This is just a partial list of known caving events.
Indiana Cave Capers
OTR (Must be a TRA member or guest)
TAG Fall Cave-In (Must be an NSS member or guest)
There are multiple caving related Facebook groups you can join including Huntsville Grotto (Unofficial), T.A.G. Caver, Cavers of Facebook, Vertical Cavers, National Speleological Society Community, and SERA (Southeast Regional Assocation) of the NSS. However, some people don't do Facebook. Also it is sometimes hard to know who you are talking to and to prevent information from spreading farther than it should. Fortunately, the new grotto website provides an alternative. We have set up three discussion forums that are limited to Huntsville Grotto members only. The three forums are:
Huntsville Grotto General: For most any subject related to the grotto or caving. Huntsville Grotto General Forum
All Things Vertical: Specifically for vertical caving related discussion. All Things Vertical Forum
Who's Been Caving?: A place to talk about past, present, and future caving trips. Who's Been Caving? Forum
Any member can read, post, and reply within the forums. You can also choose to subscribe to a forum so that you will get email notifications when new activity occurs. Or don't if you don't like getting much email. We can add or subtract forums in the future depending on what people are interested in talking about. Please choose the most appropriate forum, keep it caving or grotto related, and above all be nice!
The Classic 8 award is designed to promote proficiency in the 3-knot climbing system.
Descending and ascending 8 Alabama pit-caves on a 3-knot climbing system:
Classic 8 Award Application
The Vertical 8 award is designed to promote better cave owner relationships by reducing the traffic to some of the more popular caves. It is hoped that providing an award such as this will also encourage vertical caving proficiency.
Descending and ascending 8 Alabama pit-caves:
Vertical 8 Award Application
The Horizontal 12 award is designed to promote better cave owner relationships by reducing the traffic to some of the more popular caves. It is hoped that providing an award such as this will also encourage caving proficiency.
The award was conceived by the Huntsville Grotto in honor of long-time member, conservationist, cave steward, and SCCI Director John Van Swearingen IV, who passed away in 2001. JV served for many years as the Fern Cave Access Coordinator, providing stewardship of the Fern Cave system and preserve for both the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Southeastern Cave Conservancy.
The purpose of the award is to meaningfully recognize the successful stewardship efforts of an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization that has provided significant stewardship activities for one or more caves, cave preserves, or karst properties, personally conducted over an extended time period. The award, sponsored by the Huntsville Grotto and the SCCI, is also intended to promote long-term cave conservation and stewardship activities and to encourage and thank those individuals and organizations who perform them.
The award consists of a one-of-a-kind certificate, with one of JV's artistic photographic images in the background, and an honorarium in the form of a donation in the award amount of $250 or more made to the SCCI in the name of the award recipient.
Yes, there is! It is provided by the host for our website, Wild Apricot. The App is available for Android and iOS.
Android App Info
iOS App Info
Please note that we don't do online event registration yet, but we are working on it.
For those that are new to Vertical Practice it is a multi-faceted event; people new to vertical caving can become familiar with equipment, techniques, meet the people, and try out various systems; beginners may develop their skill on the self-pace training course, experienced folks can stay current, try new techniques and equipment, and socialize. It is neither necessary nor advisable for you to have your own gear until you know what you really want. There are lots of people willing to let you try their gear. The grotto hosts Friday Practice once or twice each month.
HCRU SRT Class
This class is designed to introduce students to Single Rope Technique (SRT) basic skills. Students will be instructed on how to safely climb and rappel using SRT with hands-on training in both classroom and field settings. While the class is a group setting, the instructor to student ratio is about 1:2 to ensure safety; each learning station has a dedicated instructor.
Topics covered include: rigging and equipment, climbing systems and their applications, ascending, descending, changeovers in both directions, and dealing with rope obstructions.http://www.hcru.org/srt
A great book on vertical caving.
OnRope from the NSS Bookstore
Alpine Caving Techniques
A european perspective on vertical caving.
Alpine Caving Techniques from Amazon
Derek Bristol YouTube
Some interesting videos related to vertical caving.
Vertical Caving Videos
Grotto Vertical Trips
The grotto conducts a vertical caving trip each month. Some trips are more challenging than others. You must have you own gear and sufficient experience for the trip. Please contact the trip leader to verify your eligibility.
Yes, these are independent. Though, to be a grotto officer you must have both. It is recommended for everyone to do both. With an NSS membership you get:
1. Your own unique NSS id.
2. Access to the NSS membership directory.
3. A discount at the NSS bookstore.
4. A subscription to the NSS News.
5. Access to old NSS convention guidebooks.
6. Access to American Caving Accidents.
7. A discounted fee for attending the annual NSS convention.
8. Ability to register for the TAG Fall Cave-In without having to be someone's guest.
9. Eligibility to vote for the NSS Board of Governors
The Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia caving region.
Also sometimes short for the TAG Fall Cave-In, a large caving event held every year in October by the Dogwood City Grotto.
See this video for a history of TAG. "TAG, You're It!" - TAG Caving