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Speleo Spiel

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Speleo Spiel
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Speleo Spiel
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Southern Tasmanian Caverneers
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Regional Speleology ( local )
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Australia

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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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No. 36 (Jun 1969)
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SYEL-.>O SPIEL. Published nonthly by the Tasrnanizn Caverneering Club, Box 641 G, G.?.0., Hobart, 7001. lie;.istered at the G .l). 0. Hobart. ~nnual subscri~tion ...--. 60 cents. Sin,;le co,~ies .. 10 cents. Pres: ?.drabon, 122 LiuL:usta Kd., Lenah Valley, 7008. Sec: IvIrs.P.Br~bon, -11 I I 11 I1 a . -~ .--. F Ok?' JdjD PH C L I -RATD E June 15 -;~undz. Day trip to Idu Bay.Leader: ~.Goede. June 28,29 I3a Bag zrea. Leader: B.Collin. July 1 ~uesdak. General neetinp at 8 ?.m. at 8 Bath St., Battery Point. il si-)ecial occaskhn to celebrate the birthday of our secretary. July l2,l3 Plcrentine Valley. Lender: A. Goede. Zditorial ijo nore Hobbit hole but the beginning ofilfievelation Cave! The editor should have kept his big nouth shut in the last Spiel about the -;:ros;?ects of the 'imii,;htytt Hobbit Hole. Both the name and the prospects turned out to be a big mistake. Our first effort up there since the last Spiel was a day trip on the 25 th Xay. The hi,:hlic,ht of the trip wns Brian's use of a fishing : rod and re21 to !:leasure the depth of the shafts. He descended. 20 ft. through the wsterfall to the led,;e to find that both shafts were only 120 ft. deep from the lec!(;e and apiIearad to rner;;e lower down. The dry shaft wc.s fourid to be too dar~gerous due to lar,::e rocks perched on the ed~e so the wet shaft was selected for the descent. The party also prei~ared the to11 of the pitch by drillinp a couple of lox -en holes for belsys and innrked a new track to the cave from the 016 iJuarry. The new route only takes one third of the tirr~e it used to take fron the Old Quarry to the Hobbit Hole via Chockstone Pot. The new track zlso hus a much eusier ,;ra6.ient. iis a result of the trip the depth of the shaft was reduced. from the earlier estiaate of 250 300 ft. to a noiizst 140 ft. with a ledce 20 ft. down. Emever, it still looked il pronisin:.; ~ros1)ect anc?. the fact that it would have to be descencled throu3h the waterfall all the way made it 2 tou(:h proposition. On the weekend of June 7,8 an advdnce party of five we~t u~! to the hole early oil Sciturd:iy to m:lke the descent. They were fl,llowed a few hours hter by i.l, lk~r:;e party carrying all the club's worldly 2ossessions of rope and ladder to tackle any further pitches tha.t night come t~ li,ht. \vhen the second party arrived at the site they received word that the hole finished at the bottom of the shaft only 200 ft. below the surface. The descent was wade by dlan Keller who found only i~;,?enetrable cri~cks vhen he re'lched the botto,~. wllnn was first to returvl to the surface soaked to the skin with water dri;ji~ing frou his beard and the tattered renailis of his waterproof trousers flappin,: round his leds he nude a forceful su@;:estion that Hob5it Hole should be chmged. tollHorror Holefs. Yo s!:low he meant it he pulleil out it sodd.en :lack of sr-iokes and ;rimly started tringing the water out of it. Sor:e tine later the other four e..ier:yed fron the hole with an iugressive 1;ile of soakrng wet but rensrk~bly clean :';ear. liiost of the yarty headed do~m the hill to i;ntrarlce Ciive but five of us sttiyed to exi?lore soue of the other h,~les in the vicinity as we hrld all the .,eidr up there :,nyway. Brim exi~1orc.d L ;)r.?rr~ising hole thzt fizzle6 out at 40 ft. ;:Text T1:e carried out sone surfzce ex;?lor;ition and discovered a nuddy rift below a l;iri,l:e fallen log. ;ye were Sotill Li,jreed that wz had never seen t! less ;jronisin,; elltrance but since we hiid ..llenty of ,[?ear we thoui:ht we r3if;,Sht as ~.vell t;ive it a try. 3ric.m descended first mutterillg fr~:.~ tixe to tlj..le that it wouldn't ,,o until he finally dis..~ppeared out of earshot. 5ome time later cd:::t. tlic request for clnother boi! an6 cl rope. .dl;ii~ disc~pl)eltrec? down the hole ~,vitki :z rope quickly followe? by :;ib ;~zlci Henk. The hqle went 011 la!;kin;; better zll the wy and lillan after cli,;!binc; down three short Crops wr1s stol?pec, by nnother one ,?t CL dei~th gf lrrlbout 2~0 ft. Four enthusiajtic ci:vers returned to the surface and. the ]:lane 'ii?evelt:tion Cavett wls su,.;: est ed by Brian. 'lhe f ollowi11.-. ddy five cdvers headecl back t r, flKevel;~ti~~~1'~ with the necessary ,e;:r. A 60 ft. j~ltch was descended dnc! furtht.r ex!;loration revealed hr,-;e fissure v:ith shafts soln@ up tawards the eurface. The min passc?. .. e heded into th.e hill towards Sxit but ,it its far end was blocke?: by tdlus nnd sand with LL drau,.:ht ,:;omg through. The depth rexhec is estimated between 300 ancl 350 ft. all6 c,-;m~)ass betzr

