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Past CCG Activities in 2017

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 3, 2017 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
A board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy, in Schoharie, NY. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Nov 18 2017 Saturday 8 pm until Nov 19 Sunday 8 am: Indoor Vertical Practice and overnight at Prime Climb
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. Staying overnight at the gym is optional.
The cost for the event is $38 (covers 8 pm Saturday thru 8 am Sunday), which all goes to the climbing gym. For CCG members (active membership as of Nov 1st), the grotto will pay $10 towards each members climbing fee to reduce their out of pocket cost to $28 if you RSVP by Nov. 12. For current non-members, the full price must be paid to the gym, but we will give you a no-cost one year CCG membership.
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 as to what the CCG and the gym provides, and what to bring.

June 19-23, 2017: 2017 NSS Convention
Held in Rio Rancho, NM http://nss2017.caves.org/

June 2-4, 2017:  2017 Spring NRO/MAR
This spring meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) and MAR (Mid-Applicaction Region, hosted by the Central Connecticut Grotto and the Philadelphia Grotto at Indian Lookout Country Club in Pattersonville, NY. Along with caving there are hiking trails, biking, and historical attractions nearby. Details at: http://ctcavers.org/NRO-MAR-2017.htm

May 20, 2017 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. If interested please email info@ctcavers.org and put "Clarksville" in the subject line. Include your name and phone number in the email.

May 6-7, 2017:  Orientation To Cave Rescue Class - Albany area
The Albany-Schoharie Cave Rescue Team will be hosting an Orientation To Cave Rescue class on May 6-7, 2017. 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 is available here: OCR Info and Registration

April 23-24, 2017:  Orientation To Cave Rescue Class - Clinton, NJ
The New Jersey Initial Response Team will be hosting an Orientation To Cave Rescue class on April 22-23, 2017. 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 is available here: OCR Info and Registration

Feb 26, 2017 Sunday 9 am - noon: Indoor Vertical Practice
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 cost to attend the vertical practice is $12-$15. You must be a grotto member to participate. Newcomers are welcome to join CCG when they arrive.
If interested in the vertical practice, you must RSVP by email to info@ctcavers.org with "Vertical Practice" in the subject line. We will email or call you with more info.

Past Meetings

Dec 16, 2017 Saturday 5 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 5 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 21, 2017 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Oct 17, 2017 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Sept 19, 2017 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Aug 26, 2017 Saturday: Monthly Grotto Meeting and more
Note date and location. No rain date. 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 18, 2017 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Cheshire, 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 13, 2017 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

May 16, 2017 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

April 25, 2017 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

March 28, 2017 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Feb 21, 2017 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.

Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Willington, 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.

Past CCG Activities in 2018

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 8, 2018 Saturday 12 pm - 3 pm: Alison Varian Memorial Scholarship Fund - Fundraiser
Alison Varian was a valued member of our grotto for many years. Please consider joining this Saturday for a fundraiser in her memory. The Fund honors the legacy of Alison Varian, who lost a courageous six-year battle with cancer on April 28, 2017. More information about the Scholarship Fund can be found here. Details about the event can be found at: http://caves.org/grotto/ccg/events/Alison_Varian_Fundraiser.pdf.

Aug 16-19, 2018: NSS Members Weekend at the Schoharie Caverns Nature Preserve
The CCG, which is the Connecticut chapter of the National Speleological Society, is hosting a NSS Members weekend at the Schoharie Caverns Nature Preserve. This event is open to all active members of the NSS (throughout USA and beyond) and it is a chance for cavers from distant areas to come and visit some of the caves we have here in the Northeast. Cavers from CCG and other neighboring grottos will provide led trips to many of the nearby caves, including Mcfails Cave which is actually the first cave ever owned by the NSS. To RSVP, visit http://caves.org/grotto/ccg/nssmembersweekend.

July 30 - Aug 3, 2018: NSS Convention in Helena, Montana. http://nss2018.caves.org/

July 20-22, 2018:  CCG Summer Caving Weekend
Trips may include Gages, McFails, Schoharie, Merlins 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 2018" in the subject line. Info on the Schoharie Caverns Preserve: https://caves.org/preserves/schoh/schohari.shtml

Sept 8-10, 2017:  2017 Fall NRO
This fall gathering of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) is hosted by the Vermont Cavers Assoc and held at Howell's Campground in Arlington, VT. More info at http://vermontcavers.org/ and What is an NRO.pdf

Labor Day weekend, 2017: Old Timer's Reunion (OTR)
Held in Dailey, WV. More info at otr.org

July 28-30, 2017: CCG Summer Caving Weekend
The CCG is hosting its annual weekend of caving in Schoharie New York, with the focus on getting intermediate cavers with vertical experience into McFail's Cave. If you are interested in joining or leading a beginner level trip this weekend please reply and let us know. There are many other caves in the area including Benson's Cave, Schoharie Cavern, Ball's Cave, and Spider Cave that groups can visit. 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 Millett at info@ctcavers.org  and put "CCG Schoharie" in the subject line.

July 27-29, 2018:  CCG Trip To Central Pennsylvania
Our friends in the Bald Eagle Grotto have invited members of our grotto to join in a weekend of caving. Three of the most popular caves in PA will be visited: Penn Aqua, Alexander Caverns, and Rupert Caves. The group shall be camping at the Rupert Cave Preserve in McVeytown, PA. RSVP is required as there are limited spots available for these trips. For RSVP, directions, and gear borrowing, contact Steve Millett at info@ctcavers.org and put "Alexander's Cave 2018" in the subject line.

June 1-3, 2018:  2018 Spring NRO
Regional caving organization event, sponsored by the Northern New Jersey Grotto, in Hancock, Massachusetts. Opportunity to visit regional caves & mingle with local & visiting cavers. Guided & self led trips will be available. More info is at  Spring 2018 NRO  If this is your first NRO, check out What is an NRO?.

March 18, 2018 Sunday:  Vertical Practice by RSVP only
Time and location will be announced to those who RSVP, and will be determined based on weather. This small group practice will focus on basic skills such as safety on rope, equipment awareness, climbing with the frog system and rappelling. Volunteers to help with bottom belays and other tasks are needed. Location will be in central Connecticut. RSVP by emailing: info@ctcavers.org

March 18, 2018 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
A board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy, at the Mass Wildlife offices in Dalton, MA. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Past Meetings

Dec 15, 2018 Saturday 5 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 5 PM. Meeting at 7 PM. Details are sent to members. Non-members, please email info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line.

November 13, 2018 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

October 23, 2018 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Sept 30, 2018 Sunday: Monthly Grotto Meeting and more
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 with "CCG meeting" in the subject line and include your name in the email body. In the event of rain, meeting may be moved to Tuesday October 2nd at 7pm at HRP.

August 14, 2018 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Bristol, 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.

July 17, 2018 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Bristol, 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 27, 2018 Wednesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Southington, 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.

May 23, 2018 Wednesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Southington, 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.

April 24, 2018 Tuesday 5:30 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At the IT Ropes Course at Jordan's Furniture in New Haven. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome.

Mar 15, 2018 Thursday 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Feb 20, 2018 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Jan 16, 2018 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line. This meeting will feature a presentation from one of our members about caving in France.