Carbide Calendar

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2024

January

February

March

SPAR course Date: March 7th-10th Location: Menlo, Georgia Link for more info: https://caves.org/event/spar-menlo-march-2024/. "This NCRC Small Party Assisted Rescue (SPAR) seminar is an intensive four-day introduction to cave rescue techniques that a party of six or fewer people can perform, using minimal gear that can be carried on caving trips. Topics covered in the class include preventing and preparing for common caving-related problems, basic medical skills, moving patients through obstacles, helping people who are stuck on rope, and building and operating haul and lower systems. Students will need to study some material in advance so that the sessions reinforce and elaborate on existing information. Students will practice skills in a rope gym setting, and then will build on those skills at cliff and cave sites. The course will be demanding, with long days and evenings, but will provide participants with valuable skills that they can use to help themselves and others when they are needed most."

April

May

June

NCRC levels 1,2, and 3 Date: June 7th-June 15th Location: Camp Pinnacle, Voorheesville, NY Link for info: https://ncrc.regfox.com/ncrc-2024-national-seminar "The seminar consists of extensive classroom instruction and fieldwork in all phases of cave rescue including the underground environment, search problems, extrication techniques, patient evaluation and care, patient packaging, horizontal and vertical patient movement, rigging, hauling and lowering systems, communication systems, and the organization and management of cave rescue operations. Students typically include cavers, emergency services personnel, and emergency managers. The Seminar is physically demanding and participants must be in good physical health. Students should be prepared to work in difficult situations, both above and below ground." Karst-o-Rama Date: June 20th-23rd Location: The Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve (GSP) near Mt. Vernon, Kentucky Karst-O-Rama (KOR) is the annual caving convention and fund-raiser hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Grotto (GCG). KOR takes place at The Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve (GSP) near Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. KOR is like a family reunion that's presented by cavers, for cavers (or those newly interested in caving!), and runs from Friday through Sunday. Activities include, but are not limited to, guided cave trips, cave equipment vendors, the Food Truck at the picnic shelter, and caving-related contests, among other things. There is a "Howdy Party" Friday evening for everyone to get reacquainted, and on Saturday evening there is a banquet, program, and door prizes, followed by live music and a great dance party. More info: https://karstorama.com/

July

NSS Convention Date: July 1st-5th Location: Sewanee, Tennessee Held annually, the NSS Convention is a weeklong event bringing cavers together from all over the world. Join us in 2024 in Sewanee, Tennessee for cave workshops, sessions, field trips and more. More info: https://caves.org/convention/2024-nss-convention/

August

Old Timers Reunion (OTR) Date: August 27th-September 2nd Location: OTR campsite, WV Annual gather of “cavers” in WV – generally a party atmosphere but caving is known to take place – Vendors for cave gear can be found here. You need an invite from a member of the TRA to attend. Website: https://otr.org/, Become a TRA member: https://otr.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/TRA-Application-082122.pdf

September

October

Bridge day Date: October 19th Location: Fayetteville, WV Annual event of rappelling and base jumping (for those that meet the experience requirement and are on a team) off of the New River Gorge Bridge – There is a cost involved and advanced training in vertical rope skills is required for the rappelling – Little fear or brains required for the skydiving – food and festivities to be found along the highway above – don’t plan on going anywhere else the day of. Website: https://officialbridgeday.com/

November

December

Grotto Christmas Party Date: TBD Location: TBD Annual get-together. A fun evening with cavers and pot-luck.

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