THE ULTIMATE CAMPING...CAVING...J­uly 4th BASH

  • July 3, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This is a long weekend bash for those who love Camping and Caving..all in one very long weekend...4 night's of camping in the heart of "New York's Cave Capital" central.....The plan is to leave Wednesday afternoon/evening and arrive @ camp and begin a cookout and some good ole drinking around the fire...Thursday morning after breakfast...we will be arranging groups that will go with different group leaders to to assigned caves for that day....

 

Price for 4 nights is 22 per night!!... and that covers 2 adults on 1 site.......In order to go on this trip...you will have to contact  HIDE-A-WAY CAMPSITES @[masked] and get a site....If you plan to stay a shorter time ..then that is totally up to you and your group but you may need to coordinate with others because I tthink there is a three night minimum

...Everyone is going to be put on a waiting list until you have confirmed that you have a site..

 

 

Website is http://www.hide-a-waycampsites.com/

 

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
  • 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 degreesF
  • 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 and a wetsuit provides protection from the cold.
  • Gloves (cheap gardening gloves with the rubber coated palms workwell)
  • Coveralls with synthetic undergarments worn underneath works best for protection, warmth and maneuverability
  • Elbow pads
  • 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.

 

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  • L. Cave D.

    Very fun

    September 23, 2013

  • Yonatan

    Uploaded some of the better photos. You welcome, sorry for the delay.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    Thanks Yonatan!

    August 1, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    Where are all the great pictures of Scholharie and explorers ?

    July 25, 2013

  • Mary

    I had a great time camping and caving. It was fun to meet new people and hang around the campfire. I enjoyed the three caves i explored....thanks to the cave leaders. I appreciated everyone's help and encouragement.

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Kevin K.

      Great meeting you two, too. Post those photos!

      July 25, 2013

  • L. Cave D.

    It was nice to meet new people. I have to say Ernie rocked. I lead a trip to Merlins (A advanced cave that requires a lot of climbing.) Ernie, myself and BoB C. Had a lot of fun.....

    July 15, 2013

  • Cepaфин

    It was an awesome event, but where are all the pictures that were taken especially the first night at Schoharie Cave??

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    Had an awesome time with my Met Grotto members & KARST KILLER KREW.....

    July 8, 2013

  • Peter K.

    Had a first time with Serafin and Kay - thanks a lot to you both as well as all of the great people on the trip!

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Jeff

    Had a really fun weekend. Enjoyed meeting lots of new people a s tackling a couple of new caves.

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Kevin K.

      Me too! Great meeting you and Mary. I couldn't ask for nicer camp neighbors! Don't forget to post those Scholhare photos.

      July 7, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    For those curious about my $19.78 zoomable headlight.

    http://tinyurl.com/lpkq6a4

    Note: It came with a European power plug for the AC charger so you'll also need one of these for 99 cents

    http://tinyurl.com/keu65t8

    July 5, 2013

  • Michelle d.

    I'm interested f anyone is driving up from NYC just for a day or two max. Which caves are you doing on which days?

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Mimi

      i'm going to rent car and head up Friday. I have mtgs in morning, hope to leave greenpoint, brooklyn at 2 or 3 pm. email me if you'd like to come with? seems they'll find us a place to crash. i'll bring my tent just in case.

      July 3, 2013

    • Michelle d.

      Made some other day trip plans, but I just had to say how much I love this community and how nice and helpful everyone is. Have a ball guys!

      July 5, 2013

  • Mary

    We are here....tent is up, fire is going, booze kid poured. ...see you soon!

    July 3, 2013

    • Mary

      i mean booze is poured....

      July 3, 2013

    • Kay R.

      I want a booze kid to pour for me! Id say about 30.. lean tan exceptionally handsome.... oh yes. I have one of those.

      July 3, 2013

  • Ben T.

    Oh Serafin is doing the wet side as well?

    July 3, 2013

  • Peter K.

    I have to leave friday night, so site 19 will be open friday night and saturday to any takers.

    July 3, 2013

    • Mimi

      me! would love to take site 19. arriving 7pm-ish Friday, can I give you$ $ then?

      July 3, 2013

    • Peter K.

      Ok, its yours. I might not be there at 7, so don't worry about it.

      July 3, 2013

  • mae

    may have to cancel the trip due to a knee injury.

    July 1, 2013

    • Ben T.

      Boooo! :-( Alright, say hi to your knee for me. ;-)

      July 3, 2013

    • Steve

      You guys broke each other - woe, mud wrestling? Mae why not just enjoy the camping part? I'm thinking of going a few days now.

      July 3, 2013

  • Mimi

    Anyone have room for 1 more person at their site for Fri and Sat nites? The campground is fully booked :( Haven't heard back from Ernie so assuming he's booked up.

    July 3, 2013

    • Kay R.

