The September Dogwood City Grotto meeting will be at the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc's (SCCi) Snailshell Cave Preserve near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
A PERMIT MUST BE SIGNED IN ORDER TO BE ON THE PROPERTY.
Once you register for the event, you will be sent the permit number and link to where you can sign on the SCCi's website.
Anyone planning to do the vertical trip will have to sign an additional permit along with the camping permit. Please contact a member of the Board of Directors if you run into any issues.
There is no electricity, water or sanitation on the preserve.
All participants are recommended to bring their own sanitation solutions.
Restop products are one popular solution.
We've never tried to Zoom from Snailshell before. We're going to try, but offer no guarantees. RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
Some parts of the cave require swimming, so bring appropriate clothing and a flotation device or life jacket!
Getting To The Preserve
GPS coordinates will be sent when you register for the event.
Maureen Handler of Sewanee Mtn Grotto has invited DCG to use Cavers Paradise for additional camping. This location is roughly an hour and a half from Snail Shell Cave Preserve. It costs $10 per person per night. If you opt for that, please choose that registration option. If you cannot afford that, we have limited slots for subsidized camping there. Reach out to a member of leadership for the password to use that registration option.
Friday - Camp & Cave
Saturday - Camp, Cave, and Meeting with presentation!
Mapping the karst flow systems of Dorton Knob, Swaggerty Cove and Grassy Cove
Ben Miller will be our guest presenter for the meeting. From the presenter:
The presentation will be summarizing our dye tracing efforts in Cumberland County, Tennessee. The area is home to the deepest caves in Tennessee and we've been hydrologically connecting caves and delineating spring recharge areas for the past 3-4 years.
Sunday - Cave & Break Camp