Shasta Area Grotto

Devoted to the knowledge and understanding of caves

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  Our Mission Statement: The Shasta Area Grotto is a conservation minded organization devoted to the preservation and study of caves and their contents.
  Who are we? We are a group of people who enjoy the study and exploration of caves. We began as the Gaping Holes gang in 1979 and became the Shasta Area Grotto, an internal organization of the National Speleological Society, in 1982.
  Our grotto has members living in Northern California, Western Nevada and Southern Oregon. We have monthly meetings followed by next-day caving activities. Meeting locations differ from month to month. The region we cover includes both limestone and lava tube caves: some are vertical or otherwise technical, but most can be visited by cavers with essential equipment, basic caving skills and an understanding of cave safety and cave protection.
  WHITE NOSE SYNDROME (WNS) ADVISORY: White-nose syndrome has not yet reached the west coast. It could. All cavers are reminded not to bring caving equipment here that has been used in areas affected by the disease, and has not been decontaminated. For current information on the disease and on caves that have been closed to control its spread go to