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HUNTSVILLE GROTTO

Huntsville Grotto of the National Speleological Society

Upcoming events

    • 20 Jun 2024
    • 23 Jun 2024
    • Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve, Livingston, KY

    Karst-O-Rama (KOR) is the annual caving convention hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Grotto (GCG). 

    This is about a 5 hour drive from Huntsville, AL. 

    More information can be found on the "Karst-O-Rama 2024" Facebook page, or https://karstorama.com

    • 22 Jun 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • NSS Headquarters 6001 Pulaski pike

    Green's well is a 230' TAG classic. A beautiful cave with a lot to see.

    • 26 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Jun 2024
    • 11:30 PM
    • NSS headquarters in Huntsville Al
              The Huntsville Grotto is hosting a NSS convention pre-camp June 26th-29th at the NSS headquarters. There are both indoor rooms and outside camping available, and showers available for $5 a day(paid to the NSS). You will have to sign an NSS waiver to stay, and they will be provided when you arrive. There will be horizontal and vertical trips available, both guided and self guided(we will help you with the logistics). We will have our monthly grotto meeting the evening of the 26th, and will have a potluck dinner on Friday night the 28th. There will be no fee to attend the pre-camp (other than for the showers). 

               The Huntsville Alabama area is known for its amazing caves, both horizontal and vertical! Famous horizontal caves like the SCCi's Tumbling rock and Limrock caves, the NSS Shelta cave, and private owned caves like Guffey cave will be available.

            Then there are the tag classic pits! The SCCI's Never sink, Valhalla, Balcony sink, and Stephen's gap are all extremely close. Pits like Natural Well, Pretty Well, and Greens well are accessable as well. And who could forget about Surprise pit, Alabama's deepest pit at an amazing 437'. There are also plenty of wet multi-drop caves as well, like McBride's, Thunder hole, and Prior Springs caves. 


              This will be an amazing time, and we are looking forward to meeting and caving with all of you. 

    Please RSVP to huntsvillegrotto@gmail.com


    • 1 Jul 2024
    • 5 Jul 2024

    "Join us in Sewanee, Tennessee for the 2024 NSS Convention. Held on the campus of St. Andrews-Sewanee School, 2024 marks a return to one of the premier caving areas in the United States."

    NSS Convention is a premier week-long event about everything caving. There will be seminars on a variety of topics including exploration, conservation, education, and more. The NSS Vertical Section as well as The Gauntlet SRT Ropes Course will be present to learn or hone your vertical skills. Being in the heart of TAG, trip and project sign ups will also be plenty. 

    Registration and details can be found here:

    https://caves.org/convention/2024-nss-convention/



    • 25 Jul 2024
    • 29 Jul 2024
    • Brindlee Mountain Volunteer Fire Station 1, 4373 U.S. 231, Union Grove, AL‎ 35175

    The Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit (HCRU) will be hosting an orientation to cave rescue techniques this summer. "Technical Rescue Personnel: Cave Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician" is an NFPA accredited class with cert and non-cert options available through the Alabama Fire College.  

    If you haven't taken a cave rescue class yet, taking one will make you a valuable, skilled, and safer caver. If you are interested in joining the HCRU, it is not necessary that you take this class but it will help make you a competent rescuer. 

    More details and registration can be found on their website:

    http://www.hcru.org

    • 21 Sep 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Sep 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • Hanksville Utah

    Keith Darnell, and Layne Carter will be leading a canyoneering trip to Utah!! There are only 12 slots available, and priority will be given to Huntsville Grotto Members. 

    • 3 Oct 2024
    • 6 Oct 2024
    • AL

    TAG Fall Cave-In 2024 will not be on Columbus Day weekend this year. It will be the weekend before, on October 3rd-6th. 

    Further details TBD. 

    2024 location will be in Alabama. 

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