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Speleo Spiel No. 145 May, 1979 Page 1. NETVSLETTER OF THE TASMANIAN CAVERNEERING CLUB Annual Subscription $4 Single copies 40 cents President: Bruce McIntosh, c/l1SpringvaleU, Midwood St., I New Town, 7008. Ph: 28 1282(~), 34 2833(W) President Max Jeffries, 18 South Crescent, Maydena, 7457. (Maydena Branch): Ph: 88 2256(H) Secretary: Ian Gothard, 9 James Ave., Kingston Beach,7150. Editor: Stuart Nicholas, 7 Rupert Ave., New Town, 7008. Ph: 28 3054(H), 28 4691 (W) Typist & Sue Feeney, 115 Brooker Ave., Glebe, 7000. Distribution: Ph: 34 6299(~1i) FORWARD PROGRAMME3 % Thur., May 24 Search and Rescue training commences at Police S&R store Princes No. 3 shed on t .$A wharf (near where Empress used to berth). -a l V See elsewhere in this Spiel for more details. Sat.&Sun.,May 26,27 S & R ~xercise/Workslzop at Mole Creek. If you don't know about this now its too late jL?~-jsJ'> q anyway S&., June 2 Weather permitting, a trip to 16ok at Trapdoor Swallet and/or Slaughterhouse Pot, both of which are up behind Growling Swallet (a trip to do some real exploration). Leader: '-.d. .fy.-'. '&L, r.;PC Stuart Nicholas Late June or early Possible Chairnan trip to further explore July and survey downstreai, high level and maybe upstream sections. Will possibly involve underground biwy to extend total time 3rlj v available. Whols interested?? Leader: 2 Stuart Nicholas (maybe!) Any weekend Exit surveying with Bruce McIntosh Wed. June 6 General Meeting at Fiheatsheaf Hotel, 8 p.m. Wed., June 20 Committee meeting at Wheatsheaf Hotel, 8 p.m. 4. Wed., July 4 General Meeting at Wheatsheaf Hotel, 8 p.m. Sometime (maybe) With any luck one or more of the very few active leaders in our club might also be going somewhere sometime! July Skiing and general snow season starts. .................................................................. EDITORIAL The annual winter apathy syndrome seems to be setting in again with very little happening during the past month and not may-j. .2/
Speleo Spiel No. 14.5 trips planned for the next month, What's happened to everyone? How can I write raving editorials with nothing to rave about? Perhaps the only thing of note is the forthcoming Search and Rescue exercise at Mole Creek together with the weekly (Thursday night) exercises and discussions to be held at the S & R store beginning Thursday, May 24. For anyone even remotely interested in S & R (and we all should be) these sessions should prove invaluable since they are designed specifically for cavers. All members should make an effort to attend. SUBSCRIPTIONS ************* SUBSCRIPTIONS ************* SUBSCRIPTIONS ************* Once again it's pay-up time, in fact, it's well past it!!! With inflation galloping ahead, the annual subs. for our Club are ridiculously cheap so, if you wish to receive any more editions of this brilliant publication F.:-(1 mjoy the many other benefits of membership of T.C.C. PAY UP BOW !! v-Senior $7.50 Junior $4.00 Family $1 0.50 Prospective membership fee $2.00 Bill Nicholson is the Treasurer and he is very eager to remove some of your hard earned money from you (for the Club, of course!) CLUB NEWS Our jet-setting member, Peter Watts, has just returned from the Itland of the long white cloudtt (New Zealand for the uninitiated) after spending about six months over there climbing and walking. Hopefully, I may be able to extract some sort of story from him concerning his exploits whilst there for a future Spiel. With the arrival of the Suunto Clinometer and Compass and the potenti~l arrival in the near future of a 50 m tape, there is now no excuse for not getting stuck into all the surveying that needs to be done. More surface work is required on June Ridge, Growling Swallet, Exit and the far extremes of The Chairman to name but a few all need surveying. Stuart is willing and able (?) to instruct anyone and everyone in this noble art so, why not get into it this weekend? You may have observed a new cover last month and this month. Th:? IT--, been a coinbination of the efforts of Rauleigh Webb and Diana Davies. Next month we will have a very smart one from Geoff Fisher who just happens to know a graphic designer who just happened to get talked into designing our cover. I believe there are more from the same source in the pipeline yet. Thanks to Rauleigh and Diana for* making an effort and producing cover designs and to Geoff for twisting a few professional arms. Owing to a minor error, last month's cover was numbered 145 when, in fact, it should have been 144. Sorry about that! Apologies also for the rather oversize format the Spiel was churned out on foolscap instead of A4. Sorry about that too!!
