Happy New Year everyone!
I hope everyone had a pleasant break and enjoyed the holidays as much as I did. Let’s start the New Year with our annual Trip Planning meeting at the Beach Residence starting at 6 PM on Tuesday (1/16).
Everyone is welcome. Bring along your trip ideas, big or small or just come along ready to be inspired for caving. This year we will have sandwiches and some wine and beer will also be provided. You’re welcome to bring something to contribute if you like.
When Tue Jan 16, 6pm – 8:30pm (trip planning from 7pm)
Where Residence of Gale and Ray Beach
A bit of homework for the folks!
1) Please list all the caves you are interested in going to in California (or abroad!). This is your chance to speak up on caves you wish to explore, conserve, map, survey, sleep in, you name it! – Write on paper and bring to meeting.
2) Let us know at the meeting whether or not you’re willing to lead trips along with which trip/cave you’d like to lead. We’re in need of some cavers to lead awesome cave trips! Don’t know if you’re sufficiently experienced? No problem, we’ll work with you on that.
Thanks and I look forward to having a fun and productive meeting!
Sincerely your Chair,
Well, given that I’m still in Mexico I won’t be able to lead a vertical
practice today, but for this month only we will move it one week, so
please join us on 9 January for our very first, brand new, just out of
the box 2018 Vertical Practice (Improved! Our best vertical practice ever!).
Our kind hosts will be Peri and Bill Frantz. You can arrive anytime
after 6:30 pm, we will have some dinner and immediately after we will
climb their trees to keep working on losing those extra holiday calories.
Dinner is “modified potluck style,” where you bring your own main dish
and also bring a small appetizer, side dish or dessert to share. We will
have a grill for your food, in case you need to heat up or cook your dinner.
Please bring a helmet and a headlamp, and a jacket, since we will be
practicing outdoors if weather permits. If you don’t have yet a helmet
or headlamp, we will have a couple of extras. And, you do have a jacket,
don’t you? I mean, if not, wow. Bring your vertical gear
if you have it, and if not, we will also have a couple of extras for you.
The address of the Frantz Vertical Caving Center is:
Come one – Come all
The Annual SFBC Holiday Party
Sat. Dec 9, Gather at 5:00 PM, Potluck Dinner at 6:00
Activities: include Dinner, Socializing, Auction and Gift Exchange.
Auction (bring stuff to donate, expect to take it home if it doesn’t sell) – Bill and John T. will step aside if a new volunteer Auctioneer comes forward.
Gift Exchange – Bring a wrapped gift valued at $20.00 if you want to participate.
Great trip to Millerton Lake Caves this past weekend. We had a few newcomers join us in exploring the cave. It’s been good to see the local campsite and visitor’s center of the San Joaquin Valley Gorge being utilized. Water levels in the cave were far higher than last year but not as rapid as the 2012 high water year.
SFBC Holiday Party
Saturday Dec 12 6:30 – whenever
Where: Bill & Peri Frantz’s home
16345 Englewood Ave. Los Gatos CA, 95032
Home phone: 408 356-8506 (We screen calls so if you get the answer machine, start leaving a message – if we’re home, we’ll pick it up.)
Peri’s Cell 408 464-7141
Call if you have questions or get lost.
Potluck Supper: We’ll start eating about 7:00
Turkey and Ham are already committed.
Bring something to complement them – side dishes, salads, desserts, whatever.
Thieving Gift Exchange : If you want to participate, bring a wrapped gift worth $20 or less.
Rollicking good fun. Rules will be explained at the start of the exchange.
Auction: Raise money for Grotto Equipment and Grants Fund
Contribute caving gear, publications, or anything else of interest to cavers.
Directions: Google Maps does a pretty good job.
Call if you need more info.
Everyone is invited to spend the night. Bedrooms available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to 408 464-7141 for a room. Otherwise, bring a sleeping bag and mat.
Happy hour time, last one of 2015!
AT LONG LAST THERE WILL BE HOME BREW AGAIN! Though that’s not exactly true as has Theral picked up the slack with a couple ales while renovations had the Scott brewery shut down.
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. If nothing else I can talk about trip planning for an upcoming expedition to the Philippines.
Drop by anytime after 7pm. There will be beer, wine, snacks and lentil soup.
Mark & Elaine Scott’s house
Yes, it’s that time of the month again! Time to join your fellow cavers
and get high. By climbing on rope, that is.
Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, 6 October, for our monthly vertical practice.
We can practice from something very basic to something very complex.
Choose your own adventure!
Our kind hosts will be Bill and Peri Frantz. You can arrive anytime
after 6:30, and after dinner we will get on rope to practice. Please
bring a helmet and a headlamp, and a jacket, since we will be practicing
outdoors. If you don’t have yet a helmet or headlamp, do come still
since we will have a couple of extras. Bring your vertical gear if you
have it, and if not, we will also have a couple of extras.
The address to the Frantz Haunted House, Cider Mill and Corn Maze is:
16345 Englewood Ave
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Looking forward to seeing you this Tuesday!