Trip was a success although quite hot in the 103F weather. Water levels were fairly low. The group did both the lower and middle caves. Campground had no water or fires allowed.
Photos by Angela Ong
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!
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.
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