/ / & &lp Spiel. No. 1_Z>9 B%LL --,Nwcnbcr 2 1977. lkwlc-btcr of thc Tmuxiian Cavcrnccring Club. Annual subscri.ption '$4.00. Singlc copico 10 ccnts. Prcsidcnt: Stuar-t l~icliolas, 7 lhrpcrt Avcnuc, Nci: !Cotm, 7008. Ph. 28 3054. -----..Prcs. (L-dcnn Ech. ) : lam Jcff rics, 16 Scu-bh Crcs., liaydcna, 7457. Ph. 88 2256. --.----a Scurc-: Tony Culbcrg, 1) .c %X 36, IIindisfarnc, 7015. ---Editor: .klbcrt Gocdc Ph .23 1 'X9(rT), 23 0561 cxt 41 5 (B) .'I!.vpist "crcsc Gocdc. --3:* ?: 9 4.. -% Fonrard Pro&rgmu. ----50vcnbcr 5,6 --a Ycckcnd. Exploration in Exit Cavc using clinbing polc in Dcvils SLcvcpipc. Cmp wldcrground. Lcndcr: Bill Nicholson. Novcnbcr 6 -Sundqy: -Exit Cmc Lcxkr: Toiiy Cul'bcrg. Eovcnbcr 12 SA 'UUD;,:': Day trip to Juncc T!lorcn-tinc. Activitics dcpcnding on ~;cathcr. Icadcr: Laurtc i-oody NovcI;~~~~ 25-27 "1'1;'" .,.,a6El!D: .' Cracroft Lcavc on Friday night ad cap at ?amliouoc Crcck. 1~xpl:~ra.tio of nc1: cavc found last omcr by 1;obar-t 'Yal!-.ing Club. Party lini'zcd to six. Bush and caving cxpcricncc prcf crrcd. Lcdcr: Albcrt Gocdc. Dcccnbcr 3,4 1r?~;C15~Z~D: Jru'ula Iha, h'olc Crcck. Bmcs to Bill Tonalin as soon as possiblc, Ph. 30 2761 or drop a notc c/o 1)ivision of Rccrcation, ikksr:~ IIousc. Party linit 4 at prcscnt posaiblc cxtcnoioii if nwbcra dci~md it. Lcdcr: Bill Tonalin. Dccccbcr 4 SUl'DAY: ?kit Ccvc LCcdc'r: 2ony Culbcrg. IJcccnbcr 7 3' t L JLSUAY : Fxi-i; Cavc 1,caLcr: !pony Culbcrg. Dcccnbcr 7 '!:CDI.W3DAY S p.n. Gcncrnl IdIccCing at r-lccting roon of ':,%catshcnf 110-tcl, 314 Eiacquaric Strcct. Discussion of B.S.F. kgcnda Dcccubcr 10,1? '!::EIZYII or part thcrc of, hydcna. Righligfit 1511 bc shccp roast on Saturdcy orgmiscd by ~~inc hoot Fony Culbcrg. Location : Juncc T~oncstc~il. rJa.viiig cptiond md nccidcnt al. Dcccnbcr 24-26 Christnrs Period. Pkploration at Lount Annc. Lcc7dcr: Bill i\!ichol::on. Jp~~uary 21-29 1978 Precipitous Bluff Expcdition is dcfinitcly on. Lcccss by fishing l~oat to Frioii &ach if -catlicr is suj-tablc. For thosc prcparcd. to ;:alk in 'mcl out cone vlxn you c,m md go rihcii you rmst. Airis of thc cqcdi-Lion arc furthcr cxplor,+ tioii ad r.1r".pl3iiig, al~~j scicn-1;ific r.ork. A s~ct suit is dcsirablc for those i:wt?ng to scc Quctzalcoatl Conduit, ?ntcrstntc ca.v-crs arc cbrdi2.11y invitc? tc attend. 7asic food 2nd cquipmnt cm bc lmdcd in cCd-vmcc. Lct us know as soon as possiblc if you in-tcnd to conc. Lcc?dcrs: Albcrt Gocdc 2nd Grucc IJic Jntosh. E?lIr.'O YAL -* --% 'hrcc trip reports hr.vc bccii rcccivcd sf.ncc thc last Spicl. Cill l!icliolson lcc! a sndl pnrty to Gorxnghast In thc 7lorcmtinc Vcllcy. %c cave provi6cd soxc god sport md tbc par-by spcli-L; fivc hmrs mdcrpound. John Parker has providcd t?:o reports on his continuing surface cxploration of thc Juncc arcs. Hc ltccps c11 finding ncrr holcs. 9is lno-L find in thc Chrisps Road arca sounds thc most cxciting largc crcck flo~~ing ixto thc haac of 3, 20 nctrc high cliff. fitrancc to the systcn is by ncais of a lonx rift in thc cliff
