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February 2024 Minutes
Meeting was held on February 06, 2024
Minutes recorded by: Brian Alger
Attending
  • Tammy Tucker (Host)
  • William Tucker (Host)
  • Brian Alger
  • Lee Ann Dean
  • Michael White
  • Tim Kohtz
  • Matthew Plett
  • Ryan Marshall
  • Dakota Masoner
Old Business
  • Covered last month's minutes
  • Michael is continuing the planning of a newbie trip. Looking at April 27-28 weekend and hoping to get permits for caves on Mckittrick Hill.  Rumors are that Endless Cave and Mckittrick Cave me be reopened.
  • Merus Caves - Brian continues to play tag with the  park.  No date for our next trip has been set yet.
  • Lee Ann acquired three head lamps for our "Borrow Gear" cache.  William is holding the gear.  Plans are in the works to purchase knee pads from  Phyllis.
  • Dakota and Ryan were invited to serval trips.  These include to the High Guads and radon monitoring in Slaughter Canyon.  It was determined that more vertical experience is needed.
  • The third prototype of the Caverns of Sonora's Butterfly formation's wing prosthetic is in the process of being made.
New Business
  • Tammy will compile a list  of phone numbers to create a text group to aid in quick communication with everyone.
  • William will conduct a safety class at his residence on Saturday, February 10 from 10am to 2pm.
  • Caverns of Sonora had their first caving accident on a wild tour.  A caver fell from a rock and broke her ankle in two places.
  • The Southwest Region organization was promoted.  Web site is https://swr.caves.org/
Trip Reports
  • Lee Ann - She gave a quick summary of their "Broken Speleothem Identification" trip to CaCa.  Participants from our grotto included Ryan, Dakota and Tim. Before heading back to Lubbock, they also visited Selenite Moon Cave and Lost Cave.
  • Matthew - Gave a brief report of a trip to Skull Cave in California, where he is originally from.  This lead into discussion of the differences between caves in California and New Mexico.
  • Dakota - She detailed her trip with Lee Ann and Ryan to Sky Light Cave on January 3.  Camping was at Sunset Reef which made visiting Parks Ranch easy.
  • Ryan - He and a friend visited Palo Duro Canyon State Park and hiked out to Rush Creek Cave.  It was a seven mile hike round trip.
Upcoming Trips
  • February 17 - A single day CRF trip to planned to Caca.  William and Tammy have identified several small projects that can be completed in a day. Contact William if you would like to attend.
  • Lee Ann - Lee Ann will be in Sonora over spring break.  She will be helping with the influx of visitors that the cave will see.
Next Meeting
  • March 5, 2024
  • 7:00 PM
  • Tucker Residence
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