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(~peleo Spiel.) page 2. EDITORIAL. We can now claim officially that Exit Cave is the longest cave in hustralia as the traverse has just passed the seven mile mark. Apart from having the greatest length of passages of any Australian cave it holds three other ~ustralian records. It is also the deepest(720 ft.), has the longest single ladder (360 ft.), and the longest gypsum needle (approx. 3 feet. Pitch The exploration of Exit has gained new momentum with the discovery of the Dribble Systen a new extension containing between % and 3 h mile of passages which have not yet been surveyed see Tim's report. On the northern side of Marble Hill Brian and Jeanette have discovered two promising holes 600 ft. above Mystery Creek Cave(Entrance Cave). Exploration may provide links with Entrance and/or Exit Cave. Let's hope it's not a single drop!!! CLUB NEWS. + Work on the climbing pole has been completed and we are looking for volunteers to test the structure. + The first copies of the ~L.S.F. handbook have arrivcd and are a credit to the editor, his wife and all those who supplied article and information, Copies at three dollars 50 can be ordered from ~ilbert. + Minutes of the Orange Meeting and federation news have been received from the 1i.S.F. secretary. + The next bieniel conference of the A.S.F. will be held in South ~ustralia from December 26 to 31, 1968. The venue is Graham's Castle 50 miles south of adelaide. Cost will be four dollar per head per day for full board. It will be followed by several interesting field trips. There is a choice of three weeks to the Nullarbor, OR two weeks to Kangaroo Island, one week to Bracoorte. seesomething different get away from Tassie9s cold, wet and drippy caves. Meet like-minded trogs from the Eorth Island. hny takers?? + I+t the last general meeting the club members decided unaninously not to support the Edie Smith iiward as at present instituted by the A.S.F. It was felt that:(1) The terms of the award were far from clear, (2) The award of a cup or medal to an individual caver was not in keeping with the spirit of caving which is essentially a team effort. General opinion: We are in it not to earn a trophy but because we like it whether the aim be sport or scientific research. (3) The club had already perpetuated the memory of Bdie Smith in what it considered to be a more fitting way in naming the gypsum grotto near camp two in Exit Cave Edie9s Treas* ure l' and by placing a memorial plaque in the passage leading to it. TRIP RXPORTS. I Xxit Cave 3-4 May 1968. Party: Alan Keller, kay iillsop, Tim Walkden-Brown and Don Groom (C.C.T.) We left on Friday night and after having a flat tyre walked into t e cave entrance and made camp at the first camp site near the 2t D Entrecasteaux River at some ungodly hour. The track was reasonably normal for that time of the year wet. The alarm stirred us at 9.00 a.m. soon after(2* hours) we were headed for the Hammer Passage with survey gear. Immediately to work on the other side of the Hamer Squeeze we surveyed the first passage on the right. kbout 200 ft. and it look as though we were very close to Sib's =tension with a moderate draught passing through a small hole. Later when the survey was plotted the two passages were found to be about 100 ft. apart hard luck! Then minor surveying was carried out between the Brossroads and Smoking Chamber. This along with exploration was very time consuming and tiring as we became involved in negotiating many tight squeezes which appears to be characteristic of that part of the system. Lastly the Smoking Chamber was closed to complete the loop to the Crossroads. The llT hour session was rather strenuous and we were glad to hit the sack. Meanwhile the creek had risen quite considerably. On Sunday no surveying was done but the passahe near the log bridge was investigated with the result that Alan Found a wa to the suri; face and open alr vla a rather non-descript chimney, on was able
