Members’ Meeting July 28 at 7:30 PM, online

This month’s SFBC Members’ Meeting will take place online tomorrow on Tuesday July 28 at 7:30 PM PST. The meeting will be held online through Zoom. Please use the meeting link below.
PRESENTATION:
This month’s presentation, beginning at 7:40 PM, will be:
*Expedition to Luishuikong Cave in Wulong, Chongqing, China*
In February 2019, Sonia Meyer participated in a Hongmeigui expedition to Luishuikong Cave in Wulong, Chongqing, China. As a half Chinese caver, she will share not only about caving and the expedition, but also the people, culture, and food that she loves. The expedition was two weeks long and a series of day trips in and out of a cave with a 600 ft deep pit entrance series mapping seemingly unending borehole. In this cave and on this expedition, Sonia saw many beautiful cave formations for the first time, and learned about more stringent cave conservation and cave mapping techniques. Check out the NSS News for articles related to this expedition.
Presented by our own Carly Robison
DIRECTIONS:
The meeting will be held online through zoom. Here are the Zoom instructions: sjsu.zoom.us/j/93420877267?pwd=UUFHclR3aE1qNnJ6WndNbXJ3eGViQT09 Password: 658605
We’re also going to try something new for our post-meeting hangout. We’ll be going to Spatial Chat:
Use the following link to enter your space as well as inviting your friends: spatial.chat/s/SFBCpostmeeting <u15680805.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=fkNx49oS-2B-2BGByESre0bxk6NEmiLzOnctTrb-2FENx1fj7TShBAATaeuUKL-2Bs-2F9OXoO-E39_5yBq9nootkdIptDjlRfx4vSzhFC-2BSa13PvwfEJ0Ky1Z0opkuF1P0Z-2FFtEJJFM9c3QykF80lv77V…>
I look forward to seeing you all there!
Rafael

Fwd: 2020 NSS Director Election Results

Congratulations to our treasurer, Sonia Meyer, for being elected to the Board of Governors!
———- Forwarded message ——— From: <memberservices@caves.org> Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 1:56 PM Subject: 2020 NSS Director Election Results To: <rafael.langerosuna@gmail.com>
Meet your new Directors <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/http:%2F%2Fcaves.org%2Fcommittee%2Fnominating%2FResults_2020.shtml/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000/h3aMi8g5Czr5mc8QKZdLKMLMqk8=168> *These Are Your NEW NSS Directors* <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/http:%2F%2Fcaves.org%2Fcommittee%2Fnominating%2FCandidates%25202020%2FStatement_Sonia_Meyer.pdf/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000/u7…>
*Sonia Meyer* (CA) 1,138 Votes 65.0% 2020-2023 <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/http:%2F%2Fcaves.org%2Fcommittee%2Fnominating%2FCandidates%25202020%2FStatement_Pete_Johnson.pdf/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000/v…>
*Pete Johnson* (CO) 1,073 Votes 61.2% 2020-2023 <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/http:%2F%2Fcaves.org%2Fcommittee%2Fnominating%2FCandidates%25202020%2FStatement_Benjamin_Tobin.pdf/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000…>
*Benjamin Tobin* (KY) 1,014 Votes 57.9% 2020-2023 <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/http:%2F%2Fcaves.org%2Fcommittee%2Fnominating%2FCandidates%25202020%2FStatement_Riley_Drake.pdf/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000/_L…>
*Riley * *Drake *(MA) 1,009 Votes 57.6% 2020-2023 <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/http:%2F%2Fcaves.org%2Fcommittee%2Fnominating%2FCandidates%25202020%2FStatement_Nick_Anderson.pdf/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000/…>
*Nick * *Anderson *(SD) 810 Votes 46.2% Partial Term 2020-2021
These directors will be seated at the summer board meeting at the 2020 NSS Virtual Convention.
There were *7,197* ballots sent out, of which *1,752* were returned (*24.3%*). There were* 16* total abstentions (*0.2%*).
The overall total turnout was up slightly from last year. *Thank you for voting!*
*ARE YOU INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING ON A COMMITTEE? *EMAIL CONTACT@CAVES.ORG <contact@caves.org> TO GET STARTED.
OR VISIT OUR NSS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES PAGE <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fcaves.org%2Finfo%2Fvolunteer.shtml/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000/ZFgB5JrGp14ZzojGA0puFcQJ6tM=168>OR LOOK FOR A COMMITTEE THAT INTERESTS YOU HERE <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fcaves.org%2Finfo%2FNSS_Contacts.pdf/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000/Zc0bWjND-JMKN_d_mIG7uqSFGpE=168> . <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fmembers.caves.org%2Fwww.caves.org/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000/nWXhf6aaUNOddniFuhCJAp4Tntg=168>
The National Speleological Society 6001 Pulaski Pike Huntsville, AL 35810 256.852.1300 caves.org <458rl1jp.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/http:%2F%2Fwww.caves.org/1/0100017301ddfe4b-b750e19e-abe6-4924-ab22-c9101457b9e6-000000/nFOqhSJRbIlm2YD57APlBrAyctg=168> members.caves.org/members/EmailOptPreferences.aspx?id=54504740&e=rafael.langerosuna@gmail.com&amp;h=a743635c77809b7b14800123fa8d97307b5964d0

