DOGWOOD CITY GROTTO

The following is a list of events open to both members and non members of the grotto.  For a more extensive list that includes member only events/trips (that are not shown here) Click Here.  (You must be a current DCG Member to access this section)

Upcoming events

    • August 08, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 2625 US-27, LaFayette, GA 30728
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    NOTE: This is an EXPLORATORY trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps, the whole trip, that is new to your trip leader. However, they are confident that this will not be an issue. This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a trip leader isn't personally familiar with the trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. 

    Ulla Cave (Mountain Cove Num. 3) is one of many caves in the Mountain Cove area of Pigeon Mountain. We will meet at Walmart in LaFayette at 10:00 a.m. EST and caravan over to the cave parking area. From there, we will have a .5 mile hike to the cave entrance that will be on a dry river bed. Come prepared with study boots both for the hike and the cave.

    At 2.55 miles long, there is plenty of cave for exploration. This cave has very restricted access and has a gate with a combination code as there are many pretty formations to protect from vandalism. This trip is classified as an intermediate trip due to the entrance crawl/squeeze as well as the breakdown areas in the cave that we will need to navigate. Please keep this in mind as you are making a decision to attend this trip or not. There will be times that you may get wet in this cave, so NO COTTON. If you show up wearing cotton, you will not be allowed on the trip. 

    To attend this cave trip, you must have a WMA license to be on the property. The cheapest of which is a $15 fishing license. Here is a link to get you started: https://license.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx 

    REQUIRED ITEMS

    Caving helmet (no bike helmets) 

    Headlamp (waterproof) 

    2 other light sources minimum 

    Spare batteries 

    Backpack with plenty of water and snacks (good snacks are trail mix, beef jerky, granola bars, etc.) 

    Polypro shirt and pants (no jeans or cotton) 

    Sturdy boots 

    Gloves 

    Kneepads (no hard plastics) 

    Towel (or changing poncho) 

    Trashbag for dirty clothes 

    Change of clothes for the ride home 

    A small coat/jacket for those that are cold-natured 

    • August 13, 2021
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    • August 15, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Mt. Vernon, KY
    Karst-O-Rama 2021

    Karst-O-Rama (KOR) is the annual caving convention hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Grotto (GCG). It takes place at The Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve (GSP) near Mt. Vernon, KY. KOR is like a family reunion that’s presented by cavers volunteering their time and talents for cavers and runs from Friday through Sunday, featuring guided cave trips, cave equipment vendors, the Guano Grill (snack shack), kids activities, and caving related contests, among other activities. There is a “Howdy Party” Friday evening for everyone to get reacquainted and on Saturday evening there is a banquet, program, and door prizes followed by music and a dance party. Proceeds from KOR benefit both The Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve and GCG’s Conservancies Donation Fund.


    Event details can be found here:
    http://karstorama.com/
    • August 20, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • August 22, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6001 Pulaski Pike, Huntsville, Alabama
    • 25
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    Fellow Cavers, 

    As always, NSS Headquarters is in need of some help on the property, and per usual, we love to provide our assistance. Upon speaking with Maureen Handler, she is not able to give an exact description of what needs to be done yet, so this event will be updated closer to time to give you all an idea of the tasks at hand. 

    Camping will be allowed inside as well as outside the building both Friday and Saturday nights. There are plenty of caves around the area, and I am sure there will be a trip or two happening once the work is completed. 

    Please consider joining us for this work weekend, and if you are not available this weekend, we will have a second NSS Headquarters work weekend the third weekend of October (15th-17th). We would love to have as many people as possible to give back to the caving community. I look forward to seeing you all! 

    • September 10, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • September 12, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Billygoat Point: 1325 Sunset Dr. Rising Fawn, GA 30738 (Read the description)
    • 41
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    Join us for our 4th campout meeting of 2021! 

    Friday camping will be available, and the grotto meeting is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. EST. 

    Billygoat Point is a privately owned campsite with a fantastic 270 degree view of the Lookout Valley and Johnson's Crook that easily rivals nearby Cloudland Canyon. We are camping here by special arrangement, because the DCG has been respectful users of the area for many years. While we visit, please follow these rules (which should apply ANYWHERE you camp!) 

