October. 1978. kwsletter of the Tasmanian Caverneering Club. ,kmual Subscription. 54.00. Single copies cents. president: ;ill i'ondi~, c/o Division of 2ecreatioi1, !'irlm-ray IIouse Kirlimay Place, L\TT:X PCT'I:?, 7000 rll. 30 6214 (~uoiness) president ---(J$ay$_en;~ GC&. ) : Idax JelPrics, 18 South Cresccnt l.XYDXA, 7457. Pli. 332256. Secret=: Ian Gothard, P .O. Box 193, SX:DY DAY, .7OO5. -Editor: Stuart ITicholas, 7 Rupert Avenue, iX.' TO:il:, 7008. Ph. 28 3054. Typist: Yhercse Goede, 8 Eath Street, Cattery Point. Ii'OR~IAlXD PROCRAlS E -----Oct. 111 -'i -Com66tee Lketing, 7.30 p .Q. :%eatsheaf Hotel. (cox carlg an6 have s counter wal). Late Oct. ?ripe to Cuo Hole and Wolf liole, IIastings. Tor further details contcct Im Crotl?crd (sddrcss as above). Kovenber 3imley Tunnel, Iiastiws. Linitcd numbers. Contact Ian Gotl~ard. also Croesus, 1:ole Creek photogrqhic trip contact Im. Nov. 4-5 CIIALI"J..zi. L1urther explorai ion domm Lre,m. I;.?,. Dsic subject to change. Lcder: Ell Cicholson. Dec. 2 ---E N. Clean-u.r, and ~11oto~;raphic trip. Limited i~mbers. Contsc-t 311 Fon,din for dct,ails. Dsylight Saving Period Y 7edncsd~(probably)i1i@t ladder, SZ., etc. practices. I.!dw surc thct arc there. Contact Stuart Bicholas. ODD TILXS SR': trdning for Chairnan aspirants betnecn nov md the trip. Othcrs nelcone Contact Bill l~icllolson or Stuart Bicholcs. S0IETJI.E in the next fen necks Zxplorcttion of hole (,IT 117) betrreen Chairman and Victory 75. (Ladders r-~ill be used). Leader: Stuart Bicholas. 7979 JAN. I!, 29 U TRIP. Dcsc nil1 be the Iiqydcns IIonest cad Trips rill include surve;ring, cxplorat ion, czve nmbcring in the Junec-Ylorcntinc arcs es m11 as social intercoursing. 1.lainlmd czvers arc invited to participate nay contact the sccrctmy for further infornation. Jm. 211 17ED.5 -Possible_ Trd.lin Xvcr Trip. Xiis ~ill only go ahecd if a leader can be found as Inn has decided to run a snall yriv~.te trip rather than a club eqedi-Lion type trip. EDLTOIZIAL ---After n noderrL;ely qv.iet nonth m6 a nct so quiet m~ual dinncr, most nembers should be (and I hope-arc) chmning at thclr czr~~bincrs rcaly to do enomouo m.;.;ounts of exploration cmd surveying in t:~e :.;CS-?cm Ylorcntine. Ti'hc potential of the area for caves sppcar3 to bc quitc lsrge, John Parl;cr having found about sixty worthy of a ~unber during the las-lfcr: r:ontl~s. Eeccnt trips to lhbls EZim at I.!olc Crcck havc rcvcalcd a certcin mount of dmage in this nost op3xxular cave. hlothcr trip planncc? for Dcccnber is
aincd 2t (moil~ otilcr things) clcmiii~ up thc six-ttercd fornztion and scrubbing some scctlolis of the Pleasure 3orc to rcl:ovc dirt dc2ositcd thcrc. Ideas zrc currcn-tly being tosscd around anon& intexstcd pzrtics ill m s-btcnpt to find a mans of stopping this unfortu?atc dcgradztion. Stuart Kicholzs VISI'_?I!:G CLVER. -Ravlcigh ';icb'o from T:,I,SG nil1 bc hcrc in %ssy in J,muary 1979 for a confcrcncc Lftcr his conferririg-hc ::ill hzve c pcriod f'i-02 Jmuzry 