All posts by Bill Gee

2022 NSS Convention

2022 NSS Convention trip report by Bill Gee

The 2022 NSS Convention was held at the Central States Fairground in Rapid City, South Dakota June 13 through 17. I have attended several conventions in the past. The last two years (2020 and 2021) were held on-line only due to the Covid pandemic.

I left for the convention several days early so I could spend some time visiting friends in central Nebraska where I grew up. From there I drove across the Sandhills area of Nebraska. There are miles and miles read more

26 Feb 2022 Stark Caverns Survey

Stark Caverns survey project trip report

Date – 26 Feb 2022

Participants – Bill Gee, Becky Nelson, Scott Wenzel and Seth Colston (KCAG)
Kohl Mitchell, John Roth and Shannon Zaloz (Chouteau)
Laurel Dunn (PEG)

We went into the cave about 0930. Since four of the crew had never been in the cave, we did a quick walk-around of the tourist trail. We split into two teams. One team was Seth, Laurel, Scott and Becky. The other was Bill, John, Shannon and Kohl. We worked our way out the Rugged Canyon read more

2010-2016 Meeting Minutes

This post collects links to ZIP files containing business meeting minutes from 2010 through 2016.  Each year is a single ZIP file containing PDF files of the approved minutes.

To use these files, download the ZIP and the expand to a temporary directory.  Each ZIP will create a directory for the year which will contain the files.

The files for 2016 may look a bit odd with blank pages at the end.  I had to strip a bunch of cave map images from those files in order to get them down to read more

2021 August TAG Trip

TAG Trip Report – August 4 through 8, 2021

Go to the bottom of this post to see photos from the trip.

Several months ago I heard some interest from a few KCAG members about getting more experience with vertical gear in some deeper pits. I searched around a bit and decided to set up a trip to some of the classic SCCi (Southeast Cave Conservancy Inc.) pits in the TAG area. The chosen pits were Neversink, Valhalla and South Pittsburgh Pit.

I scheduled the trip for early August 2021. The plan was read more

Cave Light Comparison Testing Presentation and Data Files

At the regular grotto meeting of 16 March 2021 I gave a presentation comparing various kinds of cave lights. This post has links to the presentation file and to the data files that I collected.

The data files are plain text, comma-separated values. They can be imported to any spreadsheet or graphing program. I used https://labplot.kde.org/ to create the graphs in the slide show.

The first column in the data files is elapsed time in seconds. The second column is the brightness in lux.

The file names read more

Battery Comparison Presentation and Data Files

At the regular grotto meeting of 16 February 2021 I gave a presentation comparing the capacity of various kinds of batteries. This post has links to the presentation file and to the data files that I collected.

The data files are plain text, comma-separated values. They can be imported to any spreadsheet or graphing program. I used https://labplot.kde.org/ to create the graphs in the slide show.

The first column in the data files is elapsed time in seconds. The remaining columns should be clearly read more

2021 Business Meeting Minutes

1 November 2020 Trip Report Geronimo Cave Survey

Participants

Seth Colston (Leader) – KCAG
Bill Gee – KCAG
Becky Nelson – KCAG

This was the first recorded trip to Geronimo Cave near Macks Creek, MO since Bill Gee visited the cave about 12 years ago. I will be leading the survey efforts along with others in the Kansas City Area Grotto.

All three of us met at 6:30am in Grandview, MO. Bill led the convoy while strictly following the speed limit. Becky and I followed behind. We stopped shortly in Warsaw, and arrived at Husong’s property read more