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Upcoming OBG & Caving Events
Mar 10, 2024

Grotto Meeting

Join Julian Benson for a talk about the newest discoveries in NY caving and the ongoing projects of the dig team “Rockeaters 2.0”.
Apr 14, 2024

Grotto Meeting

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Caving Community
May 03, 2024 - May 05, 2024

Spring VAR (Virginia Area Region)

Durbin, West Virginia
May 05, 2024

Grotto Meeting

Washington: LOL (Lack of Limestone) with Mark Garnick
May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024

Spring MAR (Mid Atlantic Region)

McClure, Pennsylvania
May 18, 2024

Orientation to Cave Rescue

Fayetteville, Indiana
Jun 07, 2024 - Jun 15, 2024

NCRC Weeklong

Voorheesville, New York
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
IQ (Instructor Qualification, by invite only)
Possibly at least one other specialty class
Jun 07, 2024 - Jun 15, 2024

National Cave Rescue Commission Weeklong

Camp Pinnacle, New York
Jun 09, 2024

Grotto Meeting

Preconvention OBG Cave Trip Q&A with Talia Sepiol
Jun 27, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024

Pre-Convention TAG Trip

Cavers Paradise, Tennessee
You MUST RSVP as “going” before May 1 to secure a slot on trips.

I will not be reaching back out to people asking them to edit tentative plans to “going.”

I will be putting together horizontal trips, vertical trips, glow worm trips etc. I will need trip leaders. *Note: if I do not get horizontal trip leaders, I won’t be able to put together a trip.

I am not doing group meals. If you want to plan group food, go ahead, do not expect me to cook, cleanup, etc.

Vertical Disclaimer: If you cannot pass a pre-trip test with your trip leader demonstrating changeovers and standard knowledge of your equipment and are not properly prepared, your trip leader has the right to boot you from the trip. If your trip leader has any safety concerns at all, they have final say on your status on a trip. If your attitude or behavior is negative to trip leaders or other members, you will be removed from all trips during this event.

Safety is of the upmost importance. We will do call outs every cave every time. We will have a call out system with designated call out forms and a designated call out person. All trip leaders will use call out sheets to ensure there are no miscommunications. When planning call outs, double check your time zones, hike time, and cell coverage timeline. - Talia
Jul 01, 2024 - Jul 07, 2024

NSS National Convention

Sewanee, Tennessee
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.

The 300+ acres campus is the perfect place to hold convention events and access nearby caving. Dorm rooms are available on site and the cafeteria will be open for breakfast and lunch. The Caverns, a famous local show cave, will play host to the Awards Salon.

Come back to TAG in 2024 and experience world class vertical caving.
Jul 07, 2024 - Jul 09, 2024

Northeast Regional Event

Aug 01, 2024 - Aug 04, 2024

Indiana Cave Capers

Indiana Cave Capers is the annual caving event sponsored by the Central Indiana Grotto. It is a weekend of fun, fellowship, camping out and of course…caving. This is an event geared for cavers of all skill levels and a great place to meet other cavers and make connections. There are many volunteer led cave trips scheduled and opportunities to lead your own.

The weekend begins when Registration opens at noon on Thursday. Then go caving! Then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday there is all the caving you can handle.
Aug 11, 2024

Grotto Meeting

Protecting Texas Cave Fauna
Aug 29, 2024 - Sep 02, 2024

Old Timers Reunion

Beverly, West Virginia
The Old Timers Reunion (OTR) is the largest annual gathering of cavers (people who share a common interest in caves, caving and underground exploration) in the United States. This annual event occurs once a year at the TRA campground in West Virginia. The first reunion was held in 1950, at the Worden Hotel in Davis, West Virginia, making this event over 60 years old. Besides providing the opportunity for caving in the area, the organization strives to educate attendees about proper safety techniques, geology of the area, conservation and speleology. The event held in Davis, WV was first organized to honor Felix Robinson, one of the Old Time NSS Cavers. During this event Forty-five cavers attended, but over the years, this number quickly grew due to the event’s popularity. During our 50th reunion in 1999 our attendance reached 2,400 cavers.
Sep 08, 2024

Grotto Meeting

Our Northeastern Bats: Who they are, how we protect them, and the Tragedy of White Nose Syndrome - Emily and Mike Davis
Sep 19, 2024 - Sep 22, 2024

Western Regional Caving Event

Cougar, Washington
Oct 03, 2024 - Oct 06, 2024

TAG Fall Cave In

Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Oct 13, 2024

Grotto Meeting

Save the Moon Caves - Ceth Parker
Oct 19, 2024

Bridge Day

Fayetteville, West Virginia
The 2024 Bridge Day Rappel will consist of several teams who will be allowed to ascend and/or descend on a fixed rope from the catwalk beneath the New River Gorge Bridge on Bridge Day.

Bridge Day Rappel teams are chosen by a lottery drawing in June of each year. The rappel participant must be a seasoned rappeller with proper rack training who has successfully completed at least a 250’ rappel. They must be familiar with the skills, equipment, and rescue techniques associated with rappelling.

A group of individuals wishing to participate in the Bridge Day Rappel next year must choose a group leader who submits an application for their team in the lottery drawing. Each team must have all the necessary rappelling equipment. Individuals must have their own rappelling/ascending gear. For more information about Bridge Day Rappel, visit the Bridge Day Rappel site.
Recent OBG & Caving Events
Feb 11, 2024

Grotto Meeting

NSS Update with Kristine Ebrey
Jan 25, 2024 - Jan 28, 2024

Carter Cavers Winter Adventure Weekend

Olive Hill, Kentucky
Winter Adventure Weekend is an annual event held on the last full weekend of January at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Kentucky. Activities and workshops are offered for anyone interested in the great outdoors. Whether you are a beginner or advanced adventurer, you can go hiking, rappelling, climbing, tree climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. Wild cave tours, winter survival workshops and much more.

Jan 20, 2024 - Jan 22, 2024

Small Party Assisted Rescue (SPAR)

Bend, Texas
SPAR happens Jan 20-22. Registration will open November 1st at 8am.
Jan 19, 2024 - Jan 27, 2024

National Cave Rescue Training Event

Bend, Texas
NCRC training is Jan 19-27 of 2024 in Bend Texas. Registration will open November 1st at 8am.
Jan 14, 2024

Grotto Meeting

Air Conditioner Cave: A great discovery in West Virginia Caving with Paul Hetzer