DC Area Caving Projects
Last Updated: 23 May 2004
The following are some of the projects in which DC Grotto members are
- Resurvey of Grand Caverns, a commercial cave in Grand Caverns Park,
just off I-81 south of Harrisonburg, VA. Mostly easy trips open to novice
surveyors, but you should have had previous caving experience.
- Survey of a large, well known cave in Bath County, VA. The current
map, produced in the 1960s, shows about 4.7 miles of passage. However,
that map lacks detail and has no vertical control. This project is intended
to produce a more accurate map with greater detail.
- Trips are usually scheduled every other month, alternating with Cassell
Survey trips. Novice surveyors welcome, but you must be an experienced
caver. The cave is primarily horizontal and fairly dry, but there are non-technical
(and, possibly, some technical) vertical sections and some wet areas.
Training is provided for novice surveyors but please, no novice cavers.
Be prepared for a 40 minute hike to the cave and eight hours in the cave.
- Survey of a large, cave in Pocahontas County, WV. Trips are usually
scheduled every other month, alternating with Breathing Survey trips. Rustic
accommodations are usually provided in Durbin, WV.
Long, difficult trips for experienced cave surveyors only! Many trips require
vertical caving experience.
- Germany Valley Karst Survey
- Ridge walking, cave and karst surveying in Germany Valley (Pendleton
- Ridge walking and cave surveying in Highland County, VA
- Ridge walking, digging, stream tracing and cave surveying in northern
Randolph and southern Tucker Counties, WV. Meet at Alpine Lodge (in Alpena)
- Bowden Cave Clean-up Project
- Typically, clean-up trips are run once per year. The front part of
the cave has been cleaned in recent years; the back part needs a lot of
work. Novice cavers welcome.
- Trout Rocks Conservation Project
- Trout Rocks includes three significant caves: Trout, New Trout and
Hamilton. The yearly conservation weekend involves in-cave clean-up, trail
reconstruction and general maintenance of the property. Novice cavers welcome.
For information regarding any of these projects, contact DCG
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