13 to January 29th frcc for crvin~. Iic has ashd LIP to tr;r md orpnizc trips to . r~hzzxl-dun ai~d Exit Cavc if possiblc. Ral:rlcl& is m cxpcricnced cavc survcyor and has indicated his nillingncss to survcy sonc scetiocc of Exit. Could myonc xho is intcrcstcd in cithcr of 'thcsc trips (leding or participating) plcasc lct nc 1:~o:-: 2s soon 2s possiblc. ?or my ncnbcrs 1210 did not ncct Rmlcigh ::ken he r;as here early this. ycar, he is m cx-trcncly cnthusizstic py md hcncc ::c should n&c cvcry effort to run trips for hin during his visit. Stuart Kicholas.. 0: .................... ,;nimss cr~~c. -----Phi1 ::obinson hzs dcclded tkt paying r6nt is "just not on", ,and hencc has boug11-L 2 house. Repq~r?.ents are thc s22c 2:: t:-e f12t rcntd so nrybc norc peoi7lc do the smc thing. Anyvay, hc no\: livcs ill Ihrlyn Xod, South Iloba1-t ~:hich is up behind the brcwry. T'c! not sure of tllc nmkcr but tunc in sz-c tine, smc nwazinc next nonth for further c::ci-ti:ig nc:;s. ** Nccd further inccntivc for explor~tion in Zxit ? Lim.~oth-Flint Ridgc Czvc in USL is dnozt 707 1;~:. long! ! -----..------** For anyone intcrcstcd, Stunt cm sup9ly 2 cony of 2 Tairly cfficicnt survcy data reduction prop3mc \:rittcr, for m i;P 29C prograxnble calculztor. The progrmm is bzscd on tllc flat-charts cppc2-ring in thc articlc by Ken Griclcs in 1SP i:msleti;cr 1.i~ .75. -----------Don't forget :IACCOI.!. thc 12th ASP bicrminl confcrcncc to be hcld in Pcrth, VA. frcn Jmuary 1 to f,, 1973 vith ficld trips continuin~ fcr scvcral xrccks aftcr thc confcrcncc propcr. For mpnc considering thc psescnt,-.tion of 2 p?.pcr, ~1~b~trxts nust be rcccivcd bcforc October 31. Registrztion fees cre to bc pzid prcfcrrhly bcrorc Kovczber 17 (this ycar!) by myone going to tlrc confcrcncc. For further inforn..tion, contzct Im Gothwd vho has all the relcvant papcr-norl.: for you to fill in. Stuart also has c couple of copies of the inf ornation boo1;lct md registrrt ion f orn. UQSS arc still flo~:;ing "2rvc Our Cavcn" T-shirts, dthough inflz-Lion sincc last nonth hzs put the ;)rice U? to $5. "his is still :rorth::hi-lc an thc proceeds rrc going tomrds r cmpnip to s2ve thc 1:t.Ctnc czvcs frotl mining. Postage is 60 cents ad colours available arc bluc, Srecn, vhite, ycllo~r bone and ormgc. ORDERS nay bc sent to: Uni. of Quccnolmd 3pcleolo@cal Socicty, c/o The Union, University of Q~ccnsl~d, ST. LUCIA, QL!A:SLNiD. 4067. -_--------
Judds Cavern 22-9-70. 'Jhilc on a mlk done thc Pardlouse Creck Track I had a look at Judds Cavcrn to say thc least, a very inprcssivc cavc. Ikplorcd the cave for about m hour till thc i;retcli~d light folded, lcavicg nc to cxccutc c rapid cxit ~;ith the aid of n cmdlc. IIas the club got survey naps of the cavc havc my sccrchcs of thc surrounding area bccn donc? One can only hop^ that -thc acccss -trccl: -to this psrticular czve does not result in dmage being donc to the cavc. Jolm Parkcr. Investigation of burnt area ?.djaccn.t to Frdc,conbc Cavc. Spent nost