Vertical Practice this Sunday March 3 + instructions

Vertical skills practice this Sunday, March 3rd for those that are interested.
Practice course will be set up with some combination of rebelays, deviations, traverses, j-hangs, tyroleans, and other rope problems.
Prerequisites for this level: You should be able at a minimum and without assistance to: put on your gear, manipulate all the pieces of gear, ascend, do a change over, descend and lock off your descender. You will be out of reach for assistance for many of the techniques you will be practicing so please consider this when judging your skill level. This practice is not appropriate for those just beginning — please attend a couple of the Grotto’s Tuesday night practices first if you are just starting out.
Gear and what to bring: Bring your vertical gear, helmet, a pair of tight fitting gloves (the gloves you cave with), food and water. A very limited amount of loaner gear and helmets will be available for those that do not have their own. If you are borrowing gear you will most likely need to share. If you have just a few pieces of vertical gear or at least a helmet, bring it. If you have a cave bag with a tether cord, bring it to practice with. Location is on the ridge so it can be cold, plus there is a chance of rain so plan accordingly for your own comfort.
Time: I will be there as early as 8:00 a.m. to set up and we will go until around 3:00ish depending on the weather and how everyone is feeling — you can split at any time and arrive at any time so long as you take the the insanely difficult parking into account.
Parking: On most weekends parking is notoriously limited and gets worse as the day progresses. If the weather is crappy, there will probably be less of an issue, but generally speaking, the later you arrive in the morning the more luck you will need to find a spot. There are three main parking spots: The first is free parking by our trailhead, the second is on designated spaces along the road just north of our trail head, the third is the official paid parking lot for Castle Rock State Park — if these are full, the next closest lot is about a 1.5 mile walk north of Castle Rock. Carpooling is encouraged. Do not park in non designated parking areas along the road as they do ticket.
Location: Set your driving directions for Castle Rock State Park at 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos. However, this is not the location we be practicing. Once you see the entrance of Castle Rock Park, stay on Skyline Blvd and drive south about 30 seconds more. Look for the obvious parking log on the east (left if you are facing south) side of the road. This is the back entrance to Sanborn County Park and our trailhead (if you put Sanborn Park in google maps, it will direct you to the front entrance which is miles away — not the right place). Park in this free lot if you can, or backtrack slightly to find parking.
Hiking to practice spot: From the Sanborn parking lot, go through the wooden trailhead gate and turn right (south) at the very first trail crossing which is almost immediately after a big bulletin board. This is skyline trail, follow for about 10-15 minutes as it meanders around 4 or 5 bends and you will find at the practice area which is on the trail. You will see gear and ropes. That is it! There is no cell reception (that I get at least).
Ryan

January Members’ Meeting of the SFBC – Sonia Meyer Presentation on SPAR Training

> Dear Members, > > Happy New Year! > > The January SFBC Members’ Meeting will take place in the San Carlos > Public Library on Tuesday January 22 at 7:30 PM. There is a parking lot in > front of the library and plenty of street parking in the area. > > Separately, the start-of-the-year trip planning meeting will be held at > 7:30 PM on January 29 at 304 Elm St, San Carlos, CA 94070. There will be a > subsequent announcement, but please save the date. > > *THIS MONTH’S MEMBERS’ MEETING PRESENTATION:* > > This month’s presentation, beginning at 7:45, will be: > > *Small Party Assisted Rescue* > > Sonia Meyer, our recently elected Treasurer, will present on her > experience at the September 19-23 Small Party Assisted Rescue training > provided by the National Cave Rescue Commission. You can expect to learn > both about the training and some of the techniques essential to rescuing an > individual should something go wrong in a small group caving trip. > > *LOCATION/DIRECTIONS:* > > This is the address for the June meeting: > > San Carlos Library, > > 610 Elm St, San Carlos, CA 94070 > > This link will help you find it on google maps: > > *Google Maps <goo.gl/maps/Rryvp1ERZkL2>* > > > *Google Maps* > > > > This month’s pre-member’s meeting dinner and executive committee meeting > will be held at Broiler Express, which is located at 895 Laurel St, San > Carlos, CA 94070. This is the link for it on google maps: > goo.gl/maps/bxHypZeiDsQ2. > > For those who are interested in attending, the after-meeting caver happy > hour will be held at St. James Gate, 1410 Old County Road, Belmont, CA > 94002. > > I hope you can all make it next week! > > Rafael >

Holiday Party – Dec 8

Dear Fellow Cavers,

As was finalized at last night’s meeting, Bill and I are pleased to be hosting the 2018 SFBC Holiday Party on Saturday Dec. 8, 2018.

