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Past CCG Activities in 2007

Note: This is an edited version of the original website content. Some content (such as location details) is deleted to save space and most contact info has been replaced with "<snip>".

Late December 2007 -  Early January 2008: West Virginia Caving
The Central Connecticut Grotto has scheduled another New Years' trip to West Virginia. Our friends at the West Virginia Association For Cave Studies (WVACS) have offered us the use of their field station again in Renick, which has bunk rooms, kitchens, hot showers, wood stoves, and serious caver ambience. We will be in the heart of caving country. Some of the caves we are considering are Friars' Hole, Organ Cave, Scott Hollow, and the Higgenbothams. There will be both vertical and horizontal trips, and we always try to accommodate all skill levels. For more info contact the CCG at <snip> and include "West Virginia Caving" in the subject line.

Dec 18, 2007 Tuesday 6:30pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting with Elections and Holiday Party and Presentation on Alaska Caving by Lee Boop
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. Details on this meeting are here December Meeting .For a view of HRP from Google Earth see HRP. For direction related info call 860-674-9570 (days) and ask for Bob Simmons.

Dec 16 or 30, 2007 Sunday: Schoharie Cave - Schoharie NY and Climbing Gym - Albany NY
This is a beginners level trip. Schoharie Cave is a generally horizontal walking passage with a little rock scrambling. Thourghout most of the cave is covered with cold water from a few inches to a few feet deep. Ceiling heights vary from 10 to 80 feet. Parking is very close to this cave, unless snow/ice blocks the access road.  The CCG has helmet/light sets available to use for this trip. After Schoharie Cave there is an optional visit to Albany's Indoor RockGym http://www.airrockgym.com/  to do the indoor cave that is more challenging, but warmer and drier, than Schoharie Cave. If interested, please contact the trip leader. If you are not a member of the CCG, please include your full name, address, and phone number. CCG members will be sent detailed information via the members email list. Trip leader: Norm Berg  <snip> or call <snip> (before 9pm).

Dec 9, 2007 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
The board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy will be in Gallupville, NY . See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Dec 2, 2007: Albany Area Caving A Boy Scout trip led by a CCG member and Scout troup leader. There may be space for other cavers. Check with the trip leader, Mark Lucus, for the details via info@ctcavers.org

Dec 1, 2007, Saturday:  Morris Cave in Vermont. For more info on this trip contact co-leaders Alisa and Lori at <snip>

Nov 20, 2007 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates.

Nov 3, 2007, Saturday: Clarksville Cave (aka Ward Gregory) in Clarksville NY. This is a beginner level trip. The CCG has a limited quantity of helmets, headlamps, kneepads, and gloves available for those who need them. Please contact the trip leader in advance if you are interested, and we will decide on times and carpooling arrangements. Leader: Jansen Cardy at <snip> Please put "Clarksville Cave" in the subject line, and include your full name and a phone number. Clarksville Cave info - Clarksville Cave

Oct 27, Saturday: Roxbury Mine and Tory's Cave. We'll be doing a cleanup trip to Roxbury Mine with the option of a visit to nearby Connecticut's Tory's Cave afterwards.  The cleanup will involve a few vertical cavers (we will use a shaft entrance), plus some support personnel to assist above ground.  Basically we will be bagging trash in the mine shaft, hoisting it to the surface, and carrying it down the hill. Fun! We'll meet up in downtown Roxbury around 9 am. Those interested in just the Tory's Cave trip can meet us in at the at the Mine Preserve parking area around 1 pm. If you are interested in either or both trips, contact the co-leaders for the meeting location and time. Jansen Cardy at <snip> and Steve Millet at <snip> Please put "Roxbury Mine and Tory's Cave" in the subject line, and include your full name and a phone number. Retaled Links:  Mine Hill Preserve info - http://www.roxburylandtrust.org/minehill.html  Tory's Cave info - http://www.berkshirehiking.com/hikes/torys_cave.html

Oct 16, 2007 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates.

Oct 13-14, 2007: Schoharie Caving
Mainly a Scout trip to Knox Cave and other nearby caves. Non-scouts are welcome to come for all or part of the weekend. Schoharie Cabin will be open for those wishing to stay over on Saturday night. Check with Steve Millett for caving info and cabin reservations.  <snip>

Sept 18, 2007 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates.

