SPELEO SPIEL. No.33. Published monthly by the Registered at the G.P.O. Tasmanian Caverneering G.P.O., Hobart, 7001. Hobart. mual subscription one dollar. Single copies 10 cents. Pres: A.Goede, 8 Bath St., Battery Point, Hobart. 7000. Sec: Mrs.P.Brabon, 122 kugusta Rd., Lenah Valley, 7008, Annual General Meeting. This meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY 26 th MAiiCH at 8 P.M. The place is 2 Nightingale Ave., Taroona. Let's have a good attendance for this meeting so cone if you possibly can. After the election of office bearers there will be an informal gathering, Ladies are asked to bring a plate gentlemen are requested to bring liquid refreshments. Our hosts will be Robin and Judy Booth. This meeting offers a unique chance for ambitious young cavers to take an active part in running the club for the next twelve months. Subscriptions. At the A.G.M. all members become unfinancial and subscri~tions A )for the coming year are due. I Full members (over 18 yrs. ) 2 dollars 50 cents. Junior members 1 dollar, Associate members 1 dollar, Junior and associate members who want to receive the B.S.F. news,let%er can do so by >?paying another 35 cents to the treasurer. FORWARD EH0GUNlI:iE. March 26 ANT~TUBL GENERAL MEETING. April 4-7 Easter. Mole Creek. ~eader: P.Brabon. or for those with only one or two days to spareIda Bay area, Leader: B.Collin. April 13 (Sunday). Day trip to put in first stage of Exit Cave gate. We need your support!! Leader:B.Collin. April 19 or 20 Day trip to Mt.~ne to do sone nore track cutting. hpril 25 27 Long weekend. Mole Creek or Lorinna. Leader: P. Brabon. May 4 (Sunday). Second trip to complete installation of Exit Cave gate. May 6 (TUESDAY). General Meeting. 8p.m. at 8 Bath Street, Battery Point. Search and, Rescue. On 5?hursday, 6th March the club had its second search and rescue call in three months and heBped to rescue Mr. and Mrs.Michae1 White from a cave near JYby$.ena. Our search and rescue worked perfect -1y this time thanks to co-ordinator Brian Collin and public relations officer Doug Turner. See detailed report on rescue elsewhere in this Spiel. Club News. + Welcorfie home to several members who found that the grass wasn't so green elsewhere. They are:Sally and Clive Morris with baby David. Their address is now 39 Beach Rd,, Kingston. as from Easter Kate, Ron and Bruce Kent will be in residence at 234 A Derwent Avenue, Lindisfarne. Robin Bo~th and wife Judi are now living at 48 Malunna Rd., Lindisfarne + Shifty characters in the club. Since the last Spiel the following menbers have changed their address:Ian and Stella Parley with babies Ruth and Jessica, New address: 41 Windsor Street, Kingston. Peter and Carol Helnan have also moved. Their new address is Flat 2, 326 Davey Street, South Hobart. + Many thanks to iilr.J.Herington for once again auditing our books. We are very gratefull for his assistance. + Farewell to Neil Walker who has departed for arts unknown after address is a closely guarded secret. B being a nenber for only a few months. For securi y reasons his new + Tasmanian caves received a thorough trogging by three Canberra cavers, John and Mary &!endurn and Roger Curtis, who cane over here for holidays(?). Mole Creek caves and Exit Czve were explored and photographed from all angles. When they departed they left behind new friends and a steak knife Mendurns or Rog. clain if wanted!!
