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  Multi-Org. Calendar Ongoing Region Projects

(Monthly DCG meetings are on the 3rd Thursday.)

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Some Upcoming Highlights:
2018:

July 23 (4th Mon), 7:30p: PSC meeting.   See PSC Website.

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

July 31: Deadline for your submitted paperwork to join the Robertson Association (TRA), so you can attend OTR as a real person, rather than lowly "guest".   See below, and www.otr.org for the required forms.

Aug 16 (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.

Aug 25 - 26: Baker Quarry underground boating trip. Adults and kids are welcome to haul kayaks, canoes, and inflatables into the underground limestone mine at Baker Quarry, to explore the partially flooded rooms. Camp out and party that night only 30 minutes from the quarry at a fully equipped private camping area. See the announcement, and/or contact Doug Duncan for more info.

Aug 30 - Sept 3:   O.T.R. - 69th annual Old Timers Reunion. Theme for 2018 is: "Steam Punk".   Restored OTR website is here: www.otr.org   Other info & news is available at: OTR-Info-2018 & OTR-Facebook-Group .   Event is for TRA members and their guests only.   If you want to avoid guest fees, etc., then get your application forms in well before July 31.

Sep 20 (3rd Thu), 7:30p: Regular meeting at Chevy Chase Community Ctr.,
in DC, at 5601 Connecticut Ave NW.   See: Directions.   Program: T.B.A.
No pre-meeting eats!   American City Diner has closed!   See WTOP Article.
Post-mtg.: We may adjourn to the Chevy Chase Lounge (1.5 blocks south, at 5510 CT-Av.), to continue the socializing!

Sep 21-23: Fall 2018 VAR, at New River Junction, Blacksburg, Va.
Details are developing HERE. Also, see Campground website.

Oct 4-7: 41st Annual TAG Fall Cave-In - Lookout Mountain, GA

Oct 20 (Sat): Bridge Day - See their details.

Nov 2-4: PSC Fall Party, at the Smokehole Fieldhouse.

2019:
June 17-21: NSS 2019 Convention at Cookeville, Tennessee.

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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