Speleo Spiel No. 145 May, 1979 Page 3. A couple of weeks ago (Sunday, May 13) the City-to-Casino I1Run for Funf1 was held, Cavers being hardy types and supposedly ..?, fit, it was rather strange that only two (as far as the Editor knows) members of the underground brigade took part. At least four members of that slack 'breed called climbers took part. What happened? Are we all so fit that it is not worth taking part? I think not. Perhaps a little fitness training would .,: not go astray particularly for some of the so-called "hardsW in our Club. A surveying exercise carried out the other night by Bruce McIntosh, Chris Davies and Stuart Nicholas proved interesting and also rather embarrassing! An 800 m traverse of a fitness track on the Eastern Shore gave some slightly awkward results when the loop was closed. More of these evening exercises will be held on an impromptu basis in the near future. Contact Stuart Nicholas for info. For two weeks early this month a group of five Sydney cavers (including Alan Uarild) invaded our shores to spend the first week at Maydena and the second at Mole Creek a total of ten days caving out of fourteen in the State. At this stage I don't know much of their activities but I'm sure some word will come through as to their achievements while here. I! ATTENTION !! A cave rescue team is being formed. We need cci7:ers who can spare a few hours one night a iortnight to be trained in basic cave and cliff rescue skills ie. Tryomont winching system, stretcher usage, communications, first aid and general rescue procedure. Remember, the skills you acquire, may at some time during your caving career help to save a friend. So please, if you care, contact me at wcrk, 34 4395, or drop -*'.' around to "The Pitr1, 158 Davey Street after 6.15 p.m. weekdays. Bill Nicholson, Cavsar Officer. --C-4VE --. RESCUE TEK4 AGENDA--p '. .'< > .cc: May 24th '" '-~ntroduction & gear familiarisation' b a 'l C (Princes 11: Wharf, 5.30 p.m.) June 7th -Medical Problems Underground Col ~ansley (Wheatsheaf Hotel or 798 Davey Street) June 14th -Winching Practice (princes I11 Wharf, 5.30 p.m. ) June 23rd -One Day Exercise Stretcher carry up a creek or scree slope June 28th -Winching Practice & scrutinisation of gear (Princes Wharf 111, 5.30 p.m.) July 5th -Communications Run Down (problems, Systems, etc.) Frank Brown (Clarence SES H.Q.) -~, Sometime in -(a) First Aid Course adapted for Cave use the future Col Ransley -(b) Coxnmications exercise Bill Nicholson 344395 (W) .4/
S-. eleo Spiel No. 145 May, 1979. Page 4. TRIP REPORTS A 'f:, 5' Deception Ridge (Mt. Anne) Half-way: Easter 1979 ,. Party: Bill Tomalin, Bill Nicholson, John de Jong, Mark Mather THE FACTS i Why is it that whenever I question bushwalkers about this route on Mt. Anne, that condescending smiles appear or a shudder runs across the broad shoulders of my interviewee? Why has there been no written account of this traverse in the walking-club brochures? How did it get the nme, Deception Ridge? To answer these questions, a trip to the ridge was demanded. Accordingly, I armed myself with a 1:50,000 map, a 4 inch to lmile map, a large blow-up aerial photograph, me trusbir Silva Special, an up to date Met. forecast, three selected companions and headed off during the Easter break. -* We parked owselves overnight at Condominium Creek in the company of the Wallace trip (more smiles and shudders) and left early next morning via the buttongrass plain leading directly to the foot of the north-west spur of Deception Ridge. L For some hours we had a marvellous time over knee-high T-tree, button-grass and banksia, climbing very steeply to the rock outcrops at the top of the ridge. A couple of detours to check possible mistakes in route-finding, and we arrived at the beginning proper. .I .. Smiles disappeared and shudders took over, permanently! A knifeedge ridge, absolutely choked with unmentionable scrub headed directly away to Mt. Anne. There are no alternatives but to stay right on the ridge, so rub gloves on and packs tightened, we crawled out onto the traverse. With a lead 'change3'ettery five minutes we pushed fo'i. two hour??%d ,>Ps just over four hundred metres. The idea was to make camp on a saddle between the ridge and a towerlng gendarme off the south. Wher, we arrived we fought out way down to the ground and cleared a reasonable space to put up a tent and a Tly. Water was dug for about 40 metres and 20 minutes away. After a surprisingly copfortable night and superb sunsets over Lake .l Gordon, we climbed the gendarme to view the rest of the ridge. Even refreshed, we estimzted 10 hours to the nearest boulder slope on Mt. Anne. OuMet. report had indicated poor, cold conditions on Sunday, and as we would have bem ina very exposed situation, reluctantly, we headed back. The return four hundred metres was done in an hour which gave us ,.r, time for an extended lunch at the top of the ridge. Two metal stakes were found ( Waratahsf and I1P .C. 11) which, presumably, mark the ~est/~outh boundary line. There is an incredible view from our lunch spot, the Druids to the north and Gordon to the south well worth the trip just to this point. f: ri, So, we join the smilers and shudderers until next year, when, with bivowac gear, non-cookable food and dillled memories, we will finish -! the traverse. Bill Tomalin. 51