Speleo-Spiel. (page 2). March, 1969. Trip Report S. Sunday 2/3/69 Exit Cave. Day Brian Collin and Albert Goede. Long weekend party:Allan Keller and C.S.S. visitors John and Mary Mendum and Roger Curtis. Brian and I left Hobart at 6.45a.m. and arrived at thB usual parking place at 9a.n, We walked in in coo1,pleasant weather and reached the mouth of the cave at 10.45a.n. Exit Cave was given its long awaited nunber(No.14) in the form of an aluminium tag just inside the entrance, We then made a beeline for canp 2 which we reached at 11.50a.m, The campsite was deserted but the long weekend party had thoughtfully left lying around all the ingredients for a good brew of coffee. After havin~ had a bite to eat we headed for the Dribble Bystem but as neither of us had been there before we entered the llwrongt' passage. We found a system of narrow winding passages which had obviously been explored before. Finally we found one which appeared rather tight sloping up at an angle and showing no signs of having been entered. It proved easier than it looked and at the end we abruptly emerged into the Dribble System which we soon identified by its survey markers. k short walk brought us to a large chamber where we heard the approach of kllan and company in the distance. R devilish thought occurred and we were soon concealed behind a big rock with lights extinguished. I shall never forget the expressions of horror on the faces of Allan's party when two black shapes juiped shrieking fron the darkness. After their knees stopped shaking we were given directions to the Devils Stovepipe. This is a nost impressive double shaft very high and with a waterfall coning in 25 ft. above the floor. Pools at the botton contained haspides. Rather frustrating as I had left my collecting gear further back. We then headed back to canp 2 and after more coffee joined forces with the others to explore scme mre in the Eastern Bxtension. Our first find was a high level passage on the north side containing a go3d deal of gypsun including some flowers, After about 200 ft. this narrowed to a downward sloping fissure. John encouraged by kllan chimneyed down in to what appeared to be a roomy prison no way forward and no retreat. We were just telling Kary how she would have to come in every week and feed hin when he finally managed to rejoin us. After going back to the main passage Brian and Roger disap2eared into another north side passage whlle the rest of us found a high level extension on the south side. Mary discovered the remains of a bat which was collected by albert before we entered a pleasant low-roofed but wide passage promptly named the Bat Extension. Sone distance along was an impressive pit on the left some 70 feet deep an? partly separated from the passage by a natural linestr~ne i~allisa2e. After a while we ran into some nasty talus but nanaged to get through to extend the passage another 100 ft. where it was again blocked by tnlus. Back to the nain passage, Next John, Mary and Rlbcrt followed up the strean passage. This is a recent passage which could not be followed very far. We reunited near the end of the nain passage. Brian and I decided to head back as I wanted to collect some kinas ides from the Devils Stovepipe on the way out. Seven specioens _e_l were CO lected. We finally emerged from the cave at 7.05p.n. after naking some neasurenents for the gate. We reached the car at 9p.m. and got home just before midn5ght. An exhausting but very satisfying trip. Albert Goede. Mt hne Track cutting. Sunday 9/3/69. Part Brian and Jeanette Collin, Allan Keller, Sib Corbett, Peter dd: Clive and Sally Morris and Albert and Therese Goede. The track from Scotts Peak R6, at Sandfly Ck. to the dolomite ridge off Mt.Anne is on its way. Three hours of track cuttin# through the bush from the button grass lead has resulted in about mile of truck. A bulldozer trail was found on the return trip to the cars that obviates traversing the worst of the button grass. One weekend devoted to track cutting should see the end of this project, the Mt.Knne area will then be only 4 hours fron the cars going in, and 3 hours coning out. The weather was hot, the mosquitoes numerous and the work at tines not truly enjoyable but all was soon forgotten over a cup of coffee at Clear Nater Ck. as the sun went ?&own. B. Collin.
