SPELEO SPIEL. No. 55.. liarch, 1971. Published by the Tasmanian Caverneering Club, Box 641 G, G.P.O., Hobart, Tasmania, 7001. Registered for posting as a periodical Category 9gBti. Annual subscri;~tion $1.00. Single coL>ies 10 cents. Pres: Alber-t Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, Hobart, 7000. Sec: Doug Turner, 79 Riawena Road, Rose Bay, 7015. FORWARD .-PKOGTWIirIME. .. -March 1'5 Saturday: Conplete cutting of track to !leld River. Leave 7 a.m. from 8 Bath St. Leader: A. Goede. March 27,28 Weekend: Trip to Exit Cave to further explore new extension. Leader: B. Collin or P. Robinson. March '51 Wednesday: ANNUAL GENERBL MEETING. 8 pen. at > 6 8 Bath Street, Battery Point. Make sure you are there, election of new president, vice-ixes. and committee for the coning year. April 9-12 Easter: Lake idargaret area. Canping out. To explore caves recently found. by urthur Clarke. Inpressive glacial scenery. Owners of 4 wheel drive vehicles especially invited. Leader: F. Brown or A. Goede. -. April 24 Saturday: Day trip to Exit Cave with group.:~of 15 physical education students doing Adventu type training with Iain Barnes. Leader: to be i a;spointed. EDITORIAL. i Khaead-dun now 970 feet deep !! I Another Australian de7th record and I it keeps on going. The Australia Day long weekend saw a combined T. C. C. S.C.S. prty launch another assault j on this fascinating, frustrating and enervating system. The dcvance party was under ground for 21-5 hours. Far too long for efficient caving as it turned o The return to the surface was sone what akin to lVapoleon9s retreat fron Moscow as cold and exhausted cavers struggled ~ainfully with mountains gear. Unllke Napoleon but more through good luck than judgement we managed not to leave any gear or bods behind. Wny of us on reaching the face swore a solenn 02th not to return to this dastardly cave. No doubt we will be back but it will not be before next sumier. The trip was not without its successes. The 70 & l 95 ft. ladc1er pitches were by-passed following a new route which involved only a 25 ax.1 a 60 ft. pitch. A1 though the wet way down from the 860 1 ft. level roved a little too wet to I be feasible a deep dry shaft was covered to go down frola this level and no doubt will be the main object ive of the next ex;~edition. i
Speleo Spiel. -(page 2). Narch, 1971. Meanwhile some planning and preparation during the coning winter could ir.?i)rove our chances for' next sum -er. Gear handling could be speeded up if ropes as well as ladders were carried. in bags. Petrol prinuses are much superior to solid fuel stoves and should be taken next tine. The 150 ft. shaft should be rigged for lowering and r~ising of gear. A telephone line fron the surface to the botton of the 92 ft. ladder drop would obviate the necessity for a support prty to wait long hours at the top of this pitch and would leave then in better shape to assist with transport of gear. Use of nechanical abseiling and rope clirbing nethodo would considerably reduce mount of gear required for the cave. No doubt other improvenents are possible and it is worth giving sone thought while the experience is fresh in our ninds. CLUB NEWS. + Congratulations to Bernard Howe and his bride who took the plunge on 20th Feb. We hope to see them at the next neeting as we have not yet had the pleasure of meeting her. She ~ius-t be an understanding wonan as Bernard state& in a letter to the secretary that we nay start seeing hin again on trips soon. Their new address is 46 McKinly Street, Midway Point, 7171. + New nenbers: Congratultions to the following two new nenbers elected at the last general meeting: P urthur Clarke, 2/46 King Street, Sandy Bay, 7005. (Pull ienber) David Cripi?s, 442 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart, (Junior riember) + Cave -nullbering: Junee Florentine. Four caves were numbered in this area during the last nonth. All were nunbered on 28/2/71. JP 12 Unnaned pothole discovered on 28/2/71. Unexplored. Depth of first shaft estinated 60 ft. ~tunber placed on tree as no rock face available. JP 13 Urmaned pothole discovered and explored on 7/2/71. Depth approx. 300 ft. Four ladder pitches of 30, 60, 180, and 30 ft. JF 14 Unnaned pothole discovered and partially explored on 7/2/71. Depth reached 70 ft. JP 15 Hcirygoat Hole. Dhscovered on 26/9/70. hxplored on 18/10/ 1970 to depth of approx. 150 ft. + New caving areas: -caving areas have turned up since the last Spiel. Arthur Clarke who has been geological field assistant for Mt.Lyel1 during the sun~ier reports the presence of caves in the side of a gorge in the Lake Margaret area N.E. of Queenstown. The caves occur in an zrea glaciated during the ice ages and at an altitude of 2000 ft. They are in Gordon linestone and contain fort-lation and glow woras, A trip to the area is planned at Easter. A sr-lall party of the Manuka Club have reported sor?e cave entrances in large dolines in the Cracroft area. One has a Kubla Khan like entrance while another has a strong draught. A regort from the party that the rock is dark nay indicate that it is Gordon linestone rather than dolomite. If this is so the prospects for large cavcs are excellent. + Adventure Training: A letter has been received fron Iain Bhrnes (Xational Fitness Council) asking for our assistance in taking 15 final year i~hysical education students(age 20 21, 6 rlen and 9 wonen) on n da trip to Exit Cave on Saturda 24 th hpil. The students will %e dolng this os part of a 15 !by adventure t pe We hope that club nen~bers will participate. camp and then programne also includes canoelng and bushwal 1%. + Congratulations to Clive and Sally Korris on the birth of their second off spring. TRIP REPORTS. 