Fwd: [SFBC New Cavers] June Members’ Meeting (6/23) at 7:30 PM PST meeting ONLINE

This month’s SFBC Members’ Meeting will take place online tomorrow on Tuesday June 23 at 7:30 PM PST. The meeting will be held online through Zoom. Please use the meeting link below.
PRESENTATION:
This month’s presentation, beginning at 7:40 PM, will be:
*Canyoneering and Caving*
Canyoneering! It’s the sport of descending drainages. I’ll give an overview of the sport and groups involved, discuss the similarities and differences between it and caving, show some techniques, and note how to learn more.
Presented by our own Carly Robison
DIRECTIONS:
The meeting will be held online through zoom. Here are the Zoom instructions: sjsu.zoom.us/j/93420877267?pwd=UUFHclR3aE1qNnJ6WndNbXJ3eGViQT09 Password: 658605
We’re also going to try something new for our post-meeting hangout. We’ll be going to Spatial Chat:
Use the following link to enter your space as well as inviting your friends: spatial.chat/s/SFBCpostmeeting <u15680805.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=fkNx49oS-2B-2BGByESre0bxk6NEmiLzOnctTrb-2FENx1fj7TShBAATaeuUKL-2Bs-2F9OXoO-E39_5yBq9nootkdIptDjlRfx4vSzhFC-2BSa13PvwfEJ0Ky1Z0opkuF1P0Z-2FFtEJJFM9c3QykF80lv77V…>
I look forward to seeing you all there!
Rafael

Fwd: [SFBC New Cavers] May Members’ Meeting (5/26) at 7:30 PM PST meeting ONLINE

This month’s SFBC Members’ Meeting will take place online on Tuesday May 26 at 7:30 PM PST. The meeting will be held online through Zoom. Please use the meeting link below.
PRESENTATION:
This month’s presentation, beginning at 7:40 PM, will be:
*Caving and caves in Israel.*
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Paleolithic era caves, hiding caves from the Jewish–Roman War (1900 years ago), the Dead Sea Scrolls, Chalcolithic-Treasure caves (4300 years old), the salt caves of Mt. Sedom, Karst sinkholes – Israel is a tiny country, but with thousands of unique caves, full of history and dust. In this presentation, we’ll talk about the caves of Israel, the Israeli Cave Explorers Club and its activities – Including the highlight of these activities – the mapping of the longest salt cave in the world – Malham Cave. You can watch the next report about this cave, before our meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c2KM4ezBb8
Presented by Ido Meroz
DIRECTIONS:
The meeting will be held online through zoom. Here are the Zoom instructions: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: sjsu.zoom.us/j/94540587461?pwd=ZEp1SlBBZUFCbklzT0N5RUJyTmF5UT09 Password: 287590
Thanks!
Rafael

SFBC November Members’ Meeting and Officer Elections – 11/26 San Carlos Public Library

This month’s SFBC Members’ Meeting will take place in the San Carlos Public Library on Tuesday November 26 at 7:30 PM. There is a parking lot in front of the library and plenty of street parking in the area.
As a reminder, in addition to our regularly scheduled activities, we will be accepting nominations (again) and holding our officer elections.