Location: Frantz residence
16345 Englewood Ave.
Los Gatos CA.
Directions: Google is right on – Call if you need more.
There are numerous ways to get here. All eventually put you southbound on Los Gatos Blvd. Turn left on Shannon Rd. 2nd Right is Englewood. We are the 4th on the right after you turn off of Shannon, last before the speed bump. Oleander hedge in front.

880 south from East Bay, becomes 17 towards SantaCruz. Exit at Lark. Left onto Lark. Right onto LGBlvd.
280 south from SF then 85 south towards Gilroy, exit at LG Blvd.
101 south, then 85 south towards Gilroy, exit at LG Blvd.

RSVP or directions: Peri’s cell 408 464 7141 (Leave a message if no answer, I will return your call)

Time (approx): 6:00 Gather
7:00 PotLuck Supper
8:30 Auction
9:30 GIft Exchange
11:30 End

Activities:
Mostly socializing:
Pot Luck Supper – Bill and Peri will provide a Turkey, gravy & cranberry sauce.
– Call if you want to arrange a side dish, salad or dessert. Things usually work out fine without prior arrangement.
Auction: SFBC’s annual fundraiser. Bring a donation – old caving gear, or whatever.
Gift Exchange – Bring a wrapped gift (approx. value $20) – we will explain rules for this ”Thieving Exchange” before it starts. I’s lots of fun. Make sure it is wrapped.

Bill & I will be out most of the morning & afternoon, so if you need to talk to us, do so in advance.

See everyone on the 8th.

Peri

November Members’ Meeting of the SFBC – Anita Lodge Presenting on Millerton Caves and San Joaquin River Gorge

Dear Members,
ELECTIONS!
Officer elections are this month.
The election is this Tuesday.
The November SFBC Members’ Meeting will take place in the San Carlos Public Library on Tuesday November 27 at 7:30 PM. There is a parking lot in front of the library and plenty of street parking in the area.
*PRESENTATION:*
This month’s presentation, beginning at 7:45, will be:
*Millerton Cave, San Joaquin River Gorge and a Dam *
This month we will hear from Anita Lodge of the Friends of the River about the impending damming of the San Joaquin River Gorge. This impacts one of our favorite caves – Millerton Caves. Come hear about this.
*LOCATION/DIRECTIONS:*
This is the address:
San Carlos Library,
610 Elm St, San Carlos, CA 94070
This link will help you find it on google maps:
*Google Maps <goo.gl/maps/Rryvp1ERZkL2>*
*Google Maps*

This month’s pre-member’s meeting dinner and executive committee meeting will be held at Broiler Express, which is located at 895 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070. This is the link for it on google maps: goo.gl/maps/bxHypZeiDsQ2.
For those who are interested in attending, the after-meeting caver happy hour will be held at St. James Gate, 1410 Old County Road, Belmont, CA 94002.
I hope you can all make it on Tuesday!
Rafael

August Members Meeting

Friendly reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug 25th, at 7:30 pm is the members meeting.

Members Meeting (7:30pm – 9:00pm)

345 Middlefield Rd. Menlo Park, CA
This month’s presentation (25min) will be a video on Hidden Cave provided to us by Matt Bowers.
Hidden Cave is an archaeological site which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in 1972, as part of Grimes Point. It is located seven miles east of Fallon, NV on the north side of U.S. Highway 50.

