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Past CCG Activities in 2015

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>".

Dec 6, 2015 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
The board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Nov 21, 2015 Saturday: Caving at Sellecks Karst Preserve
This is a vertical trip! In Carlisle New York. For info about the preserve see http://www.necaveconservancy.org/preserves/sellecks_preserve.php.  For more info and sign-up, contact Steve at <snip> and put "Sellecks" in the subject line. Info and sign-up also on Meetup .

August 21-23, 2015:  Summer 2015 NRO
Fall meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) held early this year. Hosted by the Central Connecticut Grotto at Hide-A-Way Campsites in Central Bridge, NY. Much more info is at  Summer 2015 NRO  and at Summer NRO 2015 (Facebook)  If this is your first NRO, check out What is an NRO?.  Questions? info@ctcavers.org.

July 18, 2015 Saturday: Clarksville Cave
Clarksville Cave beginners trip. For info about the cave see Clarksville and a search of the web will bring up photos and videos. The CCG has gear that new cavers can borrow. RSVP is required. For info contact Norm at info@ctcavers.org and put "Clarksville" in the subject line.

July 13-17, 2015: NSS Convention in Waynesville, MO. http://nss2015.caves.org/

July 10-12, 2015: Schoharie Caving Weekend
Trips may include Gages, McFails, Vanfliets, Schoharie and others. Hopefully there will be enough trip leaders for trips of various skill levels. We will be camping at the Schoharie Cabin on Friday and Saturday evenings. The CCG has gear that new cavers can borrow. RSVP is required. For RSVP, directions, and gear borrowing, contact Steve Millet at info@ctcavers.org and put "Schoharie" in the subject line. Info on the Schoharie Caverns Preserve: https://caves.org/preserves/schoh/schohari.shtml

June 19-21, 2015:  Bat Fest 2
A new northeast caving tradition hosted by CCG members Rouana C. and Brian T. Primitive camping will be available in a grass field / farm in Cambridge New York, Zip Code: 12816. There will be led caving trips to caves in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. No meals provided. Saturday night will include a performance by the Battenkill String Band. RSVP required so we know how many to expect. In order to cover costs of the event and pay for things such as porta-potty rental, a nominal donation of $15 for the weekend. For details, email info@ctcavers.org or <snip> (the purple girl from Canada).

May 15-17, 2015:  2015 Spring NRO
Spring meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization), hosted by the Northern New Jersey Grotto at Privacy Campground in Hancock, MA. Details at: Facebook

May 9, 2015 Saturday: Beginner / Intermediate Vertical Caving Workshop in Central Connecticut. Focus will be primarily on teaching the basic skills for accessing the typical vertical caves that we have in the Northeast. The training site also has some bolted and overhung routes where more advanced courses can be set up. Please RSVP if interested so we can better estimate the need for grotto vertical gear and people to help with the training. For more info including the meeting time and place, please email info@ctcavers.org and put "Vertical Workshop" in the subject line. Include your name in the email.

April 24-26, 2015: Spring VAR 2015 Spring meeting of the VAR (The Virginia Region of the NSS), hosted by the Battlefield Area Troglodyte Society (BATS) at The Caverns at Natural Bridge (TCNB), Natural Bridge, VA. There will be led and self-guided cave trips, a vertical workshop, a conservation project in the show cave, live music on Saturday night, and more. Details (and preregistration through April 10) at: http://var.caves.org/index.php/events/spring-var

Past Meetings

Dec 4, 2015 Friday 6 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting with Elections and Holiday Party
This meeting is at a member's house in East Hartford. Food and chat starting at 6 PM. Meeting at 7 PM. Details are sent to members. Non-members, please email info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line.

Nov 17, 2015 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Manchester, CT. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line.

Oct 20, 2015 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. For a view of HRP from Google Earth see HRP. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For info call <snip> (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Lee at <snip>, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Sept 22, 2015 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
Note that this is the 4th Tuesday of Sept. At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. For a view of HRP from Google Earth see HRP. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For info call <snip> (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Lee at <snip>, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Aug 18, 2015 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Plainville, CT. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org or call <snip>.

July 21, 2015 Tuesday 6:30 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Southington. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org or call <snip>.

June 20 or 21, 2015 Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting will be held during the Bat Fest 2 weekend event, in Cambridge NY. Details are sent to members. Please see the event "Bat Fest 2" in right panel. Questions? Email  info@ctcavers.org or call <snip>.

May 19, 2015 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Manchester, CT. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org or call <snip>.

April 21, 2015 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. For a view of HRP from Google Earth see HRP. For info call <snip> (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Lee at <snip>.

