MAKC: A Look Back III

Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2005, 22 pp. This issue details the update of the gate on Hesston Cave, a leased property. Tom Metzgar describes a big spring in Somerset County, from an old newspaper reference. The gating of Casparis Mines by the Pennsylvania Game Commission is detailed (newspapers described the gating as a cave […]

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Casparis Gated, But Not?

By Kim Metzgar Tom Metgar and I and Finn recently went to Casparis Quarry to do some surface work prior to me finally completing the cave map. We connected one of the side cave passages via a surface survey and I was uncertain as to the connecting point inside. Something was wrong with the surface […]

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New Tshirt

Dave Field came up with the idea of our latest t-shirt. Passengers in cars driven by cavers often experience riding with someone who is driving under the influence of geology. Nail-biting, berm-driving, near misses. Caver and cartoonist John Tudek came up with the sketch. Tshirts are available in orange, lime green, yellow and dark pink. […]

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Restored Sign In Library

By Dean Snyder The Alexander Caverns sign was discovered in a barn near Milroy. It was obtained by Todd Karshner, who brought it to a MAR field meet at Rupert Cave. It was on sheet metal and was mounted on plywood. There was no marking on the sign to indicate who painted it, or its […]

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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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One Voice In Book Format

By Kim Metzgar I had published serially our story of the fight to save Chestnut Ridge in this very newsletter over a period of time. I felt, for posterity’s sake that I should put it together in a book and in late spring/early summer I did just that. It is available in book format on […]

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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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