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!

Vertical practice 9 April, today!!!

Hi!
See y’all tonight!
– Fofo

On 02/04/19 11:37, Fofo wrote: > Howdy! > > Ah, the Spring Equinox, another winter is gone and now spring is in the > air. And with it come big plans for caves and caving and thoughts of all > those new passages still waiting to be explored. > > So please join us for the first vertical practice of the spring, but > just for this month, instead of the first Tuesday, we will hold it the > second Tuesday of the month, 9 April, a week from today. > > 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 Frantz Spring Equinox Rope Gym is: > > 16345 Englewood Ave > Los Gatos, CA 95032 > goo.gl/maps/rKNoy > > See y’all a week from today! > > – Fofo >

Vertical practice 9 April, A WEEK FROM TODAY!!!

Howdy!
Ah, the Spring Equinox, another winter is gone and now spring is in the air. And with it come big plans for caves and caving and thoughts of all those new passages still waiting to be explored.
So please join us for the first vertical practice of the spring, but just for this month, instead of the first Tuesday, we will hold it the second Tuesday of the month, 9 April, a week from today.
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 Frantz Spring Equinox Rope Gym is:
16345 Englewood Ave Los Gatos, CA 95032 goo.gl/maps/rKNoy
See y’all a week from today!
– Fofo

Vertical practice tomorrow, 5 March

Howdy!
Spring is almost here, warmer months are coming soon, and hiking up to beautiful caves in the mountains will be part of plenty of fun weekends. So, time to hone your vertical skills so that you can explore the beautiful depths of this blue planet! To help you with this, please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, 5 March, 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. Yeah, even if it’s raining! In that case we’ll practice indoors, we are not _that_ cruel to put you on rope outside in the rain.
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 (or a stove, if the weather forecast is accurate and it’s raining).
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 the Frantz Palais du Spéléologie is:
16345 Englewood Ave Los Gatos, CA 95032 goo.gl/maps/rKNoy
See y’all soon!
– Fofo

Outdoor vertical practice date change to Sun March 3rd

This weekend practice CANCELED New practice date Sunday, March 3rd.
Practice location will be in the Santa Cruz mountains just outside of Castle Rock State Park. Email me directly if you are interested in attending and I will send you directions to the practice spot. This practice is open to Grotto members with a base understanding of vertical gear and how to manipulate the equipment. At a minimum you should be able to ascend and do a change over without needing assistance if you plan to attend. Limited quantity of loaner gear will be available.