1 Junee Area(approx.s mile S. E. of Khazad-dm) Date: Sunday, 7th February, 1971. Party: Brian, Jeanette and Peter Collin, Bill Lehnann, Peter Shaw, Kevin Kiernan, Philip Robinson, Stuart Nicholas and David Cripps. The purpose of the trip was to find a direct dr way from the surface into Khazad-dum that would by-pass the 10dt. waterfall (now known to be 70 ft. ). We failed but the trip was not withou* interest. A suitable hole was found(nunbered JF 13 on 28/2/71)? it proved to be a nore vertical than horizontal system, in fact its principal diilensions were 50 ft. horizontal, and 300 ft. vertical. The
Speleo spiel. -P (Pege 3). March, 1Q71. pitches being 38, 60, 180 and 30 ft. The estinated depth of the 180 footer varied from 150 ft. to 400 ft. so Kevin descended using 190 ft. of ladder. A ledge at 100 feet was 2 welcone surprise but the 30 ft. drop near the botton of the 180 ft.er was awkward as he had no spare ladcer. A wet Kevin, Bill 2nd Peter(Shaw) cane to the surface for a conference. The outcome savi Philip at the botton of the 180 footer, Brim 90 ft. down the sane pitch and prevented fron going further as the ladder had cau:;ht on a projection and Kevin on belay. ~nothcr lengthy conference. The outcone this tirne was that Brian joined IZevin and Philip descended the 30 ft. pitch on his own. Philip returned to the bottof! of the 180 footer and called for the safety rope. Kevin promptly tied a stray rope end to a belay and Brian threw Philip all the safety rope as requested.(Curses unprintable were heard.) Some tine was spent in getting another safety rope an6 a wet Phil Brian anc? Kevin cane to the surface. Whilst the first attenpt was in progress Stuart, David, Brian, Jeanette and Peter(~nr.) looked at a second hole sorle 300 yards to the east. (Nuribered JF 14 on 28/2/71). Stuart ran out of ladder at 60 ft. Davii! bottoned at 70 ft. and froWl his descri~tion it appeared that a mssage continued si1;ilar to JF 10. The party returned to the o-thcrs at JP 13. By the way both caves had soaky type shower syste-ls installed and especially in the first one(JF 13) sorle intrigucing ledges of loose rocks which took the .onotony out of wditing for the next person to corx down. Sor:e apC but unprintable nanes have been suggcstcd for the first cave. A good trip, Brian Collin. Ida Bay 13th February, 1971. Party: Jeanette and Peter Collin, Peter Shaw, Phi1 Robinson, Albert Goede, Stuart Nicholas, David Criplis and Sillon Stephens. The party left Hobart at 7 a.n. with the rather optiylistic fecling that the day would see a triurLphant link ui) between the sriall swal-let near the old quarry and Exit Cave. Maybc we should not have gone on the 13th! Jeanette and Peter were left at base in the old quarry with a good fire going. Then the six of us headed for the snallet which was not quite as scungy and dangerous as Brian had led us to believe. It did not take long to reach the 20 ft. pitch at which the first party had stopped. Philip went down and after following a passage at the botton for a short distance found that the cave ended in an irlpenetrable crack. Meanwhile Sinon and Albert explored a passage near the top and to the left of the 20 ft. pitch but this continued back towards the surface and was followed as far as possible. The only find of interest, was an Idacarabus beetle collected by dlbert. Rather disa2pointed we untackled cave and returned to the quarry for lunch. Suggested nalxe for swallet Disap~ointnent Pot. Early afternoon saw a couple of hours of scrub bashing in an area to the S.%. of the quarry. It consists of broken li!!estone with nuicrous dolines and mall caves none of any significance. Finally on going uphill we found a prorlising hole. Si.?on went down a 20 ft. pitch on 2 rope but reported use of ladders desirable. Albert and David went back to the quarry to collect so:le gear. The entrdnce pitch having been rigged Brian, Hlbert and Peter went down. At the bottorl of the pitch a tigh strea:, passage can be followed fcr a short distance then another 10 ft. drop with a passage to the right to a snall cha:iber. Fro:i here an increasingly tight strearz passage slopes downwards. Brian went first and reported two holes too si:all to enter although a draught was noticed. Then Albert decided that the left hole could perhaps be deepened by reicval of waterworn boulders. This suggestion was followed up by Peter who Aloved therz out of the left hole into the right one but found that solie largish rocks near the far end were inpossible to shdft. He turned his attention to the right hole by shifting the boulders back into the left one. He then atterzpted to get through feet first but found his shoulders jar~led. A slighter person !lay be able to get through as the passage see.._s to widen a little beyond. The use of explosives is another possibility. This cave is worth another try and thc nalle slBottlencck Cavet1 is suggested. Albert Goede. BE THERE, GET WIl -ANNUAL, GENERAL NE23TI?~Z 31/3/71.