(Speleo Spiel. ) page 3. (~une, 1968.) to shove his hand through a small hole into the outside and I found an easier but none-the-less interesting way to the surface. Hail was found on the ground. We returned to our packs and out of the cave via the high level route again. Approx. 1800 ft. was surveyed, and still more to go. Any potential Exit Cavers interested? Tim Walkden-Brown. Exit Cave 17-19 May, 1968. Party: klbert Goede, Brian Collin, Jeanette Collin, Kevin Kipling, lillan Keller Tim W. -Brown. Brian, Jeanette and hlbert left Hobart at 6.30 p.m. on Pridaynight and reached underground camp at 11.25 p.m. m hour later the remainder of the party arrived and was most indignant to find the best sleeping sites already taken. i~fter a vigorous exchange of friendly abuse we finally settled down to what was left of a night's sleep. The next morning our first job was to ensure a safe line of retreat. u new bridge was built across the creek to replace the old one. Someone got so carried away by the job of cutting the timber that they just about blocked the entrance. The resulting pieces must have been the longest objects ever man-handled through the Windtunnel. men the bridge was finished four of us sat on it to demonstrate its strength while Kevin recorded the event on film. Brian and hlbert then went to the Entrance Chamber where the escape route was improved by insdrting four bolts below the rope. Meanwhile bllan and Co. went off to Itdoll the Mud Passage. after lunch hllan, Tim and Kevin went surveying in the high level while the better half of the party went to bed to gather strength for the coming night. ht 9 p.m. Brian, Jeanette and Albert headed for the Lost Squeeze and net the other party coming back. Two and a half hours and innumerable talus heaps later we reached Broken Column Chamber which has some impressive formations. From there a precarious scramble down man-sized talus followed by a sandy crawl took us to our objective. The Lost Squeeze is a remarkable passage. It's easy walking and the gypsum formations flowers, wool and needles up to 2' long have to be seen to be believed. The pleasure was all to short as we made our weary way back to camp after a quick look at the north-west stream passage. A strong draught here holds some hope for a future extension. We arrived back at 3 a.m. Sundaymorning was a time of lazy contenplation until Allan discovered that the river waslrising fastf. We beat a hasty and rather wet retreat to the entrance. On the way out we were enticed to have a look at one of the newly discovered entrances found by Tim and fillan. after negotiating a number of chimneys, slippery dips and crawls we emerhed from a rabbit warren into rainforest covered by a white layer of hail. The cave suddenly seemed very attractive and we popped back down except Brian and ~eanette who decided to take a ltshortll cut through the scrub to the main entrance. We met at the entrance and slogged our way home. In Reece9s 'you-know-whatf the water was up to our knees while hail rattled down on our helmets. k vicious thunderstorm gave us a noisy farewell as we staggered towards the cars. AS usual we vouched never to return. A. Goede. Exit Entrance Caves urea. 2 June, 1968. Party: Brian and Jeanette Collin. A depression almost directly over -trance Cave was followed up until the overlying sandstone and a surface creek was encountered. Near the limestone sandstone junction several small holes were found with a positive but slight air movement out. The first drop after entering the holes would be at least 30 ft. however, a small amount of excavation would be required at the entrances and a short bar might be useful. Several hundr6d yards th the west of the holes and also at the limestone sandstone junction a large and impressive sinkhole was found, about 100 yds. diameter and ab~ut 50 ft. deep. No holes were found at the bottom. The holes should be investigated as they would lie approx. over the furthest extremity of Entrance Cave and could possibly enter a high level connection with Exit Cave or a "Mini Martin" type descent to Entrance Cave may ensure. The area offers some hard, scungy caving, a piece of cake for Ex(c)iters. B. Collin. Exit Cave 1,2 June, 1968. Party: d2an Keller, Ray Allsop and Tim lr!alkden-Brown.
