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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 time.
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NEWSLETTER of the TASMANIAN CAVERNEERINO CLUE Hobart, 7001 v Registered for posting as a periodical Category 6


Speleo Spiel. Page 1. July, 197$b. -. Annual subscription $3.00. Single copy 30 cents. .--..v. --m President: Laurie Moody, 13 Mason Street, Claremont, 7011. Secretar---: Therese Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, 7000. .. -... FORWARD PROGRADII1\!IE. August 3,4 Weekend. Mole Creek. Fun and frolics in the naprow passages and deep pools of Herbertas Pot, Mole Creek's most sporting cave. A good trip for keen cavers. Leader: Peter Shaw. August 10 Saturday. Wolf Hole, Hastings. Leader: Albert Goede. August 7 WEDNESDAY, General meeting at Brian and Jeanette' S, 66 Wentworth Street, South Hobart. 8 p.m. Slides and refreshments welcome. September 14 Saturda Tentative date for this year's annual dMore details in the next Spiel. December '74 Jan. '75. Tenth Biennial Caving Conference in Brisbane. See Therese for nomination forms. Jan.25 Feb.2 T.C.C. 1975 Cracroft Expedition. Leaders: Brian Collin and Albert Goede. See last months Spiel for more details. EDITORIAL .Quite an active month with plenty of people caving but nothing fantastic in the way of discoveries. Limestone outcrops along the Plorentine have been examined and more caves are sure to be found, especially higher up the side of the Tiger Range. Another good prospect is Max1s story of a large stream somewhere between the main road and the Florentine River. Two attempts to find this have failed, Bad weather access to Exit Cave has been made much easier with the improvement of the high level traverse. Many bolts have been inserted by Noel, Bill and Brian and a handline and steps attached to them(loving1y dubbed the Kiernan Staircase in honour of bolting's most vociferous opponent), Cave numbering has been going ahead well at Mole Creek with Andrew having numbered quite a few of the well; known caves. Peter Shaw. Club News. + Congratulations to John Richardson who was elected to full membership at the last general meet ing. + Also at the July general meeting, the following cave names were approved: Gong Cave JF 51. Deviation Cave JF 55. Weerona Cave GP 2. For description or maps, see later in the Spiel. CAVING BODIES MEET WITH TOURISM MINISTER. A deputation of four cavers met with the Minister for Tourism (~r.Miller) on Monday, 8th July, The deputation consisted of both SCS and TCC presidents and two SCS members, Leonie Smith and Bob Cockerill. I was informed of the meeting only two hours before it was due to take place but was able to attend. The object of this meeting was to elaborate further on the urgent needs regarding cave reserves and development of future tourist caves throughout the state. The meeting was conducted with both Mr. Murrell and Mr. Butler being present. We were granted thirty minutes of Mr. Miller'.


Speleo Spiel, -Paffe 2. July, 197$-, valuable time and the meeting began with an apparent symgathetic heariG; In *egard to the question on cave reserves, Mr. lliiller stated that although he agreed with the subsequent need, he was unable to give a reply due to the fact that other goverhment ainisters would be involved. In other words, consultation between various department heads would first be needed to establish who agreed and who didn't! Mr. Miller informed us that the creation of reserves and extension of present reserves could also cause problems in respect of land settlememnts and compensation for various parties involved. This could run in%o thousands of dollars!! \Ye were also informed that an extensive cave survey was to begin in August of the Mole Creek system, kind courtesy of Mr. Murrell, and that it would be conducted by a Mr. Greg Middleton. Mr. Killer was further enlightened in regard to the wear and tear on the present tourist caves, and the suggested development of Exit, Croesus and Kubla Khan; It was also brought to the Kinis terts notice that there had been a rumour regarding the area above Kubla in re~ard to woodchips. Mr. Miller knew nothing of this matter and assured us that it would be investigated. The Iiinister was also unaware that Exit was the longest cave in Australia and expressed a keen desire to see this cave. I immediately offered Mr. Eller my services anytime he would be available. However, he had-already been rtlade aware that it could be particularly wet at this time of year and an early siunmer trip was' suggested. VC. Miller also revealed that Mr. Murrell and himself, if time permitted, would be visiting New Zealand next February and sl~ecial attention would be paid to Waitomo Caves. Mr. Murrell has also expressed a somewhat enthusiatic interest regarding cave development. On parting, Mr. Niller assured us of his personal concern and I personally feel that we have succeeded in establishing a relatively good relationship through this meeting, Mr. Xiller had previpusly mentioned earlier that, and I quote Unfortunately, the problems regarding xdeserves were made many yeus a50 and it is a very difficult Sob untangling the difficulties that have ari sengi I personally feel that we succeeded in creating a greater awareness to the problems arising and feel sure that both nr. ler and Mr. Kurrell are sincerely genuine in their offer to work in a'closer liaison with caving bodies. Laurence R. Moody. LetteP to*theA Editor:. 1.. ., . TkSMUgIAN -COUNCIL OF SPELEOLOGY -DEAD OR MERELY HI2ERNATIlYG? --. Dear Pet er, The first meeting of this august-sounding body wasL held in the midt-le of last year at the SCS Clubroom. a draft charter was drawn up at the meeting and was later approved by the three Tasmanian Clubs.(The charter was printed in both Speleo-Spiel and Southern Caver. ) k second meeting was arranged and was held at the Nole Creek Hut on December 15, 1973. A ~ecretary/~reasurer was elected(~ob cockerill), but the position of -President was not finalised. It was arrawed at that time that the Secretary arrange a meeting in consultation with the Club delegates to be held in Campbelltown during April 1974. It, fis now July, but no meeting has occurred. I am no longer a Council delegate, but took a keen interest in its formation. It would be a pity for the body to lapse through apathy for I feel it has a vital communication and liaison role. One urgent matter is the pos6tion of caving on the North-West coast. The people


