The Fall NRO was hosted by the Helderberg-Hudson
and was held at Natural Stone Bridge and
Pottersville, NY. Thanks to Hurricane Ivan
we had a lot of rain on Friday night but
that did not stop the 82 cavers that showed
up and they were rewarded with beautiful
Adirondack fall weather for Saturday and
Sunday. Several trips went out to Browns
Cave, Eagle Cave, Lost Pond Cave, Crain
Mountain and a geology tour of Natural Stone
Bridge. Thanks to all the trip leaders!
Friday nights activity were Funky Flicks
featuring "What Waits Below" (amazing how
they could see so well in that cave without
a light source) followed by "Gargoyles".
Saturday breakfast was host by Steve Janesky-profits
donated to the NRO. The Saturday night festivities
started off with tasty Mexican Fiesta Dinner
hosted by CCG- profit donated to NCC for
Clarksville. The NCC hosted an auction and
it was done in style with "Yooperman" as
the auctioneer. The Saturday flicks started
with some educational videos: Art Palmers
1991 NSS Convention Talk and then a NOVA
special - "Decent Into The Ice" after that
it was a free-for-all on the videos that
were available. Both nights the movie time
was started with the "Tokyo Shock Boys"
about 7 minutes worth of "Don't try this
at home" stunts. There was a campfire both
nights which was much appreciated as the
temperature dropped. Sunday started off
with a hot breakfast served by VCA followed
by the NRO meeting. After that there were
a couple more cave trips. Speleobooks was
the vendor and I think they might have sold
out of the fleece items they brought. It
was a great time and a beautiful area, not
just for caving but there are some great
hiking/mountain bike trails on the property.
The Becklers, owners of Natural Stone Bridge
and Caves, are wonderful people and gracious
hosts. If you did not make it up there stop
by some time and see the area and say hi.
Or wait until spring when we will help them
with a spring cleanup of the area -details
Spring NRO 2004 - May 14-16, 2004
Hosted by the Vermont Cavers Association
grotto, at the Camping on the Battenkill
campground. Arlington, VT.
Fall NRO 2003 - Sept 5-7, 2003
September 5-7, 2003 - Northeastern Regional
Organization meeting of the NSS hosted
. To be held at the
Barton Cove Campground
- Gill, Massachusetts.
. Event includes a cavers
guidebook, camping, guided caving trips
to local tectonic and talus caves, guided
trips to solutional caves in Lanesboro
MA and southern VT, canoeing and kayaking
through the French King Gorge, an evening
talk on the GVK project, a cave ballad
sing-along, an auction to benefit the
NCC, hiking and rockclimbing near the
campground, and more. For details visit
the site at
Fall 2003 NRO
or contact the Boston
Spring NRO 2003 - May 16-18, 2003
Hosted by the Northeastern Cave Conservancy
at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds, Cobleskill,
NY. Weather was great, and lots of money
was earned to support the NCC.
Fall NRO 2002
Hosted by New York City's MET Grotto
at the Historic Snyder Estate in Rosendale,
NY. Trips included many lesser-known
caves and mines in the area. Saturday
night feast followed by the Cinema Spectacular
inside the Widow Jane Mine: King Kong
was the featured film.
Spring NRO 2002
Hosted by Central Connecticut Grotto
(CCG). Spring? How about winter blizzard
in the middle of Friday night virtually
halting most trips and turning Twin
Oaks Campground into a GIANT MUD PIT!
We still had fun, with live band Orogeny
from CT and huddling next to bonfires.
Fall NRO 2001
Hosted by Vermont Caver's Association
(VCA). Arlington, VT. Campground to
be announced, many cave trips ranging
from beginners to the advance will be
guided. NRO will consist of and not
limited to tee shirts, raffle, DJ or
band Saturday night, bonfire, breakfast
and Saturday dinner (sponsored by NRO
grotto’s), slide show on Fisher Ridge
system and Vermont Caves, and a tour
of the Imperial Marble Mine, the worlds
largest underground marble mine. Contact
Rick Pingree 773-8767
Spring NRO 2001 in Cobleskill, NY
Niagara Frontier Grotto hosted this
event May 11-13 to celebrate their 30th
Fall NRO 2000 in Oakland Valley
NNJG hosted this event for the second
consecutive time. Hotsy kept cavers
seemingly warm while the evenings were
quite chilly. CCG ran a great "limited
seating" Saturday morning breakfast.
Saturday night featured NNJG's Chucky
dishing out a grand feast.
Speleobooks ran the sole vendor booth...thanks.
And a big thanks to the Oakland valley
Campground for the accommodations!
One cautionary note: Surprise Cave had
a small rock collapse in the entrance
bypass when the final party exited late
sutarday night. This centered around
the painted-orange rock that is normally
squeezed by. Cavers entering when the
cave reopens next spring must use extreme
caution if they plan to utilize this
route. A wiser choice would be to rig
the drop and wait until a team can assess
the extent of potential danger.
Spring NRO 2000 A Tremendous Success
At last count 230 attended the Spring
NRO held at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds
in Cobleskill, NY on May 12-14/2000.
The success of this year's event can
be attributed to the joint efforts of
many in the Caving Community; all graciously
acknowledged by the new NRO Chair, Mark
to see Mark's thank you letter).
There were cave trips gallore on both
Saturday and Sunday, to such places
as Bensons, Clarksville, Knox, etc.
Unfortunately high water keep most out
of McFails. However, some new passage
was discovered in Knox, and the Gun
Barrel bypass was widened enough to
allow cavers to now pass through its
There were also vendors gallore, including
Inner Mountain Outfitters, Speleobooks,
and Bob and Bob, and Guadalupe Mountain
Breakfast was served on both Saturday
and Sunday mornings by MET Grotto and
Central Connecticut Grotto, respectively.
Attendees spent Saturday night enjoying
a fantastic Mexican dinner served by
NNJG, followed by two slide shows; (1)
a special preview of the upcoming 2002
Maine NSS Convention presented by Kevin
Harris, and (2) the main show, "New
Mexico Caving" presented by Peter Jones.
Sunday the board meeting was held. Check
for more information.