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1, TR~P;lJ$P@.il!S Junee Area December IS69 Party:iime and Terry Parkes Cave number I discovered,initial exploration carried out,cave numbered, Report not available as yet. Junee Area :-Sunday 21-T2-'69 Party:Brian and Jeanette Collin ,Y?esley Carpenter, John Taylor(l4. ) Stephen Tickell(1L ) Preliminary exploration was carried out on the two caves recently discovered in the Junee area,a new cave was found and was also explored to the limit of available equipment-The three caves were numbered 2,3&4 The weather was fine but previous rain had swollen the creeks flowing into caves 2 2 4 s~1.Tficiently to provide an interesting sgecta,cle but wet troggi.ng, The creek entering No.2 cave flow off the sandstone by way of a waterfall that extends directly into a sinlthole .The only feasable l, way into the hole is from the side onto a ledp some I20 I't. dovn,we had I10 ft-of ladder and John could only make an aerial appraisal whilst being showered wEth water.Further progress is likely to be wet, Cave No,3(new find)is reasonably dry and is located on the sandstone/limestone boundary about 3OOycl3 .vrest of cave ?Jo,2,Tlle IIOft ,of ladder again proved too short by an estimated 40ft,This type of entry to the expected underground system is what is required and further exploration of this cave could be rewarding, Cave No.4 had a really good flow of vrster entering it but progres tothe previous point reacl?ed,some 50 yds. in,vras easily accomplished and a further 30 ft. covered,At this point the creel: descends nagnificently into a large hole ,Air movement ~~3s inwards and some interesting trogging is assured, .On the way to FJo-2 cave a good route was found and the trip took 13hours,coming out I think we followed Albertts footsteps and it took a good 2 hour S .A rarlced rowte to the caves is desirable, R long day but rewarding caving, Zrian Collin, Revelation Cave: Saturday 10-I-'70. Party: -3rian Collin, Fhillip Collin(Sydney) ;John TAKLOR(b'i, ) The unpromisi-ng dig was lengthened to about I5 ft, at which stage it was abandoned by common consent, The neighbouring wet s?ueeze was successf~lly negotiated and further progress made for some G ftAt this point a "fl.attenerll about 6" high was encountered,It would be possible to dig throur~h this with considerable difficulty,but RS there was absolutely no air movement all participants agreed it vrould be more rewarding to find another cave, Revelation Cave descends at ab0u.t 45 degrees to a depth of about 450 ft, in a fissure systen1,The fissures are at least 10 feet high but near the end of the cave the floor levels off ancl the creek dis~ppears under solid roc?r as described earlier. E.R.Collin.
Junee Area:Sunday II-I-'70 Party;Allan Keller,Brian Collin,Bob Coc!:erill(S,C,S.),rJray(S.C.S,), John Taylor(Ke1bourne) ,Paul(C.C.T.) and Lesley(Vic. ) .A truly combined trip. In the absence of a repor-t from Allan,a brief summary will have to suffice, Caves numbered 2,3 and 4 visited.Cave No.5 discovered.This cave is a fissure type some I00 yds. S.E. of Ho.4.Cave No.4 entered to top of first waterfal1,Cnve 5 entered b,y two 60 ft. pitches to bottom of first waterfall in No.4 cave.hrther progress stopped by more waterfalls ,Cave 3 bot;toniecl at I60 ft. ,dead end.Cave 2 looked .* at from the top. Of note:-7 people ,300 ft. of ladder, 1% hours rough walking through bush.IT CAII ZE DONX! B,i3.Collin. %stings Area(Vo1f Hole) I8-I' 70 Farty ; Peter Brabon ,gill Hodge Eernard Iiovre ,Robin Booth, Pet er Hehan ( I and 21 Adventure &imp boys. ... Bill,&dney(BillVs younger brother),and I leit Hobart Saturday afternoon via Blaclunans Bay to pick up two-way radios from Kenk hTeerding which we were to use on Sunday for the ladder pitches, On Sa.turday evening we pitched the 4 ladders at the Volf Hole, At 10,30A,iL on Sunday,the first of the party of I0 boys(I4-16) started to descend the ladder ,the remainder were to follow at 12.30, The descent was slow and tedious and