Frick’s Cave Open House This Weekend

Don’t forget that the Frick’s Cave open house is Saturday, February 15! Several people have asked us what the cave is like. It’s a large horizontal stream cave and will be very cold and very wet this time of year. Be sure to wear plenty of warm layers if you go inside the cave and be sure to bring a change of clothes! Others have asked if they can visit the cave another day if they miss the open house. The cave is only open one day a year, so if you want to see it, be sure to join us Saturday!

If you would like to go into the cave, you will be required to use gear and clothing that’s been cleaned and disinfected according to the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy. In addition, white-nose syndrome was found inside the cave last winter so please also clean and disinfect your gear after the trip.

Stream passage in Frick's Cave. Photo by JV Van Swearingen IV

Stream passage in Frick’s Cave. Photo by JV Van Swearingen IV

Right now the weather is looking great for Saturday! Hopefully that won’t change! We’re planning to cook burgers and hot dogs between noon and 4 PM. We’ll also have a fire so everyone can warm up. Please join us around the fire to visit with friends, eat some great food, and meet new friends.

The address for the open house parking area is 1536 Fricks Gap Rd., Chickamauga, GA. Directions from the intersection of GA 136 and GA 193 (between LaFayette and Trenton): Go south 2.1 miles to Harold Stephens Road. Turn right. Continue until you dead end into Fricks Gap Road. Turn left. Follow this road to the signs for the open house parking.

We hope you can join us for this once-a-year opportunity. We look forward to seeing you!

Formation area in Frick's Cave. Photo by JV Van Swearingen IV.

Formation area in Frick’s Cave. Photo by JV Van Swearingen IV.

Large Room in Frick's Cave. Photo by JV Van Swearingen IV.

Large Room in Frick’s Cave. Photo by JV Van Swearingen IV.

 

 

 

SCCi to Exhibit at Banff Film Fest in Atlanta Mar. 17 – Discounted Group Tix Available!

 

We are excited to announce that SCCi will be exhibiting at the upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, coming to Atlanta (at the Georgia Tech Ferst Center again!) on March 17! Check out this year’s thrilling Banff World Tour trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gCzgqIm_Ofg

The event begins at 7 PM; doors open at 6 PM. Films shown during the three hour event (including an intermission with a great raffle!) are among the best films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. As the REI event blurb states: “This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring and though-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2013/2014 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.”

From the film "Down the line"

From the film “Down the line”

We are able once again to get group-discounted tickets for just $12 (adults or children). Also this year, both SCCi and DCG (Dogwood City Grotto) will be exhibiting at the event, so we’ll also need a few volunteers to help staff our tables. If you’re interested in helping out with that, please contact Nancy Aulenbach (see contact info at the bottom of this note). As part of the agreement to exhibit, we’ve committed to trying to sell at least 50 group tickets, so we really need to have a great turnout from cavers! If we sell enough tickets, we may also be able to convince them to reserve us a block of good seats (which they almost never do, but they did for us the year we sold 54 tickets!)

A few years ago, we had a great “festival before the festival” dinner and social hour at the nearby Gordon Biersch restaurant. If there’s sufficient interest, we’ll try to do that again – let Dianne know if you’re interested, as we’ll probably need reservations for a decent sized group.

Please contact Dianne Guthrie (her contact info is at the bottom of this note) if you want tickets, and how many. Group tix are all the same price – $12 (vs. regular price of $15 adults, $13 students, seniors and children), and anyone 4 or older needs a ticket. Once she has purchased your tickets, you’re on the hook for those tickets! Dianne hopes to be able to hand the out at the DCG meetings in February and March. If you won’t be attending these meetings, not to worry – we’ll mail them to you!

• Date: 3/17/2014
• Event Location: Ferst Center
• Event Fee: See event details

• Time: 6:00 – 10:00 PM EDT
• Leader: Banff

Description: REI once again hosts the only Atlanta stop on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour! This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring and though-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2013/2014 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. $15 General Admission, $13 Students/Seniors. All proceeds go to support the Georgia Conservancy’s Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series. Monday, March 17th at the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. For more information or group ticket sales of 10 or more, contact Atlanta-OPO@rei.com or 404.633.6508×203. Buy your tickets at any REI store. Georgia Conservancy’s Heartland Rivers of GA Paddle Series: http://www.georgiaconservancy.org/heartland.html

We look forward to seeing you at Banff!

Contact info:
Dianne Guthrie
deo66@bellsouth.net
404-545-9961

Nancy Aulenbach
Flittermice@bellsouth.net

 

 

 

DATE CHANGE for the Frick’s Cave Open House!

fricks cave open houseDATE CHANGE for the Frick’s Cave Open House! We recently learned that the memorial service for Steve Hudson, a friend to many of us, will be held on January 25. We know many of our supporters will want to attend Steve’s service so we have rescheduled the Frick’s Cave Open House for Saturday, February 15. Please share this information with your friends and your Grotto lists so we can get the word out.

The open house will be held from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. eastern time. Because the federally protected endangered gray bats are not currently in the cave in the winter, the SCCi is able to allow members to visit the cave on this single day. We plan to host a cookout (weather permitting) in the afternoon. Save the date on your calendars and keep an eye on our Frick’s Cave open house page. We’ll post any updates or announcements there.

Save the date! February 15 is Frick’s Cave Open House

fricks cave open houseEvery year, the SCCi hosts an open house at Frick’s Cave in Georgia, a cave that is normally closed to protect endangered bats and salamanders that live in the cave. This year, the Fricks Cave Open House will take place on Saturday, February 15 from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. eastern time. Because the federally protected endangered gray bats are not currently in the cave in the winter, the SCCi is able to allow members to visit the cave on this single day. Save the date on your calendars and keep an eye on our Frick’s Cave open house page. We’ll post any updates or announcements there.

Join us for the Tumbling Rock Christmas Party!

Tumbling Rock Christmas PartyLooking for a different way to celebrate the holiday season? Join us on December 7 for the first Christmas Party at Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve! Make plans now to join us. Buy tickets here.

The day will start at 10:00 with caving! The cave will be open all day if you want to stop by to explore.  If you’ve never been to the cave or are new to caving, you can meet up with several groups very familiar with the cave. The Christmas tree formation about halfway through the cave will be illuminated with beautiful Christmas lights. This will be the 5th year the Christmas tree has featured lights during the holiday season.

Cave all day, but be back out of the cave and cleaned up by 6:00 for a banquet. We’ll move inside a large, heated tent for a delicious dinner. The dinner will be catered by Carlisle’s, a restaurant in nearby Scottsboro.  After eating a great dinner with other cavers, we have some special presentations lined up. Chuck Lundquist and Bill Varnadoe, two of the original explorers of Tumbling Rock, will give a presentation about the early exploration of the cave. In addition, Pat Kambesis will discuss her mapping project in the cave.

It will be a fun day and evening full of caving, time with your friends, good food, and getting to know cavers you haven’t had a chance to meet. Plan to join us! If you want to camp, tent camping sites are available.

Space is limited. $40 per person. Advance tickets only. No tickets will be available at the door.

If you don’t want to buy tickets online, you can also purchase tickets by mailing in a check to the address on our web site. The ticket price covers the many costs associated with putting on a first class event – including catering, a heated tent, table and chair rental, etc.