.. -. --.SPELBO SPIEL. Xo. 69. June, 1972. Published by the Tasmanian Caverneering Club, Box 641G, G.P.O., Hobart, Tas. 7001. Registered for yosting as a periodical Category"Bis. Annual subscription ;62,00, Single co~3ies 20cents President: Albert Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, 7000. Secretary: Peter Shaw, 53 Lo7d Street, Sandy Bay, 7005. P ORWARD Pi30 ~~RAMXE. June 24,25 Weekend, Exit Cave, Any volunteers +6 lead it?? June 24,25 Weekend. Mole Creek explorations. Plenty to do. No definite plans as yet. Leader: Peter Shaw. July 1,2 Day or we&eiid. come for either day or the whole weekend. Saturday is surveying and further exploration in Gormenghast. Sunday is more exploratim in the Growling Swallet area, possibly Trapdoor Swallet, Leaden: Peter Shaw, July 5 Wednesday. General neeting at 8 Bath St. Battery Point, Refrechments and slides welcome. Mystery raffle ~rize nrovided bv Albert. July 8 ~aturday ~urthera exploration in JP 14. Leader: --* Phil Hobinsor, July 22923 ---Weekend. Exit Cave explorations co-ordinated by that ve$kran Exit caver, Brian Collin. EDITORIAL. Contrary to last month's rash promises, still no details of the Khazad-dun expedition fron B~lan and Phil. The controversy over the use of ladders and an underground camp, as ppposed to abseiling and prussiking in lightnil12 cL,;T T~ips highlights the consequences of increased technology in caving, Can the club afford to maintain a large volume of ladders and fairly expensive abseiling/prussiking ropes as well? Who is <;oing to use them? Does -Lhe inCroduction of single rope techniques herald the explorat?on of easier pots without ladders, and thereby linit the exploration to an even smaller handful than the present-ladder-climbers. Almost anyone is willing to explore Xxit Cave; a.-* a smzller nuraber are willi& to explo2e wertical caves e.g. Junee. How many be involved in single rope explorations where weaker or less conpetent members are not allowed, because they cannot be assist ed? Trips this month have Seen runlevery weekend and have visited our four major caving areas. Newde~ate was visited under very dry conditions and a gate placed on King George V'Cave by Bill LehrJlann and Roy Skinner. k new holc was explored at Ida Bay with little result. Tourist trips to Herberts Pot and Kubla Khan were held and some fruitful exploration in P.l;lt Bath Cave, Cobbler Cooler and l!tlalltis Cave yielded 200, 400 and 800 feet o-? new passage respectively. Two trips to Junee have explsred the cave of the nonth reaching four hundred feet down in JF 14 with an estimated eighty foot shaft to follow. For the report on the second trip, see next nollths Spfel. JP 14 is located directly above the final chamber in"Khaza2-dm but its entrance is two hundred feet lower. Vhen you realize that the top of the final chamber in Khazad-dum is at the 800 ft. level, the next trip to JP 14 could be very exciting. Peter Shaw, New Members. Welcone to the fo1.lowing prospective members: Stuart Gaable, P. O., Dover ,7116. Robert Reid 20 Reids Road, Fern Tree. chris(~asi1 j Rathbone, 5 5 View Street, Sandy Bay, 7005. Sally Lowe, 4/196 Churc~~lll Avenue, Sandy Bay, 7005. Con~ratulations to the following WO were accepted as full men_berspatptJle last neeting: Richard BlocXieIdp p4pTJ\Entwortlr Street, BelfrAve, -7Q1-6, -(Junior1 p p p p Rosalind Bell, 40 &rove Road, Glenorchy, 7010. Ross Mansfield, 280 Park Street, North Hobart, 7000. TRIP REPORTS. m Creek 20,21/5/72. Part : Peter Shaw, Joe Donnelly, Kon ~khurst David Cripps and Richard &ield. The uin of the weekend :-.as to have a look at the upstream section of Herberts Pot. After camping at Marakoopa hut on Friday night, we
Speleo Spiel. (Page 2. ) June, 1972. .. . GROWLING SWALLET AREA. (See previous Spiel, ) t eb\.;&y -X, L;, -.k =%l( "I F //,L, ,L# 7 were underground by eleven o'clock and reached the strean just over two hours later. After a short break we set off upstrean in a beautiful piece of strean passage consisting of a series of pools, some deeper than others. By various precarious manoevres, nobody got more than thigh deep and we were soon gathered at a pool into which thundered a thirty foot waterfall. An attenpt to locate the route around the wsterfall poved fruitless, although some pretty formations were found in the upper levels. The highlight of this search nust h'ave been when I did a rather airy traverse in the roof of the strean passage in the belief that I was going upstrean, when in reality I was goiw downstrean. On our return downstream, Joe and David fell in up to their waists which provided good entertainnont for the rest of the party. By eight o'clock we were out of the cave after a i~leasant nine hours underground. For wading in the pools I wore waterproof trousers tucked into wetsuit boots and found that these kept me warn if not completely dry. On Sundby we 'had a look at Genghis Khan which is near the up$er entrance to Kubla. Although not very extensive(mairily one large chamber), it has some nice formations in the side chambers especially some beautiful helictites in one section. Two hours was sufficient to have an easy tourist trip through it. At no point are you more than fifteen ninutes from the entrance. Peter Shaw. Ida Bay 27/5/72. Partx: Phi1 Robinson, Stuart Nicholas, Hoss Mansfield and Boa Reid. Rumours of sinkholes on Marble Hill are not uncomion but an access track too? Survey lines had been cut around the mining lease boundary. i.'ollowily.; a friend 'S directions to our surprise, we landed on Lune Sugarloaf. The 'big1 sinkhole was soon located on the dolerite/limestone boundary. It is about 100' across and sup;)lied by a small trickle on rainy days. Bob eagerly descended a 10' climb then down through wedged boulders to a pitch requiring tackle. A 30' ladder was followed by a 20 footer to a choke. Philip, Koss and Bob reached the botton. k dig through a squeeze was abandoned after a short while. ,,tuart wasn't interested. After all the new find was