Sept 14-16, 2007: 2007 Fall NRO
Fall meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) hosted by the Central Conn Grotto at Privacy Campground in Hancock MA. For more info: Fall NRO or email <snip>

Sept 9, 2007 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
The board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy will be held in Kent, CT. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

August 30 Sept 3, 2007:  OTR - West Va
Not a CCG event, but there will be CCG cavers and hundreds of other cavers attending. See the website OTR. Need to know more? Come to a CCG meeting and ask.

August 25, 2007 Saturday: McFails Cave - Albany County New York
Vertical and horizontal dry and and wet caving in the largest cave in NY. Contact Jeff MacDonald at <snip>  for more information.

Aug 11, 2007 Saturday: Mystery (Surprise) Cave  near Westbrookville, NY. Mystery Cave is one of the largest and most interesting caves in the Northeast. Lots of mazy passages, nice formations, large rooms, streams, waterfalls, etc. Among the places we will probably visit are Heaven and Hell (yes, those are real places!). This will be an intermediate level trip - some experience is highly recommended. The trip will involve some climbing, chimneying, vertical work, and tight areas. Contact Bob Jacobs for details at <snip>

August 5, Sunday: Monthly Grotto Meeting: Not at the usual place. Afternoon meeting and recreation at a members home in Gilford, CT. Detailed info will be send to members. Non-members, please email <snip>

July 23-27, 2007: NSS Convention  in Marengo, Indiana NSS Convention 2007 website. There are also many caving and special activities before and after the convention.

July 21-22, 2007: Surprise Cave Survey  near Westbrookville, NY. Join the survey group for one or two days to survey Surprise Cave (aka Mystery Cave). Caving experience is required. Survey equipment is provided along with training.  Camping (optional) at nearby Oakland Valley Campground. Contact Peter L. at <snip>. Also see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SurpriseCave/

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July 17, Tuesday: Monthly Grotto Meeting: This meeting is at the summer location in Southington. Meeting opens at 6 pm, with the formal meeting at 8 pm. Members will be sent directions and other details, and non-members may call Norm Berg  <snip>  for information. Vertical practice area (bring climbing gear), also grill setup (bring your own food/drink).

July 8, 2007 Sunday: Surprise Cave Survey  near Westbrookville, NY. Assist with the survey of Surprise Cave (aka Mystery Cave). Caving experience is required. Survey equipment is provided along with training.  Contact Peter L. <snip> . Also see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SurpriseCave/

July 1, 2007 Sunday: Knox Cave  in Knox, NY. Meeting at a CPL near Hartford at 9am. Email co-leader Alisa at <snip> if you wish to come or for more details.

June 19, Tuesday: Monthly Grotto Meeting: This meeting is at the summer location in Southington.

June 16, 2007, Saturday : Met Grotto - Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
Hello cavers. Met Grotto is throwing an all-day affair up in Kingston, NY, on Saturday, June 16. Dubbed "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory,"  the BBQ/Picnic will be held at Hasbrouck Park in the center of town. Map: http://tinyurl.com/2qj9ph. Explore a monstrous nearby mine, rappel 150' shafts (or learn to rappel shorter heights), head to nearby caves or simply hang out in the sun and drink beer. We have the park pavilion from 9-5PM. Approx start 11AM. BBQ all day. Free for members. $10 non-members. Food and drink included. Alcohol is legal with the permit. ***** PLEASE RSVP ***** We will need a head count for planning food and drink. http://www.metgrotto.com/events/

May 26-28, 2007: West Virginia Caving
Conservation Trip to West Virginia On Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. We will be working with local grottos to clean out a sinkhole on the property of our good friend Bill Balfour. Bill has done so much for us and the entire caving community, and this is the perfect opportunity to thank him and do a meaningful cave cleanup project. Nearby are several entrances to the Culverson Creek system; who knows what might be underneath all that trash? Participants are welcome to stay at the WVACS station, and there will also be a pig roast put on by John Pearson of the Bubble Cave Conservancy. To sign up and for more information, contact the CCG Conservation Chair Garth Varian at <snip> and include "West Virginia Caving" in the subject line.

May 18-20, 2007: 2007 Spring NRO
Spring meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) hosted by the MET Grotto at a campground in Central Bridge, NY.  Check http://www.metgrotto.com/2007_Spring_NRO/index.htm for details.

