Clarksville Cave Trip!

  • March 23, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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COLD WET & MUDDY.. I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY

I will be leading a beginner caving trip to Clarksville cave located just southwest of Albany, NY. I've done this cave many times before and it is a great beginner's cave.

 

 

The cave offers a good variety of larger beginner passages as well as some optional more advanced challenges and tight passageways for the thrill seekers in the group. The full tour of the cave could take 4-5 hours

 

 

 

I have reserved a cabin for friday night for all who wish to arrive early. cabin is $5 donation to cave conservancy.

 

I have loaner helmets and pads.. you must have two headlamps


Mandatory Gear:


HELMET WITH A CHIN STRAP
• YOU WILL NEED A CAVING or A ROCK CLIMBING HELMET, BUT BICYCLE and SKATEBOARD HELMETS ARE ACCEPTABLE..
• Three (3) sources of light, 2 headlamps a flashlight, REPLACEMENT BATTERIES

• Gloves (cheap gardening gloves with the rubber coated palms work well)
Knee pads (from a sporting goods or hardware store is OK Home Depot has some that will work and are not expensive)


NO COTTON CLOTHING! Wear something Synthetic you don't mind getting ruined that will keep you warm even when wet. You can expect to get wet at least up to your knees and possibly up to your neck if you choose to do the sump passage! Expect this cave to be about 48-55 degrees F
DO NOT WEAR COTTON!!!! Choose synthetic fabrics or wool.


Footwear Boots
Ankle support with good grip are important, so you need to wear boots. Do Not wear expensive hiking boots because they will get muddy, scratched, and wet. Choose an old pair you don’t mind getting muddy. If you don't have a pair of old boots, look for something cheap at Payless or Wal-Mart

• A Clean Change of clothes for when you get out!
YOU WILL NEED A COMPLETE CHANGE OF CLOTHING FOR WHEN YOU GET OUT OF THE CAVE, AND I DO MEAN COMPLETE!! UNDERWEAR, SOCKS SHOES AND EVERYTHING ELSE. Also bring a plastic garbage bag for your wet muddy gear after the trip and be sure to launder any cave gear before re-entering another cave to prevent any possible cross-contamination.


Recommended Gear:

• Wetsuit It is cold and wet in the cave so if you have a wetsuit please bring it. if not wear plenty of SYNTHETIC Layers "NO COTTON!!"
• Coveralls with synthetic undergarments worn underneath works best for protection, warmth and maneuverability

• Elbow pads you will be at times crawling on your knees and elbows and elbow pads are a big help, Home Depot has inexpensive ones that will work well for caving.

A small pack for basic supplies like water, snacks, extra batteries, first aid, etc. A fanny pack also seems to work for some. The important thing is that your hands should be free when moving in a cave.

Camera You will want to take photos to show all your normal friends. You can bring a camera, but make sure it's in a protective carrying case if the camera isn't waterproof and shockproof.

• Duct Tape Trust me we use it on every trip and mine winds up being used by everyone, so please bring your own.

 

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  • jason

    Such an amazing time with great people. Thanks, Kay for Organizing. Hoped to see everyone at the next event.

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Bov

    Awesome time and great people to share the experience with. Looking forward to more :)

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Colin R.

    Excellent journey underground!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    Very nice cave...would do again in a heart beat...Thanks Kay for leading...Thank you Casey for the race out of the cave in a 5 minute dash....TeleMundo would like to thank everyone who allowed them to be filmed for the up and coming documentary.." DARK,COLD and DON'T PEE in the WATER".....

    2 · March 23, 2013

  • Sheryl

    First I was attending, then wait-listed, now back on??? WTF! I am not going now!

    March 22, 2013

    • Steven S.

      Maybe if you had a concern about your status you could have contacted Kay and asked her about it? Just sayin

      March 23, 2013

    • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

      I remember very well the noticed to re-up if you were going....Maybe you didnt see the noticed....It wasnt a big deal to be put back on the going list...WTF not going ?????....

      1 · March 23, 2013

  • Steven S.

    The video of the trip is uploading now and should be viewable around 9:30 or so. Here is a link to it. http://youtu.be/ydfuabTB5pM­

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Steven S.

    Another great trip with a group of awesome people!!! Thanks again Kay for organizing and being a great trip leader!!!!!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Kay R.

    I'm in the diner. Get suited up. I will be right out

    March 23, 2013

  • Sheryl

    Hello- Originally I was on the list to go and now it is reflected that I am on the waiting list. What is this change about? I already plan on being there. Kindly advise of this mix up. Thanks!