The cave itself was formed around 21,000 years ago by the waves of rising Pleistocene Lake Lahontan. In the mid-1920’s, the cave was found by four school boys, the first 20th century humans to do so. The cave has been excavated by archaeologists three times: once in 1940, again in 1951, and finally a large excavation in 1979-1980 by the American Museum of Natural History.  A high proportion of the artifacts found in Hidden Cave were unbroken and arranged in concentrations. That led to the conclusion that 3,500 to 3,800 years ago people used the cave more as a cache (a place to store objects for later) than for habitation.

Agenda:
  • Social / Introductions                      [7:30 PM]
  • Video Presentation
  • Welcome new guests/members     [8:00 PM]
  • Trip Reports | Planning | Sign Ups
  • Business Announcements

Break/Oasis

  • Exec Meeting (all welcome)           [9:00 PM]

Share:

We’ll be sharing recent photos at the meeting!

Whether it’s with the grotto, on your own, or with others; bring photos, cool gear, or anything that you’d like to share. We love hearing about it and we want to hear from you.

Pre-meeting Dinner (6:30pm – 7:15pm)

If you’re interested in catching a bite to eat prior to the meeting, you can find folks here
@ Jason’s Cafe
1246 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 9402

Post-meeting Social (9:00pm)

241 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Photo of the month:
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July Members Meeting — *** Grotto Social and New Location ***

*** Grotto Social and Potluck ***
The members meeting this July will be a social potluck at member Dat’s house in Menlo Park (2 min away from the USGS) on, Tuesday, July 28th, at 7:30 pm.
 
The social is potluck style. Chips, salsa, and snacks will be served. Feel free to bring a main course for yourself and something to share. Bring photos or upload them!
 
*** NEW LOCATION ***
*** NEW LOCATION ***
*** NEW LOCATION ***
1 Heritage Ct, Atherton, CA 94027
 
*Please do NOT park in the house’s rotunda
Green denotes good parking areas for easy reference.
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Members Meeting (7:30pm – 9:00pm)
@ 1 Heritage Ct, Atherton, CA 94027
1 Heritage Ct, Atherton, CA 94027
Agenda:
 
Pre-meeting Stuff
  • Exec Meeting (All Welcome)          [6.30 PM]
  • Grotto Business
Members Meeting
  • Social / Introductions                      [7:30 PM]
  • Welcome new guests/members
  • Announcements                              [8:00 PM]
  • Photo Presentations / Trip Reports
  • Planning | Sign Ups

July Happy Hour

Happy hour time 7/21/2015!
Bring photos and regale us, over a beer, with stories of your latest caving adventures or ask about how to get into caving in California and meet some fun people. If you have photos to share of a recent caving trip, bring a URL, USB drive or a laptop and we’ll show them on the big screen.
Drop by anytime after 7pm. There will be beer, wine and veggie-barley soup.
Street parking in the Mission is free after 6pm, and the house is less than a block from the 24th Mission BART station.
Elaine (& Mark in spirit from some naval base in SoCal)
Contact elaine@verylost.com for location.

June Members Meeting

Friendly reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23th, at 7:30 pm is the members meeting.
Members Meeting (7:30pm – 9:00pm)
345 Middlefield Rd. Menlo Park, CA
This month’s presentation (25min) will be a short preview for the 2015 NSS Convention in Waynesville, MO.
Agenda:
  • Social / Introductions                      [7:30 PM]
  • Announcements
  • Video Presentation
  • Welcome new guests/members     [8:00 PM]
  • Trip Reports | Planning | Sign Ups

Break/Oasis

  • Business items
Share:
We’ll be sharing recent photos at the meeting!
Whether it’s with the grotto, on your own, or with others; bring photos, cool gear, or anything that you’d like to share. We love hearing about it and we want to hear from you.
Pre-meeting Dinner and Exec Meeting (6:30pm – 7:15pm)
@ Jason’s Cafe. All are welcome to join.
1246 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Post-meeting Social (9:00pm)
@ Oasis Beer Garden
241 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Cathedral Room in Church Cave, CA Photo by Steven Johnson

Cathedral Room in Church Cave, CA
Photo by Steven Johnson