( Speleo Spiel. ) page 4. (June, 1968. ) The usual Fridzynight start and an unusually clear sky prevailed until the last few paces to the entrance. For the third time in a row we took the high level route. The second camp was reached well aft er midnight. Our alarm went off at 18.30 a.m. and we were away at 12.45 p.a. Plans were to survey several pasmges between the Camp Pie Circuit and ncoustic Chamber but these were thwarted because the main stream was so high. A crossing might have been posiible but returning might have posed a very serious problem if the level were to rise. Our alternative was to look at the main western passage and survey the link from here to Collins Corner(approx.300 ft.) '~hilst starting this survey we noticed a passage running opposite station 5 (western passage survey). This was thoroughly investigated and consequently linked up via a short circuit to station 9. Further exploring opened up another 500' of small but very pleasant dry crawl passages. This area is a honeycomb network of passages. We surveyed a circuit through to station 14 in the western passage. Surveying here was very interesting with some tape measurements as low as 8' and narrow steep chimneys thrown in with the bargain. After a brief bite of lunch we shot up to collect some anaspides C for the President. Following this further exploration was carried out to no avail although some minor fissures were mapped. \Ve returned to camp after 10s hrs. having surveyed approx. 1100 ft. Sundaymorning the level had dropped. We began making the last run of our previous survey to Collins Corner when kllan disappeared to look at a small hole in the roof where a small amount of water was seeping. He was gone for about 10 rains. so I went looking for him and consequently noticed a small fissure beyond the dripping water. hllan was there all right so we all continued along the fissure until it opened out into a very large passage. Be stumbled into another -$ mile of passages and h one side passage ykklded two huge holes disappearing vertically. One(the Devil's stovepipe) had a very large quantity of water pouring down. The other was almost as spectacular. Much exploring followed but time was running out so we reluctantly had to leave. We called this area the "Dribble Sy~tem'~. On the way out we surveyed another 3001,making 1,600r the weekends score, in the passage near the bridge down from camp 1. Out to the car at 8 p.m. A most enjoyable trip, with 7 miles now surveyed and possibly another 1 mile to be surveyed in the next few trips. Come on you slothful mob, how about coming to a real cave. Tim Walkden-Brown. Forward Programme. June 22 23 Florentine Valley. Leader: D.Chuter. and/or surveying in Exit Cave. Leader: A. Keller. June 29 30 Exploration of holes above Entrance Cave. Leader: Brian Collin. July 2 General Meeting at 122 ~ugusta Road, Lenah Valley, 8 p.m. (Jean, S Birthday. ) July 6 7 Herberts Pot, Mole Creek. Combined trip with S.C.S. Leader: ~rian Collin. July 20 21 Mole Creek. Leader: P.Brabon. August 3 4 Exit Cave. hcting Leader: Tim Walkden-Brown, August 6 General Meeting at 66 Yentworth Street, South Hobart at 8 p.m. Brian and Jeanetteys housewarming. P.S. Have received a lengthy trip report from Dick Chuter on the excavaticns at Mole Creek. However, owing to the fact that this Spiel is already rather bulky you will have to wait until next month's to read all about it. P.P.S. Have just received the latest copy of Rucksack. Apart from the article on MINI JkURTIN there is an extremely hair-raising story on the Ascent of The To-bem Pole, e 200' high vertical column of Dolerite just off Cape Huay on the Tasman Peninsula. The next issue features an article on 'Walking in Tasmaniaf. You can still get your copies of this extremely interesting magazine by sending 3 dollars(l0 copies) to Rucksack Magazine, 39 Balls Head Road, Waverton, N. S. W. 2060. GUESS WO ???? red beard, curly moustache, long hair and alltt . It and generally a bit crazy, Answer in the next Spiel.
(~peleo Spiel.) page 5. (~une, 1968.) TASXiikNIkN CBVERNEERI NG CLUB. CAVE SEARCH AND RESCUE ORGANISATION. Our seamh and rescue organisation was established in 1959 and became affiliated with the Police Dept. in ~ugust of that year, The organisation is on call on a continuous basis. Except in the case where our services are required by club members it comes into action only when assistance is requested by the Police Department. Drill -For Search ~nd Rescue. When Police headquarters in Hobart receive a call calling for assistance in a cave rescue operation they will contact the club's rescue controller. The controller should find out as much as possible about the person or party requiring rescue. He then contacts the next six people on the list and request, them to collect their personal gear and any club gear likely to be needed during rescue operations before going to police headquarters as quickly as possible. They