drauught sccmcd promising. Bill aid I mnt doim the sloping cntrancc to a rubbly lcdgc from rrhcrc rrc laddcrcd 4 nctrcs into c snnll cavcrn below. Bill pushcd thc only obvious :ray onisards a rathcr restricted routc bctnccn a sloping rock roof and a sloping floor of cavc fill. lic then cmcrgcd into the highcr lcvcl of a fissure vhich continucd for only a short disimcc at that lcvcl. About 5 mctrcs be1011 us nc could scc thc floor of the fissure nith a trickle of running natcr. ;!c could not descend :iithout a ladder and as ac rrerc running out of tinc ~r'e verc forcccl to return. To mark thc spot a trcc along the nortncmsidc of the track iias fcstooncd with four bluc tapes. Although not nildly exciting at this stcagc thc cavc nccds further invcst5gation. !:hc walk back sccned never ending rrith all of us suffering from the hot conditions. After nuncrous stops along Farnhousc Crcck ~rc finally reached ny vcliicle at 8.15 p.a. ?lc found a half-flat tyre rrhich nc could not changc as thc nhcclnuts ricrc rusted on so the load iras rcdistributcd ,and nc had a vcry s10v drivc back to Gccvc ston. At Gccvcston nc stoppcd at Bob culd Zan Gecvcs(onc timc clu5 mcnbcrs) who kindly loaned us a pump md also providcd a piccc of rrirc to tic on thc muffler rhicli vras in thc process of falling off bcing held in place by Dnc of Bill's bootiaccs. Oc ncrc vc:y .glL?d to get back to Eobart at 11.30 p.n. cftcr a vcry exhausting day. Thc conclus5.on i;as unatli~nous oiic day caving trips to thc Cracroft src a bit too much of z good tking. Albcrt Gocde *-F+-. ::*%*;C** *** Senselcss VLXDL~LISM docsn usua1l.y occur uoiigst cavcrs so it rrould bc apprcciatcd if thc pcrson(s) rcsponsiblc for dclibcratcly dsmwing a privately omcd ormgc caving helnct aftcr a recent caving trip could nakc? restitution to thc omcr. Contact Bill Eicholson (~h. 43 8110) HL Honorary Life Limbcr (4) EL 2onorary Associ~tc (2) FA Fmily Iicnbcr (4) 1Ui Lssociatc Bicnbcr (5) F Full hIenbcr (25) J Junior Lienbcr (7) P Prospcc-tivc Liesbcr (2) ( )dcnotcs not yet paid. SS Spclco Spicl subscriber (8) ,FJiAGIJOSTIS, S-trato, 756 Sandy Bay Road, Smdy Bqj, 7005. lLn?lN\T, Stcvc aid lmc, c/o lTaydcna P .O 7457. BARIiY, David, 23 1;:ilton Crcscmt Vest LIoocah, 7009. BOOTH, Robin, c/o iTat .Parks and 17ildlifc Scrvicc, Lia,gct Crt .S .Bay.7005. BRIDGES, Ross, 1 Eastnood f~vc., Eastnood, I:.S.'.i. 2122. BROXJ, Fr&(~nr.) clo ScottsdQf Highschool, Scottsdalc, 7254. BR01?N, Frd, 68 Carclla Strcct, Hoi:rLah, 7018. CARET, Dr.S .V., 24 Ilichsrdsons ,'~vcnuc, Dyxnyrnc, 7005. CASEX, Pip, 803 Smdy i3ay Road, Sandy ky 7005. -. CLARKE, Arthur, P.O. !?ox 4, Dovcr, 71 16. COLLIB, Brim, 66 Vcntnorth Street, South Hobart, 7000. COOECE, Dave ruzd Lcmc, 314 i:acqu,?ric Strcet, South Hobart, 7000. CULBERG, Tony and Pat, P.O. Box 36, Lindisfmc, 7015. J. FA. P. F. F. HL F. IIL 1"J.T ?J,!! IIL FA. FA DAVEY, hdrcir, c/o ~cology Dept., Uni.of Tas. ,GPO Box 252 C, Hobart,7001. F.
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
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