Speleo Spiel. Page 3. July, 197A2already caving there would like to join a club or perhaps form one. I suggest that the five formal Tas. Clubs should meet to sort this out. How about a little activity from the Council? Yours faithfully, Andrew Skinner (signed ) SECOND DEdP2ST IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE. xn article in Volume 4 No.2 of Canadian Caver described the exploration of La Sima de Milpo in Peru. This cave has a magnificenli gently sloping stream passage with eleven short pitches to a total depth of 407.2 metres (1332 feet); This depth was first achieved in July, 1972 by a British expedition CAVE NUMLXING AND DESCRIPTIONS. Gunns Plains Area Andrew Skinner. GP 1 6: Gumis Plains tourist cave.(ds described in an unpublished report by LIY. Carey, 1947, in TCC archives). GP 6 is an outflow stream entrance. GP 2: Outflow cave on Mr. K. Burns property; 80 metres long of mly small chamber with no decoration; ends in deep sump; cave has been entered for a short distance, but many years ago; new extension discovered by TCC, April, 1974. Suggested name is Weerona Cave,(after the local water scheme which drains water from thecave entrance. Source of stream unknown. GP 3: 3mall pothole near the road to Sprent, explored in November, by Northern Caverneers; 20 metres deep with some ?.ecoration; no running water; man-hole sized entrance requiring rope; small chamber at bottom. GP 4: Outflow cave on Mr. Kanets property; 4-500 metres long of dimensions except for final chamber; creek divided upstream with right fork ending in a low sump, left fork not fully explored; good decoration but extensively vandalised; streaa reputedly intermittent; type locality for Micropathus fuscus. GP 5: Small pothole on hill behind tourist cave; explored TCC kpril 1974; 15 metres deep with strong draught; streamway at bottom; no potential for further exploration. Mole Creek Area Andrew Skinner. MC l: Kubla Ichan:(bottom entrance); entrance 6x12 metres on side of hill at base of cliff leads to large under~round stream (River ~lph); three very large chambers; finest decorated cave in Tasmania. MC 2-2: Nu~bers not yet assigned. m: DIIG~OND CAVE: small cave with active stream at bottom. MC 7: T-BONS CAVZ: tiny cave in limestone hillock; two entrances; one a ten metre ladder pitch. MC 8: RED '.IATER POT: swallet near road to Alum Cliffs; carries local drainage; partially explored; reputed to be rather dangerous; no decoration. MC 9: DEVILS URHOLE: short but spacious cave at bottom of large doline; former inflow cave but now dry; blocked at lowest point by cave fill and decoration; good decoration includes large oolites; discovered autumn 1962; short extension found 11/5/74. MC lOsUnnamed cave: Small cave near King Solomon's Cave; explored TCC 1973; excellent decoration; small intermittent stream at bottom; approx 30 metres deep; new side passage explored 10/5/74. MC 1l:Unnamed cave: small cave near MC 10; 3 metre pitch at entrance; talus at bottom. MC 12:JUEEN OF SHEBA: small former tourist cave near King Solomon;