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Speleo Spiel. (Page 2.) June, 1969. ings suggest that the ead of the cave is within a few hundred feet of the ilLost Squeezes' passage in Exit Czve. The far end of the cave looks a good prospect for a dig so we'll be back soon. Kernember to read the next Spiel for further revelations! B.S.F. Conference to be held in Hobart. T.C.C. and S.C.S. have agreed30 act as joint hosts for the next h. S.F. conference in Hobart on a fifty fifty basis. xn organising cormittee of four was formed with Bob Cockerill and Rien de Vries as S.C.S. rel~resentatives and klbert Goede and Frank Brown as the T.C.C. members. The new conmittee will meet soon and hopes to get out its first conference circular mithin a few weeks. T.C.C.N.B. declined to be represented on the committee because of the distance they would have to travel to attend and because they felt they were already represented by T.C.C. However, they are very keen to take )art in a field trip to biole Creek. They have some interesting siphons lined up as diving prospects and would like to see sone cave divers frm mainland clubs have a go at then. Mainland cavers who plan to cone to the conference are urged to make early bookings on the ferries(2.0.T. or ~m~ress) especially if they want to bring their cars. Even if you are not qizite sure you're coming BOOK NOTW. -Message from Queensland. The followink mess~ge was received fron the University of ~ueensland speleos a few days before our last trii~ to the Hobbit Hole. Thz road goes ever on and on, Down f~om the door where it began. Wow far ahead the Boad has gone, And I must follow, if I can, ?ursulng it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way dhere many paths and errands meet And )!,ither then? I cannot sgy.I1 J XR. ~olkken;. Lord of the Rings. Best of luck as you go down into the darkness of Hobbit Hole next weekend. Vish we" couid be there. l'aul and Margot and all U.Q.S.S. Prospective Mmber. Wesley L. C~rpenter, 43 Darcy St., South Hobart. 24 270. Work: Cosmic Ray ;roup, Physics Dept., Uni. of Tas. 2 7741 ext.436. Wes is a ketn photodrapher and would like to meet sone cavers who are similarly inclined. So far the only caves he has seen are Hobbit Hole and Entrdnce Cave! Trip Reports. If you want to read the^: you will have to write then. There was an interesting trip to Exit Cave on 24,25/5/69 but where is that report?? To make up for it we have two report-s on the Hobbit Hole trip 25/5/69. THE LONG ,--.-,A.-------,Hobbit Hole Sunday, 25/5/69. Party: Brian Collin(leader), Jeanette Collin, dbert Goede, Wes Carpenter, Sib Corbett, Sally Norris, Peter and Joan BrL~bon, Simon and Janet St eL~hens. The aim of the trip were to plumb the depths of the Hobbit Hole, to put in loxelis at the top of the big drop to be usecl as belay goints and to mark an easier access track in preparation for the descent. 5imon and J~lnet had gqne down the previms day and at 2.15 p.m. on Saturday placed four pounds of fltkmesceirz in the stream that flows into Hobbit H~le. Some of us left Hobart at 6.30 a.10. to meet up at Longley with Brian and Jeanette. Vies and I then drove on to the Hastings Hut arriving there at 9 a.m. t~ rouse Simon and Janet. However, they needed no r~using and we were soon on our way to Ida Bay. By some strange coincidence everybody arrived at just about the same time. ~t the Old juarry the pctrty divided. Sinon, Wes and myself were to go to Hobbit via the La Perouse track end Chockstone Pot while the others led by Bridn pioneered the new route. 'Ye arrived at Hobbit Hole at 12.10 12.12. only 10 nins. ahead of the others 2nd within shouting distance just in tune to stoy them from marchin9 further up the hill. The fishing rod and recl Brian had brquyht to measure the depth of the pitch were a little the worse for wear after all the scrub bashing but repairs were soon made. ~fter lunch the nen went down the hole while the ladies stoked the fire. The cave was given a nusiber(No.15) 2nd we then proceeded to the top of the big

