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

Saturday
Dec212013

January 25, 2014 WCC Meeting Announcement

Holiday Greetings cavers and conservationists!

The Winter 2013 Western Cave Conservancy Annual Public Meeting will be held at the Livermore Civic Center Library in downtown Livermore at the western edge of the Great Central Valley and east of the San Francisco Bay Area of California. We chose this location to better serve our members in northern and central California and adjacent areas. There will be major announcements as well as recaps of this year's activities on the agenda. This meeting is open to everyone and we hope to have a good turnout this year.

DATE:
Saturday, January 25, 2013

TIME:
1:00-5:00 PM. Because of a meeting room time conflict, we will only have the meeting room from 1 to 5 PM so be prepared to start the meeting at 1 PM.

LOCATION:

Livermore Civic Center Library
1188 South Livermore Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550-9315

We will have wi-fi available and are setting up 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 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

  1. Drive west from the SF Bay area on I-580.
  2. In Livermore, take the N. Livermore Ave Ave. exit south towards downtown.
  3. Drive south for about 2.5 miles just past the City Hall and Police Station and look for the Library on the south side of the street.
  4. The closest cross street is College Ave.

FROM THE GREAT VALLEY:

  1. Take I-580 west over Altamont Pass towards Livermore.
  2. Follow steps 2 through 5 of the above directions.

PARKING:
Parking is available in the Civic Center parking lot and 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 25th!

Tuesday
Oct082013

Oct. 26, 2013 WCC Board Meeting

Fall greetings to all you WCC cavers and conservationists!
The Fall 2013 Western Cave Conservancy Meeting will be held in Sacramento in the Great Valley of California. We chose this location to better serve our loyal supporters in central California and adjacent areas. This meeting is open to everyone and we hope to have a good turnout this year.

DATE:
Saturday, October 26, 2013

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

LOCATION:

Ric Gate's home
4439 Mieko Way
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 344-3173

We are setting up 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:
EAST from the San Francisco Bay Area:

  1. Drive east from the San Francisco Bay area on I-80 through most of Sacramento.
  2. Northeast of downtown Sacramento, exit east on Madison Ave. (exit 96)
  3. In about a quarter mile, take the first right turn south onto Date Ave.
  4. Continue south on Date Ave. for several hundred feet and turn right again west onto Tyler Street. Tyler Street will make a right angle turn to the south.
  5. Pass Coffee Lane and turn right at the second street past the right angle turn onto Mieko Way.
  6. Ric's house - 4439 - is just short of the end of the Way.

NORTH from the San Joaquin Valley:

  1. Drive north on I-5 to just past downtown Sacramento and turn east on I-80.
  2. Drive north on US-99 past Elk Grove to 30th Street and continue through eastern Sacramento.
  3. Pass over US-50 and the American River onto Capital City Freeway.
  4. Continue northeast on Capital City Freeway. This road will intersect I-80 just past Watt Ave.
  5. Follow I-80 east to Madison Ave. and then via Date Ave. and State Street to Meiko Way.

SOUTH from the northern reach of the Great Valley:

  1. Take I-5 south to Woodland.
  2. Continue on I-5 through Woodland, Conaway, and Westlake to the northwest margin of Sacramento.
  3. Just past San Juan Road, turn east on I-80 and continue along the northern part of greater Sacramento.
  4. Follow the above directions via Madison Ave., Date Ave., and State St. to Mieko Way.

West from the Reno Area:

  1. Follow I-80 west over Donner Summit to greater northeastern Sacramento.
  2. Excit at Madison Ave. (exit 96) and cross over the freeway to the east.
  3. Follow the above directions to Ric's home via Madison Av., Date Ave., and State St. to Mieko way.

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!

Monday
Jul152013

WCC August 3, 2013 Board Meeting Announcement

Greetings cavers and conservationists!

The Summer 2013 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
Saturday, August 3, 2013

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 are setting up 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 about 30 miles from the Oakland area on I-880 to about a mile past CA-84 (the Dumbarton Bridge exit) in the City of Fremont .
  2. Take the Thornton Ave. exit and cross east over the freeway.
  3. Take the first right (south) turn past the freeway overpass; this will be Blacow Ave.
  4. Continue south about a half-mile over the railroad tracks to Central Ave.
  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. At the diamond-shaped, yellow "Man Running Across Road" sign, turn right onto Los Arboles Drive and follow the RIGHT HAND curb (past two courts leading off to the left) more or less south to its end. Your goal is a Spanish style (they all are in this development), pale yellow home with a bright magenta bougainvillea in front. There will be a bronze-colored Volvo station wagon and a charcoal-colored Chevy S-10 Blazer in the driveway.