Speleo Spie.1. Page 4. July, 197 .rotted wooden ladder; good decorhtion; two main chambers. MC 13: CROZSUS CkVE:(lower entrance); stream cave about 2 kms. lonewith three entrances; large chambers; outstanding decoratiorq outflow entrance closed by gate; gate has been renovated by Northern Caverneers in Jan.1974 and is now quite secure; protectcd partially by State Reserve declared 197.2, MC 14: LYIJDB ~A~~:(lower entrance); cave approx. 800 metres long 'with permanent stream; several entrances, excellent decoration, MC 15: IURAKOOPA II:(lower entrance); stream approx. 360 metres long; good decimation; (several other entrances remain to be numbered ). MC. 16-20: Numbers not yet assigned. -MC 21: 2UARPLY CAVE: small cave with steeply sloping entrance; no runuing water but pool at far end. MC 22: LITTLE GEM: cave with good decoration; several low passages: two main chambers. MC 23: Unnamed cave; small cave near Diamond Cave; standing pool of water; 10 metres long; not fully explored; located 25/5/74. MC 24: RAT EOLE: narrow, low roofed old stream passage; may be -part of Croesus system; two ladder pitches. MC 25: HIDDEN CAVE: rift taking floodwaters; depth approx. 55 metre,, no ladder required; tight squeezes;talus;fossi1s;discovered 1963. MC 26: HORIIILS HOLE: cave with 7 and 18 metre pitches; near Liena biill; talus; some decoration. MC 27: RUBDISH HEAP CAVE: inflow cave taking water from Kansas Creek; single large chamber; nay be source of water in Lyiids Cave. MC 28: HOWBS CAVE: small cave in linestone hillock; small stream runs underground; some decoration including qondnilch. MC 29: iCUij11U KHAN: top entrance. MC 0: Nuriiber not yet assigned. d: EOVlES CAVE: (second entrance); see MC 28. C 2-z: Eujcbers not yet assigned. h&: GENGBIS KHAN: clean, dry cave close to Kubla Khan; suitable for close-up photography; crystals, straws, helictites; discovered January 1971. Florentine Area Laurie Moody. JP 51: GONG CAVE: reasonable sized dry cave in limestone outcrop c:? wsstcrn bank of Florentine River off Gittus Road; several tight crawls; some old formation; two daylight holes; approx. 25 metres of passage; complete with own "dinner gongM; discovered by Max Jeffries; ex lored and numbered by Max Jeffries and Laurie Moody, 152/74;(presumed to be the first cave discovered and numbered on the western side of the Plorentine River). JF 52: Unnamed cave: 20 metre deep shaft with small active creek at bottom; stream sumps after short distance; discovered by Max Jcffries and explored by TCC members on 17/3/74; numbered on 15/6/74; left-hand side of the Felix Curtain Rd. (F). JF 53: One of two small caves in small cliff face approx. 100 m. west of ED 52; has several small passages and dry decorati31-A further potential limited; discovered by Max Jeffries and explored 17/3/74; numbered on 15/6/74. (F) JF 54: Unncned cave containing extremely deep pool of water at entrance; pool can be bypassed but wet suit advised; cave opens up inside on left; further exploration possible; discovered by Max Jeffries; brief exploration by Laurie Moody; numbered 15/6/74; on eastern bank of Florentine River.(F) JF 55: DuVIATION CAVE: moderately extensive former. stream passage


