Fwd: [SFBC New Cavers] SFBC update on caving during quarantimes

We recognize the novel coronavirus pandemic and response to it has evolved significantly since we last commented on the situation. Counties in California are moving through the phases of reopening (and reclosing where needed), and we recognize that people have been making personal risk choices based on their home situations and going caving with people in their “bubbles”.
Caves are small enclosed spaces (especially in California), and the research shows us that this is a more dangerous environment for novel coronavirus to spread. Closing caves is not the answer, and we stand with the NSS on this issue. We recommend our members who choose to cave communicate their personal risk tolerances and minimize the risk of transmission as much as possible by caving in smaller groups and wearing masks. At meetings, members may report on the caving and other related activities that they’ve participated in recently.
Because of the risks caving presents to the spread of this deadly disease, SFBC will continue to have virtual members’ meetings and events for the foreseeable future. We will continue to evaluate this regularly, and as of this time there will be no SFBC-organized trips, and trip leaders should not advertise trips on this email list (as it lends our implicit support to the activity).
We realize that SFBC-led trips and events are an important way for new cavers to get into the sport, and we regret that this decision limits our ability to grow our community through caving. We are committed to fostering better community online, and there are a number of avenues for this:

You can join us and other cavers in the NSS slack ( join.slack.com/t/nsscaves/shared_invite/zt-4wa6m22r-y2KfWUtu9wT~tNRkd1X8jg), channel #grotto-sfbc –
You can attend the NSS Virtual Convention next week ( nsscon2020.org/) –
We have a Facebook group (posts are open to the public, but you must join the group to post) ( www.facebook.com/groups/sanfranciscobaycaving) –
You can continue to attend our regular events which have been moved online, such as our members meetings every 4th Tuesday (next week: Sonia’s presentation on caving in China) and virtual vertical practices (every 1st Tuesday) –
If you have an idea for another event, like our virtual cave trips (watching cave documentaries), or have other ideas of ways to build community, let any of the execs know! We will happily work with you to make these a reality.
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, constructive criticism, or gratitude, you can reach us at execs@sfbaycaving.org.
Best,
SFBC Exec Committee
Rafael, Carly, John, Sonia, and Theral

Fall 2020 BOG Meeting – Virtual

Hi all, if you remember, several months ago, I sent out a request asking for couches to crash on and drivers to help drive board members around so that SFBC could host the Fall 2020 board meeting. The summer board meeting was virtual, it went well, and with the COVID situation, they will continue to be virtual.
Thank you everyone who offered a place to stay or a ride from the airport.
Sonia

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: Vertical practice tonight 730 pm

———- Forwarded message ——— From: Sonia Meyer <soniawmeyer@gmail.com> Date: Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 12:11 PM Subject: Vertical practice tonight 730 pm To: New Cavers of SFBC <newcavers@sfbaycaving.org>, SFBC List < sfbc@sfbaycaving.org>, diablo@diablogrotto.org <diablo@diablogrotto.org>
Hi all, reminder that we have vertical practice tonight at 730 pm. I’ll be talking about how to make a home rope treadmill featuring some pretty dope zoom drawings/scribbles. Please join if you’d like to learn or share your own method.
Additionally, I’ll be hosting a safe space if anyone wants to talk about and process the protests going on right now starting at 7 pm.
Sonia

Topic: SFBC June Vertical Practice Time: Jun 2, 2020 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: sjsu.zoom.us/j/96131443569?pwd=WjRJRWNHR3M1STJoMGsvMWtJeGVEdz09 Password: 948093
Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699006833,,96131443569# or +13462487799,,96131443569# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

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

Meeting Reminder – Tomorrow

Hi all, we’re doing our first members meeting tomorrow via Zoom! We’re excited to have Dr. Hazel Barton speaking about the Greenland Cave Project. The meeting starts at 7:30 PM, but you’re welcome to join at 7:00 pm for socializing.
Topic: SFBC April Meeting Time: Apr 28, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: sjsu.zoom.us/j/920512539?pwd=V3BWWmVLdkFsSm5lZFBHbVZENUdkdz09 Password: 676883 *see SFBC calendar for phone call in information
Sonia

