Rogers Belmont Changes Hands

The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy, Inc., leased this cave in Virginia for a number of years. It had been a long-closed cave. Board Member Jeff Jahn and Front Royal Grotto successfully managed the cave with very few problems and with good landowner relations. The property changed hands in 2016 and, in spite of continued warm relations […]

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Library Renovations in 2016

By Tom Metzgar It’s November 6th, and the caves are closed for bats. Dave Field had a hankering to go caving, so he suited up and slithered into the crawlspace under the downstairs bathroom. Here, he’s dumping a bucket of 1A gravel on top of the newly-installed vapor barrier over what had been a bare […]

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MAKC at OTR

By Tom Metzgar The MAKC has set up our booth at OTR every year since 1997. The Robertson Association (TRA) generously provides space for cave conservancies on Vendor’s Row. One of the TRA’s numerous volunteers, vendor coordinator Norma Dee Peacock, makes sure that we get a prominent spot next to the Forks of the Cheat […]

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Sunni Reitmyer Joins Board

Sunni Reitmyer • NSS 64280 • (term expires 2017) Sunni Reitmyer is a native to Pennsylvania and has been a nature lover for as long as she can remember. Her first experience in a cave was a visit to Penn’s Cave with her family in 1995. She has since visited other commercial caves in Pennsylvania, […]

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Bruce Sundquist 1936-2016

By Tom Metzgar Pittsburgh area cavers active during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s recognize the name Bruce Sundquist. Bruce didn’t do a lot of caving, but he did a lot of work preserving cave-rich areas in Pennsylvania and in West Virginia. Indeed, anywhere and everywhere that outdoors enthusiasts met and played, Bruce seemed to turn […]

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Cave Rescue Training Exercise

(Editor’s note: This summer MAKC and other local caving groups participated in a mock search and rescue in Hillside.Cavers were not privvy to the location of the exercise until the callout came; they merely knew that there would be an exercise on the appointed day. Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group acted as the coordinator for the […]

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Sid Perou Pens Book

Sid Perou: 30 Years as an Adventure Cameraman. Book 1. Light into the Darkness. Includes 45 minute DVD of video clips. By Kim Metzgar I saw a brief mention in the NSS News that Sid Perou had come out with a book. The mention of this British caver’s name, even though I had not heard […]

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2015 Board Elections Held

Congratulations to Walt Hamm, a founding board member who has rejoined the board. Walt replaces Sue Moore, longtime board member and treasurer for many years, who has opted for a break from her very longstanding service. Dave Field has been reelected chairman; Carl Pierce reelected secretary and also to a three-year term on the board, […]

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Summer Billy Clay Work Weekend

By Walt HammSaturday August 22, 2015 was this year’s maintenance work day at the preserve. A year ago members refurbished the parking lot (see Volume 16, Number 4 of the Karst Chronicle) and this year the accumulating deadfall was the primary focus of our efforts. While Tom Metzgar and I had cut and removed fallen […]

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Mudfest 2015

By Dave Field Jeff Jahn and I attended MudFest at Lincoln Caverns July 29 to August 2. We did not get a final attendance count, but believe there were over 150 attendees. There were cavers from New York, Philly, Baltimore-Washington, West Virginia, Ohio, and probably a couple other locations from which I did not catch […]

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Library Books Catalogued

Cataloguing all of the books in the MAKC library was a challenge, a time-consuming challenge. If anyone has a specific research need, let us know. I think periodically, as time permits, I’ll write a little bit in the newsletter about some of our books. For fiction books and children’s books, we do permit lending to […]

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