Speleo Spiel. Page 5. Jl? 56: which cuts off an ox-bow in flood conditions; dry and active formation; false floors; aven; deep pool at far end signifies river; excess of 60 metres passage; one level; inpressive entrance; discovered and numbered by Max Jeffries and Laurie Moody 15/6/74; access via Felix Curtain Rd.; largest cave yet discovered on western bank of Plorentine River; driest cave in Florentine Valley. Unnamed dry cave close to JT 55; tight passage opens out inside; does not connect with JP 55; discovered by Xax Jeffries and Laurie 1Uoody on 15/6/74; also on western bank of Florentine River. TRIP REPORTS. Gunn's Plains kpri1,1974. Party: Andrew and Ros Skinner, Joe and Tim Daniel(~orthern Cavern eers), Several hours were spent in exploration behind the Gunn's Plains tourist cave. The farmer who owns the property has recently cleared the area for woodchipping. This clearin of surface flora could have deleterious effects cn the tourist cave f refer to unpublished paper by Albert Goede in 1973 and to remarks made by Prof. Williams at an NZSS Symposium in 1972). I don't know how extensive the cave reserve is but perhaps the Club could take this up with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. One small cave was discovered by Tim but was only 15 metres deep although there was a strong draught. Andrew Skinner, Exit Cave 1,2/6/74. Party: Brian and Jeanette Collin, Brian \tatson, Noel White. This trip was planned as a bludge trip to introduce Brian Watson to Exit, and for the pleasure of the cave and the convivial comyany. It was a great success, much enjoyment being had by all. Western and Eastern Passages were visited, as well as the beginning of the Dribble System, the Hammer Passage, and decorated areas. One o-Jher effect of the trip was that it showed me some parts of Exit I have not seen before. They were a revelation indeed! Just for the recorc here are a few of the features noted. All the early part of the Dribble System is in an extensive area of limestone breccia. The clasts are angular and range up to 6 metres long, with an average probably about 1 metre. I cannot say with certainty but gained the impression that the framework may be disrupted(donlt ask me how!). The cement is a major portion of the rock and consists of calcite crystals about 15 centimetres in diameter. More breccias were noted along the Eastern Passage. Very coarse calcite crystals were noted in several places apart from the breccias. Some occur in the talus before Mini Martin. The most specdiacular examples occur in the Western Passage. The crystals there are huge; the largest noted is hanging from the roof, all one-metre length of it! Is this a record for Austrzlian caves? Everyone has seen the gypsum in Ediels Treasure. The amount there is trifling when compared with the vast amounts in Vestern Passage. There it is clearly aiding in the breakdown of the linestone. I have previously suggested that the gypsum results from oxidation of pyrite in the limestone. This view is no longer tenabl~. The gypsum mustbe an original component of the limestone. This is consistent wiTh recent work by Dr. C.P. Rao of the Geology Dept., Uni. of Tas, who has shown that the Gordon limestone a-L Exit was chiefly deposited in a supratidgl environment. The vast amounts present in the large dry passages of Exit, and the absence of limonite staining leave no doubt about a primary origin. Anyway, sample? collected on this trip should provide all the evidence needed. Noel White.


Speleo SpizL. Page 6. July, 197 --.. 1. Florentine Valley 9/6/74. Part : dlbert ~oede(leader), John Richardson, Nick Cummings, Andrew & and Louise Ellis(prosp. ). Scout partx: Peter ~alker(1eader) and girlfriend, and eight Prince of Wales Adventure Scouts. We met at the barrier a little after 9.30 a.m., a11 except one car load of Adventure Scouts which apparently went &stray. We were just about to go without them when their car appeared round the corner. 7e then drove in convoy to the approximate location of Frankcornbe Cave where the leader disgraced himself by being unable to locate the cave. Extensive landscaping by A.N.M. has not helped the situation. After a fruitless one hour search we drove to the Cashion Creek turn-off for an early lunch. After lunch the whole party went through Cashion Creek Cave and some made brave attempts to push the sump, getting rather wet in the process. As it was still early we.then made a visit to Welcome Stranger, following the upper level on the way in and returning via the creek. To our surprise the bottom entrance was dry although a little muddy. A good trip was had by all. Albert Goede. POSSIBILIT~ES VEST OF THE FLOREMTINE RIVER. After our succesful foray of June 15th, prospects of locating further caves on the western side of the Florentine are looking extremely promising. Several outcrops of limestone were noted and one was investigated but unfortunately revealed nothing. This was in the vicinity of JF 51. The outcrops on the opposite side of the river also reveaked little of interest but the outcrops further up-river in the area of JF 55 look extremely promising. The cliff face area containing JF 55 and 56 was only investigated on the southern side 2nd the area to the north and west could also prove rewarding. A trip back to this area is planned for Sunday 23rd June and it is quite on the cards that further finds will be nade. Max Jeffries has been working in the area of JF 51 and knows of another cliff on the western bank which has yet to be looked at. Apart from the area in the vicinity of JP 51, the western banks of the river are heavily timbered and covered by thick vegetation. The limestone is reputed to extend fnrther wesf than was orige ally thought and this in itself, could lead to an exciting new caving area. Laurie Moody. Area in vicinity of JF 51. '0 to be investigated caves areas investigated