May 16, 2007 Wednesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
Held the day after the usual meeting day. At HRP Associates

May 13, 2007 Sunday: Caving in NW Connecticut
Look for, and perhaps find and explore, some of the obscure caves in Northwest Connecticut. Leader Bob Simmons <snip> <snip> .

May 5-6, 2007 Sat - Sun : NJIRT Basic Orientation to Cave Rescue
The New Jersey Initial Response Team. Check-in and late registration begins at 8:00 am; class starts promptly at 9:00 am. Held at the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad building (Clinton, NJ). Cost is $40/registrant. Registration form: NJIRT 2007 OCR Registration Form. NJIRT website: http://www.njirt.org/

April 27-29, 2007 Fri - Sun : 2007 Spring VAR
Spring meeting of the VAR (Virginia Area Region) http://www.varegion.org/

April 17, 2007 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
Special location, East Hartford CT. For directions call <snip> or <snip> or email <snip> and put "CCG meeting" in the subject line and include your full name and phone number.

April 13-15, 2007 Fri - Sun : Met Grotto Schoharie NY Area
April Showers bring... wet caves. Come on up to Schoharie to indulge in some of the areas finest, a-hem, wet caves. All sorts of trips - horiz, vert, wet, dry, beginner, advanced.  Contact: Scott Sala, <snip>. More info at: MET Grotto

March 20, 2007 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates

March 18, 2007 Sunday: Schoharie Cave - Schoharie NY
Schoharie Cave will be a beginner level trip, It's horizontal with cold water throughout that is three feet deep at times. Ceiling heights vary from 10 to 80 feet and has walking passage with a little rock scrambling. Parking is very close to this cave, unless snow/ice blocks the access road.  The CCG has helmet/light sets available to use for this trip. After Schoharie Cave there is an optional visit to Albany's Indoor RockGym http://www.airrockgym.com/  which has an indoor cave that is more challenging, but warmer and drier, than Schoharie Cave. If interested, please contact the trip leader. If you are not a member of the CCG, please include your full name, address, and phone number. CCG members will be sent detailed information via the members email list. Trip leader: Norm Berg  <snip> <snip> (before 9pm).

March 11, 2007 Sunday: Caving in NW Connecticut
Look for, and perhaps find and explore, some of the obscure caves in Northwest Connecticut. Leader Bob Simmons  <snip> .

February 28, 2007 Wednesday 5:30 - 10 pm: Vertical Practice
Indoors in Manchester, CT at Stone Age Rock Gym. The Gym's regular climbing fee applies to those who climb. See their website for cost, directions, and other info. If interested, contact the leader so he can get an idea of the gear needed. Leader Steve Millett <snip>

February 20, 2007 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates

February 18, 2007 Sunday: Schoharie Cave - Schoharie NY
Cancelled due to heavy snow; see March 18.

February 7, 2007 Wednesday, 5 - 7:30 pm: Rare Book Library at Yale University
The staff at Yale University has arranged for the CCG and interested public to view some of the materials related to caving/caves from Yale's collection. http://www.library.yale.edu/ For information please email <snip> and include "cave book exhibit" in the subject line. In your email please include your name and a phone number.

February 3, 2007 Saturday: Clarksville or other cave -  the Wet Parts - Albany County New York
Visit the wet sections. Wetsuit required. Contact Steve Millett <snip> for more information.

January 27, 2007 Saturday: Tories Cave - Western Connecticut
Suitable for beginners, but like most in the northeast, is wet and cold. Short walk from parking area. Contact Lori Autorino <snip> for more information.

January 20, 2007 Saturday: Onesquethaw Cave - Albany County New York
Suitable for beginners, but likely to be wet and cold. A good deal of easy crawling and short chest deep immersion roughly halfway. Contact Jeff MacDonald for more information.

January 16, 2007 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates

Past CCG Activities in 2008

Note: This is an edited version of the original website content. Some content (such as location details) is deleted to save space and most contact info has been replaced with "<snip>".