March 17, 2015 Tuesday 7pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. For a view of HRP from Google Earth see HRP. For info call <snip> (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Lee at <snip>.

Feb 17, 2015 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
The CCG Vertical Chair, Felicia, will show and explain the usage of the CCG's vertical climbing sets. Also, there will be a presentation of the cave geology of TAG (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia) area caves.
We will met at the Newington Public Library in the Community Room. The entrance is on Mazzoccoli Way (formerly Mill Street) with no direct car access to Mill Street from Cedar Street. If you use an online map or a GPS device, please use Mill Street for the library address.
Questions: email  info@ctcavers.org or call <snip>.

Jan 20, 2015 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting will feature a presentation by the Milletts on their recent Caving trip to Puerto Rico. The purpose of this trip to was help introduce leaders of the Georgia Tech Caving club to Puerto Rico and its caves. Hopefully our experiences and lessons learned can help to prepare cavers from CT who would like to travel to PR in the future.
We are meeting at a member's home in Southington. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org or call <snip>.

Past CCG Activities in 2016

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>".

July 16-23, 2016: NSS Convention in Ely, Nevada. http://nss2016.caves.org/

May 20-22, 2016:  Spring 2016 NRO
Spring meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) hosted by the Boston Grotto at Historic Valley Campground in North Adams, MA. More info is at  Spring 2016 NRO  If this is your first NRO, check out What is an NRO?.

May 1, 2016 Sunday: Clarksville Cave
Clarksville Cave beginners trip. For info about the cave see Clarksville and a search of the web will bring up photos and videos. The CCG has gear that new cavers can borrow. If interested please contact Ashley and Alisa at info@ctcavers.org and put "Clarksville" in the subject line. Include your name and phone number in the email.

April 30, 2016 Saturday: Beginner / Intermediate Vertical Caving Workshop in Central Connecticut. Focus will be primarily on teaching the basic skills for accessing the typical vertical caves that we have in the Northeast. Please RSVP if interested so we can better estimate the need for grotto vertical gear and people to help with the training. For more info including the meeting time and place, please email info@ctcavers.org and put "Vertical Workshop" in the subject line. Include your name in the email.

April 23-24, 2016  Orientation To Cave Rescue Class
The New Jersey Initial Response Team will be hosting an Orientation To Cave Rescue class on April 23-24, 2016. This is an excellent training for area cavers and rescue team members to learn about the special challenges presented when rescuing someone from the cave environment. Further Information and registration form are available here: OCR 2016 Info and Registration Form

March 6, 2016 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
A board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy, at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center Building, Canaan, CT. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Feb 28, 2016 Sunday 9 am - 2 pm: Indoor Vertical Practice followed by CCG February meeting
We will be holding a vertical practice at Prime Climb in Wallingford, CT. Come practice your rope skills with us at this indoor rock climbing gym. We will have a rappel wall set up for basic ascending/descending, passing a rope pad and getting over a lip, changeovers, etc; there will also be a rebelay course. Learn some new skills or refine what you already know. The January CCG meeting will begin at 1 PM at Prime Climb.

The cost to attend the vertical practice is $12. You must be a grotto member to participate. Newcomers are welcome to join CCG when they arrive. There is no cost to attend the CCG meeting.

If interested in the vertical practice, please email your name and phone to info@ctcavers.org with "Vertical Practice" in the subject line. We will email or call you with more info.

Past Meetings

Sept 20, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. See map at HRP and go to the new entrance.  Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For info and program, call 860-674-9570 (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Norm at 860-621-2080, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Aug 6, 2016 Saturday: Monthly Grotto Meeting and more
Note date and location. Rain date is Aug 7. An early afternoon meeting and day of 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 info@ctcavers.org and include "CCG meeting" in the subject line and include your name in the email body.

July 12, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Manchester, CT. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line and include your name in the email body. For info call Ashley at 860-869-0932.

June 14, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. See map at HRP and go to the new entrance.  Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For info and program, call 860-674-9570 (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Norm at 860-621-2080, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line. Note that this meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

May 11, 2016 Wednesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Manchester, CT. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line.

April 12, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. See map at HRP and go to the new entrance.  Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For info call 860-674-9570 (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Norm at 860-621-2080, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line. Note that this meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

March 15, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a Pazzo Cafe, 377 Cromwell Ave, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Menu: pazzoitaliancafe.net .

Feb 28, 2016 Sunday 9 am - 2 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting after Indoor Vertical Practice
Please see the Feb 28 activity in the right column.

Jan 19, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Manchester, CT. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line.