7 --.c---Speleo Spiel. -%. Page 7. July, 1974. Fig. 2. Legend as on previous cinit Figs. Florentine Valley 15/6/74. Partx: Max Jcffries and Laurie Moody. Little did we know what the foggy day had in store for us when we arrived at the barrier at 9.45 a.m. El Presidente forgot his boots and luckily for him the gate-keeper had a pair that fitted nicely. The purpose of our spur of the moment trip, was to explore Max1s latest find and do some belated numbering. We reached Tiger Road and travelled down it until we found Gittus Road which turned off on our left and crossed the Florentine River. This area is being logged and after donning our trog suits we took a short walk down towards the river. We arrived at an outcrop of limestone and Max indicated a letter-box type squeeze. Lights went on and in we went. kfter'a little scrambling and a few curses from me, we found ourselves in a small chamber (will you please pull your boot out of my face, 1~daxS~t this point, three passages awaited our attention. Max ducked down and disappeared into the left hand one with me close behind. Several metres later we were able to stand and admire an undermined piece of circular shaped flowatone which, when struck with a solid object, sounded like a dinner gong. The passage ended here so we back-tracked to the chamber with me infront. Not liking the look of the low-lying passage, I worked my way into the largest passage, where after a couple of metres, I was able to stand upright again. This passage extended for some distance before ending in a mud-gravel choke. An aven led up to the surface at this point and daylight could be seen. Daylight was also discernable further back up the passage. Several old stalactites and a couple of stalagmites are also in this section, along with cave crickets and spiders. kfter making a rough sketch, we made our way out and fastened our first number to the right hand side of the entrance JF51. We returned to the car, after noting a burnt-off section of limestone on the eastern side of the river. After several slight detours, we ended up at the end of 73 road which turns off near Eden Creek. This brought us to the area that we had seen from the other side of the river. after a quick lunch we trogged(surface) several outcrops but nothing of significance was found apart from a water filled entrance on the river and a small, tight hole above and to the right, It appeared to be 3-4 metres deep. It was then decided to number three caves down Felix Curtain Road which had been looked at briefly on 17th March, 1374. The first was numbered Jl? 52, and lies halfway up a limestone outcrop only several metres off the road. The hole slopes down steeply and is best descended with the aid of a rope. u tight passage which contains a small active stream, runs two or three metres to a sump"


Speleo Spiel. Page 8. _July, 1974. A couple of other passages are also evident but are impossible to enter. Depth at this point was estimated(by me) to be 20 metres. I emerged but had to go down again as the rope got stuck. From here a 100 metre walk brought us out to a small cliff face which contains two caves. The furthest one to the west was numbered JF 53. The other was not numbered due to the fact that it doesn't go out of sight of daylight. JF 53 has several dry crawls and squeezes and an exceptionally thin person could possibly venture further. Further down, towards the Florentine River, another cave which has previously been described as requiring wet suits for further exploration, was duly numbered JF 54. The number is on the left hand side of the entrance and clearly visible from some distance, From this cave, we skirted around the limestone outcrop containing JF 54 and walked parallel with the river which was less then ten metres away. We were keeping our eyes peeled on a roundabout way back to the car. Suddenly-, it happened the following conservation ensued. !'Hey Max, get a load of that cliff face across the riverill I had noticed a large vertical cliff face dropping 3040 met~es into the river on the western side. "Looks interesting,I1 Max replied, "It would be O.K. if we could get across the river. If "Not much chance of thatf1 I replied, Ifit ls too damn widef A small, round hole was visible halfway up the face but entry was virtually impossible except from the top. We wandered on, scramb -ling over dead trees which had been bulldozed to the edge of the river. Max was slightly ahead of me when I heard him shout. "Laurie! Looks like an entrance at the southern end and therefa a way across!" I hurried to the edge of the river which was around a sharp bend and swa Max halfway across a fallen log which spanned the river like a natural bridge. ffWait for me! I yelled eagerly, sighting what looked like a cave entrance behind some manferns. Testing my sense of balance to its uttermost extent, I gingerly ventured onto the log and noted happily that the water was pelativelx shallow. By the tine I reached mid-stream, Max, aided by his spiked boots, was across. (I'm glad I didn't meet Little John out there!) LLS we had earlier discussed the possibility of finding a decent cave, our hopes had risen considerably. On reaching the other side safely, I soon joined Max at the entrance. IfRather impressiven I remarked as we stood admiring the beckc oning darkness. "Dry tooff, Max answered, If 1'11 bet it only goes to that corner. It looks too good to go any further!'' Silently, I tended to agrec with him but our lights went on, just in case, W.hatts the bet it doesn't go?" Max m~ttered. "Lead on! It. flLooks like ---l1 Max began, "It goes!If I yelled, flashing my light into a low lying; passage, "it damn well goes!!f1 Down on hands and knees and away we went. It went all right. On and on and on! It was plainly eveident that it was an old stream passage and from the amount of debris, it was apparent that it still carried water in flood conditions, The floor was dry and solid with an outstanding, feature no mud. Old formation acconpanied us all the way. Several stalactites were broken to enable us to continue. Ten, fifty and finally seventy metres of flat passage were negotiated before we reached a small chamber which appeared to be close to the surfzce. A clear deep pool suggested that we were very close to the river 2nd disappointed but nevertheless happy, we slowly headed beck out. We were very happy in the regard that we had found another reasonably long cave and so far the longest discovered on the weatern side of the Florentine River. We investigated severzl side passages but apart from an aven about 6 metres high they went no distance. Toadstoolswere observed growing in complete darkness and a false floor was noted in one section. On emerging we proudly attached a number JF 55 and decided that it was worthy of a name. I have since come up with Deviation Cave, which is appropriate in the fact that it diverts the water from the Florentine in flood. --------------p p