    *Please go well away from camp or water sources to do personal business. ALWAYS bury your business, or better yet, put it in a bag and take it with you. 

    *Please only burn a fire in the central fire-ring. 

    *Please take ALL garbage with you. 

    *This is primitive camping. There is no water or electricity. 

    *Please be space-efficient - there will be around 45 of us, so if you're tent camping, please park back along the road and walk a short distance in to set up. 

    *Please leave room for those who are camping in their vehicles if you are not. (Insider tip: there are some nice sleeping opportunities for those with hammocks)

    Things to do: 

    Right on site, you can spend hours gazing at the views. You can also top rope rock-climb and rappel the surrounding cliffs, which vary between 30' to 85' feet. If caving is what you are after, we are very close to Johnson's Crook, so there is easy access to those caves and pits. It is also very close to the SCCi's Fox Mountain, H. Waterfall, and Stwd. Springs preserves. Be aware that you will need a permit for any of those, so you should go ahead and get one now. Also, Pigeon Mountain is neaby, which includes Andersn Spg. and EXCELLENT hiking to Rocktown and The Pocket. More hiking nearby: Cloudland Canyon, Sitton's Gulch, and the Zahnd Natural area (another Rocktown bouldering type area), and Lula Lake Land Trust (which requires a permit and is only available for visiting on weekends). All of these have great hikes to nice views including waterfalls and overlooks. 

    How to get there: 

    The street address is 1325 Sunset Dr., Rising Fawn, GA 30738

    The gate will be located on the left side (and it should be open)

    Go through the gate and down the dirt road for a few hundred yards. The road dead-ends at the campsite. If you need beer or minor supplies, the tiny town of New Salem, GA is about 5 miles from camp. 

    I hope to see you all there. 

    • October 05, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual - Zoom
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    Join us for our 10th regular meeting of 2021, held virtually via Zoom.

    Stay tuned for our featured presentation.
    • October 07, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • October 10, 2021
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    • October 15, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • October 17, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6001 Pulaski Pike, Huntsville, Alabama
    • 27
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    Fellow Cavers, 

    As always, NSS Headquarters is in need of some help on the property, and per usual, we love to provide our assistance. Upon speaking with Maureen Handler, she is not able to give an exact description of what needs to be done yet, so this event will be updated closer to time to give you all an idea of the tasks at hand. 

    Camping will be allowed inside as well as outside the building both Friday and Saturday nights. There are plenty of caves around the area, and I am sure there will be a trip or two happening once the work is completed. 

    Please consider joining us for this work weekend, and if you are not available this weekend, we will have a second NSS Headquarters work weekend the third weekend of October (15th-17th). We would love to have as many people as possible to give back to the caving community. I look forward to seeing you all! 

    • October 23, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 W Main St, Stevenson, AL 35772
    • 5
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    Come join the DCG for a horizontal through trip at SCCi's own Sinking Cove Cave in Franklin County, Tennessee. We will meet at the Stevenson Train Depot and caravan/carpool from there. The drive from the Train Depot to the driveway entrance is ~25 minutes. We will have to cross a creek twice in order to reach the cave, so a high clearance vehicle (and preferably 4x4) will be needed in order to get across. If you do not have a vehicle that you believe can make it across, please contact me, and we will try to arrange for you to ride with someone. The weather forecast will be checked in advance to ensure that rainfall will not be an issue in accessing the cave. If I believe the creek crossings will be too high, we will find another cave in the area to visit instead. 

    This trip will be a horizontal through trip, meaning we will go in one entrance and come out of another. To access the top entrance, it will require a strenuous, uphill hike (like most hikes in TAG) and from there we will use a handline to get into the sink to start our trip. This is a wet cave, and there will be times in which you have to fully submerge yourself to get through, so dress appropriately (NO COTTON). We will navigate through canyons, big borehole passage with breakdown, as well as do some swimming at the exit. The best part about this trip is that our exit will lead us right to our vehicles, so no hike will be necessary on the departure. There will be NO CAMPING on this trip. 

    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. Please contact a member of the Board of Directors if you run into any issues. 