of thc day loo!;in& at 2 lincstonc crcst just before the above ccvc. %rce narrow crmrl ccvcs wrc locatcd et the baoc of the ridcc thcn t::o cn-tr2~ccs ;:crc found on the top of thc ridge. Yhc ZFrst conoistcd OL' a 20 foot slo?ing pitch cnding in a sncll holc. Using the fcithful entrenching shovel I r;idcncd it sufficiently to en~~blc nc to battlc through it nith sonc trepidation on thc possibility of getting out 2gaj.n. Fron hcrc khc cavc opcncd into a large chml~cr -,:itil nm-crous beautiful fonations and rinpools on thc floor thrcc othcr sicilcr chmbcrs continued on in a linc, all vith decoration, thc last ending in 2. ~.uddy, slaying pitch ::hich ::as not looked 2.t. Fron these chm-bcrs 2 nmbcr of side passages lead off, onc ending in a nice lLttlc chcmbcr i:ith a larcc stalactite aar! mny othcr fornztions. 3:o of thc othcr tunnels cndcd 75th a possible cxtcnsion Stcr thc rcnovcl of debris. Thc sccond of the ccvcs on the ridge crest consistcd of a mddy drop of 20 fcct to n dccor2,tcd chznbcr. 3ron hcrc a furlher pitch of 20 ft. droppcd into a collapsccl chmbcr :;it11 hz!,iry lool;in& bouldcrs suspcndcd in thc roof. ,l scrar~ble through talus lcd to 3. ssnall strcm ::it11 -thc possibility of cxtcnsion. Both cavcs cont~incd nuccrous bones; in thc first a vcry large leg bone n2s located, vhilc the sccoad had scvcrcl inflor arcas that ::crc litcrnlly loadc2 ::ith nasccs of boncs. Latcr motlicr scall cmc cas found in a ridge to tllc back of Frdconbe C?JW, hich consisted of scvcral pcssqes lerding dam to 2 sloping tube that fed into a pool of ~:ctcr. tit this stem the old legs izrc bcgiru~ing to say -Ihcy had had cnougk, so I headed back to thc ute vith the ovcralls :;ci&ing scvcral po~ulds ncrc than originally vith cncrustcd cud. John Parkcr. !:!W trip 1;as plmiicd ns 2 pho-tographic c::cv.rsion Snto liorbiddcn City via ?.rborz scc-:ion. .T.a~:rie !lad cxprcscccl a ::is12 to 212,~ p!!otcgraphic records of his trip to Tmnui=. (310;: Cc? ad Caocing in the north), possibly for publication matcrinl in thc "Outdoors" nzgxinc. Jo!m !;indly arrmgcd the ,Tar for us and nas our principle "flnshcr" for thc day. 1 The slidcs rx took should bc pod. In a trip lasting 02hours undcrground, I took 20 photo~rqhs, (onc of thcn 2 mlti-flash tine-exposure in the Iiall of Kings tool; over a1 hour to set up! ) IJ?.m5c md Chris ::cm highly inprcsscd by thc spec-tacular vic;is -through vim: finders. n -hcrc hen bccn sone da~mgc Ir, th? Forbidi.~~? City. Str.lawi-Lcs, ~ossibly brokcn by accident, hmc bccn s::zshcd and strerrn cround. In ny opinion there is no possibility that all of this ::as accidental it suggests 2 f~irly lzrgc md uncontrolled pzrty bcin~ in IhL.12. I sugc;cst that all Clubs md orgalizc-tiono laorm to visit Kubla be circulztcd uitl; tllc i'olloving in nind. 1. Thzt md e;rpensive(st~inlcss-sstccl) lock be fitted to thc top cnd gate. 2 That each orgmiz&;tion has a kcy. 3. !het log-boo1;s be plxed insidc the top-end md in Cairn IIall.