L&.~CO .%Ii~?-*I2 -! 2??E.a&22 .-U TTovcnbcr, 1 9-72 lcading into a dccp cavcrn l i'ch tlic S~SCX~ -iloi;ins through it. Ls John 112s on his elm -thc nci: find has not yc-h bccn cxplorcrl. '~'ogcthcr :,ith the hro finds annorulccd in thc lcst Spicl this scc~ls to providc plenty of scopc for the cxplorxtion of :lcir ground. c zrc looking ftmsard to fur-thcr 1icr;s or all thcsc dlccovcrics Cavc Conservation ~Rulcg poo~_~A-by_ ;;.S.: 1, -.* --A ..-----UThe proposccl rulcs :;hich \-crc priiitcd in the Scptcnbcr Spicl (Wo.127) werc furJ6hcr discussed at thc ovcubcr G.1.. mi* club policy nas dccidcd oz. Thc club dccidcd to support thc introduction of mlcs 3, 5, 6, 7 md 8. Strong opposition nas voiced to mlcs 1, 2 ,ancl 4 as they stmd. Rulc 1 'They isill iioL cap ovcrni@t iil my cnvc. This rras opposcd but nczbcrs fclt that thc folloi,ing proposal would bc ac,ccpt ablc : 'l Cmping ~~dcrground for purcly rccrctxtional purposcs should bc discoursgcd." Rulc 2 'They \rill not si:okc in c?.vcs. 'Phhis ;:as also rc jcc'ccd 5y club ncnbcrs. hlcnbcrs i;ould bc prcparcd to accept : llSi~ol;ing in c2.v~ s should bc actl VC ly cl iscour,agcd Rulc 4 'Tlicy will not usc wy tocsls othcr th'zn tlicir barc hiulds in any dig,' 'Phis rms strongly opposcd by t!ic nc~lbcrship. 91 sl-tcrxxtivc proposal that ~ould bc acccpt?,blc to ncobcrs \iould bc "No poircr tools should bc used in my dig.'! I&--,~-np-,G~rou~ Cgr4~-n_t& Thc ihaydclia BrLmch col lrlcilts on tlic c,o.vc conscrvat ion rulcs l;crc proviZcd by John Parkcr and zrc rcpriiitcd hcrc: "Ls to tlic proposcd caving rulcs in tlic ~13i.n thc I~zydcnn Brmch find uost quite ccccptzblc but T;C find tllc prospcct of ilj-ggiiig with bzxc hands not vcry inviting. 'Yhosc that visli tc, shor-tcn thcir nrns plcasc go &cad dig with barc hcds, uaybc tl~y cm gc-t hold of cheap clothing with abnormally short slccvcs. Digs ng of coursc should bc donc with ccrc so as not to disturb thc cwc to any cx-bent cancl dig:;ing should havc sonc dcfiiiitc purposc, bc it good prospects tc cxtcnd the cavc or for studics of c?.vc dcposits ctc. for scientific purposcs." Yours faithfully, John Pcarkcr. 'I'ic first point 7;hich rmst bc cllp2lasizcd j.9 thct although hypothcroia, and thc resulting dcatll frun cxposurc, is Par ilorc lil-cly in snori or at bclo~r-zcro tcrlpcraturcs, it al-so occur undcr othcr circu~s~talccs. lYct and ~iindy conditions cm chill rt pcrson :ritli surprising rapidity. Itot only trill ~ind havc a mch grcztcr cooling cffcc-t -bhm still air, but trct ~10thing will conduct hcat amy fro!: -Lhc body 11uch iL!orc rapidly thLm dry cloth ing. Thc ons c tof h~o>>~rr,S~~s~n~>~~~u~~p~~~,o~~)c,r~~o~~i_~,~_d~ _by_ >pcvictim. It n2y bc as~~ociatcc! \.it11 c.xhaustion or fatiguc thc signs of which will gcncrally i~cluclc si;mlblii:g, the need for frcqucnt rest stops, ,and a carclcss attitude i~itll fi-ccrcasing attcn-Lion spm. "'hus, Tatiguc is particularly dmigcrous in conditions vhcrc hcvpc tllcrl iia injr also cccur. 'The onsct of hypotlicmia itself is rcrkcd by shivering, drvb:r;incss, coiif~l-sion 'md wc&icss. Ho~cvcr, WC nust also cxphasizc t%at hypothcrnia nay cqually iicll ~isc vi-bhout thc previous onsct of fatiguc. Lloyd (1964) dcscribcs t\;o cascs in ;~hich rapid onsc-t of liypotlicrnia r~~d subscqucnt dcath occurrcd lsithout my ~ignific~mt cvidcncc of fa-tipc. In b~th cascs, thc victina hacl bccn forccd to rcnsin rclativcly stxtioiiolry for sonc tint unclcr conclitions of cxtrcnc cold. ?%c victios dicd 15-l;hin l+ hours auc! 1 hour rcspcctivcly of
