BLUE RIDGE GROTTO
Pat Sims Al Stewart Carl
Cornett Mary Sue Socky
Feller Trish Geiger Susan
Burr Dave Socky
Perdue Cole Frantz Carl Alls Marian
*Sam Aguilera *Ben
Johnson *Clay Johnson *Leonard Rowe
Clay and Ben Johnson and friends
visited Sinks of Gandy, WVa, and Stillhouse
Cave, WV during OTR.
Straley’s Cave, VA. (Oct. BRG trip) Doug Feller, Trish Geiger, Dave Socky, Susan Burr,
Pat Sims, Carl
Cornett, Matt & Holly Poole,
David & Zan Rose. Three of them found the wrong entrance (Straley’s
#2). Eventually they found all three
entrances, and did them all (does this count as one or three cave trips?). Nice formation area. Carl Cornett
did the inside pit drop. To amuse herself, Susan Burr and others practiced
anatomically correct clay SpeleoArt.
Good 2 – 3 hour trip to a pretty little cave.
26-28, & 31: Dixie Caverns Haunted
Cave! 28 cavers volunteered, raised
$2000.00 for cave conservation. It’s fun
to scare the tourists.
Aaron Moses offered a vertical
practice session at the Hanging Rock cliffs.
Aaron’s Dad, Carl Cornett, Rickey Shortt, Leanne Barley,
Doug Feller, Dave and Nick Socky also hung around.
10/27-28: Gap Cave Survey, Cumberland
Gap National Forest, VA. Dave Socky joined the CRF, and went on a 16 ½
hour survey trip in Gap
part of the survey was in walking passage, with booming breakdown. Dave had fun!
11/3: Grand Caverns, VA. Susan, Pat,
Mary Sue and Nick cleared brush from a swale.
replace an old pavilion roof. Nick Socky
was the only one from BRG to get
underground – he went into Fountain
Cave and helped the Biggers Clan with their dig.
Dave Socky and other Virginia Cave Board
members took a tour of Luray Caverns, VA.
Yes, they are still playing the Stalacpipe Organ that taps on the
formations with tiny mallets during the commercial cave trip.
Not a cave trip, but LOTS of Cavers
– Dave & Mary Sue Socky and Al
Stewart carpooled up to the WVCC Christmas Banquet
in Lewisburg Theater. Let’s see, other BRG
members present were Bob
Johnson, Ed & Marianne Saugstad, Alex Sproul, and John Michener.
11/10: Carl Cornett,
Dan & Marian
McConnell, and Sandy Ramsey took two groups of NC Boy Scouts into Tawney’s
Cave and Link’s Cave, VA. The scouts did great! They
met the other keyholder group, Jim Tennant
and JRG, while in Tawney’s.
11/11: Carl Cornett,
Cole Frantz, Dan
& Marian McConnell, Brian Williams, Brian’s
friends Heather NLN and Becky NLN, Bob Boeren,
John Willoughby rappelled into Catawba Murder Hole, VA. This
was Bob & John’s first trip
underground, and they were a bit overwhelmed.
Everyone went to the Middle Level; Carl, Heather and Becky did the in-cave rappel to the very bottom, and
all the way back. Carl described the
bottom as “Peanut Butter Mud”.
????TAG – Doug Feller, Carl Cornett, Rickey
Shortt, Leanne Barley,
John Layman and Cameron Hall did a classic TAG
trip. First, they did a -180 foot warm-up
pit, THEN: -586 foot Fantastic Pit in Ellison’s Cave, GA. They
used some interesting rigging at the lip bolts.
Not much rope was on the bottom – just enough, plus a knot.
17 (tomorrow) BRG trip to Starnes Cave, VA. Doug Feller is leader. Free climbable entrance leads to the second
largest room under VA. Multi level cave,
group will do the horizontal trip, then leave cave. Hardcore vertical cavers will rappel the
lower levels in search of the lowest, muddiest, wettest, and nastiest cave they
1-2: Grand Caverns resurvey.
22 – Bone
WVa. Dave Socky is leader.
NCRC Weeklong @ Salem, VA.
Photos by Carl Cornett, dialogue by Carl
Cornett and Marian McConnell. Special thanks to Trish Geiger for getting her work
computer for the slide show.
Equipment Fund $ 321.00
Total: $ 5681.04
Newsletter: Send in your artwork, photos, and articles.
your dues! Cards will be mailed
S&T: No Report”. Marian says Dan
is working on another vertical session at RocWood.
& Means: vacant
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 family member.
Hosting a future Fall VAR (Susan Burr) no site yet.
Susan is getting discouraged. If
we find a site, JRG is willing to help with the VAR
Haunted Cave Meltdown (Wrap-Up) – 28 cavers raised $2000.00 for
cave conservation. See attachment.
Cards. Marian displayed two designs, and
asked folks to vote. The “Bat”
version of the Christmas card will be sent to landowners.
BRG Christmas Dinner –
12/21/2007, @ Mamma Maria’s in Salem,
VA. SIGN UP
& PAY SUSAN! 4 entrees were selected from the menu: Lasagna,
Fettuccini Alfredo, Meatballs, Stuffed Shells
BRG Website: Dave Socky
and Shawn Hinchy. Nothing to report.