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Speleo 2;jiel. drop. It was f as this is an (iJcz{:e 3. 1 June, 1969. ound unnecessary to use a ladder on the 15 ft. pitch easy chinney with 2lenty of hand and focthol6s. ufter we had put in one loxen one ladder was attac;':,d md. Briar, dressed in suitable wet weather gear went down under the waterfall to the ledge to have a look. Meanwhile a second hole was drilled in preparation for the next trip. Brian came back up to report that the dry shaft was much to ddn?;erous becduse of lo~se rock at the top and suggested that the wet shaft would have to be used for the tiescent, He was handed his rod and line and went down to do histtfishingTs in both holes. iifter plumbing b~th shafts he found the same depth for each. The actual depth would not be known till later but it was obvious that it was far less thsn we had been led to believe, However, the shafts semed t:~ open ~ut 2s;m below int~ a sizeable cha~lber. We left the Hobbit Hole at 4 ;?,m. marking our track as we went and arrived at the cars at 5.15 p.n. kLs soon as we had disposed of our dirty caving tni:,.<; the fishing line was stretched out slant: the road and measured by the light of t3rches and carbide lamps. E\ro!;i the ledge which id itself 20 ft. down both shafts were measured as 120 ft. deep. It certainly lo-\ks a promising hole and the next triy should be quite exciting as it will have to be descended all the way through the waterfzll. no volunteers??? hlbert Goede. 1 TKd kiholi~. ItHobbit Holei: Sunday, 25th May, 1969. Party: Brian and ~ecznette ~ollin,~~eter and Joan Brabon, Sib Corbett, Sally Norris, illbert Gosde, Wes Carpenter, Sirnon and Janet Stephens. The depth of the drop was determined by lowering a torch with the aid of a fishing line and rod. The total drop is a disa;2;,ointing 140 ft. but there is some compensation in that the laeder will be directly uxder the waterfall. Kees's dry hole joins up with the wet main shaft after a few feet but the quantity of rock residins in this area makes me prefer the watery descent. The shaft is redsqnably lar;.;e, some 20 ft. across and appears to open up about 80 ft. down. Two eyebolts have been fixed for ladder and safety rope anchorage and L very gol?d route has beer1 lnarked froni the Old Quarry to the cave. Qn Saturday at 2 p.n. Simon and. Janet visited the ckive and placed 4 lbs. of fluorescein in the creek, the underground party in Xxit Cave saw no 2ositibe sign of the fluorescein, Hobbit Hole has been nui'lbered No.15. The ladies are to be c~ngratulated on 1il;hting and maintaining a fire under rather wet drizzly conditions. Brian Collin. Hobbit Hole and Others. 7,8 June, 1969. Party: Sat.& Sun.:P peter Brabon, Sib Corbett, John Boyle, dlan Keller, Brian Collin. Sat : l~lbert Goede, Henk Mecrding, Sally Morris, Simon and Janet St ephens %es Carpent er and two visitors. The Hobbit Hole adventure is now ended, it has proved a classic example of gptinisn being relentlessly crushed by fact, From a 300 ft. drop and prosyect of reaching Sxit it finished up a wet 140 ft. and a dead end. rillan was the only olie to descend the pitch and from his apparent state of distress and vivid description no one was anxious to obtain a second opini9n. Allan I hope will report in detail on the difficulties encountered but it was obvious that long ladder drops under waterfalls can be dangerous from aspects c~f cold and Breathing. ~fter Hobbit Eiole some of the party went to Blitrance Cave and apart from general trogl~ing cornrnenced digging out the Iiktchbox Squeeze. The rest of the prty went surface exploring and found. Wevelation Cavetl(unoff icial name) some 400 feet St:r.U. of Hobbit, tfRevelation?i was further explored on Sunday to a spot some 300 350 ft. ~OVII, where further progress will require some Cl.igl,ing. The notable features of this cave me:--(l) A very unii~pressive entrance; (2) The cave has a reasonably unif0r.u grade with only one 60 ft. ladder ~itch;(3) Large fissure coin6 up well over 60 ft.;(4)Con -siderable zir movernent;(5) Direction SoW. i.e.heac?ing for Exit Cave. Brian Collin. Famous Last ~ords(overheard at last G.M. ) You just go straight ahead up the creek. IlYou can't miss it there is a big stringybark across itt1.


Description
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.