NSS 2020 Cancelled :(

April 18, 2020
For Immediate distribution
Dear NSS Friends,
After much listening, discussion, careful consideration, and in accordance with federal, state, and local recommendations, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NSS Convention. Given the painful reality of COVID-19, one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, we believe this is the right thing to do.
Yes, we are heartbroken. We know you are too. However, public health and the well-being of our members, our staff, and our neighbors in the Elkins, West Virginia, community are our highest priorities.
This decision requires a complete change in logistics. To those of you who preregistered—in the coming weeks, we will be establishing the mechanisms needed to process refunds. You will be contacted individually with your options to proceed.
We are also considering available options for conducting some elements of convention in some virtual space. In the interim, we ask your patience as we thought it best to inform everyone of this development sooner rather than later.
To the convention staff—we give our full sincere thanks for all the efforts you made. It’s difficult times like these that we truly realize what a great group of caving friends we have. And we look forward to working with you in the future. We are now initiating plans to move the 2020 West Virginia Convention to 2023 and moving forward with the 2021 convention in Weed, California.
Until we can once more crawl a muddy crawl or party around a bonfire—stay smart, stay safe, stay healthy.
Rich Geisler and Meredith Weberg
NSS 2020 Convention Co-Chairs

Katherine “Kat” Crispin, Ph.D.
NSS Administrative Vice President
Geary Schindel
NSS President
Nathan Farrar
NSS Chair of the Directorate

Fwd: [SFBC New Cavers] April Members’ Meeting (4/28) at 7:30 PM PST meeting ONLINE

This month’s SFBC Members’ Meeting will take place online on Tuesday April 28 at 7:30 PM PST. The meeting will be held online through Zoom.
PRESENTATION:
This month’s presentation, beginning at 7:40 PM, will be:
*Greenland Caves Project. *
An interdisciplinary team comprising researchers from the Universities of Innsbruck, Akron, Oxford, and Sheffield has recently returned from a successful expedition to a remote area of Northeast Greenland located at 80°N. The expedition, which was funded through an FWF Start Prize to Prof. Gina Moseley (Inst. Geology, Innsbruck), collected samples and undertook research into the region’s palaeoclimate and environment, geological history, former glacier extent, geomicrobiology, and entomology. The palaeoclimate research will be used to improve understanding of how this region, which is highly sensitive to climate change, responds in a warmer and wetter world. The palaeoglaciology team collected 22 rock samples that, combined with contextual geomorphological mapping from the ArcticDEM, will provide information about the timing of ice sheet recession and thinning in this little-studied, yet important region. Additionally, samples were collected to help understand a more ancient glacial event at the Ordovician-Silurian boundary, 445 million years ago. Whilst in Greenland, the team documented and explored over 30 caves that had never previously been visited. In doing so, they broke their own records for the longest explored cave in Greenland and the most northerly explored cave on the planet. Several samples were collected from the caves for geomicrobiology to determine the mechanism that allows microbial survival in these cold and dry caves, and the role that these species may play in the formation of unusual cave formations.
*Dr. Hazel Barton Bio: *Dr. Barton’s research is geared toward understanding microbial interactions and adaptations to nutrient-limitation, as experienced by ecosystems in deep subsurface cave environments (see Dr. Barton’s cave science site <www.cavescience.com/>). Dr. Barton is an avid caver, having explored caves on five continents, is a past director of the National Speleological Society (NSS), the Quintana Roo Speleological Survey, and an award winning cave cartographer. Dr. Barton’s recently presented an NSS webinar <caves.org/webinars/index-8.shtml> on coronavirus.
DIRECTIONS: sjsu.zoom.us/j/920512539?pwd=V3BWWmVLdkFsSm5lZFBHbVZENUdkdz09
Password: 676883
Thanks!
Rafael