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SpeLeo -Spiel. (page' 4. ) June, 1972. and fell into a large pool of water, scaring the daylights out of a tourist party who happened to be passing by in a higher gassage of the cave. We had a short stop while Bill and Peter ran back through the cave and down to the cars to get replacement headlights for two people who had neglected to get theirs charged. The trip through to Hells Half Acre was very uneventful because the creek had dried up and only left a few pools of water in the passage so all the fun of trying to get through usually very wet and slippery mud was missed out on. On the way out we met up with a party led by Kevin Siernan who were having a look around the cave. On Sunday while the others went for a walk to South Cape Bay, Roy and Bill, with the he12 of Wes who drove down especially from Hobart, cemented the gate into the entrance of King George V Cave. The keys for the gate will be held by the Head Ranger at Hastings. Bill Lehmann. Mole Creek 11,12/6/72. part^: Peter Shaw and Bill Lehmann. With one wet suit for two people, we set out to push two caves that I had previously left with exploration incomplete due to low,wet nature of the passages. First we headed for Nut-Bath Cave whose upstream passage was unexplored. Leaving Bill on a suitable dry perch I crawled upstrean for a hundred feet to a small chanber with the stream emerging from a sump. After a bit of work, a three inch air space was hzwiered out and there was no choice but to continue. Never done' a duck before. Is there room on the other side?' Grope with hands. Yes, plenty of room for head. Vater is cold. What if I get my lamp cord snagged?? Renove all possible projections. Now or never! Deep breath. Ker-sp1oosh.-.-.! Easy! After sixty feet the strew emerged from between two large boulders. Impossible. An upper level continued for thirty feet but closed off. Exploration complete. Back to the duck Easy this tine. Into the water and oops!!.? Not quite the right direction. Bead comes up in side of passage instead of centre, a valuable lesson. Back on the surface we headed down to the llCobbler Coolerft. At the previous upstrean limit, we waded a pool to a junction with the muddy Nut-Bath Cave water coming in from the right and clear water from the left. a low crawl brought us to a neck deep pool with a narrow vertical slot on the far side. Getting through the slot was tricky the widest part being at the water line. More wet crawling and we eventually arrived at a. sump. Back at the stream junction we headed up the stream coming from Nut-Bath Cave. Several low bits and some slippery nud brought us to the sump. Two hundred feet of new passage was explored in the left hand stream and one hundred and eighty feet in the right hand stream. nfter lunch we headed for My Cave and had a quick trip through the cave with a pause for a wallow in the sunp, before returning to the hut. . On Monday, we set off for a quick dig in a hole I had found previously in the right hand' valley above Marakoopa. On the way up the valley, I showed Bill a hole which had gone for a hundred feet before sunping, and waited at the entrance while he looked at the cave. Fifteen minutes later, Bill emerged and doubted my estimate of one hundred feet. !'Did you see the water?" . ffNofl. "What happens?" . "It's still goingN.. "How big?" !'Enough to walk in". . "Let's go! l' After several hundred feet of fairly low passage we reached a T junction and turned left in passages which must usually fill to the roof. ~t the end of the passage a low crawl led off and a dig was commenced. Several hours and twenty feet later we decided we had had enough and returned to the T junction to explore the right hand passage. This led through a -deep dry sunp into a chamber fifty feet high, seventy feet long and thirty feet wide. ~11 walls were coated with nud with no passages leading off. Scope for exploration on the hill above this cave is good as a high aven near the site of our dig contained several sizable pieces of wood at its foot. Proposed name for this cave is is~tlantis Cavet1. Peter Shaw.
Speleo Spiel. -NUT-BATH CAVg* (Page 5. ) June, 1972. C.R.G. Grade 1. "COBBLER COOLi3Rii. ATLANTIS CAVE. -
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a circular, copies of which exist back to November 1947.
"Speleo Spiel, Circular of the Tasmanian Caverneering
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March 1966. Then in April 1966, a "New Series" of Speleo
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In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club
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