Speleo Spiel. -Page 9. July, 1974. Another cave was located a short distance away and at first we thought that it nay connect with ,Jl? 55 but on inspection by Max, this theory has been dispelled. It was nyrmbered Jl? 56. kll.in all, it proved a most profitable trip. Three new discoveries, all of which were on the western side of the Plorentine River and of which one at least is well worthy of a visit by cavers JF 55,(1nadvisable after heavy rain, however!). We arrived back at Max1s at 4.40 p.a. to celebrate our successful day with coffee and biscuits. Many thanks again to Ihx for the use of his ute and for his knowledge of the Florentine area. Laurie Moody. Exit Cave 16917/6/74. Party: Brian Collin, Bill Lehmann and Noel White. This trip should go down in the annals of the club as the biggest gang-barg yet! A total of 22 holes were drilled in super-hard limestone for the purpose of enabling easy entry and escape from the cave under high water conditions. Instead of dangling from a rope above roaring water when using the high-level traverse, you will now be able to nonchalantly stroll down 8 steel steps(2 loxins each) holding onto a tight guide-rope(4 eye-bolts). At the bridge you will now follow a newly secure rope that goes the right way and is firmly attached(an0ther eye-bolt) instead of following the rope the wrong way only to find it tied around a frighteningly small loose block. Having reached the end of the rope you will now be able to maintain your dignified mien as you descend a specially prepared and securely attached(yet another eye-bolt) ladder, Just one -word of warning DON'T try it yet! There are two bteps missing, and,,well, we were a few eye-bolts short, so Still, it will be great when we finally find the strength to poke the appropriate objects in the holes we so laboriously knocked in the rock. Noel White. Exit Cave 15-17/6/74. Part : Andrew and Ros skinner (TCC ) Pet er Dowde Richard Schmidt ill Hardmann, Tim Daniel, Michael Butler, Mathew van der Molen, 73John Pailthorpe, Ian MacAullay, Chris Dwyer (~orthern Caverneers) Exit Cave was visited under dry conditions during the June lonweekend. The purpose of the trip was primarily photographic. We entered the cave on Saturday afternoon and arrived at Xnner Base Camp by 4 p.m. kfter a brew we entered the Western Passage to look at the avens and decoration. Some photographs were taken in this area. On Sunday the North West Ck.was vieited. Chris and Tim investigated the high level passage which had not been entered previous1;-. However, our carbide supplies were low and exploration was suspenCed. About fifty metres of passage was discovered but further chamker is unlikely. kfter lunch/tea in the Grahd Pissure we visited tht Mud Passage and the Chamber of Damocles, but nothing new was found. We had a leisurely trip out of the cave on Monday, visiting the hi{;? level formation areas en route, and meeting Brian, Noel 2nd Bill at the gate. Andrew Skinner. Western Plorentine 23/6/74. P t~: Laurie ~oody(leader), Albert Goede, Peter Shaw, Yvonne Colli a eRichardson, &lax and Tim Jeffries, Don ~olmes(P), Leonie Smith and Dave OIBrien(SCS). kfter spending a week wondering about how we would cope with .the crossing of the Plorentine River,due to heavy rain,the parties arrived at the barrier before and up to 9.15a.m.The intentions of t; trip were mainly to take a further look at Jl? 55 and surrounding ar We arrived at Felix Curtain Rd. but not without incident. Laur iels car blew a rear tyre coming down off the Gap but with plenty -5 help and advice, we were soon under way again. Trdg-suits were donned and we set off down the track which was littered in places wit'?


