Vertical practice — NOT today 1/2, but this coming week 1/9

Howdy!

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:

16345 Englewood Ave
Los Gatos, CA 95032
http://goo.gl/maps/rKNoy

Fofo

The Annual 2017 SFBC Holiday Party

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.

2016 Trip to Millerton Lake Caves

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.

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SFBC Holiday Party 2015

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.

What:
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.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/16345+Englewood+Ave,+Los+Gatos,+CA+95032/
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.

November Happy Hour

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.

Location:
Mark & Elaine Scott’s house

Caver Happy Hour in San Francisco Tomorrow, Tuesday October 20, 7pm

Happy hour time!
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. I’m hoping for some good TAG photos this month.
Drop by anytime after 7pm. There will be beer, wine and snacks. Dinner this time is bhindi bhaji and lamb madras, made with as mild spice as Mark was capable.
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

Vertical practice tomorrow, Tuesday, 6 October

Howdy!

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
http://goo.gl/maps/rKNoy

Looking forward to seeing you this Tuesday!

– Fofo

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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