Friday
Jan022015

Winter WCC Meeting Announcement

The Winter 2015 Western Cave Conservancy Meeting will be held in Palo Alto, in the heart of Silicon Valley area of California. We chose this location to better serve our loyal supporters in northern and central California and adjacent areas. This meeting is open to everyone and we hope to have a good turnout this year.

DATE
Saturday, January 24, 2015

TIME
1:00-5:00 PM (attendees can start arriving as early as 12:30)

LOCATION

Peninsula Open Space Trust
222 High Street (just north of the intersection of High and Everett Streets)
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(Please use Pat Helton’s cell number if lost: (510) 301-2003)

We will have a telephone link for those not able to attend in person. Please contact us at mail@westerncaves.org if you would like to attend by phone.

DETAILED DIRECTIONS

  1. Drive US-101 (Bayshore Freeway) north to University Ave. in Palo Alto, exit west, and continue west to Middlefield Road;
  2. Cross Middlefield Road and continue on University Avenue west nine blocks from Middlefield Road through downtown Palo Alto to Emerson Street (High Street is the next street, but is a one-way street in the opposite direction you will want to go)
  3. Hard right (north) onto Emerson Street for two blocks
  4. Hard left (west) onto Everett Street for a block
  5. Hard right (north) on High Street – POST will be on your left in a single story, glass-fronted building with solar panels on its roof.

FROM THE NORTH
  • Drive south on US-101 to University Ave. in Palo Alto.
  • Follow the above directions from University Ave.
  • WEST FROM THE GREAT VALLEY AREA
  • Take I-580 west from I-5.
  • Take I-238 west from the Castro Valley area to I-880 (Nimitz Freeway).
  • Follow I-880 for about 5 miles to CA-92 and drive west across the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge to US-101 (Bayshore Freeway).
  • Follow above directions from University Avenue.
  • NOTE 1: Alternate Route across San Francisco Bay: Continue south on I-880 to CA-84 and take the Dumbarton Bridge west across the Bay. Turn left at University Avenue (the first light after the bridge) and follow the above directions from University Avenue.

    NOTE 2: Sneaky, lower traffic route through Palo Alto: University Avenue is the major street through Palo Alto and may/will be quite slow. You may want to turn right (north) off of University Ave. at Middlefield Road, continue north for a block, then turn left (west) on Lytton Ave. and follow this for nine blocks to High Street, and then right (north) for perhaps a hundred feet to POST on your left.

    CALTRAIN
    For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may take Caltrain from San Francisco or San Jose and points in between to Palo Alto and avoid driving. Exit Caltrain at the Palo Alto station. Walk a block east across Alma Street and then about two blocks north on Alma past the fire station. Walk a block east on Everett Street to High Street and then turn hard left (north) and look for POST on your left.

    PARKING
    There is limited space in their small parking lot, but plenty of parking should be available on the street.

    REFRESHMENTS
    There will be a selection of light refreshments to keep you alert through the meeting.

    Please feel free to re-post this announcement on your local grotto list!

    Thank you and we hope to see many of you on January 24th!

    Tuesday
    Oct212014

    Fall 2014 Meeting on Sunday, 2 November 2014

    The fall 2014 Western Cave Conservancy Meeting will be held in Livermore, at the join of the Diablo Range and Great Valley area of California. We chose this location to better serve our loyal supporters in northern and central California and adjacent areas. This meeting is open to everyone and we hope to have a good turnout this year.

    DATE
    Sunday, November 2, 2014

    TIME
    1:00-5:00 PM (attendees can start arriving as early as 12:30)

    LOCATION
    Mark and Sharon Bowers 4116 Loch Lomond Way Livermore, CA 94551 (925) 583-6042

    We will have a telephone link for those not able to attend in person. Please contact us at mail at westerncaves dot org if you would like to attend by phone.

    DETAILED DIRECTIONS

    FROM THE SOUTH

    1. Drive I-5 north to I-580 West
    2. Follow I-580 west to Livermore
    3. Exit on First Street (CA-84) towards downtown Livermore
    4. Turn right after about a half mile on N. Mines Road
    5. Turn left in a quarter mile onto Newbury St.
    6. Turn left after about 200 feet onto Hillside Ave.
    7. Continue about 215 feet to the Bower's home on the left.

    FROM THE NORTH

    1. Drive south on I-5 to I-505 southwest to I-580 west.
    2. Follow the above directions from First Street.

    EAST FROM THE SAN FRANSISCO BAY AREA

    1. Take I-238 east from I-880
    2. Take I-580 east from Castro Valley or east from I-680.
    3. Drive east along I-580 to First Street
    4. Follow above directions south from the First Street (CA-84) exit

    PARKING
    Plenty of parking is available on the street.

    REFRESHMENTS
    There will be a selection of light refreshments to keep you alert through the meeting.

    Please feel free to re-post this announcement on your local grotto list!

    Thank you and we hope to see many of you on November second!

    Friday
    Jul182014

    Next WCC Board Meeting on August 17, 2014

    Greetings cavers and conservationists!

    The Summer 2014 Western Cave Conservancy Meeting will be held in Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. We chose this location to better serve our loyal supporters in northern and central California and adjacent areas. This meeting is open to everyone and we hope to have a good turnout this year.

