Every year, SCCi hosts an open house for current SCCi members and their guests at Fricks Cave in Georgia, a cave that is normally closed to protect endangered bats and salamanders that live in the cave. The 2016 Fricks Cave Member Appreciation Day Open will be February 27th. On this ONE DAY ONLY from 9:00am until 4:00pm EST, SCCi members and their guests will be allowed entrance to the cave because the federally protected endangered gray bats do not reside in the cave during the winter.
Camping on Friday night the 26th is available on the preserve. Signs will be posted directing you to campsites. For more information on camping or caving at Fricks Cave, contact the preserve management team at email@example.com or by calling ET Davis at 423-667-9946.
Current SSCi members should RSVP here to help our volunteers prepare for the event. Your confirmation email will contain event information.
- Anyone wishing to visit the cave must bring their own helmets, headlamps, and all appropriate caving gear, all of which must be clean in accordance with the SCCi Clean Caving Procedures, in order to be allowed into the cave. The purpose of this requirement is to prevent the unintentional introduction of foreign bacteria, fungus, and other microscopic life forms into the highly sensitive cave environment. Anyone who does not have appropriate gear, or whose gear has not been cleaned as described above, will not be allowed to enter the cave. Because the fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome in bats has been confirmed in Fricks Cave, anyone visiting the cave must also clean and disinfect their gear after the open house and before visiting any other caves.
- There are no guided caving trips; at least one member of each group should have sufficient caving skills and experience that they can navigate their group through the complex passages of this wild cave on their own.
- Visitors to the cave should dress appropriately: Fricks Cave is a stream cave, and can be very cold and wet in winter, even when it is warm outside! The water flowing through the cave will be cold; visitors should expect to get wet at least up to an adult’s knees, and may also get quite muddy; polypropylene or other synthetic underwear as a base layer will help reduce the very real potential for hypothermia.
- Anyone planning to visit the cave should plan to have in their vehicle a complete set of dry and warm clothes to change into after visiting the cave. There are no indoor facilities at the preserve.
Weather permitting, there will be a cookout that will begin at noon EST and food will be served until we run out. We encourage you to visit the cave then stick around for burgers and hot dogs and a visit with friends.
We hope that you will make plans to join us for this unique opportunity!
Schedule of Events
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Cave open for visitation, assuming the 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. Current SCCi Members: Please RSVP to help us plan supplies.
Winners of the 2nd Annual SCCi Photo and Video Contest will be announced in the afternoon. Note: Voting is currently open on our Facebook page for the People’s Choice Photo Awards!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (423) 771-9671 Extension 101.