SFBZEO SPIEL. No. 49. August, 1970. Published monthly by the Tasmanian Caverneering Club, Box 641 G, G.P.O., Hobart, TAS. 7001. Registered at the G.P.O., Hobart. Annual subscription 60 cents. Single copies 10 cents. Pres: klbert Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, Tas. 7000. Sec: Doug Turner, 79 Riawena Road, Rose Say, Tas. 7015. FORTiV~RD PROGWE3. August 22 Saturday: Photographic and sightseeing trip to Exi-b Cave with New Zealand visitor Les Kermode. Leader: Albert Goede. Slide evening at Koy and Pam, S home at Hastings on Saturd-ay night. Everybody welcome. August 29,30 Weekend trip to Mole Creek. Leader: Peter Srabon. September 2 Wednesday: 8 p.m. General meeting at $imon and Janet9s home, 43 Seaview Avenue, Taroona. Slides will be shown. September 5 or 6 Sat. or Sun.: Day trip to Junee area to continue exploration of either JF 1 or JP 4 5 depending on weather. Both are very promising systems so if you like exploration make it a date. Leader:A.Goede. September 19 SATU-KDAY: km?U~L DIKtER. to celebrate the 24th birthday of the club. The place: Kingston Beach Hotel. The time: &et at 7 p.m. Dinner at 7.30 p.m. The cost: 2.50 a head for a four-course meal, Don't miss this event of the year, and bring any interested friends. Please advise Fay Turner (Ph. 43 9443) if you are coming and number in your party and confirm your booking no later than one week before the dinner. Payment before the dinner would be appreciated and money or cheque for correct amount may be handed to Fay or posted to her at 79 Riawena Road, Rose Bay.(Cheques to be made payable to T.C.C.). September 20 Sundag: Track cutting in Weld River area to complete the access track. Leader: Simon Stephens. Editorial. The club has been fairly active since the last Spiel. The August general meeting was the best attended and liveliest for some time and it was particularly pleasing to see so many new faces. A trip to Janee saw thc completion of a blazed track from the end of the road to JF 4 5 and Cauldron Po~(JF 2) and the former can now be reached in an hour from the road. u trip to the Florentine resulted in a tourist trip through a very wet Wtlcome Stmnger Cave after first getting bushed in the snow. The entrances of Cashion Ck. Cave and Francombe Cave were visited and numbered. A private trip by presidcnt and vice-president resulted in some very interesting &xploration in JF 1. This cave is still going and has good possibilities. Club Xews. + Robin Booth has resigned his position as vice-president of the club at the lsst general meeting as he has accepted a position as patrol officer in New Guinea. Congratulations Robin!! We are sorry to see you leave but wish you and Judy all the best. Ye hope you will ke~p in touch and let us know if you find any good caves over there! ! + Simon Stephens was elected unopposed as vice-president to take Robints place. + Noel White was elected as a full member of T.C.C. at the last meet Yelcome to the mob, Noel! + Pe er and Julie Henley have just come from Western Australia where they have been caving with W.A.S.G. Peter is interested in joining the club and hopes to do some work at I~Tole Creek. They have already bezn on one trip to the Florentine and Peter's car proved its worth in snow country. + Changes of address: Allan Keller, B.H.P. Exploration, P.O. Box 359, Grafton, N.S.W.2460. Peter and Carole Helman, 42 Girrahween St., Braduon, A.C.T. 2601.