    Sanitation on the Preserve

    All visitors accessing sinking cove under an SCCi permit are required to pack out all solid waste. Several groups since we implemented this policy have been using "Restop" products. See their website at https://restop.com/products/. Also several caving vendors stock this product. 

    Use toilet paper sparingly and PACK IT OUT. Otherwise, burn in a very hot campfire, not with matches or a lighter. Tampons, sanitary products, etc. should also be packed out or "hot" burned. No paper is to be disposed of on the ground! 

    Do NOT urinate in or near the creek or on land exposed to the elements. Rocks or sandy soil is okay as long as it is at least 150 feet away from any water source. Avoid water sources, contact with insects or animals, social areas, i.e. trails, clearings. 

    Sanitation guidelines also apply to all pet waste. 

    Graywater (water that has been used for cleaning dishes, showers, etc.) should not be introduced to the stream or other natural water sources. 

    Failure to abide by these rules will result in future permits being denied!

    Required Items: 

    Caving helmet (no bike helmets) 

    Headlamp (waterproof) 

    2 other light sources minimum 

    Spare batteries 

    Backpack with plenty of water and snacks (good snacks are trail mix, beef jerky, granola bars, etc.) 

    Polypro shirt and pants (or neoprene - wet suit if you know you will be cold during the swim areas - remember the cave is 58 degrees, and the water can be chilly) (NO COTTON) 

    Sturdy boots 

    Gloves 

    Kneepads (no hard plastics) 

    Towel (or changing poncho) 

    Trashbag for dirty clothes 

    Change of clothes for the ride home 

    A small coat/jacket for those that are cold-natured 

    • November 01, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • November 05, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • San Marcos, TX
    24th National Cave & Karst Management Symposium

    The National Cave & Karst Management Symposium is the preeminent forum for promoting, advancing and sharing concepts in effective management of cave and karst resources. These biennial symposia provide an opportunity for practical synergy among cave and karst management professionals from diverse backgrounds, working in various professions and with interests spanning a broad range of cave and karst management issues. New techniques are discussed, issues addressed, solutions developed, and effective working relationships formed to help protect and conserve caves, karst, cave ecosystems, and water resources.

    NCKMS Website:
    https://nckms.org/

    Event details can be found here:
    https://nckms.org/2021-symposium
    • November 05, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • November 07, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Blue Spring, White County, TN
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    Join us for our 5th campout meeting of 2021! 

    Blue Spring Cove is home to TAG's longest cave, as well as a handful of others in the area. Come and join us for our November campout meeting in Middle Tennessee for some classic TAG caving. 

    Blue Spring Cove is primitive camping with no water and an outhouse as a restroom. The town of Sparta is not far away is supplies are needed. 

    Specific directions and instructions are emailed once registered for the event. 

    • December 07, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual - Zoom
    Register
    Join us for our 12th regular meeting of 2021, held virtually via Zoom.

    Stay tuned for our featured presentation.
    • January 04, 2022
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual - Zoom
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    It is once again time for grotto officer elections!  The majority of this meeting will be the nomination and voting process.

    Members and guests are all welcome to attend this meeting. Please reach out to a member of the Board of Directors with any questions you may have.