BRG Nominations. No additional nominations were cast. Nominations were closed.
BRG Elections. Doug Feller motions that the current slate of
officers be elected to another year in office.
Dave Socky seconds. The vote passed by acclimation.
Proposed quarry in Botetourt Co. VA.
Marian McConnell attended the
planning commission meeting, joined app. 100 residents in speaking against the
proposed Rockydale Quarry, which would destroy several Timber
Ridge caves, and pollute creek habitats for endangered mussels. Botetourt
Co. Supervisors will make final decision 11/27/2007. Marian will keep us
VAR Site Check Reimbursement. Pat
Sims proposes that BRG reimburses
gas money fro those who are driving to check out campgrounds. Dave Socky seconds motion. Motion passes unanimously.
- Desperately seeking a campground, preferably with
electricity near the 220N corridor or Lexington area of I-81. Reply to Susan
Burr, firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-989-5809.
- 2008 SERA/VAR brochures, describing the upcoming weekend in June
- Rock & Mineral Show @ Salem Civic Center Nov 23-25.
Minutes submitted by
Secretary, Blue Ridge Grotto.
attachments on p. 4 & p.5)
(Attachment: Mamma Maria’s)
The $ 75.00 deposit will be refunded if 25+ adults attend.
Hours: 7p to 11p
reserved the back banquet room
BRG meeting: 7p to 10p (or so)
ABC on – beer, wine, mixed drinks
Buffet style. We need
to choose 4 items from the menu below to be put on our buffet:
Salad, antipasto, bread, dessert,
etc. will also be offered on the buffet.
call Dominick 1 week before (by Dec. 14) to give him a head count and tell him
what 4 entrée’s we want.
Price: Kids, 9 yrs.
old and under will be half price.
Adults: $12.50 + tax + 18% gratuity. (OK: per person price of $16.00
We need to have paid for orders by
Dec. 10, 2007
Maria’s Entrées from Choice 1 column (choose 4)
Penne ala Pomodoro
Sausage Peppers & Onions
with Garlic & Oil
Penne ala Pomodoro
2007 Haunted Cave Wrap-Up)
HC 2007 Actual
James River Grotto
Frazier 111 20% = $400.00
Hannah Frazier 11
Harry Sowers 111
New River Valley Grotto
Fox 111 17% = $340.00
JoAnna Fox 111
Leanne Barley 1
Bill Pond 1
VPI Cave Club
Caitlin Cooke 1 17%
Zulema Galvan 11
Lisa Gunderman 1
Kaitlyn Hart 1
Alice Jaworski 1
Brian Wolford 1
Blue Ridge Grotto
Leanne Barley 1 46%
Trish Geiger 1
Cameron Hall 1
Sue Socky 1111
Nick Socky 111
TOTALS: 29 cavers donated 54 night’s worth of scaring
$2000.00, to be split between the four grottos.
(this is a letter to JRG.
Similar letters were sent to the other grottos).
James River Grotto of the
c/o Chuck Waller
Altavista, Va. 24517
Thank you so
much for helping with the 2007 Dixie Caverns
The owner, the
manager, and the HC Director were very pleased with our “scaring and haunting
year’s Haunted Cave
was a success. Mrs. Browning donated a total of $2,000.00 for the caver
volunteers, and she thanks the cavers for their dedication and hard work.
Enclosed you will find a check for your grotto efforts.
does request that the grottos make a donation to the National Caves
Association, as part of our cave conservation efforts.
calculated that 5 JRG Cavers volunteered 11 “worknights”or
20% of the “haunting” effort. That gives JRG a total of $400.00 for cave conservation.
Mary Sue Socky
Blue Ridge Grotto of the
James River Grotto Participants
Hannah Frazier (T) Mike
Frazier Neil Gunter Matt Lair Harry Sowers
Caverns Haunted Cave 2007
Names, addresses of various cave conservation & safety organizations. There are more cave conservancies out there,
too! (see http://www.caves.org/committee/conservation/ for more info)
American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA)
119 East Main Street,
P.O.Box 409, Horse Cave, KY 42749
Cave Conservancy, Inc.
Hills Lane, Marion, VA 24354-1670
Bat Conservation International (BCI)
162603, Austin, TX 78716
of the Virginias (CCV)
13131 Overhill Lake Lane, Glen Allen,
Local rescue squads
Mid Atlantic Karst
Indiana Karst Conservancy
PO Box 2401, Indianapolis,
National Caves Association (NCA)
280, Park City, KY 42160
Society (NSS) Save the Caves Fund
2813 Cave Avenue, Huntsville,
AL 35810-4413 USA
PO Box 71857, Chattanooga
The Nature Conservancy
Worldwide Office Virginia
North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 490 Westfield Road
Arlington, VA 22203-1606 Charlottesville, VA
John Fox C/o Janet Tinkham,
Street, 360 Kings Drive,
Radford, VA 24141 Fort Valley, VA 22652
Virginia Cave Board
Virginia Division of Natural Heritage
of Conservation and Recreation
217 Governor Street, 3rd Floor, Richmond, VA 23219
Virginia Speleological Survey (VSS)
572 Spruce Street, Monterey VA
Cave Conservancy (WVCC)
243, Frankford, WV 24938