some boys speeded things up by abseiling down, I had three trips to the lake during the day -no chance of getting lost now,and was then relieved by Peter Helman. ?!ith boys caning up and down the ladders all day(27 in all used the ladders),the radios were invaluable and Gill did a sterling job .. as o'perator, There were no mishaps and I think the boys will remember the ladder drop for some time, Peter Drabon Exit Cave: Beekend 24-25 Jan. 1970, Party: Brim Collin ,Peter Helman, John Taylor ,Coralie Eglington(N.S.Y. ) and the Adventure Camp party:fiyron,Peter,Garry,David and Robert, Kainly an introductory and sightseeing trip but with some interesting exploring carried out by a party of three headed by Peter HeIm,?n ina new passage they discovered near the first base camp. After negotiating a small squeeze which had considerable air movement they proceeded for several hundred feet. The air movement indicates a larger extension than so far found and I suspect Peter will have another look during his extended stay underground as another Adventure Camp party were to enter ZXit on Sunday evening and come out on Tuesday. Of interest were the high water marks left from the rains during December;at least 20ft. over the normal creek level near the inner base canp C, 2 ft. over the first base c~unp.
an enjoyable trip with an enthusiastic and capable party, B.R.Collin, Lorinna Area: Long V!eeIiend 24,252 26 Jan. 1970. Party:-Peter Jean Braboi1,Robin C. Juciy Footh plus baby Greg,Clive C. Saaly Xorris plus baby David ,Benlard I-lowe ,\'layne Turner and Patricia and Roward Ashcroft, @ Robin 2 CO. left H0bart Friday afternoon en route to Lorima via ZJlverstone(lost qpin) arriving at Lorinna Inthe early hours of J the morning.The 3 cars that left Hobart on Saturday morning arrived at Lorinna show,gound on the Forth River at 2 ?.m. and found no difficulty in finding the campiix; spot due to large number of tents already pitched, After lunch,some of the party set out to see whxt caves could be found and after walking dovmstrem for a +mile found a creek flowing into the Forth.The party vmllced u.pstrean through bleclrberries etc-but the only hole found vtas just big enough for a h.ead.As the weather was hot,the party returned to camp to refreshen. On Sunday norninr~ anoLher expedi.tion set out to the other area of limestone. After wall tin^; up the road out OS the showground to inhe Loriizna roxl wc turned right ancl walked Cio\n1 until we reached a bridke witeh a creel; Slowin, tov~c7~ds the FoiAh ri~er.2~~ bIacl:b~rries prevented any chance of ~mlking ~lo11g its banks we headed downstream in the creek itself C. after I5 ininutes .;et-tin:, around water hazards logs etc. we came across some linestone clifYs nith some small holes from which water flo~.jed out here L there.'.i'he only c~~ue found in this area Y~S at t17.e base of c? 30 foot cliff. .'!it.h the aid of a torch I bent over the entrmce only to drop my ciprettes out of ny top pocket dovm about I0 feet onto th9 floor nhich appenred to be a sm~ll chamber about I0 feet square, I we~t down to investigate and after retrieving the cigarettes the rest of tllc party followed. There was a shaft to the left which vxmt dora 30 feet to a cholce with vmter at the bottom. Some fornation TICIS sec11 21~0 tvo cave spiders complete with egg sacsAfter leavin,~ t13.c cave we headed dolmst.ream but nothing else was found. The creel.: eventually -took us more or less back to camp. As Robin 2 Clive had to work Sunday evening they headed back to IJobart (about a five hour drive ) follovied later by Pcter L Joan. Bepnard & *;!c?yne decided to stag Sund:>y night. A very enjoy;-\ble trip with good weather ?,nd the spectacular scenery ~vas talcen in by all. The road back to Sovrie Park was full of interest with remnants of ninj.n; days gone by. Pe-t er Crabon.
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In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club
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