SOUTH & EAST FROM SAN FRANCISCO

  1. Proceed south from San Francisco on US-101.
  2. Turn left (east) on Hwy 84 in East Palo Alto.
  3. Cross over San Francisco Bay on the Dumbarton Bridge into Newark.
  4. Turn south on I-880 and continue through Newark and into Fremont for about a mile and a quarter.
  5. Exit I-880 at Thornton Ave. and turn east over the freeway.
  6. Continue back tracking south over the railroad tracks to Central Ave. - about a half-mile.
  7. 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.
  8. At the diamond-shaped, yellow "Man Running Across Road" sign, turn right onto Los Arboles Drive and follow the RIGHT HAND curb (past two courts leading off to the left) more or less south to its end.

NORTH FROM SAN JOSE

  1. Take I-880 North to Fremont.
  2. Exit at Thornton Ave. and drive east about a hundred feet east.
  3. Take the first right (south) turn; this will be Blacow Ave.
  4. Continue back tracking 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. At the diamond-shaped, yellow "Man Running Across Road" sign, turn right onto Los Arboles Drive and follow the RIGHT HAND curb (past two courts leading off to the left) more or less south to its end.

FROM THE GREAT VALLEY

  1. Either:
    • Take I-80 west through Berkeley and Oakland.
    • Take I-580 west over Altamont Pass and through Livermore and Dublin towards the Bay Area.
    • Take I-238 west for about 2 miles through Castro Valley to I-880 and head south through San Lorenzo.
  2. Drive about 12 and a quarter mile south from I-238 to and through the northern part of the City of Fremont. 3. Exit the freeway at Thornton Ave. and drive 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. At the diamond-shaped, yellow "Man Running Across Road" sign, turn right onto Los Arboles Drive and follow the RIGHT HAND curb (past two courts leading off to the left) more or less south to its end.

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 3rd!

Bruce Rogers
President, Western Cave Conservancy

Wednesday
Apr242013

Spring 2013 Western Cave Conservancy Meeting This Saturday

Greetings cavers and conservationists!

The Spring 2013 Western Cave Conservancy Meeting will be held in the southern outskirts of Chico in the northern part of the Great Valley of California. We chose this location to better serve our loyal supporters in northern California, southern Oregon, and adjacent Nevada and Washington areas.  This meeting is open to everyone and we hope to have a good turnout this year.

DATE:
Saturday, April 27, 2013

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

LOCATION:
California State University at Chico
College of Agriculture
Agricultural Training Center (University Farm) - Shop II
Shouten Lane & Hegan Lane
Chico, CA 95929

We will have wi-fi available and are setting up 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 I-5:
1.  In the city of Orland take the CA Hwy 32 exit east to Chico
2.  In Chico, Hwy 32 becomes Nord Avenue and then Walnut Street
3.  Hwy 32 will make a left turn onto 9th street; do not turn, but go straight (right lane) on Dayton Road
4.  Travel 2.6 miles south on Dayton Road and then turn left on Hegan Lane 1.9 miles
5.  Turn right at the Shouten Lane entrance to the Campus/Farm

FROM YUBA CITY and SACRAMENTO:
1.  Take US Hwy 99 North
2.  In Chico, take the Paradise/Park Avenue exit (first exit on the south of Chico) and turn left over  the freeway (west)
3.  Travel about a mile to Midway Avenue (dead end) and turn left (south)
4.  Travel  0.4 miles to Hegan Lane and turn right (west)
5.  Travel 1.4 mile and take the first left (Shouten Lane) after crossing the railroad tracks

FROM REDDING and RED BLUFF:
1.  Take US Hwy 99 South
2.  In Chico take the Paradise/Park Avenue exit (last exit on the south of Chico) and turn right (west)
3.  Travel about a mile to Midway Avenue (dead end) and turn left (south)
4.  Travel  0.4 miles to Hegan Lane and turn right (west)
5.  Travel 1.4 mile and take the first left (Shouten Lane) after crossing the railroad tracks

We will be meeting at The Farm.  Once on the Farm, follow the signs to Ag Mechanics (the second right turn) and to Shop II

PARKING:
Parking is available in the Shop II area.

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 27th!

Bruce Rogers
President, Western Cave Conservancy