District of Columbia Grotto
of the
National Speleological Society
... exploration, study, and conservation of caves.
Organized DC-area caving since 1939.
Some recent pics are on our Facebook group. Click on the 'f'.
Others are listed here: Event Photos
Latest USFS results on "Decon" testing of vertical equipment is Here.

Caving Calendar

Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Thursday. Ongoing Regional Projects are: HERE.
Other events may be posted on the new Area-Wide Calendar.

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Some Upcoming Highlights:

Sep 22 - 24:   Fall VAR at Mountain Institute on Spruce Knob (Pendleton Co., WV) Hosted by Pine Mountain Grotto. Details are: HERE. Be sure to check out the Info and Registration pages. Pre-Reg ends on Sept 15th ! (to save $5. & dine)

Sep 25 (4th Mon), 7:30p: PSC meeting, in 1st fl. "Glass room" at Arlington Co. main Library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va).   See PSC Website.

Oct 8 (Sun): DCG Picnic, at Carderock. For all the details, see the Flyer. [PDF]

Oct 19 (3rd Thu): Informal meeting at: The Rock Bottom Brewery/Restaurant in Bethesda (at 7900 Norfolk Av., corner of St.Elmo Av). See: details & directions.   Arrive around 6:15p to allow time to order, eat, and socialize, before the main focus of the 7:30p meeting.

Oct 21 (Sat): Bridge Day - See their details.

Nov 3 - 5: PSC Fall Party, at the PSC Fieldhouse near Upper Tract, WV. More information to come later.

Nov 10 - 12: Weekend trip to the Bat Ranch (near many Giles Co. caves). Details coming soon. Contact is: Nina Rao

Nov 11 (Sat): WVCC Annual Banquet. See: Details

Nov 16 (3rd Thu), 7:30p: Regular meeting at Chevy Chase Community Ctr., in DC.   See: directions.   Program: T.B.A.
Pre-mtg. dining by Early-Birds will start at 6:00p or 6:15p, at very nearby American City Diner, on the opp. side of CT Av. at #5532 (1-block south).
Post-mtg., we may adjourn to the Chevy Chase Lounge (1.5 blocks south, at 5510 CT-Av.), to continue the socializing!

Dec 2 (Sat): DCG Holiday Banquet - Details coming soon.

Dec 9 (Sat): Baltimore Grotto Holiday Banquet.   Details will eventually be updated on their banquet-page.

2018:

July 29 - Aug 4:   NSS   2018 Convention in Helena, MT.   (On Facebook)

Event Photos

Bat Die-off Crisis

Something is causing the death of huge numbers of bats, seemingly associated with White Nose Syndrome, starting in the Northeast, and having spread into PA, WV, and VA.   With the possibility of human cave visitation assisting this spread, precautions include cave closures (check the VAR Closed Cave List prior to any trip), and de-contamination of all cave gear before and after visiting any open cave.  For lots more information, visit any of these links:

Trout Rock Bat Counts

Click here to see the results of the annual bat counts in Trout, Hamilton, and New Trout caves in Pendleton County, W.V.

T-shirts: Although the 31-Jan-2010 deadline for ordering has passed, info about the 70-years of DC-area organized caving commemorative T-shirt is still Here.


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