'Speleo Spiel. Page 10. recently fallen trees. Hopes had fallen considerably in regard to crossing the river via the log. This was soon confirmed. Water was pouring over the log and our chances of crossing at this point were dashed. After discussion th~ party split up with Peterl$Yvonne,David, Don,Tim and Leonie going upstream and Max,Albert,John and I, heading down. It was hoped that one of the parties would possibly find a wa;r over. Even-tually, 'Max located a suitable spot approx. 300-400 metres downstream fror: the cave'and returned to the cars for rope.klbert and I headed back upstream, "Hey-bobbingl1 on the way. Apparently the other party had had no luck and were already heading back towards us. Whilst waiting for Max to return JF 54 was further investigated. This cave contained an exceptionally deep pool of water which was easily a metre deeper than usual. Peter gamely ventured in and was accompanied by John. This cave apparently extends a little further than was first thought but will have to wait till summer for a full investigation. Lsaving Yvonne to wait for these two intrepid explorers to emerge, the rest of us joined Max, via his Itnew bridgei1 complete with handrail and all, on the other side of the river. ?&X then commenced blazing a trail along the river bank a short way, then headed slightly inland intending to come out close to JY? 55. In the meantime Albert chose to investigate a small sloping tube above the crossing. After deciding that it was a bit too tight, he inched his way out then tossed a few stones down SPLASH! k straggled line of cavers headed off following IJIax' S track but somehow, the short walk developed into an overland trek which eventually brought us out some distance above JF 55. Several dolines were noted and investigated on the way but nothing of interest was found. Finally we ended up at the cave and the party was conducted through. At the far end Albert collected bugs etc and David investigated the aven and located a side passage leading off it. However, it proved to link up again with the main passage. Leonie ventured head first into a narrow side passzge but did not proceed out of sight. Due to heavy rain, the former dry cave of the previous weekend was now wet and Max and I were constantly remhnded of this fact. After all had emerged, comments seemed to acknowledge that it was a cave! As it was well past lunch time we returned to the cars, just as it started to drizzle. After lunch we took a look at a recently burnt-off area further up river. Several large dolines betrayed the presence of a possible cave system] on the eastern banks of the river and eagerly we set about searching for a way in. During this search the eager leader suddenly lost his keenness for cave hunting! Whilst scrambling down a shall cliff cn the banks of the river, El Presidente lost his footing and took a tunble, landing rather heavily on his back. Have you ever had to try and answer how you are with the wind knocked out of you? It's damn awkward! Anyhow, the search yielded nothing of importance and it was 'then suggested that several members would endeavour to locate a resurgence that might possibly be that of Growling Swallet. We then adjourned to an area at the foot of the Gap and Max led Albert,Tim, Peter and John into the scrub. Their search was in vain and they eventually returned cold and wet. We arrived back at the barrier around 4.30 p.m. and set'off for home with the exception of Leonie, David and myself who eslIed into Max's for a welcome cup of coffee. Not a rewarding day by any means ( and I've got the bruises to prove it) but you can't win them all. Our prospective member seemed rather dejected with the whole idea of caving and remarked that he thought he would stiak to climbing. Laurie Mocdy. NON INSANIENDUNI SED WAT!!


July, 1974.


.Spel.eo Spiel. -.-..Page 12. July, 1974. M.W. STOP PRESSo Club annual &inner will be at the Black' Buffalo Hotel, 14 Sept.1974. Cost $5-25 yer.pers. Boolkings to club secretary with $2.00 p.pers. deposit as soon as possible. DON'T miss THE event of the year.


7J F 29. TCC 89

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


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