.,thc first visiblc signs. Dcath fron cxposurc is nornally asaoci&tcd .r;ith arct-cold-.r,indy conditions but aa has bccn shown by Dr.M,arliiz B. Krcidcr, m hcricm rcscarch physiologist, iJind is not m csscntial factor. Hc has rcportcd thc cascs of thrcc cavc cxplorcrs who dicd in cavcs in Zn&md 'md thc U. J.X. In all cascs thc clothing had bccn iict nnd iias dc scribcd LW inadcquatc, light~rcight and of non-voollcn natcrial. All thrcc dcaths occurrcd .rrithh l+ hours after thc Xrst signs of hypothcrnia wcrc dctcctcd. Ncxt Spicl Part 'hro. Taken fron llSurvivjl in thc Cold", by Elcry Ha-lilton-Snith and Rogcr h"anbridc, published by thc bTational Fitncss Council of Victoria, Nay 1973. Rill ?1icholoon. Juncc Plorcntinc Rcport by John Parkcr. -----Saturday, 8th Octobc r, 1977 InvcstigaLcd s~lall pot ncar JF 123, in the vicinity of tllc ~lChairrmnll (JT 99) A 30 foot vcrticjl pitch into a srd1 chmbcr no furthcr prospccts cxccpt for narrow squcczc at thc cnd of chmbcr a fcw nouldy f ornations On my back lo~kccf at c? dolinc 'djaccnt to JI' 121, ncntioncd in Spclco Spicl No. 127. In sidc of thc dolinc a narrow hole lc,?ds off rocks droppcd into thc holc fcll for over 6 scconda bcforc sound ccascd. A considcrablc drau&t prcscnt tl?ougl~ thc cntrmce is narrow it should bc possiblc to gct into thc cavc. Sunday, 9th Mslkcd up a dry vall-cy in thc Chrisps Vut arca on thc sidc of ',fhcrrcts nmbcr of small holcs locatcd, but not cxplorcd cvcntually cmc onto thc linc of holcs that lcads off from thc landslip certainly sonc inprcssivc cavcs hcrc. Nuii~bcrcd thc last liolc in thc linc Bo.118. 1,611 rcturn latcr and n-ubcr thc rcst. Latcr in thc a;L"tcrnoon iiith riax 'and Stcvc drovc out to road clcvcn to look at cavcs ncntioncd by Jolinny T illcr. The first cavc turslcd out to bc Po.57 thc othcr cavc was a mall outfloii cavc ncm the ?lorcntinc llivcr but acccss \;as not possiblc. ?'hough this trip clid not achicvc any rcal rcsults thc arca on the wcs-t of thc 3orcntinc -River that is bcing opcncd up by thc cxtcnsion of road clcvcn looks vcry pro~lising \nth lincstonc cxtcnding back from thc rivcr for a considcrablc distancc and along thc river with a fccr brcaks up to thc Pagoda. On thc ray back wc nmbcrcd n cavc 1Im found just abovc rocd clcvcn No. 119 cavc hzlf c~ilc on fron road Ucvcn Bridgc, on thc lcft 100 ysrds of passagc, ~icll ciccoratcd. Florcntinc Vallcy Saturday, 22nd Octobcr, 1377. (L). Bill Eicholson, plus Stcvc Snillic axd Jon 7alton. Uarly Sa-turday noming sari ~lcr!bcrs of the vcrtical branch of ll.C.C. converging at Emx's plccc in :qydcna. Tlic rcsult was JF 35 Gorncnghast was troggcd and ncarly bo-i;toncd. This is a sporting cnvc in cvcry scnsc. %c talus is rcally so~ictl.hg to cxpcricncc as 1x11 as thc short vatcrfall laddcr pitch. [t!!rcc wet troggcro rcachcd d'qylight aftcr 5 hours of vcry cnjoyablc h,vd caving. Thc 1-?C Transport Scrvicc was rc%achcd aftcr 835 paccs along thc nain track mcl 15 cups of coffcv vcrc consuucd by tlic party on thc drivc lionc For thosc nc!~bcrs intcrcstcd in silly things, thc r:cckcnd ,u"tcr, thc coffcc rccord was brokcn r~hcn Stcvc, and Bill drunk 42 cups of coffcc ancl tca bct~iccn thcn on onc day. Nccdlcss to say thcir stonachs fclt likc hot r:atcr bottlcs. To givc tlic novicc sonc idca what Gomcnghast is likc, I finish this silly rcport with this: JF 35 is a typical Micholas hole dccp, ~lct and vcry sporting. Bill hTichol30n.