October 1978. -4 Geileral c~reerent th.ct boots nust be recoved irspecified zreas of this cave. 5. That the easy cccess to Dulcimer bc pe~mmcntly closcd (Somone hp-s broken through wain md left m obvious entry-point). I m trjinc to get a mitten history of thc exploration of Kubla Khan together. I uould appreciate my mitten cements or ccco~m-ts of incidents to be included. If you hme relcv,mt inforuation, r:ould you plcasc scnd it to ne c/c Division of ::ccrcntion, !:irlrsv?y House Iiobxt 7000. X11 ToLKJ~. Junee Ridm 23,244-78. Party: S-luart ilicholas Pave1 Xuzicka, Len Sni-Lh and John Pcrlccr (Sun. only) Ever since the discovery of the Ckairnm cad thc surrounding pots numerous people have seen the necd for a survcy t~.versc of the Jimcc Ridge in order to establish the position of the caves in the crcs relative to Junec Cave ,md the Map Grid. After several abortive attcqts in prcvioua nonths r;c fimlly got the traverse under :;ay fnirlj late on Saturday noming. Td-in~; as datum the n~mber t2g of Junee Cave, the trevcrsc r;as run (rrdkcd?) up to the Juncc Rod and then clong to ad up Junec Quarry Eocd. :'21:i11~ the left branch(twuds lbazddun) re trundled up to the turn-off point for theVI:ol:od2 Trail" hcving left little hccps of stoncs every 50 n. clong Chc road. !ben the lcnclcr fin?-lly found -the rclcvmt lo~ to vzl!: along at the back of the clccred xca, prosrcss ::es ncde et z xpid rate mtil a stccp gully cas recchcd Just before ::ift Cxre. Z considcr5ble -tine elqmcd Seforc thc tracl: :;c2 relocated on the other sidc of the gully. 'larking at maxinun specd ad being spurrcfi on by frequent rords of visdon ("It ish't far no::", It cat t be far nor:" "I cion't think ;;e 're on the trxk"!) a point (off the trxk) i:a~ reached ::hen c dccislon ;:as nade to retreat ol,iing tc the 1at;cness of thc hour. :l ccirn resc~blil~g a Izrgc bonfire ::as built ail notcd to be just ncx the big trce. Back at the house of the boiling ixLtle s decision \;as nade to return the next day ad fir-lsh the trmersc to the G'hcirnm ?;i-tl? the 2id of John as gcncral routc guide md -track clearer. On the Sundzy John n~mgcd to et us throui;11 the bnrrier(the ,ptc-nm rias asleep!) zhich scvcd c lot of rrclking. Armed r:ith a dislike for ferns ad a roll of blue narking tape r:c narked the tricky sections of trzck md cleared a little of the scrub 2~.:cy. ~hc travcrsc throu~;11 -to tllc Chzirnm :ras quic:rly cozpletcd cftcr r:hich lulch ;:as caten mid stories of WO's md Russian spy sa-tclli-Leo. Fror?. the obvious trcc at the Chairnm turn-off traverses ::cm ncde to ,zn unexplored ccvc J? 137 ad Victory 75 (J? 110) to dctcminc the position rclativc to the Chzirnm. gollocing sonc nidnight 061 burning on the Szturday nidlt, it tool: only a short tine to finish the calcul~tions :;hen ire mrivcd back at the ,'~~m's place. 30, :!it> the ziJ gf xy trusty RP-2% the Chcirnm has no:: been pinpointed on the nap together :;itll the tr;o nccrby caves Eift Cave. (11 .B. a thick pin \;as uscd ) Stuart i:icholas. Your ncii editor rrould like norc copy for thc Spicl lots of it!
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