Past events

August 03, 2021 Regular Meeting - Auction!
July 24, 2021 NSS Convention
July 09, 2021 Regular Meeting - Campout @ Sinking Cove TN
June 01, 2021 Regular Meeting - Virtual via Zoom
May 15, 2021 Regular Meeting - Campout @ Caver's Paradise, TN
May 15, 2021 Reserve Your Copy of Michael Ray Taylor's book Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves
May 15, 2021 Horizontal Trip to Bible Springs & Cedar Ridge Crystal Cave
May 08, 2021 Beginner Horizontal Trip to Howard's Waterfall Cave
April 25, 2021 Beginner Horizontal Trip to Limrock Cave
April 18, 2021 Beginner/Horizontal Caving Trip to Tumbling Rock
April 17, 2021 NSS Work Weekend
April 09, 2021 Work Weekend @ Cavers Paradise
April 06, 2021 Regular Meeting - Virtual via Zoom
March 06, 2021 Regular Meeting - Campout
February 21, 2021 Horizontal exploratory trip led by Miki Manning
February 20, 2021 SERA Winter Business Meeting
February 02, 2021 DCG Regular Meeting - Virtual via Zoom
January 05, 2021 Regular Meeting - Elections
December 01, 2020 Regular Meeting
November 14, 2020 NSS Work Weekend
November 07, 2020 Campout Meeting
October 29, 2020 2020 SERA Cave Carnival
October 08, 2020 2020 TAG Fall Cave In - Canceled
October 06, 2020 Regular Meeting
October 03, 2020 Tumbling Rock Work Weekend
September 12, 2020 Super Meeting with Huntsville Grotto
September 05, 2020 Howards Waterfall Clean-up/Caving Trip.
August 04, 2020 Regular Meeting on Zoom - Auction
July 31, 2020 Trip To Howards Waterfall Led by Kyle Davis
July 17, 2020 Amicalola Falls Clean-Up and Rappel
July 11, 2020 Campout
June 02, 2020 Regular Meeting on Zoom
May 05, 2020 May Virtual Grotto Meeting
April 07, 2020 Virtual Video Monthly Grotto Meeting
March 14, 2020 Super Meeting with Sewanee Mountain Grotto
March 07, 2020 Trip To Petty Johns Led By Alex Lambie
February 22, 2020 SERA Winter Business Meeting
February 04, 2020 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
January 07, 2020 Regular Meeting (Elections) at REI Atlanta
December 21, 2019 Karstmas Party
December 03, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
November 09, 2019 Campout/Monthly Meeting
October 01, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
September 27, 2019 2019 TAG Fall Cave In Work Weekend
September 07, 2019 Campout/Monthly Meeting
August 06, 2019 Regular Meeting and Annual Grotto Auction at REI Atlanta
July 18, 2019 Grotto Grub Gathering
July 13, 2019 Campout/Monthly Meeting
June 17, 2019 NSS Convention
June 04, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
May 11, 2019 Campout/Monthly Super Meeting with Birmingham Grotto
May 02, 2019 2019 SERA Summer Cave Carnival
April 02, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
March 16, 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival
March 09, 2019 Campout/Monthly Meeting
March 09, 2019 HCRU SRT Class (Vertical rope skills)
February 25, 2019 Grotto Grub Gathering
February 05, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta with Presentation by Reilly Blackwell
January 30, 2019 Grotto Grub Get Together
January 08, 2019 Regular Meeting and Annual Member Meeting at REI Atlanta
December 04, 2018 Monthly Meeting @ REI Atlanta
December 01, 2018 Annual Horizontal Tumbling Rock Trip to the Christmas Tree
November 03, 2018 Smokey's Farm Campout/Monthly Meeting
October 13, 2018 Intermediate Vertical Member trip to South Pittsburg Pit
October 04, 2018 Tag Fall Cave In
October 02, 2018 Regular Meeting @ REI Atlanta
September 22, 2018 2018 Cave In Work Weekend
September 08, 2018 Billygoat Point Campout Meeting
September 08, 2018 Advanced Horizontal Member Trip to Steward Spring cave
August 07, 2018 Regular Meeting and Annual Auction at REI Atlanta
July 30, 2018 2018 NSS Convention
July 07, 2018 Sinking Cove Campout/Monthly Meeting
June 23, 2018 NSS HQ Workday
June 16, 2018 Beginner horizontal trip led by Amber G. (Public)
June 05, 2018 Regular Meeting @ REI Atlanta
June 02, 2018 NSS HQ Workday
May 19, 2018 Beginner Horizontal Trip led by Brandon (Public)
May 19, 2018 Georgia Speleological Society Annual Meeting
May 12, 2018 SUPERMEETING @ Caver's Paradise with Sewanee Mtn. Grotto
May 06, 2018 Combo horizontal/vertical trip led by Galina (Public)
May 03, 2018 2018 SERA Cave Carnival
April 28, 2018 Beginner Horizontal Trip led by Brandon (Public)
April 21, 2018 Tennessee Cave Survey Meeting
April 03, 2018 Monthly Meeting at REI Atlanta
March 10, 2018 DCG Campout @ Moses Tomb
February 13, 2018 Monthly Meeting in Atlanta

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