Speleo Spiel. (page 2). August, 1970. + Prospective members: Rosanne Vialler, 313 Lenah Valley Rd. + Lenah Valley. (BUS, CSIRO. ) Judy Chambers, Pyengana, Tas. Miss. Anne Hollister, '251 C Sandy Bay Road, Szndy Bay, 7005. Stuart Xicholas, 7 Rupert Ave. Xewtown, Hobart, 7098. + NSW name: st the last general meeting the name Cauldron Pot was accepted as the official name for JP 2 in the Junee arm. We still need n-me for both JP 4-5 and JP 1 and suggestions are welcomed. + Cave numbering Junee Plorentine. The following czves were numbered in this area during the last month. JF 6 Ccshion Creek Cave, Florentine Valley. Numbered 8/8/1970. Number on sloping rock face just above entrance. JP 7 Prz.ncombe Cave, Florentine Valley; Numbered 8/8/1970. Number on left wall inside entrance when entering cave. JP 8 Junee Cave, Junet. area. Sumbered 11/8/1970, Number at head hcight on right wall inside entrance when entering cave. A.S.P. Conference. Details of the forthcoming ccnference are out and a copy of the latest circular(No,3) is attached to the Spiel as a supplement. If you want to take part in any of the activities connected with the conference please fill in your enrolment form not later then 30 th September 2nd return it to: The Secretuy, A.S.P. Convention 1970, . Box 641 G, G.P.O. Hobart. 7001. Remember that we are joint hosts with S.C.S. so make a contribution if you possibiy can. Assistance with field trips will be especially appreciated. 3nrolment cztegories 3 9 hz.ve been espzcially included for the convenience of local cavers. Categories 1xtd 2 are intend-ed mainly for interstate visitors who will require accommodation and food but loczl cavers a-e very welcome to stay at the conference centre if they wish. The convention secretary has pointed out that costs for food and accommodztion hnve been kept as low as possible but at lezst 40 people will have to stay at the conference centre to make it a financial success. Therefore visiting cavers should not be encouraged to stay in private homes except in rare cases of financial hardship. TRIP REPOBTS. Saturday 1st August Junee Area. Party: Albcrt Goedc(lecder), Noel White, Simon Stephem, Tony Thurstans, Wes Cmpenter, Judy Chambers, and Sally Morris. Ye left Hobzrt at 7.15 a.m. a remarkable achieveaent for a theoretical 7 07clock start. The first stop wcs at the I1Cold Pie Shopu in Maydena wheye some of us had a late breakfast while others just topped up the system. Two members who shall remain nameles staged a boxing match outside the shop blissfully unaware of an enthusiastic group of spectators watching from inside. Somebody vms heard to remark that he would arra ye a title bout with Lionel Rose for the winner! We passed through he barrier a little after nine following the usual signing ceremony and drove to our parking area at the end of the left branch of the Junee Quarry Road. Although the day was fine and sunny we ch::nged into our wet weather gear as the bush was obviously saturated. Sally and ~lbert were jointly awarded first prize for the most colourful outfits in the party. Ye left the cars at 9.45 and found that a rough track had been built going diagonally up the limestone spur almost as far as the Nationc7.1 Park boundary giving us a good start. At 10.00 we left the track and started blazing a tr~ck in the general direction of JP 4. Once over thc top of the ridge we angled down the other side towards the north-west and eventually dropped down into the dry valley downstrecm fron JP 4. This spot is marked by three parallel bands of red t3,pe on a small tree. From here on the route was obvious and little m~rking was ne~ded. JP 4 was reached at 11.45. We decided to have a look at JP 4 first and used our 60 ft. rope on the 10 ft. entrcncc pithh. Despit~ the uninspiring entrance the cave is roomy and pleasant inside particularly when wearing waterproofs. Between the first and second waterfall pitch an entrance to a higher level can be seen which could 2asily be entered with the aid of a climbing pole. The second 10 ft. pitch required a rope so we had to borrow it from the first pitch having made sure we did not have to do an Indian rope trick to get out. noth her 40 ft. of slopiw passage bringd one to the top of the third waterfall gitch. It is impossible to look down it as the first 15 ft. is an 80 slope. However, since it can be by-passed via JF 5 there is no need to dcscend this pitch. After emerging we had lunch followed by anothcr track blazing effort to reach Czuldron Pot(JP 2). Thc blazed track we put in runs
Speleo Spi& august, 1970. east above the Perm&&n boundary. Ve headed downhill almost into one of the holes near JF 3. This part of the track is not recommended in the dark. A lot more exploration is required in this area. When we reached Caxldron Pot it proved a most impressive sight. A ladder was rigged to obtain a better view down thz hole. The water disappears from sight about 100 ft. down. This pot represents sone tough exploration problems and wet suits may be required. 1Je left Cauldron Pot at 3.45 stopped at JF 4 for somc refreshments and were back at the cars at 5.35just as it was getting dnrk. JF 4-5 scems to offer the most promising prospects for further exploration. The next party should descend JP 5 and take a good look at the problems involved in descending mterfall pitch no. 4. The day trip was enjoyed by all. The weathcr was kind 2nd we zchieved our objectives. Noel White took two mzasurements gf the dip of the limsstone. At JF 4 it dips 40' in a direction 29 east of true north. At JF 2 the dip was 60' and direction 229' true. The two czves seem to be located on opposing limbs of 2" synciinal structure and may well join. Albert Goede. Saturday 8th hugust, 1970. Plorentine Valley.