No.73. SPEL3O SPIEL. October, 1972. Registered for posting as a periodical Category ItBl1. Published by the Tasmanian Caverneering Club, Box 641 G, G.P.O., Hobart, Tasnania,7001. Annual subscription 32-00. Single copies 20 cents.
Spelm.. Spiel. October, 1972. President: Albert Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, Tas. 7000. Secretarx: leter Shaw, 53 Lord Street, Sandy Bay, Tas, 7005, ............. 0.~...*D.D...0.0...~~0...~.~..~*.~......0.*000~~0.~.00*..~....0.~.~~ FORWARD PROGPLAJIME October 28 Sat. ~bseiling/prussikin;= trip Bo Khazad-dun, h t through trip down the Serpentine and out the ordinary way or vice versa. Leaders: Peter Shaw and Phil Robinson. November 1 -Wednesday: General meeting at 53 Lord Stree-b, Sandy Bay. Slides and refreshments welcone. IUIystery raffle prize donated by Henk Mecrding. Meeting starts at 8 p.a. Novenber 4/5 7 c E:-?-$ z~e. Leader: Albert Goeife. ftovenber 11 5atcrua ~bseiling/~russiking trip CO Midnight m.~';arm-u~ for JF 14. Leader: Phil Robinson. lVovember 25 Saturdax: Adventure canp trip Oo Mystery Creek Cave. Acting Leader: Ross Mansfield. **...............*.** o...D.*.a......e......o.....*...~...**m*m.*.*a.*.a-.-e.. EDITORIAL. It9s been a quiet month. A11 the trips prograrmed last month did not take place because of lack of support. The pot-holers have been waiting for their junars which have finally ,arrived. All we need now is the rope, The desirability of the kermantel, sheathed rope was emphasised on a practice session when the spinning of the rope caused a lot of distress for those taking part. Trips coning up to Khazad-dun and Midnight Hole are planned to prepare a team to tackle JP 14 in the near future. The next issue of Speleh Spiel will contain a leng%hy article introducing prussiking techniques, rope care, etc. Peter Shaw. LOST AID POUND DEPARTMENT (all by ~rthur Clarke) Lost: 'Waterproofed torch in Exit Cave, in creek at crossing up ctrea:5 f ron log bridge. Lost: On track below Kubla Khan a briar pipe identified by a yellow dot on bowl at3achnent below stem. Found: A streari exit fron the DRIBBLE PASSAGE re-entering the nain 2assage below Mini Martin. NIBICON IS BREATHING HEAVILY The ninth biennial conference of A.S.F. will take place in Sydney from the afternoon of December 26th to the nornirg of ~ece~be5 30th. Conference sessions will take place on Decenber 27'28 and 29, with the Cavemns Dinner on Decenber 29th. Accomodation will be at New College, University of N. S. W. Major field activities will centre on Yarrangobilly, Bungonia and Jenolan. The re:;istration form is included in the June issue of the A.S.F. Newsletter. Synposia will consist of the presentation of papers in the categories listed on the registration forn, and some others. It is hoped to circularise copies of the papers, or at least abstracts, before the Convention so that those attending can pre-read and prepare questions. The seminars will have a different character. A seninar leader will prepare draft material which will be circulated to those expressing a particular interest in that seninar. Each parson will then be expected to contxibute actively to the seminar. Costs: Resident members $35 Non-resident members $12 Subscribing members Caverlans Dinner $5 $6. (additional to any of above). For any further information, see Peter Shaw. CLUB NEflS. + The rules for branches have been adopted as foreshadowed in the August Spiel. "Northern Branchw has applied to the Club to be formally recopised as a branch. This should occur at-the Novenber general meeting. J + ... ?...+ A few odd cavers headed by Kevin Kiernan have been reporting visits from the spirit world when camping alone at the Junee homestead, Rumour has it that someone hanged hinself there in the past. I know that Kevin renounced the demo11 ."drinktt but perhaps ghosts aren't the only spirits that are troubling him.
