SPELEO SPIEL. No.40. October, 1969. Published monthly by the Tasmanian Caverneering Club, Box 641 G, G.P.O., Hobart,7001. Kegistered at the G.P.O. Hobart. Annual subscription 60 cents. Single copies 10 cents. CAVING IN THE DAYS OF YORE must have been really tough. k small book(Caves and Caving by Karc Jasinski) tells of Ivkrtel going underground wearing a dress suit with a candle stuck in the hatband of his bowler. Those of you who have read any of Casteret's books know that he frequently stripped completely to push a siphon with the water temperature at 38@ or less. Nowadays cavers seem to complain about the most triv&&l thing such as a ladder under a waterfall or rain, snow and hail, wet clothing, leaky boots well you can always follow Casterets example strip. How about it you lag~ards? The weather is improving, the nights are balmy and we will soon have daylight saving, surely you can find time for a caving trip soon??? Pres: Peter Brabon, 122 kugusta Rd., Lenah Valley, 7008. Sec: l' 11 I I It l l FORWARD YdOGWDlE. Octobex 18 Saturday. Day trip to Exit Cave with two members of parliament and Roy Skinner. Good opi2ortunity for photography. Leader: Brian Collin. OctobecGg 18 Saturday. Day trip to Adamfield to locate and explore a new cave re~jorted from this area. Four wheel drive vehicles will be used from the turn-off on the gordon Rd. Leader: klbert Goede, October 18,19 Surface exploration at Mt.Anne. Leader: Allan Keller. October 26 Sunday. Surface exploration in Junee srea. Leader: k.Goede. November l,2 Mt.knne. Leader: B.Collin. November 4 Tuesday. 8p.m. General meeting at 66 YYentworth St., South Hobart. November 8 Saturday. Day trip to Bradley Che*,terman Cave, Ida Bay. Leader: Robin Booth. November 15,16 lbie Creek. Leader: P.Brabon. '1 P Club News. + We welcome the following prospective members to the club; Col and Joyce Hocking, c/o &.B.C. Ins&allations, Elizabeth St. Miss. Lee Dobson, 51 Davey Dt, Hobart. + Congratuldtions to Col and Joyce on the birth of Lynlee Joy, who arrlved an the 10th of this month. + The c.ive naming and numbering system proposed by dbert was discussed 2t the last general meeting znd was accepted. idbert was appointed as club representative with nllan Keller to act as his proxy during the first six months of next year when Albert is away n study le~~ve.The proposals have also been accepted by L.C.S. and 8. c.c.B.~. and Bob Cockerill has been ap,iointed as S. d. S. representative. AS soqn as T.C.C.N.B. has appointed its member the new cave nonenclature comrilittee will be inaugurated. + The Nomenclature Board of Tasmania has appointed a Cave Nomenclature Sub-committee to consider cave names already a;-)proved by the clubs and mblished in the h.S.F.Hani1book. IJlembers of the subcommittee are $an Jennings(Convenor) Ken Newham and albert Goede. The sub-committee has already met and hds recommended many of the names listed for approval by the Nomencljture Board. Names not officially accepted fell into three categories: csves tao insignificant to warrant naming officially, caves named after living pzrsons,
Speleo Spiel, (page 2. ) October, 1969. (3) caves th~t can not be accurately located on a map. This does not mean, however, that the clubs have to change these ndnes. There is no reason why we cannot continue to use the names for our own convenience. slso the introduction of a cave numbering system will ne6.n that there will be no need to name every little hole in future. It has been pointed out to the cave nomenclature sub-committee that it is ba6 policy to use the plural lsCavesll in a name used to indicate a single cave and also that the giving of an area name to one cave in an area contdning a number of caves is an undesirable P ractice. The name "Ida Bay Caves:' as applied to Mystery Ck.Cave Entrance Cave) is a shining examvle of both. + knother letter has been received from the 11.S.P. newsletter manager explaining further delays in the production of the news,&ter. The biggest problems seen to be the production of the covers, the printing upside down of pages and unreliable secretaries who cut stencils in the wrong type and to the wrong format. However, the editors are still hopeful that the back103 of newsletters will be demolished slowly if not surely.(Makes us rather proud we have produced 40 issues of the Spiel without once slipping up. Experience makes perfect so keep up the good work chaps Editors of the SpieL: + The comzittee for the ~.S.F.Convention 1970 hLLs recently had another me,ting. It has nmmin~ted three office bearers: President: Hien de Vries (S.C.S., T.C.C.) Secretary: hlbert Goede (T.C.C.) Treasurer: Bob Cockerill (S.C.S.) The committee has requested the club to allow it to use its post box at the G.P.O. and this has been approved at the lCxst general meeting. Itinland c-vers requiring information about the A.S.F. conference should write to: The Secretary, A.S.F. Convention 1970, Box 641G, G.P.O., Hobart, TsS. 7001. At its last meeting the committee after investigating a number of possibilities sugeested that the Hutchins Boarding Scho3l offered the best acco~modation at very reasonable cost. It also has the advantage of being close tn the university where conf~rence space could be ma2e available. ~lso it is next door to the Sandy Bay Caravan Park. TRIP RZPCq;'TS. The Facts............ Mt.mne 4,5 October, 1969. Party: Brim and Jeanette Collin, klbert Goede, Henk Dleerding and Wes Carpenter. A very enjoy::ble combined working and tourist trip with ideal weather conditions. The route from the creek base camp up the hill through the horizont~l scrub section wc:s opened up with the aid of a chain s~w. Unfortunetely time did not permit any work being done on the scoparia section near the top or in establishing a top base camp. However, 2ore treck mzrkers were fixed in this mea. The most enjoyable pirt of the trip w~is the few hours s2ent on the dolomite riSye sliding on the snow drifts, admiring the scenery and soaking up ihe sunshine. Thoughts of descending the 300 focter seldom enterzd our heads but one thing is certain it will not be an easy prqject due to terrain and climatic cbnditions. hlbert spent some time in a small cave near the camp site but further volunteers to help collect cave crickets were 9ut off by Albert's general wet and muddy ap ,earunce. Before the track is ready for heavy pack carrying some further work on the top section of the track is required. Some thought is being given to inaking a deviation from the track direct to the 330 footer thus saving about 500 ft. of climbing. Brian Collin. The ImpressionsO As it wt~s my first trip t? Mt.m.ne I wquld like to give readers of the Spiel sqne of my impressions. Our party of five left Hobart at 7a.m. in Henks comfortable car and at 9.30a.m. we started our trek dcross the buttongrass. The day was cool with intermittent showers but ideal for walking. On arrival at Sandfly Ck., the chsinsaw was brought out tc cut down a suitably leanirg tree and we soon had a n~tural brid~e. ht lunchtime we arrived at our base cam13 at the foot of the ridge a magnificent spot with mighty mgrEBes and mqectacular man ferns althdugh a little damp underfoot after the recent rain.
Speleo SpieL October, 1969. After lunch 'ii;es 2nd I tcok equipment up tc~ the small cave across the creek and I went down to hunt for cave crickets. Half an hour later I emerged rather muddy but with six specimens to show for it. The cave is rather interesting in that it seems to drop below creek level. At the bottom I clinbed up through a fissure and found a 15' drop leading to a lower level. Not being properly equipped I did not investigate but it ought tg be locked at some time. There was no draught so it nay not go very far. ~fterwards :l'ies, Eenk and I followed Brian and Jeanette u;j the hill anc', we so,?n found ourselves battling through the horizontal with Brian doin:; a stirling job with the chsinsaw. hlthou+zh we seemed to have gone e lnng way it took us only 20 mins. to walk back to camp. After a mcal some of us huddled around the fire to dry wet clothing. Then followed a cold night for those of us who did not have the benefit of an artic sleeping bag. Next norning we were only too keen to start the days work if only to get wamn again. After some more track cutting we abandoned the chainsaw and made for the top of the ridge in what looked to be a pleasant sunny day. We soon found ourselves in a prehistoric-looking King Billy Pine forest with an undergrowth of +ndani. As we climbed higher we got into a belt of dwarf nyrtle an6 King Billy with a generous sprinkling of scoparia interspersed with some decu snow drifts. Cliffs of conglomerate had to be skirted. iit the base of one we looked in wonder at small bushes draped with icicles from water that had dripped down the cliff face during the ni;ht. Finally the last climb an6 as we truCged across a snow bank u3.) the ridge the majestic peak of iinne rose before us covered with a fair spinkling of snow. Ve had lunch on a rocky look -out 1)oint overlooking the deey valley between Lot's Wfe and ourselves. ?Jzy below us we could see the still waters of a large lake. Next wci made our way to the lookout point above the large hole. The dolomite has given rise to sqme incredible country knife edges and jagge2 2eaks of rock separarted by deer] chasms and potholes. All of it covered in a dense growth of mountain scrub. We reluctantly turned our becks to hea6 for home. Back to base camp for a quick meal then we shouldered our pecks for the long haul ?.cross the plains. The last mile seemed unending as we trudged along the old dozer triick. The sun had just discppecred behind the western mountains as we re~che?. the car, My blisters were soon forgotten as I changed into d.ry ;
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