~c>_c,o-S~i~l~ Lo2J29' Py -C -4. C --1~ovc;~~c-r3 a lJ712h Junec Plorcntinc Sunday, 30-th Octobcr, 197'7. A typical nasty day follo~wc! ridgc up abovc J'.? 114, JF 1 l5 in thc Chrisps Ilut arcs. Hcayr horizontal scrub along thc rid@ t~:o dccp slot C~CS located high on thc ridgc. 7ron thcrc ~ralkcd S .E. tor-rards Cllrisps Crcck in a stccp vallcy. ?ollo~~cd a snall crcclc da-m until it disappcarcd by going undcr a liilcstonc facc not possiblc to cntcr. 111 thc ncxt vallcy cmc to a lmgc cmck, conplc-Lcly covcrvld in hcrizontal battlccl dovn thc crcck for half a nilc till thc crcck sudc'.cnly turncd. at rri-at 'mglcs to flow undcr a lincstonc cliff at lcast 30 f-t. hi& vcry inprcssivc! Could not cntcr 1111crc thc crcck flo~icc!. in, but a long rift irl thc; cliff itsclf appcws to lcad into a dccp cavcni -that thc crcck f 101:s illrough. Having no cquiprncnt !: could not cxplorc thc csvc, ;sill rc-ixrn vhcn thc rrcdA1c.r is bcttcr and look this cavc ovcr. Thc ~il~olc of thc arca on thc 168.ydcna sidc of 'Yhcrrcts Lookout loolts vcry pro~.~ising but thc scrub in thc arcs certainly ~1d.i~~ thc plclcc difficult to cxplorc. John Parltcr. Plorcntinc Valley 22/10/77, Party: l~hx Jcffrics, Lauric LIoody ('?ccJ,IB), 'Tin Douglas, :-in Lovclcss, Ckris Davics, Gcoff Fisher, Suc Fccncy (prospcc-tivcs). !%c objcct of this -trip was to show sonc prospcc-bivcs Cnsl?ion Crcck 'Ci~.vc (JP 6) 'md j?r,dcconbc Cavc (JF 7), both in thc ~l'lorcntinc Vallcy. llftcr thc usual cuppa at Fiiaxls, VC lcft around 10 a.o. and procccdcd to JF 6 which TJ~S duly cxplorccl by thc party with particular attention bcing paid to thc czvc faufia. '.?c tl?cr_ -travcllcd out to Lhc "Pagoda" a-t thc far cad of thc Vallcy in-tcliding to havc lunch at this spot. iio~scvcr, YE arrivcd to find that thc plncc vas in thc proccss of bcing occupicd by ncr.ibcrs of thc i"JG hierarchy !ic thcn adjourncc': to inspcct '~hc AX; "I.iadril1" rzhich was opcrzting in thc ncarby vicinity. For -Lhc uni11iti.a-tcd, a f'lhdrilllt is thc rxxhinc ~ihich drags logs thrc;ugh tlic scrub to -khc nczcst r02d so that tbcy c,m bc loadcd onto thc trucks. This particulzr nachinc is rmlntcd on a Shcrnati tank chassis aid is ra6hcr an x.csonc sight to bchold. Even-tually, IiC rcachcd thc parking spot ncar Frankco~lbcs Cavc on thc Florcntinc "Hi&m.yU and 'dtcr c bricf piccc of "ocrub-bcashingl, Slax locatccl. thc cntrancc. OE cntcring thc czvc 1 found thz-L thc 1:atcr lcvcl as a bit highcr them on rly last visit in 1974 and coiiscqucntly all of us got sliatly wct! I busicd rysclf taking a fc7.i pho-Los ~;hilc the othcrs, Ice: by IiIax vcilturcd sonc distmcc doim tlic low s-Lrcu passz.:c. Lftcr spcnding about 90 ninu-Lcs in thc cavc, VC Ciiially csrgcd rc-kurning to -Ync vchiclcs for a ~rclcomc chaigt of clotl~cs. All in all, our visitors SCCLIC~ vcry ii~prcsscd ~rith whal thcy had sccn ,md T should think -tha.-t thcy \:ill partdtc ii? furthcr caving trips. Lwric I ^oody. Bcst ~nshcs for a spccdy rccovcry go to I\Zkc harch ~120 is at prcscnt confincd to a hospital bcd follorsing a? operation. ldikc is wcll lmom to sonc cavcrs for attcnpting to push thclinpossiblc' squcczc in Victory '75 in his undcrm,~, to find out :.-hc.tlicr this particulzrly pronising cavc did 'go'. illthough hc ~ion't bc caving for c ?..-hilc \;c ?mpc to scc hip at sonc of thc cavc ncclings.
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