    March 22, 2013

    • Sheryl

      I had not seen any infomation about calling to confirm nor have I ever received an email from any of the event organizers here, which I was looking for since I signed up which was over a month ago. As of last week I was not "wait-Listed" and suddenly, just days before the trip, I am. I must say, that I am a bit annoyed at getting bumped off the trip in this way!!!

      March 22, 2013

    • Kay R.

      The request for confirm is in comments and sent in emails. Perhaps you have it set up to not receive notices. Everyone who didn't confirm by wed was waitlisted Thursday. When you stated in a comment you wanted and intended to go I put you on the going list. I must say I am a bit annoyed volunteering my time and buying and schlepping gear for 15 people , driving three and a half hours to find out after waiting an hour in the cold that half the people decided to no show. So that's why we require a confirm. Everyone got the email but you. You can stomp your feet and say "I'm not going" or you can come along and have a good time understanding that I put you back on the going list the second I heard from you.

      March 23, 2013

  • Sheryl

    Hi All, I am driving from Manhattan on Friday eve and will stay in a local motel nearby the site. I have a small car but can fit one or two folks. Iris- still looking?

    March 5, 2013

    • Kay R.

      Sheryl. We have room in the truck if you are going and want to ride with us.

      March 22, 2013

    • Sheryl

      Thank you anyway....I have my own wheels.

      March 22, 2013

  • Kay R.

    meeting at gun hill road 445 -500 .. call for info or questions...im leaving now :)

    March 22, 2013

  • Kay R.

    Meeting at 280 main street schoharie tonight between 7 and 9 for all who are meeting us for the overnight at the cabin. If you arrive after nine good luck finding us. Lol. Text me. There is no signal at the cabin and I cannot give out address Online. We are meeting at the clarksville diner at 930. Be suited up and ready to go underground at 930.

    March 22, 2013

  • Kay R.

    I intend to be at gun hill road in the Bronx at 4 pm. Please reply to this comment if you are riding with me

    March 22, 2013

    • jason

      Thanks, kay, see you then

      March 22, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry I'm not going to make it this time

    March 21, 2013

  • Bov

    Tracy will be coming with me :)

    March 21, 2013

  • Kay R.

    I am leaving at 4 on Friday from gun hill road in the Bronx I have room for one more. I'm driving up Jake. Jason. And Ernie.

    March 20, 2013

  • Kay R.

    If you've found yourself on the waitlist itnmeans ive been sending you confirmation request emails and have had no response. I need to open the trip to others.

    March 20, 2013

  • Laura

    I got off the waitlist but it looks like everyone is leaving on Friday and I can't...next time.

    March 19, 2013

    • Kay R.

      There are people going up Saturday.

      March 19, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    I am bringing 2 laterns to the cabin and a power pack for those who want to charge there phones or Ipads....As for the outhouse...I will charge a small fee for holding the latern and toilet paper roll while you drop guano in the pit....$10 for 5 minutes.....TAX included...magazines are extra $$

    March 18, 2013

    • Thomas. A.

      For 10$ I sure hope they are wet wipes

      1 · March 19, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    To all going on this trip and to those that had moved up from the waiting list and are still going...Please do not wait for the last minute to say you need a ride...Start asking NOW and look out for those posting that are offering rides....Is that simple....

    March 18, 2013

  • Kay R.

    btw this is primitive cabin with one bunk room with carpet floor and mats to sleep on ... outhouse and wood burning stove.. no running water or electric...no bathroom

    March 18, 2013

  • Kay R.

    if you intend to attend you must call me 516 two zero five 5966.....I need to hear from you before wednesday.. thank you

    Im coming friday from long island late afternoon...and can drive 4 people ..pick up in either queens at neptune diner or the bronx gun hill road

    March 18, 2013

  • jason

    Hi, looking for a ride Friday to the cabin. I can meetup anywhere in the city. Thanks

    March 18, 2013

  • Anna R

    too bad, doesn't work this time

    March 12, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    Going

    March 12, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    Im leaving on Friday with Tom.......+ BEER...

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    Im in on the cabin (KAY RISING) +Thomas Ackerly.......Im bringing 2 laterns....A power pack for those who need to charge things ( cell phones/batteries/radio...etc).....­I also have a stove/grill that is great for are group...I have a portable coffee maker...yes and it works...

    February 4, 2013

  • Iris P.

    Anyone able to let me ride with them? I live in the city and am willing to help cover any expenses. i will take public transport out of the city to make things easier if necessary!

    February 2, 2013

  • Joe

    is anyone leaving from long island, queens, or brooklyn Saturday morning? or is everyone leaving friday evening and staying over at the cabin?

    January 31, 2013

  • Anna R

    hopefully... will know soon

    January 24, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    I want to feel like a Gerbil visiting Richard Gere

    1 · January 24, 2013

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