Speleo Spiel. Magdena Thursday 6 March, 1969 Cave Rescue of Mr. and Mrs. Michael White. What happened before the rescue(based on available information). On Wursday afternoon a party of three consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Nichael ~Khite (aged in their thirties) and Michael Flint (18) were involved in a cave accident in a virtually unknown cave approximate -1y six niles west of Maydena. Both Michael White and Michael Flint are employees of ~ustralian Newsprint Mills and the cave is located in the forest concessions held by this company. aone of the party were members of a caving society. Neither Mr. or Mrs, i"Srlite had any previous caving experience. Michael Flint claims to have had some caving experience as well as being a rockclimber, He has not, however, been caving with any of the Tasmanian clubs, The cave where the accident occursed was discovered two years ago by the Whites but was not explored. The entrance is at the base of a large cliff and a small stream flows into the cave which slopes downward at a steep angle with several short drops. The cave is located in dense, wet forest about Q mile from the nearest Sirnber road. In the afternoon the party nade a first attempt to investigate the cave using nanilla rope and a bulky home nade rope ladder with wooden rungs. They went down several short drops before coliling to the top of a shalt which they estimated to be 100 ft. deep, The rope ladder was fixed an Michael Flint descended but the ladder was too short to reach the bottom. On the way out the party was climbing up a steep talus slope when lliichael White disloged a keystone bringing down a considerable amount of talus on both himself and his wife. He was wearing a ribbed zluminium safety helmet which was severely damaged and undoubtedly saved his life. Flint escaped without injury. Michael White was unconscious with obvious head injuries while his wife Beulah was in considerable pain. Flint made them as comfortable as possible and went for help. Wen he returned to the car he used a portable radio to alert headquarters in Maydena. The manager of A.N.Me9s timber operations Don Frankcombe made a lightning visit to the cave with some of his men, then returned to Maydena to alert police search and rescue. His staff began the difficult job of cutting a track to the cave using chain saws. Vehicles were also posted at all turn-offs along the route to guide Eescue teams. The Rescue. Police at approx. 5.35 pan. alerted the club rescue coordinators Brian Collin for T.C.C. and Dave Elliott for S.C.S. Public relations officer Doug Turner was also warned and proceeded to police headquarters to take charge at the radioroon. At 5.50p.n. I was contacted by Brian Collin, told to get ready and stand by. At 6.10p.n. a call cane through to report to Brian's home, collect gear and proceed to police headquarters. At this stage we knew that both Mr. and IVks. White were injured but not pinned down by rocks. It was suspected that Mr.White had a fractured skull and Mrs.lKRtite a fractured pelvis. On the way to Brian I alerted Sib Corbett and Peter Helnan. At Brian's I found that Rodney had already collected gear and went straight to police headquarters. Arrived there at 6.50p.1.1. to find advance party consisting of police search and rescue, Frank Brown, Barry Janes and other members of S.C.S. had already left. I was later joined by Bill Hodge, Bill Peterson and Rodney Hughes. We left in police car at 7.15p.n. but were stopped at Glenorchy and returneel to police headquarters to collect 4 portable radios, Blade second start at 7.45g.n. and proceded to Naydena. When we arrived at end of road nearest to cave we found Don Frankcombe and St.Johns Ambulance officer who had returned from cave to collect blood plasna.We carried in food,sleeping bags and lights and Rodney also carried blood plasma and transfusion equipment.Met Rien de Vries who had driven up from New Norfolk on the way up to the cave.iirrived at cave mouth at approx. 9.45p.m. to find that Mrs.White had just been brought to the surface.She was being examined by a doctor and transferred to another stretcher before being carried out. Little could be done until 1w.White was ready to be brought to the surface and some of the time was spent assuring an anxious ambulance officer that we had not seen his silver braided cap nor were we responsible for its disappearance.We did eventually find it for him among the soggy moss and rotting timber surrounding the entrance,When Michael Wlnite was brought up at approx. 10,45p.m. we were able to help pull up the stretcher inches at the time to prevent further injury. He was then transferred to a Neil Robinson stretcher after having been examined by a doctor. We were able to help carry out the stretcher
