2nd Annual SCCi Photo Contest

2015_PhotoCompetition_AwardAnnouncing the 2nd Annual SCCi Photo Contest!

Last year’s contest uncovered some great cave photographers and we are excited to see what this year brings. Share with your friends and start submitting your pictures today!

Be sure to notice a few changes to the contest (a novice and advanced category) and submission deadlines. Read the contest guidelines and rules here: 2016 SCCi Photo Contest

 

SCCi People’s Choice Photo Contest on Facebook – Vote for Your Favorites!

Photo entries are posted on the SCCi Facebook page for this year’s contest; now it is up to you to help us select the People’s Choice winner! The photo with the most “likes” by February 27 at 11 PM Eastern will be the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Please be sure to share these photos and encourage all of your friends to vote, both cavers and non-cavers alike. Please also share with other groups on Facebook with an interest in photography, outdoors, hiking, etc.

At the conclusion of the contest, photographers names and preserve names will be added to the photos.

Hollow Ridge Preserve gets new gates!

The Gating of Hollow Ridge Cave: A SCCi Preserve

Allen, Kristen and Uriah at entrance #1 gate with lock

Allen, Kristen and Uriah at entrance #1 gate with lock

On December 5-7, 2014 a group of cavers met to gate Hollow Ridge Cave in Jackson County, Florida. This was necessary because the county was in the process of building hiking trails just downhill of the bluff line where the lower cave entrances are located. The gates were constructed to keep out vandals and to keep people from getting lost in the cave which contains 3400’ of surveyed passage. There are also rare cave fauna that need protection.

Kristin Bobo designed the cave gates and provided her expertise in installation. Her Assistant, Uriah Pryor, cut the steel. The hauling group consisted of Allen Mosler, Bufford Pruitt, and Tevis Kouts. Tiffiny Kouts, Terrin Kouts, and D’Ann Mosler ran errands. Guy Yates helped return some of the equipment to Tallahassee.

It took three days to build four gates. The gate at Entrance 1 (with lock) was located at the upper entrance and is 3’x8’ in size. The gates at Entrance 2 were located 70’ inside the entrance and are 3’x3’ and 6’x2.5’ at the flood plain level. Entrance Gates 3 & 4 were placed 30’ inside the cave and block three of the mid-bluff entrances. It took about a day and a half to build each gate. The process was Kristen would measure for the needed steel, Uriah would cut the steel, and someone would carry the steel to the gate and help Kristen with the installation. The gates were impressive being made from 6”x6”x3/8” and 4”x4”x3/8” angle iron. They look bullet-proof.

In addition to the people above who provided their time and talent, I would like to thank the following grottos and cavers that made donations: Flint River Grotto, Florida Speleological Society, Middle Georgia Grotto, River City Grotto, Tamps Bay Area Grotto, Paul Aughey, Matt Fisher, Jerry Johnson, Kitty Markley, Roger Moore, Allen Mosler, Steve Nemeth, Ed Pratt, Larry Rueff, and Philip Walker. Donations of over $4000 were made that covered about 60% of the cost of building the gates. The extra steel was taken to Gainesville by Bufford Pruitt to be used in the reconstruction of Warrens Cave gate, a NSS Preserve.

This hard-working and generous group of cavers made this project a success…thank you.

Allen Mosler

Property Manager, Hollow Ridge Cave

Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc.

 

Frick’s Cave Open House – Membership Appreciation Event

Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc is pleased to invite our members and their guests to the Frick’s Cave Annual Open House. 

Throughout the year, Frick’s Cave is closed to protect endangered bats and salamanders that live in the cave. On this ONE DAY ONLY, while the bachelor colony of bats is not present, the SCCi will open the cave to show our appreciation for your membership. After exploring the cave, please join us around the fire for hot food, a talk about the endangered bats, and announcement of the winners of the 1st SCCi Photo and Video Contest!

To help our volunteers plan please RSVP here.

Date: February 28, 2015 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Who: Open to current SCCi members and their guests.

Schedule of Events – 

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Cave open for visitation, assuming summer gray bat colony has not yet returned. Note: SCCi Clean Caving Procedures will be strictly enforced! Frick’s is a stream cave, please dress accordingly.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Hot food will be available until supplies run out.
Don’t forget to RSVP so we can plan!

1:00 PM: Trina Morris, a bat biologist from GA Dept of Natural Resources, will talk about the Frick’s Cave gray bat colony.

Winners of the SCCi Photo and Video Contest will be announced after the bat talk.

Location: To protect our properties we do not publish their locations online. If you are a member and do not know where the Frick’s Cave Preserve is located please use the contact information below to obtain directions.

Questions: Email us at admin@scci.org. Call us at (423) 771-9671.

Rusty’s Cave, Fox Mountain Preserve

Rusty's Cave Fox Mountain Preserve