Sept 27-28, 2008: NCRC Weekend Orientation to Cave Rescue Seminar The Albany-Schoharie Cave Rescue Team in conjunction with Scho-Wright Ambulance and Gallupville Fire Company will sponsor an NCRC Weekend Orientation to Cave Rescue Seminar in Schoharie County New York on September 27-28, 2008. For those not familiar with the National Cave Rescue Commission weekend seminar, the goal is to give EMS, fire dept., (paid or volunteer), rescue squad, police, (state or local), county sheriff and emergency management personnel, as well as local cavers, an overview of and some limited hands-on experience with cave rescue operations, management and requirements. More info: http://speleobooks.com/OCR/

Sept 12-14, 2008: 2008 Fall NRO
Fall meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) hosted by the Helderberg-Hudson Grotto at Hide-Away Campsites (http://www.hide-a-waycampsites.com/) in Central Bridge, Schoharie County NY. For more info: Fall NRO.

Aug 10, 2008 Sunday Surprise (Mystery) Cave near Westbrookville, NY. This is one of the largest and most interesting caves in the Northeast. Contact: Amy and Aaron at <snip> and include your name and phone number.

Summer 2008 Karst Field Studies Program A series of week-long field classes during June, focusing on cave and karst science, and caving. http://caveandkarst.wku.edu/

July 27, 2008 Surprise (Mystery) Cave near Westbrookville, NY. This is one of the largest and most interesting caves in the Northeast. Lots of mazy passages, nice formations, large (and small) passages, streams, waterfalls, and more. This will be an intermediate level trip - some experience is highly recommended. The trip will involve some climbing, chimneying, vertical work (personal vertical gear is not required), and sqeezing thru tight areas. Contact:<snip>

July 26-27, 2008 MET Grotto caving weekend Met Grotto (of NYC) has the Schoharie Cabin for the weekend, so come one, come all. Enjoy all kinds of caves, from beginner to hard core. Exact trips still to be determined. Clarksville for certain. Other ideas and leaders welcome. BBQ likely. Contact: Ayzha Wolf, <snip>.

Sunday June 22 between 3pm and 6pm: Tory's Cave
This is a beginner level trip to Connecticut's only cave open to the public. It's in New Milford, CT and about a 2 minute walk from the parking area. Basic caving gear is required, and most spend about an hour exploring the cave. There are some tight areas and some ledges that you will need to climb down and up. The cave is damp and sometimes wet from dripping water. Arrive between 3 pm and 5 pm, go to the cave entrance (but not in), and I or a co-leader will assist as needed. The CCG trip is over at 6 pm. First time cavers are encouraged to come. The CCG has some sets of loaner helmets and lights that I will bring. If you want to use these, please bring 4 new AA batteries, alkaline type preferred. For directions, ride-sharing, and answers to other questions, call Norm Berg <snip> or email <snip> and put Tory's Cave in the subject line.

May 16-18, 2008 Spring meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) hosted by the NNJG in Rosendale NY.

May 3-10, 2008 Cave Rescue Operations and Management Seminar at Mentone, Alabama. Presented by the NCRC of the NSS. This seminar consists of extensive classroom instruction and fieldwork in all phases of cave rescue including underground environment, vertical rescue, hauling systems, extrication techniques, medical management, communication systems, and the organization and management of cave rescue operations. Basic and advanced course material is presented for students who typically include cavers, emergency services personnel, and emergency managers. http://www.caves.org/io/ncrc/2008Seminar/seminar2008.htm

April 26, 27, 2008 McFail's Preserve Cleanup  (2nd day if needed) with a rain date of 5/3 & 5/4, (2nd day if needed). Clear trails and sinks of any debris; remove any garbage from parking area, sinks, trails; repost/sign sinkholes as necessary; repair Hall's Hole entrance as required; cleanout catchment basin; replace kiosk with an informational kiosk like at Clarksville; remove old wire fencing. Please bring wire cutters, vice grips, fencing tools!!   Please contact Tom Rider at <snip> or email at<snip> if you can help out. 

April 20 2008 Sunday: Vertical Practice
A vertical practice this Sunday at 10 AM at a popular climbing spot by in Central Conn. If you don't have your own gear, that's no problem it can be provided to you. If it turns out to be cold and rainy, then the practice will be canceled. Contact Alisa at info@ctcavers.org

Late Dec 2008 -  Early Jan 2009: TAG area Caving A more advanced trip with emphasis on vertical caving. Contact Steve Millett at <snip> and put "TAG Caving" in the subject line.

