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SFMS Field Trip Committee

Rock Swaps and other "ROCK" events in the Southeast
Graves Mountain "Rock Swap and Dig"
October
8 am to 6 pm, Friday, October 2, 2015
8 am to 6 pm, Saturday, October 3, 2015
8 am to 6 pm, Sunday, October 4, 2015
  "You are invited to field collect minerals at Georgia's premiere mineral location!"
 
The caretaker in charge of Graves Mountain, Clarence Norman Jr., has announced plans to hold two three day digs and rock swaps on the Mountain during the current year.   He will have the mountain open to collecting from 8 am to 6 pm each day.  All participants must stop at the welcome table in the Hospitality tent to sign a liability release and make a small contribution to defray the cost of opening the mountain and providing port-o-lets.  There will be several golf cart type, four wheeled vehicles available to transport those participants who have trouble walking long distances.  The dig will cease and everyone is expected to be off the mountain by around 6 pm each day.  Participants will be allowed to park in a designated area on the mountain.
 
Rock Swap and Hot Food/Drinks:
Junior will set aside an area in the upper parking lot for tables to be setup for daily rock swaps.  Anyone who would like to setup a table(s), please contact Junior at the phone numbers listed below.  Hot food cooked on the grill, cold drinks and chips will be available for purchase on the mountain during all three days of these events.   Don't forget to bring some extra money to buy the special "Graves Mountain Rock Swap and Dig" T-shirt! 
 
              THESE DIGS ARE OPEN TO ALL.
NO NEED TO SIGN-UP, JUST SHOW UP FOR ALL "ROCK SWAP AND DIGS"!
Mark your calendar and tell all your friends about these great events!
 

Contact Information:
Clarence Norman Jr. (Junior) - 706.359.1544 (his business) or 706.401.3173 (his cell)


Graves mountain is accessible and open for mineral collecting by colleges, universities, and gem and mineral societies. Groups as small as two INDIVIDUAL mineral collectors can now reserve the mountain!
In order to gain access, (except for the two yearly "Rock Swaps and Digs") you will need to contact the caretaker, Clarence Norman, Jr (Junior) at 706.359.3862 (his business) or 706.401.3173 (his cell).  Give him a call and he can reserve the mountain exclusively for your group.  All of the mineral societies that come here to collect, offer the caretaker a donation for his trouble and effort in keeping the mountain open and assessable to them.  Please consider what it is worth to your mineral society to be able to field collect minerals at Georgia's premiere mineral location!

Graves Mountain code of conduct!

  • Park your vehicle in the designated area(at the end of the paved access road but not much beyond the woods to the right of this road). 
  • NO child under the age of 12 years old is to be allowed on the mountain because of all the dangers involved. 
    ALL CHILDREN WILL BE ALLOWED  DURING THE "Rock Swap and Digs" IF EACH CHILD IS UNDER STRICT ADULT SUPERVISION!
  • ALL pets must be kept under control and on a leash. 
  • The caretaker, Junior Norman, has final and absolute say as to where you may safely work. 
  • Ladders or power tools of any kind will not be allowed. (HAND TOOLS ONLY!) 
  • STAY AWAY FROM ALL HIGH WALLS!! 
  • NO REPELLING OFF OF ANYTHING! 
  • NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO DRIVE THEIR VEHICLE ON ANY PART OF GRAVES MOUNTAIN BEYOND THE PARKING AREA!
    (The caretaker must accompany anyone driving beyond the parking area!) 
  • EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE OFF THE MOUNTAIN BY DUSK. (Absolutely no one is allowed on Graves Mountain after dark.)

  • Please protect our ability to field collect at Graves Mountain!
     
              Report violations to: 
              Clarence Norman, Jr
              Norman C E Wrecking Co 
              3333 C E Norman Rd
              Lincolnton, GA 30817-3110 
              706.359.3862 (his business) 
              or
              706.401.3173  (his cell)
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