Speleo Spiel No. 145 -May, 1979 Page 5. Deception Ridge: April 13 15 Party: Bill Tomalin, Bill Nicholson, John de Jong, Mark Mather THE DRAMA c. Our aim for this insane venture was primarily to mark an escape route from Mt. Anne and secondly, to determine if the ridge was, in fact, limestone. The total achievement was several pairs of sore hands and knees and an incomplete mission. The ridge seems to be composed not only of thick scrub but also some sort of metamorphased quartzite disguised as rock. It is warm to cold to the touch, hard, has the usual rock smell and is pink to grey in colour. It was not limestone! The going is fairly open to the ridge top but all of a sudden KAPOPJ! ZOCK! BANG! SHOCK! medium thick (impenetrable! ) scrub L is everywhere. The party took 2 hours to bash 500 metres and that was good going. We biwied the night in a saddle overlooking Mt. Solitary and the lake. Weather was worsening so we took off down to Condominium Creek the next day. A follow-up trip is planned which will probably involve 3 days on the ridge and another to reach the top of Mt. Anne and walk out via the usual tourist route. If anyone is interested in this (mis-ad)venture, contact Bill. Only seasoned hard men need apply! Bill Nicholson. Cracroft: April 17 20 I Party: Bill Nicholson, Pavel Ruaicka Pavel walked out to the cars to meet me and to collect extra rations. On Tuesday we proceeded back to Judd's camp. Wednesday we visited Juddfs Cavern and pushed a new lead Pav found in the main left passage before the siphon. It finished in a blocked talus chamber with no other leads. The collapse is recent, probably in the last 100 years. Rock is very loose. Proposed name: "The Gallowsw. Also looked at a few other leads in the main passage. S Thursday we visited Geoff Fisher's "Sassafras Holen. Amongst the numerous wombat bones is a skull that is very likely to be from a now extinct animal (Edfs. note: could also be a platypus skull from all reports). We plan to remove that Sassafras pole next trip and burn it! Next we took a ladder into Matchlight Cavern to look at a hole which needs more ladders. Checking with both surveys, it seems that this hole leads into Juddfs. We also came across the partial bone remains of a young Thylacine. Friday on the twh out we located "King Billy HoleI1 and later attacked Huonville in our muddy, smelly state,
Speleo Spiel No. 145 May, 1979 Page 6. As I sald before, there is untold potential in this area. Maybe we could have the annual trip there. It's only 4 hours walk in ,-good campsite and views. . i Your ideas on this suggestion would be appreciated. -Bill Nicholson. -, ,, -5. < Florentine Valley: Saturday, May 12 Left Maydena at 10.00 a.m. Headed off to the Junee Rvad with the aim of exploring a cave found by John Parker about a year ago. Max and John had entered the cave but didn't have enough gear to get very far. .l + P As our cave was located roughly halfway between "Rifttt and "The a h Chairinan1I, it was no trouble to go and inspect the entrance to '!The Chairmanfy. Most spectacular, definitely a 'must1 for the future. A bit of a hunt around and we soon fourid the cave quite near JF'l28 and also near JF148. Access is via a squeeze into a small chamber, from there down a short pitch to a bigger chamber. The only way from there is down a 70' ladder pitch. f, *Seen from the ladder the hole appeared to go nowhere, but on investigation, the descent continued. Max remained in the larger chamber, Diana, Chris and I pushing on. The going was slow due to the loose, crumblyerock And steepne&s of L the climb. We were eventually stopped (after 200 250feet) by a 50' pitch. Having only one ladder left, we returned to the surface. We didn't kally mind because the cave was nothing to rave about and was potentially dangerous. Anyone who is keen enough could well push further, but from what we saw, it is a fairly uninteresting cave. Geoff Fisher.
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
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