No. 20. SPELEO SPIEL. December, 1967. ( P ub li sh ed m on th ly b y th e Ta s C av er n ee ri ng C lu b, B ox 6 41 G, G .P .O Ho ba rt ) Registered at the G.P.O. Hobart for transmission by post. Annual subscription 60 cents. Single copies 10 c ents Editoria l. This is the last Spiel of the year and the editors wish all members and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Spiel will not be published in January and there will be no general meeting in that month as cavers will be scattered far and wid e. Ida Bay is still our favourite area. On the occasion of a "tourist" trip on November 11 to the first part of Exit Cave, Brian and Jeanette climbed up the slope opposite the usual route to the high level and discovered some 700 ft. of new passag e. And th is despite the fact that our hardware merchants had just assured us that they had had a thorough look at this section of the cave. The new passage contained some good formation. On Saturday, 2 December, a sm all party explored a cave locat ed by Dick Chuter which turned out to be between and mile long with the dimensions of a large railway tunnel. It is the first sizeable cave to be discovered in Lune Sugar Loaf. The cave offers sport to both ladder climbers and swimmers. We hope to do a sur vey soon to se e just where it goes. Birthday Christmas Dinner. The club's combined 21st Birthday Christmas Dinner was attended by a record number of 55 bods and was a great success. Guests of honour were the Minister for Public Works, Mr. Cashion
S p e l e o S p i e l N o 1 9 N o v e m b e r 1 9 6 7 and his wife. Other guests included the president of the Southern Caving Society, Bob Cockerill, and no less than 15 members of the West Coast Outdoor Club who came to sample the delights of the "big smoke". A congratulatory telegram was received from Clive an d Sally Morr is assuring us that they were with us in spirits ". The president made a valiant attempt to cut the cake which appeared to have physical properties rather similar to the famed dampers which Frank Brown baked on the shores of the New River Lagoon. Many thanks to Joan and Peter Brabon who spent so much time organizing the dinner. BE A POWER MI SER GO CARBIDE THIS SUMMER!!! Speleo Spiel ( page 2. ) Dec ember, 1967. Congratulations. Congrats. to the Sydney Speleological Society who after 12 years of pers istent quarrying have broken through the efflux at Bungonia. The breakthrough gave access to some 80 ft. of passage. Judging by the society's forward programme digging is not yet at an end and further great discoveries are likely to be made. The triumph i s due to a faction known as the "effluxians" who in the last issue of S top Press claim a great victory over the "knockers" who are apparently opposed to digging caves as they prefer to explore them. The villainous "knockers" may yet win a final victory. When the "effluxians" break thr ough into the Bungonia master cave there will no doubt be a great rush of C O 2 laden air escaping through the efflux snuffing out the lives of these courageous diggers. What a wonderful way to go d own in speleological history! !! MERRY CHRISTMAS. HAPPY BIRTHDAY INVITATION. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year were received from the Sydney Speleo. Soc. and Elery Hamilton Smith Birthday congratulations were received from the New Zealand Speleological Society along with an invitation for any members wh o can go, to join them in their 21st celebrations at Waitomo Caves at E aster 1970. (Start saving now!) New Zealand Caving Accidents. A most interesting article on caving accidents and incidents was published in the N.Z. Spel eo. Bulletin, No. 63. For the benefit of those who didn't get a chance to read the article here are some of the incidents mentioned, plus name of cave. No. 2. Carb ide tin dropped in pool. Tomac. No. ll. Rocks fell near sl eeping cavers. Masons Dry Cave. No 15. Lamp went out after lighting gelignit e fuse. Cold Creek. No. 20. 50 lb. stalactite snapped off cut head. Luckie Strike. No. 37. Leaned on 1 ton boulder and it rolled. Platform unstable and cave abandoned, Woof Woof. No. 46. Slipped in chimney. Fell 15' onto second caver. 3 stitches on chin of first, 6 on second. Karamu. No. 60. Big rock rolled into cave, coming to rest against sleeping cavers h ead. Slightly dazed. Starlight. No. 62. Trousers slipped, preventing legs spreading across drop, Sandshoes slipped, caver fell 12 ft. Gashed leg, morph ine; week off work. Ringlefall.