1 Speleo S~iel. (Page 4). March, 1971. KHHZkD-DUTiI Peb 27 March 1, 1971. Party: Philip Robinson, klbert ~oede (leaders ) &&er Shaw Bornan Poulter, David Cripps, Stuart Mcholas, Richard Blooc~field, Kevin ~iernan(BC~, TCC) Chris Harris(SCS) Graexe Vatt($CS) David IVIitchell(SCS4, Delia Maloney(who did the cooking), and surface support party on Sat. Bob Cockerill and Aleks Terauds fro I $CS. Ninehundred and seventy feet down and forced back by a raging torrent of a waterfall. Depth unknown. So ended one of the hardest, rnost exciting caving expiiditions in Tas:~ania for zany years. Khazad-dun is providing a real challenge, one which few yeople wanted but all expected. Fouteen people gathered at the Junee hoxestead on Saturday norning. Kopes were high of breaking 1000 ft. Conditions were dry and the weather good. 700 ft. of ladder, 1000 ft. of rope plus bolts and slings were haulcd through the scrub to the cave entrance. The day was spent laddering the early pitches and drak,,ing the tackle to the 20 ft. waterfall, 590 ft. underground. All was routine down the fa~liliar drops, the 15' scaling pole pi-tch, the 15' ladder, 100' rope clir:b, the flattener, the 92' free hanger on to the rock pile, the 70' and the final 95' pitch next to the waterfall. The work was essential for the final push on Sunday. Not all eleven cavers were needed for lowering the gear. Norr, Peter and Chris set off to explore a passage at the base of the rock pile, depth -300'. A 25' pitch was descended and followed along to a 60' drop. Norn descended on a rope to find hillself at the base of the 95' pitch in the streailway. A easy waj down had been found, avoiding the 70' and 95' ladder pitches. Unfortunately by this tilie all the gear had been lowered down the 70' pitch and the old route had to be followed. How Norn clirLbed back the 60' pitch on a rope is still a nystery. The first 25' is a vertical wall, then a ledge and a further one 15' frori thc t013. ~fith no gear at all the surface was reached very speedily and the walk back through the bush was wonderful. Saturd~ys trip underground lasted seven hours. Everyone was renarkably lively on Sunday !lorning, eager to be away. A i7arty of six, Philip, Peter, Nori~, Kevin, Chris and Graerle were to reach the bctton at 860' and push it to the lhit. At 12.00 noon Albcrt and David Mitchell entered to belay the 92' free hamer. They returned to the surface cojzing back oh Sunday night witK Richard and David Cripps. The new route was-followed, the 25' and 60' pitches rigged with ladcler. Yhe six descended to the 20' waterfall to find rzounds of ladders and ropes left the previous day. Splitting up, Philip, Peter and Noru set off laddcring the short waterfalls. The others followed with the rest of the gear. The 20, 30, 15,25,25 and 30 ft. pitches were descended to a depth of 860'. averyone was now cold and extre.1~1~ wet battered about on the waterfalls, ~bseiling down the waterfalls was found to be highly exhilirating also reducing the tii-e spent in the water. It took five hours to reach the botton. An hour was spent driving in a bolt beneath the spray and gale rovided by the last 30'. Each person eagerly awaitkd a bash with !he ham~er. Even wet suits were insufficient to keep one war]:. Meanwhile, the drop was traversed to find a dry passage running for 30 40' to a srlall charlber. Prori here one could cli~rb up a 12' wall. Peering over a dry quiet shaft fell away into the darkness. Four seconds later a rock hit the botton bouncing off a ledge two seconds down. This was a great oppnrtunity to avoid the water. The bolt, however, provided a dryish pitch next to the waterfall. There were thus two alternatives. It was decided to follow ~the strea.lway to the linit. If we could go no further then we would \return to this dry route. Attached to the eyebolt, ladder was lowered over the drop. 'Kcvin descended a 70' free hanging pitch. Philip, Nor11 Chris and ltackle followed. Down a 10' waterfall and a pool chcst deep another pitch was encountered. Forty feet down what appeared to be the bob
