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:

Oct 18 (3rd Thu), 6:15p - ~9:00p: Informal meeting, at a new venue this month:  The Old Dominion Brewhouse on 6504 America Blvd, Hyattsville, MD 20782.  It's about a block from the Prince George's Plaza Metro Station which is also the next one south of College Park.  Parking is free onsite in a parking garage, but only for two hours ... after that there is a $5 fee (you can "repark" to save the $5).  Brewhouse info: Website, on Facebook,   Phone: 301-887-1818

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

Oct 27 (Sat): The Baltimore Grotto great Pumpkin Treasure Hunt, at Thorn Spring Park (early '70s OTR site), near Franklin, WV.  
See the Announcement by Kim Fleischmann <kfleisch@juno.com>.
Also on Facebook, but no recent activity there.

Nov 2-4: PSC Fall Party, at the Smokehole Fieldhouse.   See Flyer. [PDF]

Nov 10 (Sat): WVCC Annual Banquet, in Lewisburg, WV. See: Details

Nov 15 (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!

Nov 26 (4th Mon), 7:30p: PSC meeting.   See PSC Website.

Dec 1 (Sat): DCG Holiday Banquet

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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