S p e l e o S p i e l N o 1 9 N o v e m b e r 1 9 6 7 Since 1952 there have been 64 incidents and 30 accidents only one of which resulted in death. Most of the incidents seem to have been caused by rock falls and quite a few by the f act that people did not have correct caving gear. To end with, a quote from the article, Are women more likely to have cave accidents than men? It was difficult to evaluate this. If a rock comes down a shaft, it isn't aiming for any sex in particular...." By the way. there are only fou r caves in New Zealand deeper than Exit so let's look for more pot holes and someone to go down! T.C.C. Bulletin. Now that we have received the Government grant we hope to be able to publish another Bulletin. However, we wil l need the FULL support of all members. If you can put pen to paper start writing caving experiences, cave history, camping in caves, cave photography, cave poetry (?) etc. anything which might be of interest to your fellow cavers. With the Christmas hol idays and all that spare time ahead you'll have no excuse for not trying. Please forward all articles to Albert for censorship. And remember Don't let the truth st and in the way of a good story. MAINLAND CAVERS VISITS. Two cavers from the Uni. of Queensl and Speleo. Soc. will be here from 21/12/67 15/2/68 and would like t o go caving during their visit. Also two or three members of the Vic. Speleo. Assoc. will be here during January to see "what rain looks like" and with the hope of seeing Exit. They will be fully equipped "except for the mud beer converter" which was lost. It will be great to see so many mainlander cavers breaking through the "paper curtain" to see our caves. B E A P O W E R M I S E R G R O W A B E A R D Speleo Sp iel ( page 3 ) Dec ember, 1967. TRIP REPORTS. Exit Cave Saturday, 11/11/67. A tourist trip organised to take two members of the Scenery Preser vation Board and the T ourist Department to Exit Cave. Party: Albert Goede (leader), Peter Brabon, Brian Collin, Je anette Collin, Roy Skinner, Greg Ruxton, Fred Lakin (S.P.B.), Terry Gill (Tourist Bu reau). A very pleasant trip in ideal weather. Although only 3 hours were spent underground we had some pleasant surprises. Albert's day was made when he discovered three I dacarabus beetles in the Wind tunnel. They are a rare species found only in the caves at Ida Bay. When the party went up to the high level, Brian and Jeanette decided to scout around the slope along the opposite wall and discovered 700 ft. of well decorated passage. Meanwhile Albert took the remainder of the party round the high level r oute and back along the creek. After wards we all made an inspection of the new discovery. The most unusual formation looked like a modern sculpture and was promptly named "The Junkheap". Another attraction was a natural porthole in the wall. After we emerged from the cave we made a trip along the edge of the hill towards the west where there is some im pressive scenery. Albert Goede.
S p e l e o S p i e l N o 1 9 N o v e m b e r 1 9 6 7 Hastings Area 2/12/67. Party: Brian and Je ane tte Collin, Dick Chuter, John Marshall, Sue McKeag, Kerin Hall, Robin Booth, Bernard. .. Several holes in the Newdegate area were investigated with rather disappointing results. One hole known as Alan Chesterman's Cave had a good draught of air coming o ut, but entry for more than a few feet was impossible. Saturda y afternoon was put to good use in investigating a cave on the South Lune River Road. The first entrance found would have involved swimming, so by common consent a search up the hill was made w hich resulted in the discovery of another entrance by way of a 90' drop. The cave is estimated to be about to of a mile long and averaging about 15 ft. wide and 20 ft. high with a few formations. Two of the party made an exit by the first entrance whi ch involved negotiating neck deep water for over 200 ft. After a most pleasant and rewarding days caving an enjoyable evening was spent with Pam and Roy. Brian Collin. FORWARD PROGRAMME. December 16 17 Exit Cave. Leader: B. Collin. December 26 31 Christmas trip to Loongana. Leader: A. Goede. Jan. 13 14/68 Lune River. In cluding v isit to new cave. January 27 29 Mole Creek Leader: P. Brabon. February 6 General me eting, 8 p.m. 122 Augusta Road. February 10 11 Fluorescein tracing at Ida B ay. Leaders: A. Goede, B. Collin. DRIVE CAREFULLY THIS CHRISTMAS W E CAN T AFFORD TO LOSE MEMBERS!!!
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