will form the advance party which will leave for the rescue area after obtaining the latest infor~nation. The controller will remain in Hobart and will be kept in touch with any further developments. If there are indications that rescue will be a lengthy operation or that it requires a larger party he will alert the remaining m~mbers appearing on our list. If police are unable to contact the controller they will contact one of the next three persons on the list, who will act as controller. The rescue party shall be in charge of a rescue leader who will be elected from the party leaders of the club. If information indicates that a doctor is required the club controller in consultation with the police shall obtain such assistance. If the doctor is required to go underground preference should be given to someone with caving or climbing experience. kddress List. -(Revised June, 1968.) Controller: D. F. Turner, Home: 79 Riawena Rd. ,Rose Bay. 43 9443. Bus: Dept. of Labour and Ind. 30 3011. If not available, A. Goede --Home: 8 Bath St., Battery Point. Bus: Geography Dept., Uni. of Tas. 2 7741,e~~;t.415. B.Collin, -Home: 66 Wentworth St., South Hobart. Bus: H.E.C., 16 Elizabeth St., Systems Development. 2 0551, ext. 481. R.Booth, Home: 2 Nightingale Ave., Taroona. 5 8538. Bus: A.B.C. 2 7821, ext. 215. Other members on call: F. Brown, P. Brabon, W. Pet erson, W. Hodge, R. Hughes, T. W. -Brown, S. St ephens K. Kipling, 3. Howe S.Vince, D.Reid, H. Meerding, Home: 15 Harrington St., 2 5729(emergency messages --only. ) Bus: Elizabeth Iflatric. College. 3 1424. -Home: 122 Hugusta Road, Lenah Valley. Bus: Canes, Emzabeth St. 34 2733. Kg: 12 Auvergne Ave. New Town. 84977. Bus: Geology Dept. Uni. of Tas. 2 7741, ext. 408. Home: 18 Scott St. Glebe. Bus: Video Sound Services, 141 Murrax St. 34 1180. E: 79 Poets Rd., West Hobart. Bus: P.1bI.G. 329 lirgyle St., Nth.Hobart. 20 8'372 or 20 8534Home : 76 View St. Sandy Bay. Bus: P.M.G. Drafting Section, Stowell Ave., 26 8355. Home: 43 Seaview live., Taroona. 5 8204. -Bus: Geology Dept., Uni. of Tas. 2 7741, ext. 408. Home: c/o A. T .Baker, Browns Rd. Kingston. 5 6229. Bus: Rose Bay High School. Home: 7 Hickman St., Lenah Valley. 8 1877. Bus: P.M.G. Dept. 47 Liverpool St., 20 8375. Kome: 90 Montague St. New Town. Bus: Commonwealth Bank, Hobart. Home: 27 Alcides Ave. Lenah Valley. 8 3017. Bus: c/o G. E.Walter, 7 Riverview Parade, Rosetta. 7 7461. Home: 7 Gourlay Et., Blackmans Bay. 5 6230. Bus: Blackmans Bay Garr~e. 5 6230.
(Speleo Spiel,) page 6. (~une, 1968.) D. Seymour, Home: 4 Clarke Ave. Battery Point. 2 5790. Bus: 67 Macquarie St., 2 5354. D. Latham, Home: 35 Balaka Rd., Rosny Pt. 44 1672. Bus: 61 Molle St., Hobart. 2 6407. South. D.Chuter, Home: Geeveston 27. Bus: Forestry Commission. Geeveston 277. R. Skinner, North. R. Woolhouse, Home: Deviot. Bus: Launceston High School, Paterson St. Launceston. 2 4647. Mole Creek. J.Cunningharn, Forestry Commission, Mole Creek, Liena 7 U. North-west. I.D.Farlzy, Home: Savage River. West. R.Kent, Home: 33 Driffield St., Queenstown. Ph. Q'town 63. W. J. Surtees, Home: 2 Denison St., Queenstown. &S: Q'town 63. 1i.S.F. Code of Zthics. by. P.McGregor. Adopted Dec.1960. The Federation expects that the following rules will guide the actions of members of A.S.F. societies. 1. They wil1,in reporting their work, avoid and discourage sensationalism, exaggeration and unwarranted statements. 2. They will treat guides and other officials of tourist caves courteously and respectfully. 3. i. They will carefully observe the established rules of good camping conduct. ii. They will be careful to bury all carbide and rubbish. 4. i. They will have specific or tacit approval from the owner or guardian before entering private property or caves reserves. ii. They will follow normal local practices regarding gates on properties or reserves. iii. They will not, except in caees of emergency, presume on the goodwill of owners in dry areas for supplies of water. Prior arrangements must be made. iv.They will take care to avoid interference with stock or crops. v. They will, where the cave entrance has been blocked by the owner to prevent injury to lives-ttock, either reblock the entrance after use or construct a substantial and permanent fence around it. 5. i. They will not leave rubbish in caves. Spent carbide, flash bulbs, wrappings and other refuse must be brought out of the cave, ii. They will not disfigure caves by any unnecessary markings. iii. They will thke care to avoid disfiguration or destruction ... of cave decoration (fornation). iv. They will not under any circumstances leave fa~ces in caves. They will prepare themselves beforehand or, when underground, make provision for the removal of faeces. 6. They will when visiting an area frequently visited by another club, do all in their 3ower to co-operate with that club. ( Taken from the A.S.F. Handbook, page 13.)
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