The current slate of nominatees are:

  • Chairperson: Rafael Langer-Osuna
  • Vice Chairperson: Carly Robison
  • Secretary: John Tinsley
  • Treasurer: Sonia Meyer
  • Newsletter Editor: Theral Mackey

Please also bring to the meeting any materials you’d like to donate for auction at the holiday party. Thanks!

PRESENTATION: This month’s presentation, beginning at 7:45 PM, will be:
Five Decades of Science at Lilburn Cave

Our very own John Tinsley, geologist and caver extraordinaire, will be presenting on work done in Lilburn. Lilburn Cave is easily California’s most studied cave. It is also California’s longest cave at just over 22 miles. Lilburn Cave is managed by the National Park Service as an underground research laboratory. It’s active hydrology and sediment transport regimes make the cave a fine place to study cave and karst processes above and below ground. I’ll recap the cartographic and myriad scientific efforts there with the goal of communicating how we learned about how Lilburn functions as a physical system.

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS: 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>This month’s pre-member’s meeting dinner 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 look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!

Rafael

Vertical practice tomorrow, Tuesday, 4 June

Howdy!
I know, it hardly seems like a couple of weeks have gone by, and it’s time again to get your vertical gear ready for a fun evening practicing changeovers, rebelay crossings and perhaps a knot or two.
Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, 4 June, for our monthly vertical practice.
Our kind host will be Peri Frantz. You can arrive anytime after 6:30 pm, we will have some dinner and immediately after we will have some fun on rope.
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 one.
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. Bring your vertical gear if you have it, and if not, we will also have a couple of extras for you.
The address for tomorrow’s Vertical Wonderland is:
16345 Englewood Ave Los Gatos, CA 95032 goo.gl/maps/rKNoy
See y’all soon!
– Fofo

Reminder, vertical practice tomorrow!

Howdy, howdy!
This is a reminder that the vertical practice is tomorrow (yeah, the second Tuesday of the month instead of the first one, but it’s just for this month, don’t worry).
See y’all tomorrow!
– Fofo

On 06/05/19 15:20, Fofo wrote: > Howdy! > > Yeah, summer is getting here faster than we thought! And you know what > that means: more caving and more vertical caving! But how do you really > get to safely and comfortably explore vertical caves? Well, then, to > find out please join us a week from tomorrow, on Tuesday, 14 May, for > our monthly vertical practice. > > 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 > have some fun on rope. > > 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 one. > > 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. 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 Casa Frantz is: > > 16345 Englewood Ave > Los Gatos, CA 95032 > goo.gl/maps/rKNoy > > See y’all in a week! > > – Fofo

Vertical practice — a week from tomorrow, just for this month!

Howdy!
Yeah, summer is getting here faster than we thought! And you know what that means: more caving and more vertical caving! But how do you really get to safely and comfortably explore vertical caves? Well, then, to find out please join us a week from tomorrow, on Tuesday, 14 May, for our monthly vertical practice.
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 have some fun on rope.
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 one.
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. 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 Casa Frantz is:
16345 Englewood Ave Los Gatos, CA 95032 goo.gl/maps/rKNoy
See y’all in a week!
– Fofo

April Members’ Meeting of the SFBC – Peri Frantz Presentation on the NSS

Dear Members,
The April SFBC Members’ Meeting will take place in the San Carlos Public Library on Tuesday April 23 at 7:30 PM. There is a parking lot in front of the library and plenty of street parking in the area.
*THIS MONTH’S MEMBERS’ MEETING PRESENTATION:*
This month’s presentation, beginning at 7:45, will be:
*The National Speleological Society*
*Peri Frantz will present on the National Speleological Society in advance of this year’s Convention. Please come and hear from Peri about what your national organization does for you!*
*LOCATION/DIRECTIONS:*
This is the address for the 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!