(~elcome Stranger Cave) Party: A, ~oede(leader), Sally Morris, Peter and Julie Henley, Denis Seymour, Delin and knne Maloney, Vies Carpenter, Judy Chambers, Max and Laurie Howard. This was the best attended trip held for some time. Peter, Julie, Albert and Sally left Hobart shortly after 7 a.m. and met Denis ar~d his two nieces at the barrier with Yes coming later with the remainder of the party. k misty, frosty morning clcared to a pleasant sunny day which gave us a spectzcular visw of snow covered mountains Our first objective was Welcome Strangzr Case but we took a wrong turning off FD 9 and finished up in snow high up on the lower slopes of Mt.Field West. Peter turned out to be well equipped with chains and we were able to drive to the end of the road to confirm our error. 'fie turned back 2nd soon found the right place. All except Denis haaicd for the cave entrance only to find it flooded to a depth of scveral feet with the creek running stnongly out of the entrance. ~fter some searching Sally located the upper ehtrance first discovered by S.C.S. and this proved to be a reasonably dry route into the cave. Inside the creek had risen little although carrying a lot more water than usual. Yie followcd the ugper levels and went as far as then final siphon before returning along the creek. Peter proved that unlike some mainland cavers 'x9est Australians are not bothned by large qu~~ntities of cold running water undarground. When we emcrged for a late lunch we found that :Yes h2d just arrived with the rest of the party and Albert went back to the cave to show them the top entrance. Laurie expressed strong feelings about the madness of cavers crawling into wet and slimy holes, and was pleased to discover that the cave does open out further in. Albert returnd to the surface and took the rest of the party up the Florentine road for a leisurely tour. No one was inclinzd to get back into wet, muddy caving gear but the entrances to Csshion Creek Cave and Franconbe Cave were visited and given the numbers JF 6 and JF 7, respectively. All in all it was a pleasant day and for once we returned to Hobart at a reasonable hour. Albert Goedeo Tuesday 11 August, 1970 Junee urea. Party: A. Goede(lez.der), Simon Stephens. This was really z university trip for Blbert to check up on his water level recorder in Junee Cave but some time was left over for caving activities which proved very profitable. In the morning WC visited Junee Cave and after spending some time adjusting the recordm we put the number JF 8 just inslde the entrance to add Ju-nee to our list of numbered caves. We then climbed up the dry val:ey behind Junee where Simon had discovered some holes a few years ago after the bushfircs. We found that a dense vegetation of bracken, blackberries and fireweed now covered the area but two holes ,iverc found. One was too small to enter but the other a few yards 2w2.y turned out to be a 12 ft. leading into a lowroofed chanber about 10 X 15 feet and ed along the strike. The limestone here dips westerly as at Junee. No extensmons were found and weireturned to the car for a late lunch. After seeing Don we went through the barrier and hdaded up the left brarch of the Junee Quar~y Road to look for ;F 1. It took us almost an hour to find it but it was quite an impressive entrance with clean walls in
Spelec Spi>15 limestone dipping steeply to %h2 east. The entrance pitch slopes dcwn at 60' 2nd required a rope. ~hc number gzve us positive idontificiition showing that nur numbering system is already showing dividends, We wcnt back to the car to get our gear and mped the entrance pitch. Sevcral pronising passages lading off below and slo5ing steeply dowmcards all c~:ne to dead ends and Simon renarked that the cave hardly deserved its number 1. However, we wdre puzzled by the presence cf draught znd Sinon discovered that it vms possible to climb upwards. Not a very promising lead when you are close to the surface bct we triid and found a ro,zmy chamber with a daylight hole opening out above the normal entrance. There was some fornation but the only sizeable ljassage leading off soon petered out after sloping d.own stezsly, We did however, find a 20 ft.. hole in the floor which reqired ladder. st the bottom we found a small muddy chamber with all obvious leads blocked. However, dlbert discovered one unpromising squeeze that after a right-angled bend opened up into a sizeable chanber with a floor covered by large blocks of talus. Prom here 2 narrow winding rift could b.; seen leading downwards at a steep angle and a distinct draught wxs present. We managed to climb down through the talus and went down the rift. A short distance further on the pass2ge appeared to be blockod but we found that the blockage was just 2 piece of false floor that could easily be rernovsd. with a hammer and the passage could be seen to open out below. As we had no hammer and it was getting rather late we reluctantly turnsd back. Back in the tculus chamber we found some lzrge bones encrusted with 11moonmilki3 f'ormtion and embedded in the floor. Two bones were collected for identification. A very pronising cave which needs further investig~~tion. Depth reached so far is approx. 150 ft. The cave has no running water and requires only one 100 ft. rope and one 30 ft. lndder as far as explored. An added advantage is that it is only a five rxLnu+e walk from the ctxs. We will be back soon! !!!!
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