Speleo Spiel. (Page 3.) October, 1972. + Ros Skinner is back from his world tour on a Churchill Pellowship to report that Tasnania has every reason to be proud of its caves. doy was on a trip in Cango Caves, South Africa when a breakthrough was made into a beautiful new section of cave. He claims that if the breakthrough passage had been in Tasmania, cavers would have been up it "like a rat ur a drainpipe" years ago. + Congratulations to Mike and Shirley Tarburton on the birth of their dau<;hter. Mike and Shirley were members of T.C.C. for sone time until they noved back to Western sustralia some tine ago. + Changes of address:Andrew Skinner, Kevin Kiernan and Joe Donnelly are now all residents of 36 Parliament Street, Sandy Bay, 7005. . Parlianent HouseI1. TRIP REYOflTS Newdegate Cave 16/9/72. Party: Noel White, Peter bhaw, Ross Mansfield, Phi1 Robinson, Wonne Collin, Mike Robinson and friend, Nick Culings, Helen Curmings, Nancy and Arm, Clive and Dot Boulter. A good days caving in the mud of Newdegate Cave. First to the Pophole where Noel lured some of the party into a blind hole; Lunch in the tourist section and then through the Binney Tunnel. Fun and games on the ladder pitch and then the creek which was flowing well. k visit was paid to the top waterfall in Hells Half Acre and then we headed out. Pet er Shaw The Sunday After! ?. ---or l Junaring at Blacknans Bay. I 24 September, 1972. The cavers dinner . wine, wonen and dancing would you believe it! (all excepO twinkle-toes Collin the hard nen weaken). An early start saw Philip around at Peter's planning a 200' prussik on the Pipes. Having perfected the 30' overhang at Rocky Ton, why not? "It is easy. Just rest in yer sit harness", soneone sakd. Peter started to uow the lawn so Philip rang up Ross. ."The cloud is coning in ---l1 PIKERZ "See you at Brian's in 20 nins." The cloud came in on the mountain. Philip, Peter and Laurel met at Brian's. Ross arrived 16 minutes later with enough chocks, slings and rope to crack any north wall worthy of mention. The rain cane ... "Lets go to the beach." Oh no!! There are cliffs at Blackmans Bay and a Blow Hole. A short drive and we were back in the sunshine looking over a cliff down into the surf. Here is a good tree. Rope protector?I1 Ross9 trousers were volunteered and served the purpose well. The first pitch was 60r, 40' free. Quickly rigged up, Ross started bouncing and spinning skyward. ~$hese nylon ropes are great If. . Vhat an aspect! 's . !!Can you swim?? Philip followed feeling rather dizzy. Peter climbed 20' and psyched out. These caving club dinners . . Wish it was dark. If The rope was now rigged to give a better drop, 55' free hanging landing in the sea. Ever prussiked underwater? As no one felt like swim -ming a pendulw was necessary starting 10'' above the pound. Ross swung over and shot up to find the final overhang quite a problem. Philip swun@ over, the rope stretched and a few waves cane in. "It's wet." Overhang was interesting. Three C.C.T. nenbers suddenly arrived from nowhere including a Lyle Closs. They had had a dinner too, (typical cliubers club booze up). They looked ill. They must have been ill. Two stripped off(nuch to Laurel's delight) and junped into the sea. We could not persuade then $0 prussik. "It looks dangerousl1. Brian, Jeanette and kids arrived. Typical CO-ment, ... "I~ZT... has possibilities." (Khazad-dun expedition might yet be on ropes.) Pinal comnent fron Brian . "Lets go to Sally and Clive's for coffee ..." Final coment fron P.R. He is fed up with being the only T.C.C. member with jumars. Take sone action or use prussik knots in the future. K--D., JF 14, Niagara, JF 10, etc., etc. have been waiting for far too long. Philip Robinson. T. C. C. has a poet in its midst . . but he prefers to rernain ANON. Its Terrible Clambering in Caves, Trenbling Chills Coning in waves, But we'll drink ho the mainland parade, With Tankards of Courage and Casaade. Let the buggers go breaking their backs, Find new ways and marking new tracks, To our past glory, nay it never fade, Toiqing Tankards with Courage and Cascade.
Speleo Spiel. (Page 4.) October,, 1972. FLORE~TI~E \I~LLE'(. Surveyed by T.C.C. on 16.4.72, 5.8.72. (P. Shaw, W.Lehnann, A. Goede J.~onnelly) Drawn by Peter Shaw. Scale 1:1200L Instrument S ; 100 foot fibron tape Accuracy: nearest six inches Suunto compass nearest degree Suunto clinometer nearest degree Passage widths and heights estimated. Total surveyed passage length: 1907 feet. Total depth: 420 feet RI%KFRLC ( "PLB)
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