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Huntsville Grotto of the National Speleological Society

What is the Vertical 8 Award?

18 Aug 2022 5:29 PM | David Michal (Administrator)

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:

  1. All of which were more than 100 feet, single pitch
  2. Two of which were more than 200 feet, single pitch
  3. One of which was more than 400 feet (on rope) in depth
  4. Personally rigging at least one of these pit-caves
  5. Obeying reasonable safety and conservation practices
  6. Membership in the National National Speleological Society

Vertical 8 Award Application

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