Newsletter of the Tasmanian Coverneering Club Fsta'bliihed 1946
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Lang standing member and 'aard-caver of %he earQ sewnties Peter Sbco !.L? ;~st returned (with Yvome of course! ) from a fifteen nonth working liolidq~ :urn orlmteering and sightseeing trip to %gland md Europe, Gmat to em jrvi bsk. ftnm again m the BHY mining lcwe issue, motker bag crept inu, tha inb, rn last month's Spisl the lewe area is 97.59 ~q,km. NCm, 9759 sq.km, Bar~c~ ,further typo&raphizal glltches we ohou!d the whole co~mct this t-he. Apparently a cer+,an bod generally referred to as Bill kichol~or: has led .is ;tii up the proverbial ysrdorc path (or ahould I say jmeLe trwk ?), Re i8 NC!T \or?ing the srmy; h9 is hcmwer, resigning as CAVSAR Officer, all wit? no d3~tt. rc~marher the ominp: together of Mtk, sr*l tinm Wet Caves stmax at tnrs 3 4 R sxercfeii ewiisr this yew, Ditto alao mmem"wrs that Bill errca~vd thlv carsMrny (only just!). 3ill RE WAHNED ! An apology to Dlave Eartin (S.S,S,) is in order. Owing to a mix-up in the ~ZUS collection uystsm, his Letter which uas sent in April did not reach +,ha ?..itor until last month. Sorry atout that Dave, we certainiy a~~rociate iettsrs t'wz nctmbers of other zl.~bs, Your note contained sooe veq pertinent infomstti~~ particularly as regards bo! t placement I1il cert&.?lp agree with that.! This i8 VERY DEFIKITELY the last Spiel. t'hat you will receiva ff ycrl dc not pa~~ promptly. AI1 those (most of the mmbers) .ha have not, y& paid m:; fitid a large .W,?) CAR!! on this month's covar. So PAY UP ? Piease, FUl members $7.50: Jtulior menbers (urider lf3) $8.00, A.S.F. ~llbscr.l~ ti.on(for other than full members) $3.50. TCC Pmspect~vt, Membership $2,0G.(entitlea prospect.ive mbers to 3 Spnles sr:re:s) +++**+******~+****+** IN CHINA Uf. copies have now been sold, If md when fur+,her GOF~~S become availabia notification will be gzvcan tha Spiel,
Special; this month only! Never to ba repeated offer (f) WET SUIT 7mer .JohnH etyls she 3, very thick 1had nsoprwae. little USO ideal for Tassie's cold w&ter! S60 negotiable ? (2) Bcms W Tm boote (me lef't and one rigfit) excel lent aofiditian, Blundstone size 10 Po-cut walking boot. Reason for sale they are too U, twsv for me!? They have only been on one K,D. trip, a few ~.sirmsn trips 8nd ono Cauidm Pot trip, hence they rprs tnd ad true hard-saving boote. Haggling starta at $25. CONTACP: Stuart Nicholss for hurther details on these two GREAT targains JW-3.w: Atea Kmada the Atea River Cave in the Ri@lrl?ds of Paw ?IGuinea. icrl Magazine published by the Magazine Division of Paul Hamlyn Pty.Ltd. trnd available from book sellera at $3.50. The article is written by Gary Steer who was a member of the l978 Atea exFedition rhlcrh attemptad to break the worid depth record held by Gouffre Pierr9 St. Martin in France with a. deptb of 1332 mettss, While the ex~editicm was not edc;c&safiib ia this, they did expiore one of the most cha2lctnging ca1-9~ ir. the a9rl.f ;'d summy02 k total ~ms::.a~;t~ length of 30.5 kiloae+,rsts to make it the icdk-: -21'8 i-11 the Southern nemis&are. The article is m12 written end hae ext.maive tcri1m:tim of colour pk;o.togr&pbs showing aspects of %he re-a?.--yA :t.t erxpeditror: sits. the vary impmssfve Atea streas sink and artfdn ~ihotc!grayihs inside the raw, Stn-eral. photographs ~f surface and cave f euna are e3 S(: -~clbdvd, The Ate8 river sink was first visited by the 1973 Ebllar Range expeaition in rhfch two members of T.C.C. took part: Peter Shau and =il Robinmn. At that time many cavers felt that the system would nevar be explcrnd because cf the y9ry lurw quanti'ties of water entering the cam even in tba riry zee~oi~. The tbrest of sudden floods is wer present especially as the rainfall fa extrcsn~e:y i,r& atost ths eane aa Lake bhrgtuet on the West Coast Barge in Tasmania, The 1976 sapedition vlsitod the cave ag*. and found that the main entrance could be byv-p&ssd, ?hey &Q realized the d~pth potentjal ef the cave as wali aa explcriLg arkd aargrr.q 3.8 killametrw of pass-. Ate8 78 was a waive expedition ad took two yeam to p'l,so.. Fif qy ,:z~~brs taok part moat of whom wers Austr8lfma. The 'leader was Julia Jatr.sa f ror. S;!';:ICnej. who is well fcr her deep caving acti.ultis8. Three par8 ago she ore-f zed an EBeter Expedition to Tasmmla ubicb in fcur dq,-$ bottamed ?QmaQ1-dw, Niar,sr& Pot, Tassy Pat well as making a through trip to Kubla Khan ? The sermt is S.R,T. and kenping fit.
Othsr items cf 1ni;sreut. to cavars in Csa are: (?) An oblique asrid phatcgraph of the mast near Devf ls Kitchen 8nd Tamxx Arch shmbg a specteculsbs: arrq of sea caves (pws f W-? O f l.
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