Hey Greg, didn't see your post. I was the bearded gentleman, dragging you around in the sled on day one confusing left and right. Well, gentleman may be a stretch, but bearded is apt. And homemade tattoos in all the wrong places ;) ( hands, fingers, wtf?!).
But anyway, thanks for the class, it was great. Considering doing the weeklong this summer, the intro was so helpful and informative. Anyways, have been busy in the "off season" doing lots of reading, studying. .. Went up to schoharie to pay a visit to Emily and pretty much emptied her back stock of NE cavers and my bank account on books,and didn't even allow myself to look at all the old and rare stuff or the speleodigests, I would have bankrupted myself! I'm a sucker for the old stuff...Clay Perry was my first and only guide when I first moved out here, and even FINDING the caves with such scant info was almost as exciting as the caves themselves. So, I've got a lot more info now, but sometimes it's just more fun to use a NE caver from the 70's as your resource rather than then the speleowiki, amazing resource that it is. Have kept in touch with several of the cavers from the class, and I think my only proper trip, due to the bats, was Onesquethaw with a few of these guys, right after a proper rain storm. The river was really going, madeit exciting, and the glorious seemingly endless chimneying path above it was made all the more exciting for it! We thought we went through most of the cave, but open returning home and studying and looking at the maps more I think we only made it about half way through! Time to go back I guess. I see bentleys is also open, which I overlooked, so maybe another trip can be gotten in this winter.
Have missed the last few CCG grotto meetings as it is a 2 hr drive when held at one location, which I can muster, but further east is tough after a long days work. Planning on the March meeting though, regardless. I missed a last minute Bentleys trip with em, gotta check my email more!!
Explored several of the concrete mines in the in the rosendale and Kingston area, several mknths ago, pretty amazing. Anybody know if these been properly mapped? If so I'd love to see one. . Pretty confusing stuff, for being man made.
Anyhow, just stopping by and saying hello to all. Cheers.