BLUE RIDGE GROTTO
January 18, 2008
Pat Sims Al
Stewart Carl Cornett Mary Sue Socky
Doug Feller Trish Geiger Susan
Jen Perdue Greg McCorkindale Dan McConnell Marian McConnell
Socky, Rick Shortt, Aaron Moses
Leanne Barley, Carl Cornett, Doug Feller,
Geiger, Clay and Ben
Johnosn, Leonard Rowe, Carl Alls, Sam Aguliera - BRG
trip to Starnes Cave, VA. After
the regular horizontal trip, Dave, Carl Cornett, Rick, Leanne & Aaron re-entered and did some of the
vertical drops in the cave.
Socky, Bob Alderson, other cavers
went surveying in Gap Cave, VA/KY. CRF project.
Exited the cave @4a – an 18 hour trip.
2007 Actually 12/2/2007) : Cole’s uncle,
Spencer Frantz, is friends with landowners/cave owners Mr. & Mrs. Crumley
(who own Trebark Outfitters). Cole Frantz, Spencer Frantz, Carl Cornett Brian
Williams and Marian McConnell
visited 3 caves on the Crumley property:
the Root Cellar, and the Whine Cellar (this one had a nuisance
drop in it). BRG
needs to come back in the spring and survey these three Botetourt
Co. VA caves. They
did not see bears, but they DID see bear claw marks in one of the caves.
12/8/07: Trish Geiger
and company were the second group through the newly dug horizontal entrance of Maxwelton Cave, WVA.
(This entrance has slumped
shut since then – it needs a culvert or something)
12/8/07: Marian McConnell,
Carl Cornett, parents and Girl
Scouts toured Island Ford Cave,
VA and did some conservation
12/22/07: Dave Socky, Doug Feller,
Carl Cornett, Pat
Sims, Susan Burr
- BRG trip to Bone-Norman cave was scuttled due to high water levels. Instead, they went to Friar’s Hole System, WVA. They did the North
Entrance to Snedegars’s Saltpeter entrance.
They left Carl’s, webbing at
the drop, did look at the sump, but did not enter They
also checked out an unknown hole on the side of the road (it was NOT
1/12/2008: Dave Socky, Ed Saugstad,
Larry Fisher, and Gordon Cole surveyed fromt eh Box
Car Room to the Right Hand Waterfall in Maxwelton
1/13/08: Pat Sims and Susan Burr, Harry & Larry Sowers, Paul Pocovich
(PA) Jim Pugh,
Mark Morton, Clark and Paul Poindexter, Paul
Stern, and Mike Frazier of JRG visited the Lipps
Entrance area of Organ Cave,
Sowers was leader. They did two “grids” of the cave, made it back to an
area with lots of pretty formations, a wall of helectites that Susan named
“Cave Gone Wild”. They
saw Bob Handley’s name and date 1958
on the wall (smoked in carbide) and got as far as the DUG Passage. Good
5 ½ hour cave trip.
1/18/2008: Carl Cornett,
Chris Coates, and Nikki Fox did Pig Hole, VA. Nice drop, interesting
in-cave climbs. They ascended out the entrance pit.
(tomorrow) BRG trip to Lipps
Entrance of Organ
Cave, WVa. Ed Stwpston is leader, Dave
Socky is BRG coordinator. It should be a good trip!
2008 Carter Cave
Crawlathon, KY. Perfect for the beginner caver!
2008: Grand Caverns resurvey. Contact
Carol Tiderman to join the group.
16: Annual bust ass trip to Lightner
Entrance McClung’s Cave, WVa. This is a vertical trip!!
16: Doug Feller is offering to lead a kinder,
gentler cave trip to Clark’s Cave, VA. (Susan started complaining about the nuisance
drop to the entrance of Clarks, so Doug also
mentioned the possibility of a Paxton’s
Do” and” Lechuguilla”, two multimedia presentations shown at the 2007 NSS
General Fund $ 6051.00
Equipment Fund $
Total: $ 6947.22
Send in your artwork, photos, and articles.
your dues! Cards, membership list and By-Laws will be mailed out in March
ROCKS: Three caves in Botetourt
Co VA need surveying (See Crumley property)
S&T: Dan mentioned
working on getting RocWood for BRG
sometime in February. RocWood IS open to
the public again, as of 1/2008.
Membership Proposals –
tabled, nothing new. NSS Membership
brochures are at the front desk.
Pay your 2008 dues to the treasurer. $10.00 per person, $5.00 each additional
a future Fall VAR (Susan Burr) We have a site! Covington
Moose Lodge. Date: Sept. 19-21.
JRG is willing to help with the VAR
Cave Meltdown (Wrap-Up) – 28 cavers raised $2000.00 for cave conservation. We need to decide how to distribute the
funds. Susan Burr and Dave
Socky will work up a potential disbursement, to be printed in the Feb. DUMP and will come up as business in Feb..
BRG Xmas Cards. Only 4 came back. Marian will hand deliver
one, get the correct address for our records.
BRG Xmas Dinner – 12/21/2007, @ Mamma
Maria’s in Salem, VA. Dinner
was great! Do it again next year!
BRG Website: Dave
Socky and Marian McCOnnell afe doing the home page. This
will be most useful for Fall VAR, too.
- BSA trip in March. Mary Sue will lead.
- 2008 SERA/VAR brochures, describing the
upcoming weekend in June 2008.
Meeting ended 8:50p.
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