Speleo Lplel. (Page 5). 'larch, 1971. tor-1 could be seen. Ladder was attached to the end of the 70'. Kevin descended. In the niddle of a trenendous waterfall his light disappezed down, 101..20'...30' ..... then a terrific shriek of llup ropeis(and Ksvin settled for the Isor bust Slowly lie dragged hicself over the edge badly shaken, exhausted and a hi trifle" wet. Apparently what we could see was only a sloping lebge, The pitch continuecwell below 301 it could even be 100'. It was too dangerous to continue down this pitch with Kevin suf.Cerin:.: shock, the constant rou of water ]xiking it difficul* to hear one another, the cold drauc;ht and everyone soaked. We had to return. Cven with bolts this waterfall could not be avoided. Kevin h2d rezched 970f-t. Soon, belayc6 by Graerie and Peter we were back up the 70' pitch. Moving into the dry passage an atter?pt.ed brew up followed. The solid fuel stove was very slow. Nevertheless we were all grateful for a few :?outhfuls of warr.1 chicken soup and stewed apisle. It was too late to atterlpt the dry alternative rxch as we woulci have liked to do so. :!e had been down 9% hours. It would take a long tice to haul the gear right out of the cave. Chris, Kevin and Morr; set off back with tackle laaving Philip, Peter and Graene to de-rig the pitches. It was a very slow return. People were sleepy, cold and exhausted. Tine was wasted hauling gear up onto the rock pile. It was hoped we could haul it straight up the 150' drop. Four or five attenpts to throw the rope down failed. Norn and Chris with David Mithhell fro!^^ the s~p:~?ort party -returned to the 60'. The pitch is narrow with ledges. Philip and David positioned thelnselves on the ledges to guide gear ug. Slowly we reached the 92' free hanger. Albert and support hcd been waiting nine hours at the tcp. Fron here to the surface was painfully slow, tired, wet and cold. It took 12 hours frollz the botton of the cave. Future teaus nust leave the de-laddering for ano-bher day. It started to rain as we returned with heavy, soggy packs. Near 10.00 a.n. the horiestead was reached. Delia provided stew and fruit for the party for which we were all e~tre.~ely grateful. Was it worth the effort?? Seven hours underground on Saturday 21 hous underground the following two days. One hundred and ten feet have been added to the Australian depth record, now 970 ft. The cave ceases to be enjoyable and becolles a real struc
Speleo Spiel. TASMANIAN CAVERNEXING CLUE ANNUAL REPORT. 1970 1971. My election as president last year took place during ny absence overseas and it was not until the end of June that I was able to take u2j office. At this tine the club was doing very little caving and seerled on the verge of extinction. It has been very gratifying to see the trexendous upsurge in activity and !..l?: ;bcrship since then. During the past year no less than 17 new riei-lbers have joined the club of which five were junior me~~bers, and they now forn the active core, There is every reason to hope -that the present active ~:le;-.bership will continue to grow. However it should be kept in nind that not all nenbers like difficult trips and the club programe should include a variety to suit all tastes. Exploration. There has been a narked concentration of caving activities in the Junee area with considerable success. A large nunber of new potholes was discovered sone not yet fully ex;Aored due to lack of tine. Our greatest success was undoubtadly I;hazad-aurn. Exploration was greatly assisted by cavers fron a nui.;Ser of clubs during the B.S.F. fieldtrips and subsequently by the strong support and participation of the Southern Caving Society. The cave is now the deepest in Australia at 970' and still going strcng. The Florentine Yalley was visited a nurlber of tir-ies nainly tourist 1 trips were held to Franconbe, Cashion Ck. and We1coi:le Stranger Cave S, Id2 Bay was visited regularly. Trips were nostly to Exit but Midnight Hole was prepared for abseiling during the year. In Exit Cave an A.S.F. fieldtrip nade a riajor breakthrough adcling another nile of pas:;age and raising hopes of a route through the hill and a possible link with Mystery Ck. Cave,
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