Late Dec 2008 -  Early Jan 2009: West Virginia Caving The Central Connecticut Grotto has scheduled another New Years' trip to West Virginia. Our friends at the West Virginia Association For Cave Studies (WVACS) have offered us the use of their field station again in Renick, which has bunk rooms, kitchens, hot showers, wood stoves, and serious caver ambience. We will be in the heart of caving country. There will be both vertical and horizontal trips, and we always try to accommodate all skill levels. For more info contact the CCG at <snip> and include "West Virginia Caving" in the subject line.

Saturday Nov 29, 2008: Clarksville Cave (aka Ward Gregory) in Clarksville NY. This is a beginner level trip. The CCG has a some helmets and headlamps available with advance reservations. For info contact the trip leader: Bob Simmons at <snip> and 860-738-1176.  Please put "Clarksville Cave" in the subject line, and include your full name and a phone number. Clarksville Cave info: Clarksville Cave

Sunday Nov 16, 2008: Hasbrouck Mine. In Kingston, NY. A beginner level trip. The CCG has some helmets and lights that beginners can borrow. For more info: <snip> and put "Hasbrouck Mine" in the subject line.

Saturday Nov 15, 2008 at 1 pm: Beauty and Rescue in Lechugilla A presentation by Emily Davis at the White Memorial Conservation Center near Litchfield, CT. Advanced registration and payment required. www.whitememorialcc.org

Sunday Nov 15, 2008 at 11 am: Talk on the Leatherman Dan DeLuca will discusses his research and book about the Old Leather Man at the Southington Library. There are a few "Leatherman caves" in Connecticut. Library: 860-628-0947

Sunday Nov 9 2008: Vertical Practice in Mansfield
A vertical practice, which is rope climbing as done in caves, at a cliff in Mansfield (near UConn). If you don't have your own gear, that's no problem as we have gear to lend. Contact Steve Millett at <snip> and put "CCG Climbing" in the subject line.

Sunday Oct 5, 2008 Bats Den Caves in Egremont, Mass.
There are four 'major' caves in the group, the largest being Bats Den which has several hundred feet of passages. Two others are fairly tight crawls (Growling Bear and Pothole) of 100 to 150 feet. The last is a short but well decorated section with a 'walk in' entrance, the Crystal Pool. In addition to these, there are sinks, aborted digs, fissures, slots and karst to walk around on and check out. Trip starts around noon in Cannan Connecticut. Contact Bob Simmons at <snip>and <snip>.

Saturday Oct 4, 2008 Tory's Cave - from 3 PM to 5 PM.
This is a beginner level trip to Connecticut's only cave open to the public. It's in New Milford and about a 2 minute walk from the parking area. Basic caving gear is required. There are some tight areas and some ledges that you will need to climb down and up. The cave is damp and sometimes wet from dripping water. Plan on spending about an hour exploring the cave. I will be in or near the cave between 3 pm and 5 pm. When you arrive go to the cave entrance, and I or another CCG member will assist as needed. If you don't see anyone from the CCG at the entrance, crawl in a little (stay within the light coming from the entrance) and give a friendly yell and someone will come to met you. The CCG trip is over at 5 pm, so if you go in the cave after 5 pm you are on your own. First time cavers are encouraged to come. The CCG has some sets of loaner helmets and lights that I will bring. If you want to use these, please bring 4 new AA alkaline batteries. For directions, ride-sharing, and answers to other questions, call Norm Berg 860-621-2080 or email <snip> and put Tory's Cave in the subject line.
Here are a some sites about Tory's Cave: http://www.berkshirehiking.com/hikes/torys_cave.html and  http://weantinoge.org/

Past Meetings

Oct 21, 2008 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032.

Sept 16, 2008 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
Slideshow and talk about a recently discovered cave in the Northeast. At HRP Associates,

Aug 23, 2008 Saturday: Monthly Grotto Meeting and More
Note change in date and location.  An afternoon meeting and recreation (kayaking, boating) at a members home on Long Island Sound in Gilford, CT. Detailed info will be send to members. Non-members, please email <snip> .Rain date is Aug 24.

July 15, 2008 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting with programs on WV caving and on local new cave discoveries
This meeting is at the summer location in Southington. Meeting opens at 6 pm, with the formal meeting at 8 pm.

June 17, 2008 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at the summer location in Southington.

May 20, 2008 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at the summer location in Southington.

April 15, 2008 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting with program on deep pit caving in Mexico
At HRP Associates

March 18, 2008 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates

Feb 19, 2008 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates

Jan 15, 2008 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates