Grotto elections are held yearly at our January grotto meeting, and there are some changes! We all know our officers, some are retuning and some are new officers this year! A HUGE thank you for everyone stepping up during COVID, and figuring out how to keep our grotto active and alive!

This information can be originally found in the January meeting minutes, but we wanted to give recognition to the new leadership!

2021 Officer Elections

Each office had exactly one nominee, so we voted to accept the slate as a whole. Our 2021 officers are:

Chair:“Zeke” Van Fossen
Vice-Chair:Taylor Tibbs
Secretary:Ken Walsh
Treasurer:Mike Broome
Webmaster:Elise Sanderson

Geary Schindel
PresidentNational Speleological Society

Folks,

As the coronavirus spreads through our communities, it is very important that we follow social distancing guidelines. As much as we may want to go caving or attend a grotto meeting, practicing self-restraint is important to minimize the spread of the virus. Remember that most caves have limited airflow and create close quarters. Cavers may be at heightened risk because of limited exchange of air and close contact with other cavers. Just riding together in a car for a few hours to your closest caving area creates a risk. However, ridge walking with house mates may be an acceptable undertaking. Getting out and getting fresh air and sunshine, where allowed, can be good for your health and your soul.

Be vigilant and careful. In the event of an accident (car or cave), response times and personnel may be very limited. Doctors and hospitals are being inundated with Covid-19 cases in many areas and may not be able to quickly or effectively treat you.

So, here are some recommendations:

  • I’m encouraging our NSS members to stand down from caving for a few months as we get control of this pandemic and can get back to a new normal quicker.
  • After your basic needs are met, use this time to draw your cave maps, write a grotto or NSS News article, work on your vertical gear, clean and organize your equipment (or house), watch many of the excellent webinars on the NSS website, prepare a talk on your favorite area or project, or write a paper. Remember that many of Isaac Newton’s greatest contributions to science were formulate while he was escaping the plague.
  • Sort your photographs, scan your slides, write a friend, reestablish old friendships, give blood, check on your fellow grotto members, recycle or re-purpose some of your old camping and caving equipment, practice your presentation skills.
  • Attend an online grotto meeting – offer to make a presentation. Just because we are social distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t reach out and socialize.
  • Fact check everything you see on the news and on the internet – especially social media and try and maintain a good attitude and sense of humor.

Don’t forget the NSS. The society can use your help in many areas. Volunteer, renew your membership, and donate.

I promise to give you all a hug when this is over.

Geary Schindel
President
National Speleological Society

The National Speleological Society 
6001 Pulaski Pike, Huntsville, AL 35810

Following March’s cancelled meeting, and due to continued concerns about public health, the Triangle Troglodytes will not be meeting Tuesday April 28, 7:30pm for the monthly meeting. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will post any updates concerning the TriTrogs.

Follow WHO and CDC GUIDELINES regarding COVID-19; including:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough by flexing your elbow or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid handshaking or cheek-kissing as greetings – use the elbow or fist bump.

Until next time, get a Flu shot, and happy caving!

-TriTrog Officers



Due to concerns about public health, the Triangle Troglodytes will not be meeting Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 for the monthly meeting. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will post any updates concerning the TriTrogs.

Follow WHO and CDC GUIDELINES regarding COVID-19; including:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough by flexing your elbow or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid handshaking or cheek-kissing as greetings – use the elbow or fist bump.

Until next time, get a Flu shot, and happy caving!

-TriTrog Officers

The National Speleological Society will be having it’s 2020 National Convention in Elkins, WV this year from July 27th -31st! This is likely the closest the convention will be for a few years, as next year’s event is on the west coast.

Keep up with upcoming news at their announcements page, and register for the event. The 2020 convention facebook page is also linked here for ease of access.

Pre-Registration is $225 for NSS members, and $275 for non-NSS members.
After June 30, 2020 you will need to register on site.

However, you can register for the NSS for a year for only $40, with a $10 one time fee and save $ all year. Registering at the event is $50 extra on those prices, so go join the NSS! There’s more information about all of the events on the registration page.


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The address posted for the 2020 NSS convention is:

100 Kennedy Dr,
Elkins, WV 26241

Hello VAR/MAR cavers. 
This years Spring VAR/MAR will be hosted by Charlottesville and Seven Valley’s Grotto’s at Grand Caverns Park in Grottoes, Virginia. Campers are welcome (sorry boondocking only, no hookups). Very easy to get to, only 7 miles from I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley. 

VAR/MAR 2020 dates are: May 1st-3rd, 2020

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Price is $33 for adults and $25 for children, $5 higher if you register on-site.


Snail mail ONLY and pre-registrations must be postmarked by April 15, 2020.

The registration form is now up on the VAR website:

Please pre-register to be guaranteed a dinner on Sat. evening.

If you have any questions you can email Scott Davis or Anne Moses

Hey everyone, the gear swap for JUNE 2020 is up and live!!!! So head on over to the main navigation bar or click here to be taken to the page. There is a linked Google Sheet that will allow anyone to add to it, please do so as you can. The meeting time and date is in the link, you’ll not find it here.

We look forward to seeing everyone and what you’re keen to swap around! All proceeds go to the Triangle Troglodytes Grotto Treasury, so your after-meeting food won’t be paid for by gear sales. Remember that bringing unused gear for others may enable cavers to go further safely, and since you’re not caving alone (RIGHT?!) you need more caving partners!

I’m flattered you’re still here, but you missed the link.

-Elise S.

(Dues-paying) Grotto members:

On August 25 we will visit a cave in Lee County, VA. We will have an affordable nearby campground reserved for the nights of August 24 and 25. Some brief details about the cave follow. Please complete the signup survey linked below [Removed].

This will be a horizontal trip; no vertical gear needed. I always recommend knee pads. There are some long, low crawls, but they can be bypassed. Much of the cave offers walking passage. How wet you get will depend on recent rainfall and whether you reach the stream passage. Wetsuits aren’t needed, but you will appreciate waterproof boots.

This cave is appropriate for all skill levels. Attractions include waterfalls, gypsum, salamanders, weird formations, mountains of breakdown.

If you want to go on this trip and you haven’t already signed up, please send me an email (chair@tritrogs.org).

Thanks!

Emily

Chair: Mark Daughtridge

Vice Chair: Ken Walsh

Webmaster: Carlin Kartchner

Secretary: Emily Graham

Treasurer: Martin Groenewegen

Ken hosted our first Officers Meeting of the year and provided, among other things, wine and chocolate. So, keep that in mind, those of you who might consider running in 2018!