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

    • July 11, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sinking Cove Cave Preserve
    Register
    The July Dogwood City Grotto meeting will not be held this year. There is an open permit for the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc's (SCCi) Sinking Cove Cave Preserve in Franklin County, Tennessee. This is a remote cove and has many caves within walking distance from the campsite. There are horizontal and vertical caves for all skill levels available in the area. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather leading up to the event since there is a stream crossing to get to the campsite.There is no cell service in the area.

    A PERMIT MUST BE SIGNED IN ORDER TO BE ON THE PROPERTY.

    Details for accessing the property will be sent by the grotto to only those who sign the permit.

    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 or have any questions.

    • July 17, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Amicalola Falls State Park (Top Parking Coordinates are 34.567887, -84.244115)
    • 2
    Register

    Its finally here!

    Amicalola Falls clean-up (and rappel!) is scheduled for Friday, July 17th!

    A few times per year, volunteers from the caving community clean up the area around stairs leading up to Amicalola Falls. The GA State Park service does not have the belay equipment/expertise to do this, so we do it for them. We always wind up taking multiple bags of trash that have been dropped from around the stairs.

    Afterward, depending on the flow of the water, we rappel down Amicalola Falls, the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi.

    Everyone helping will need to have their own helmet, gloves, and sturdy shoes. Also, bring lunch and plenty of water! You may want to bring some sunscreen depending on the weather. We will be out there most of the day.

    You don't need to be vertical to do the clean-up - we belay you (or you belay us) on ropes we bring as you scamper up and down the steep slopes around the stairs. However, if you do have a harness, please bring it (you won't need any climbing/rappelling gear).

    After we're done, we'll have lunch, then rappel the falls. You will need full vertical gear to rappel the falls. You will also need a minimum of vertical experience as the falls are -very- slippery and have sharp rocks. This is -not- for beginners new to SRT. If you have questions, feel free to ask.

    Meet at the upper parking at 9AM EASTERN

    We will cancel if the weather is bad, and if the flow is too high, it's possible that the park may not allow us to rappel the falls.

    Don't be that person that shows up only to rappel the waterfall and not help out. If you are coming, help out!

    Remember that you are representing the DCG, NSS, and other communities, and you should conduct yourself as such. Use your best judgement. We do not want bad publicity for any reason. We are there because they allow us to be.

    You will talk to many folks passing by, families, kids, etc asking what you are doing. Think about what you are saying before you say it. Many will thank you for helping pick up trash and doing a great service for the park. Be mindful of what is going on around you. 


    It would also be wise to bring a towel and change of clothes. You will be dirty.


    If you have any questions, reach out to Brandon Balkcom via his cell (470-525-4138) or Facebook.

    • August 04, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 1800 Northeast Expy NE Atlanta, GA 30329
    Register

    Come and join us for our annual grotto auction! Bring your lightly used caving gear that has been taking up space to donate so that someone else can put it to use. Also, bring a wad of cash, checkbook, or credit card so that you can purchase soem new gear for yourself.

    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.

    Following the meeting, we will be heading over to Willy's Mexicana Grill (2566 Briarcliff Rd NE) for the meeting after the meeting for socializing and caving stories, some off which may be true.

    • September 12, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6001 Pulaski Pike Huntsville, AL 35810-1122 USA
    Register

    Come and join us for a super meeting with the Huntsville Grotto at the NSS Headquarters! We will be camping on Friday and Saturday nights with the joint meeting being held on Saturday evening.

    There are numerous caves just a short distance away and caving will be occurring throughout the weekend. There are even a handful of caves on the property.

    The NSS HQ is primitive camping with water and restrooms.

    • September 25, 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • September 27, 2020
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • TAG Fall Cave In Site
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    its time to get ready!


    The Work Weekend is time for folks to come out and help prepare the CAve In site for the big event. We will be constructing the bonfires, cleaning up the property, and making sure everything is great before the biggest weekend of them all. Chainsaws (along with proper safety equipment such as chaps and eye protection), weed eaters, loppers, pressure washers, and other tools are needed for clearing and cleaning campsites and common areas. As always, camping will be available Friday and Saturday nights. WORKERS will be fed three meals on Saturday thanks to our wonderful work weekend food crew. Volunteers will also receive a super duper TAG Fall Cave in Gift.  Hope to see everyone there! 

    While not required, RSVP is encouraged to help us best plan for food.

    For Any Questions, contact the super awesome cave in chair by email at  caveinchair@dogwoodcitygrotto.org or any member of the Cave In Advisory Board or Grotto Board of Directors.


    Photos by Chuck Canfield
    • October 06, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 1800 Northeast Expy NE Atlanta, GA 30329
    Register

    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.

    Following the meeting, we will be heading over to Willy's Mexicana Grill (2566 Briarcliff Rd NE) for the meeting after the meeting for socializing and caving stories, some off which may be true.

    • October 08, 2020
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    • October 11, 2020
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    • October 29, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • November 01, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Camp Tubb, Walling, Tennessee 38587

    The Upper Cumberland Grotto is hosting the 69th Annual SERA Cave Carnival. The theme for this year's event is Let's Get Dirty.

    Registration is available on their website here.

    SERA is the Southeastern Regional Association of the National Speleological Society.

    • November 07, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Blue Spring Cove, White County, TN
    Register

    Blue Spring Cove is home to TAG's longest cave, and a handful of others. 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 if supplies are needed.

    Specific directions will posted at a closer date.

    • December 01, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • 1800 Northeast Expy NE Atlanta, GA 30329
    Register

    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.

    Following the meeting, we will be heading over to Willy's Mexicana Grill (2566 Briarcliff Rd NE) for the meeting after the meeting for socializing and caving stories, some off which may be true.

    • January 05, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • 1800 Northeast Expy NE Atlanta, GA 30329
    Register

    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.

    Following the meeting, we will be heading over to Willy's Mexicana Grill (2566 Briarcliff Rd NE) for the meeting after the meeting for socializing and caving stories, some off which may be true.

Past events

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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