    DATE: Sunday, August 17, 2014
    TIME: 1:00-5:00 PM (attendees can start arriving as early as 12:30)
    LOCATION: Pat Helton & Bruce Rogers’ home
    37899 Los Arboles Drive, Fremont, CA 94536

    We will have wi-fi available and will have a telephone link for those not able to attend in person. Please contact us at mail@westerncaves.org if you would like to attend by phone.

    DETAILED DIRECTIONS

    SOUTH FROM OAKLAND

    1. Drive south from the Oakland area on I-880.
    2. In the City of Fremont take the Thornton Ave. exit east over the freeway.
    3. Take the first right (south) turn; this will be Blacow Ave.
    4. Continue south over the railroad tracks to Central Ave. - about a half-mile.
    5. Turn left onto Central Ave (there is a Valero gas station and Blacow Auto Repair at the intersection) and proceed east for about two blocks.
    6. Turn right onto Los Arboles Drive and follow the RIGHT HAND curb (past two courts/short streets leading off to the left) to its end. Your goal is a Spanish style, pale yellow home with a bright magenta bougainvillea in front.

    NORTH FROM SAN JOSE

    1. Take I-880 North to Fremont.
    2. Follow the above directions.

    FROM THE GREAT VALLEY

    1. Take I-880 west through Berkeley and Oakland.
    2. Follow the above directions from Oakland south to Fremont.

    PARKING: Parking is available on the cul-de-sac street.

    REFRESHMENTS: There will be a selection of light refreshments to keep you alert through the meeting.

    Please feel free to re-post this announcement on your local grotto list!

    Thank you and we hope to see many of you on the 17th!

    Bruce Rogers
    President, Western Cave Conservancy

    Monday
    Apr212014

    May 3, 2014 WCC Meeting - Livermore, CA

    The Spring 2014 Western Cave Conservancy Meeting will be held in Livermore, at the join of the Diablo Range and Great Valley area of California. We chose this location to better serve our loyal supporters in northern and central California and adjacent areas. This meeting is open to everyone and we hope to have a good turnout this year.

    DATE
    Saturday, May 3, 2014

    TIME
    1:00-5:00 PM (attendees can start arriving as early as 12:30)

    LOCATION

    Mark and Sharon Bowers
    4116 Loch Lomond Way
    Livermore, CA 94551
    (925) 583-6042

    Note: if you have a few folding chairs, please bring them; Mark and Sharon are a bit short on sitting furniture.

    We will have a telephone link for those not able to attend in person. Please contact us at mail@westerncaves.org if you would like to attend by phone.

    DETAILED DIRECTIONS
    FROM THE SOUTH

    1. Drive I-5 north to I-580 West
    2. Follow I-580 west to Livermore
    3. Exit on First Street (CA-84) towards downtown Livermore
    4. Turn right after about a half mile on N. Mines Road
    5. Turn left in a quarter mile onto Newbury St.
    6. Turn left after about 200 feet onto Hillside Ave.
    7. Continue about 215 feet to the Bower's home on the left.
    FROM THE NORTH
    1. Drive south on I-5 to I-505 southwest to I-580 west.
    2. Follow the above directions from First Street.
    EAST FROM THE SAN FRANSISCO BAY AREA
    1. Take I-238 east from I-880
    2. Take I-580 east from Castro Valley or east from I-680.
    3. Drive east along I-580 to First Street
    4. Follow above directions south from the First Street (CA-84) exit

    PARKING
    Parking is available on the street.

    REFRESHMENTS
    There will be a selection of light refreshments to keep you alert through the meeting.

    Please feel free to re-post this announcement on your local grotto list!
    Thank you and we hope to see many of you on May third!

    Saturday
    Feb222014

    2014 Lehman Cave Lint Camp

    The Western Cave Conservancy and the staff of Great Basin National Park will co-sponsor the 2014 Lehman Cave Lint Camp. Cavers are invited to participate in restoration activities in Lehman Cave in eastern Nevada on March 21 to 23, 2014.

    The following is the tentative schedule that Gretchen Baker, Park ecologist and WCC Advisor, has provided:

    Friday, March 21
    Afternoon/evening: arrive; check in to park housing (we'll probably have a couple park houses. Participants will need to bring basic camping gear such as sleeping bag, pots and pans, towels, etc.). Refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, showers, and washing machines will be available.

    In the afternoon/evening there will be potential cave trips or rope training in the maintenance shop.

    Saturday, March 22
    9 am: Meet at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center; lint camp training, divide into groups and work in different parts of the cave
    12ish: Lunch (bring your own)
    1-5ish: Lint camp work
    5:30 pm: Potluck dinner/party/more rope training?

    Sunday, March 23
    9 am -12 pm: Lint camp work
    12 pm: Lunch (bring you own)
    1-3 pm: Talus Room tour
    Late afternoon: depart or possible other cave trips

    There's not many places to buy food, although the Border Inn in Baker has a small convenience store/cafe/motel and is open 24 hours. T&D's in Baker is occasionally open with a convenience store and restaurant.

    Most all supplies are available in Ely (an hours drive way). For more about local amenities, visit http://www.greatbasinpark.com.

    For more about the park, please visit http://www.nps.gov/grba.

    To register, please email Gretchen_Baker@nps.gov