Located at the campground (1st building on right near gate), the Cave Booth is the place to find information about all cave trips.
The Cave Booth is scheduled to be open:
- Sat - noon to evening (TBD)
- Sun - 8 am to evening (TBD)
- M - 8-10 am & 5-7 pm
- Tu - 8-10 am & 5-7 pm
- W - 8-10 am & 5-7 pm
- Th - 8-10 am & 5-7 pm
- Fr - 8-10 am
Sunday, June 25
So far, we have 2 led trips planned—both on Sunday, June 25—one to Alpena Cave and one to Shoveleater (you have to be vetted by trip leader first).
If you want to lead a cave trip, please contact Nikki Fox immediately.
The signup sheets will be put out each morning at the Cave Booth, as well as other cave info, which is available for people to lead their own trips. For vertical or technical caves, trip leaders will vet potential participants; these trips’ signup sheets will be put out a day or two ahead of time so this can happen.
Remember to use the Caver Alert Information Sheets (CAIS)! There will be NO call-out people from the convention staff. YOU are responsible for your trip. NCRC promotes the use of CAIS, so you should use it.
Biology Pre-convention Workshop
June 22-25, 2023 | Front Royal, VA
The Karst Waters Institute and Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Natural Heritage Karst Program are hosting a cave biology workshop in Front Royal, VA. Participants will learn about cave fauna, ecology, collection methods, legal issues, preservation, and molecular techniques through classroom instruction and field exercises in local caves and karst sites (e.g., springs, sinkholes). Under the guidance of the instructors, participants will sort and label specimens collected during field exercises for distribution to taxonomists. Students will be co-listed as collectors for specimens they collect.
Lodging at a state park cabin is included in the $200 registration fee and will be available starting Thursday night. Scholarships are available. Workshop leaders include Wil Orndorff, Dr. Julian and Salisa Lewis, and Dr. Zenah Orndorff.
Email Wil.Orndorff@dcr.virginia.gov for more information or to register.
Geology at Friars Hole: Pre- and Post-convention
Session 1: June 23-24; Session 2: July 1-2
Friars Hole Cave Preserve
Roy Jameson will lead a geoglogy trip to explore Snedegar Cave's geological, lithological, and hydrological features, including thrust faults, slickensides, quartz crystals, gypsum crystals, condensation corrosion, and cultural artifacts like saltpetre deposits.
Participation is limited to 10/sessions. Facilities include grassy tent camping, outhouse, and spring water. Electricity and Cabin space may be available. The character of the cave is horizontal and mostly walking, with some crawling and climbing. A donation to Friars Hole Cave Preserve is requested.
Email Roy at email@example.com with questions or to register.
BCCS Post-convention Field Camp
June 30-July 4, 2023 | BCCS Cave Preserve, Burnsville, VA
The Butler Cave Conservation Society (BCCS) is hosting a post-convention cave camp at their Bath County, Virginia facilities from July 1-4, 2023. The event offers daily cave trips for all skill levels, project trips, digging opportunities, and local attractions. Entrances to the 18-mile Butler Cave-Sinking Creek System are on the property, with many other caves within driving distance! Caves are muddy and wet, so a cave suit is recommended, although some beginner trips can be made without one,
This is a casual, no-frills event at The Butler Homestead. No fee is required, but attendees must bring food and camping supplies. The rustic Butler Homestead provides basic kitchen facilities. Space for larger campers can be arranged.
For more information, contact Paul Winter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always tell someone where you are going...
You should always tell someone where you are going when you go underground. Convention is no exception.
All trip leaders are encouraged to download, fill out, and use the Caver Alert Information Sheet (CAIS) on all trips. Forms will also be printed out and available at Convention - check for one in your convention bag!