      I assure you someone has room... everyone can have 4 so I'm sure there are a few spaces. Worse case stay at schoharie cabin just to sleep.. I probably have room sat nite paul and I leave fri. Also there are 30$ sites with water and electric. Split one of those And its not bad

      July 3, 2013

    • Ernie H.

      Hello Mimi. You can stay. I have Bob and Lee staying wed and Thurs night I think . I'll call you when I get there is you send your number

      1 · July 3, 2013

  • Bob C.

    Hi all I am coming up Thursday nite. Does anybody have have spare site space? I want to do Merlins Friday.

    thanks bob

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Adam G.

    Looking forward to this!

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Yonatan

    Will join Thursday afternoon for 2 nights. hope to see u all there.

    July 2, 2013

  • Ernie H.

    Just paid 88 for 4 nights. Site 20. I have an empty car if anyone is interested .

    July 2, 2013

    • L. Cave D.

      Jose the Sultan is all booked at 15. Its going to be a sausage fest.

      July 2, 2013

    • Mimi

      Hello - I'm heading up Friday nite. Do you have room at your site for one more person Fri - Sat nite? I have my own tent (one 4 person, one 8 person) - let me know if I should bring.

      July 2, 2013

  • L. Cave D.

    Looking for interest parties for a semi-advanced caving trip.: Must have access to a seat harness & cows tails. Limited trip # 5-6 to explore Merlin's cave. I have permission to lead trips on the 4th and the 5th. Also: You must sign a waiver for the NCC

    July 2, 2013

  • David M.

    Uhmm...just wondering....what caves are near there?

    June 25, 2013

    • Kay R.

      Fun fact...Blond = male blonde= female.

      1 · July 2, 2013

    • David M.

      They don't need to be blonde. I would prefer some hot Mommies that don't speak English

      July 2, 2013

  • mae

    thank u kevin, it hurts allot, I cant go up or down the stairs yet.. sucks I cant hike for a while now im f pissed.. but I had a good time :)

    July 2, 2013

  • Kay R.

    Its 22 for one night two people but find others to share and they allow up to four and it drops to 8 $ per person.

    July 2, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    Im booked on site 15 next to Jeff....

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • L. Cave D.

      Hey- I thought I was staying on site 15?

      July 1, 2013

  • L. Cave D.

    Looking forward to some good caving! If the trip is vertical that is a big plus.

    July 1, 2013

  • Steve

    Not sure if I can make it :/

    June 25, 2013

  • Mary

    campsite booked

    June 25, 2013

  • Jeff

    campsite booked wed 07/03- sun 07/07. it gonna be a fun weekend!

    June 25, 2013

  • Lindsay A. R.

    What is the cost and how would we be getting there?

    June 15, 2013

  • Kay R.

    update!!!!!!! sites are 22 per night!!!!!!!!! the 30$ rate was for sites with water and electric!

    June 25, 2013

  • Jeff

    the best way to book a site is to call them at (518) 868-9975. when you try online it doesn't give you the availability. when you call mention you are with the caving group

    June 25, 2013

  • A'gota / A.

    I checked my schedule, and duties, next time. thank you for organizing.

    June 22, 2013

  • Silvia M.

    I cannot make it this weekend :(

    June 19, 2013

    • Thomas. A.

      Too bad you are going to miss a great weekend

      June 21, 2013

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    I Called the camp ground....The price is $30.00 a night for 2 adults...

    June 17, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    When reserving a camp site should we mention Met Grotto or NY Caving Meetup or some umbrella organization name if we want to be situated together? Or else we might end up scattered among other campers (boy scouts, family campers, chanting Gregorian monks burning the chalasce at both ends, etc)? If so, what name should we use (or avoid if we want to hang out with those monks)?

    June 17, 2013

    • Kay R.

      Ha. Stellar. I suppose that'd be good idea. We were going to try to have one central meet site for communal fire and everyone have own site for sleeping

      June 17, 2013

  • heather t.

    I have to canel the trip due to medical reason next time.

    June 17, 2013

  • Mimi

    Will come up for weekend. Driving from north Brooklyn.

    June 10, 2013

    • Kay R.

      Perfect I'm arriving wed night

      June 16, 2013

  • A'gota / A.

    Serafin, I started a new job. I can't take off Friday. I would come up for Sat. & Sunday if it possible with the group. Otherwise I will cancel.

    June 3, 2013

    • Kay R.

      Come Fri and sat

      June 16, 2013

    • Kay R.

      I mean Fri night or sat arrival.

      1 · June 16, 2013

  • rna2600

    Sorry can't attend July 4 - looking forward to future adventures!

    June 16, 2013

  • avra c.

    Sorry I can't make it.

    June 3, 2013

  • Ana

    Maybe...will wait for details..

    May 21, 2013

  • Laura

    Can't get off work, someone just left the firm so need to cover.

    April 9, 2013

  • mae

    sounds great

    March 12, 2013

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    March 11, 2013

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