Speleo Spiel. (page 4). March, 1969. which proved a back breaking task as it was not suitable for the terrain and kept on tipping to one side. Michael White at this stage was fully consci~us. His face was badly cut and his left shoulder was causing him sme discomfort. We reached the ambulance at about nidni,yht under the glaring lights of the TvV. caneras, I'he rescue team were invited to Don FrankconSe9s house in Naydena where we were regaled with coffee and tea and loads of delicious pikelets and jam. Marjorie was kept nore than busy keeping up with the appetites of a pack of hungry rescuers many of whom had missed out on their dinner that night. We are very grateful for their hospitality. 'ie arrived back in Hobart at 3a.n. While I an writing this Michael and Beulah White are still in hospital but are in a satisfactory condition. Michael has head injuries a broken collar bone and broken ribs, while Beulah has a double -fracture of the lower leg. Ye wish them a speedy recovery. (Blbert Goede) Stop Press. Caving must be good for the complexion. A prospective member of Sydne University Speleo. Society has won the Miss Australia Beach Glrl 1969 competition. Congratulations Carolyn but beware of losing that suntan in those dark, eerie holes. Ed
Speleo Spiel. (page 5). hlarch, 1969. TASMANIAN CuVERNEEKING CLUB uNlWuL REPORT 1968 1969. During the last year there hss been a narked dr3p in caving activities ~lainly as a result of quite a number of club nenbers leaving the state. At the sane tine there hzve been very few new recuits to fill the ranks. In recent months talks have be~n given tc the scouts and clembers of Y.H.h. The club has also taken on the caving siCe of the k?Lahenture Camp early this year. Despite these efforts the rlunber of mernbers has eeclined. Exploration. The n~st notable achievement was the exploration of Midnight Hole and the discovery of a link with Mystery Creek Cave to give us uustralia9s second deepest cave a depth of at least 665 feet. kmother p~th~le(~hcckstone pot) on the north side of Marble Hill was explored to a depth of 100 ft. Despite the presence of a strong eraught attempts to dig a way through the talus at the bottom were unsuccessful. ~lso at Ida Bay the length gf surveyed passages now stands at 7* miles and rlore has betn discovered. Unfortunately little surveying has been done Curing theyyear. New discoveries have been nade in the Harmer Passage Extension and the Eastern Extension but do not yet appear on the map. Mount knne has bezn brnught nuch clqser as a result of the constructi~rl of the Scotts Peak Road. Track cutting has started from Sandfly Ck. and we hope to have a well marked track to the north-east ridge soon. Trips mere also made to Mole Creek, Gums Plains, Loongana and Eugenana, but no new discoveries were reported. Techniques and Equipment. The equipnent situation has continued to inprove. New equipment inclu6ed nylon clinbing rope, a set of junars a clinbing pole anC carabiners. Lack of active members however, has neant that only linited use could be made of ncn equipment. Search and Rescue. Thc search and rescue tean had a busy year. The very difficult rescue of Tiniothy Walter from a dolerite cave near Clarenont last Decenber showed up a number of weaknesses in our system. Ircprovements made received an early test when we were called out earlier this nonth for the rescue of Mr. and Mrs. Michael White from a cave west of Maydena. None of the people rescued were members of caving clubs. There woulcll be fewer accidents if pr7spective cavers joined a club rather than attempt exploration without the necessary exl3erience and equipnent. Unfortunately caving accidents are widely publicized and cnverneering in Tasmania is rapidly acquir -in& a bad nane despite the fact that the clubs have an excellent safety record. ~nterstate visitors. k number of interstate visitors wkre welcomed during the year. Elery Hamilton-Snith, President of the Vict. Spel. kssn. showed a very interesting collection of slides fron caves in many parts of Australia and South-East Asia, while cavers from Queensland and Canberra made their contribution to the exploration of Exit Cave. Speleo SThe Spiel saw another year of successful publication. Issues 23 -to 33 were produced. I am grateful to ny wife who continued to cut the stencils and to Joan and Peter Brabon who looked after the distribution. Many thanks also to the party leaders whose faithful writing of trip reports has ande the Spiel a valuable record of our activities. Finally I would like tn thank the outgoing office bearers for their efforts during the year. hfter three years as president I have decided not to stand for re-election. My three years in office have been memorable years and I had the good luck to be associated with a number of spectacular discoveries. Your presitent
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