BLUE RIDGE GROTTO
April 18, 2008
Pat Sims Al
Stewart Mary Sue Socky Doug
Susan Burr Dave Socky Carl
Alls Trish Geiger
Carl Cornett Cyndi Hutchison Todd Martin
Pat Sims (VC) was acting Chair in Marian
VAR weekend in Grand Caverns. Mary Sue Socky and Carol Tiderman collected trash,
hid wire with rock and mud. Susan Burr, Pat
Sims, Bob Thren, Charles Kahn, the Biggers Clan moved rock in Fountain Cave. The dig did not go. Carol and Mary Sue gave a guided cave tour,
since the staff was “short handed”.
4/22: BRG members, led by Dave
Socky, went to Crossroads Cave,
VA. We all had a real good time – in the
floorless canyons. (Cole was NOT
happy.) Crossover passage to Thin Man’s Bypass – we found out who the thin people were, and
who the fat asses were, too. Some could
only get through if they went backwards!
Maxwelton Survey. A 14 ˝ hour survey
trip for Dave Socky, Drew Toth,
---------Richardson, and Errol…………..
The Subway section of Water Sinks Cave,
VA. A great trip into a water-washed cave! We were in for only a short time, but there
is still going passage and many leads. Phil Lucas
has some spectacular footage of the cave flooding, inside and out!
Rick Shortt, Leanne Barley, Aaron Moses
and Doug Feller visited 3 WVa
vertical caves: Black
which had two dropes, ending in a dead bottom pit
with water. A-1 Cave, entered through a
steep, trash filled
sink to horizontal entrance.
At a crevice, there was an 80 foot drop, and a 100-foot drop futher in the cave.
Aaron, of course, chose the wrong, unstable route. There was some horizontal cave in A-1, and
the 80’ pit connected into the 100’ pit.
Sunday 4/20/08 – Vertical 120’ drop at Grapevine Pit, Horisontal off-trail
caving in Lost World Caverns. BRG will donate $5/person to Lost World owner for
use of his cave. Dave
Socky alos wants some more footage of cable ladder
techniques – with cavers wearing helmets, this time, please!
4/26/08 – Pink
Helectite Cave Sinkhole cleanup.
5/3/08 – Grand Caverns. Mary Sue Socky
and Marian McConnell will give
caving presentations to 150 Boy
Scouts, then go caving. Pat
& Susan will just go caving.
6/5-8/08 – Spring VAR/SERA Cave Carnival, Bristol,
May 17 BRG trip – to Pocahontas
Poor Farm Cave, Pocahontas Co. WV. Pat
Sims is leader. Trip will leave from
HROM at 8a!!
Program: Hellhole, narrated by Ed Devine. (2nd try) Good video, good
General Fund $ 4888.37
Equipment Fund $ 341.00
Thanks for your submissions! Send in your artwork, photos, and
will be rising by 1 cent in mid-May 2008.
copies of the BRG Membership List
and Constitution are available at the front desk.
S&T: No report
Membership Proposals –
Nothing tabled, nothing new.
NSS Membership brochures are at the front desk.
BRG Website: The new website is AWESOME! Check it out!
Pat Sims may have some moer panorama photos of the Fall VAR site.
Hosting Fall VAR 2008 (Susan Burr)
Site is Covington Moose Lodge.
Date: Sept. 19-21. BRG
and JRG are co-hosting the 2008 Fall VAR.
- We may get ice for free (from
the Moose Lodge) on Saturday night.
- ML has OK’d “tree climbing”,
fishing, and bonfire. One
established and one optional bonfire site.
- Susan has asked for donations
for door prizes. Keep them
- App. 12 led cave trips are line
up. There are also ridgewalking and
above ground activities.
- JRG will NOT be doing T-shirts.
- Guest speaker is a definite
maybe. We may need additional slide
shows to “fill in”
- We WILL Have
use of the kitchen connected to the pavilion. Great place to hold breakfast.
- NEEDED: a pop up tarp to expand
the registration area. (What about
a rental tarp, or from a funeral home??)
Syndrome (WNS) nothing new
to report. Scientists still DO NOT know what is sickening, killing the bats, or how
it is spread.
- Pat Sims noticed a discrepancy
on the WNS listing for Lipps/Organ and Friar’s Hole. Are they opened or closed? Mary Sue Socky volunteered to find out and
- Please see websites, etc. to
stay up to date on what has been found, and current proper caver “gear
- Spring VAR contacted BRG, asked if we would consider donating two FALL VAR registrations
as door prizes to Spring VAR 2008.
In exchange, we would get a free ˝ page ad for Fall VAR in their
program. (This is a goodwill
gesture and great positive press).
D. Socky motioned that BRG
donate the 2 registrations/exchange.
S. Burr seconds. Vote:
10 for, 1 anti. Motion Passes.
- BRG Pool Party. Do we want to
have one in 2008? YES! When?
Proposed in place of the
meeting (and hopefully avoid the bluegrass festival). Date
tabled, will be decided at the May meeting.
- Dixie Caverns Haunted Cave 2008 – Is a GO. The 9 nights of Hell will be held only
on Friday and Saturday nights for the entire month of Octobeber this year. (Those nights have been the only
money-makers for the caverns). Mary Sue Socky will coordinate the cavers, David Hawks
will be Haunted Cave Director. Oct.
3, 4,10,11,17, 18, 24, 25, 31.
- Thank You letters for BRG’s generosity with Haunted Cave
funds from Nature Conservancy, NSS
Cave Vandalism Deterrence Committee.
WVACS sends a verbal “thanks” via Dave
- 2008 SERA/VAR brochures, describing the
upcoming weekend in June 2008.
- NCRC Weeklong Preregistration May 3-10, 2008, Mentone, AL.
- NSS Convention
2008 (Lake City FL)
Aug. 11-15, 2008 registration info.
- Clean Valley Day April 5, 2008. Does anyone want to do a cleanup
Meeting ended 8:40p.
Minutes submitted by
Secretary, Blue Ridge Grotto.