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There are currently 13 upcoming caving trips on our calendar. Click here to submit your own trip.

- All non-members please check
with someone before showing up for a trip. This is
to make sure you know what is involved and to find
out if its a restricted trip for members only. Thank

July 11, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Malheur Cave

JULY: 11th - 12th (Saturday & Sunday) Malheur Cave
Trip leader: Brent McGregor
This cave has roughly 2,000' of lake pasaage! (This will
vary greatly year to year and month of year visited).

There is nothing else like it in Oregon. Malheur is a
favorite of several grotto members. Bring your non-
motorized boat or raft or paddle board and your vertical
gear if you want to see the upper tube. Your ascent will
start from your canoe! Camping allowed in the cave or camp
next to your car just outside the entrance. This is a very
fun trip.

Gear list: Car or tent camping. Bring everything you need
for two days, food and water. Helmet, 3 sources of light,
cave pack, gloves, vertical gear if you want to climb to the
upper tube, canoe, kayak or raft if you can.
Trip Leader: Brent

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July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015
2015 NSS Convention

What's the first rule for caving in the state of Missouri? --DON'T PANIC!

The second rule is, always bring a towel.

The theme for the 2015 NSS Convention is: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Missouri Caving. Whether you're from nearby St. Louis, flying in from Australia, or transporting from a far off galaxy, the 72nd annual NSS Convention promises to be one cavers will remember long after the mud is toweled away.

The 2015 NSS Convention will take place July 13-17 in Waynesville, located in picturesque Pulaski County Missouri, about a two-hour drive southwest of St. Louis. We're confident that cavers from across the country will take advantage of the convenient, centralized location and come enjoy caving, camaraderie, and the natural beauty to be found in the Missouri Ozarks. See more at link.
Trip Leader: Missouri Grotto

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July 22, 2015

Charlie's services will be July 22nd at 11:00 am at Willamette National
Cemetery. Afterward we will gather in "Charlie's Garden" Lovingly restored
to the days when Charlie managed its care where he & Jo enjoyed summer
evenings sharing a glass of wine and watching the sunset. Charlie's children
will host a potluck get together. Water and soft drinks will be provided. If you
want to bring something, feel free to do so, although there will be plenty of
food. Just come and help us celebrate Charlie's Life.
Trip Leader: Charlie family

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July 24, 2015 - July 26, 2015
NCA Regional

July 24th-26th (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) NCA Regional
Event organizer: Neil Marchington.
We will camp at Sundance Meadows Ranch in Bend. This is a
grotto volunteer effort requiring several jobs to fill.
Neil will be sending out more information and may be
contacting you directly asking for help with such jobs as
leading trips, cooking meals, creating T shirts or patches,
presentations, assisting Matt with a guide book and more.
Regionals have always been a great success in the past and
are a great place to meet new cavers.

Gear list: This is a special event that will require lots of
different things which we will cover later. You will of
course need your regular caving gear to attend the trips.
Trip Leader: OHDG

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August 01, 2015
Lava Beds Ca.

AUGUST 1st.:
Beej Non Grotto trip to Lava Beds
RSVP not required. People just show up.

More info:

Trip Leader: unknown

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August 07, 2015 - August 09, 2015

This annual three day event invites men and women to celebrate women in caving. On the first day women and men cave separately and meet together at camp to swap stories and have a great time. Each year we have had amazing entertainment ranging from guitarists, accordion players, and fire dancers. Stay tuned for what we have planned this year. If you would like to get involved, contact our president
Trip Leader: Lisa Bauman

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August 08, 2015
Button Springs

August 8th (Saturday) Button Springs Cave
Trip leader: Brent McGregor
This is a vertical cave located East of Bend. Vertical gear
is required for the 24' drop into a large open room.
Ancient ice occupies a side room with a total traverse
length of the cave being 356'.

Gear list: Helmet, 3 light sources, cave pack, vertical gear
to descend and ascend the 24' drop into the cave. Food and
water for a one day trip.
Trip Leader: Brent

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September 12, 2015
Pronghord Cave

September 12th (Saturday) Pronghorn Cave
Trip Leader: Matt Skeels
This trip will take place if Matt can get permission from
the land owners. Located on Pronghorn Golf Course, this
cave had no natural entrance until the golf course blasted a
'canyon' into the landscape. They cut the cave in half.
Incredible ceiling drips and very nice water drop
formations in the sandy floor. .

Gear list: Helmet, 3 light sources, gloves, cave pack.
Trip Leader: Matt

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September 18, 2015 - September 20, 2015
Siah caves

September 18th-20th (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Sheridan Mt./Siah Camp
Trip leader: Ted Hasse
Close to Bend these caves are snow bound in early summer so
fall is a good time to explore this area. Numerous lava
tubes are available to explore. This is a traditional camp
out for the grotto, close to Bend, a great camp site, and
lots fun.

Gear list: Everything you need for 3 days of car or tent
camping. Helmet, 3 light sources, cave pack, gloves,
possible vertical gear depending on caves visited.
Trip Leader: OHDG

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October 01, 2015 - October 31, 2015
Molalla Deep

October TBA Molalla Deep (If we get permission from
Trip leaders: Jerry Zimmer and Mike Loomis
This rare and unusual cave is said to be a block creep or
slump cave. According to Mike Loomis (1988 cave trip), the
cave drops down mud hardened walls to a water source that
appears to have no bottom. The passage way narrows to a V
shaped passage making progress difficult even though the
cave appears to continue on. In short, we need to get back
into this cave and further explore it!

Gear list: helmet, 3 light sources, cave pack, gloves,
vertical gear. Wet suit and or a small raft would be useful
Trip Leader: Jerry

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October 09, 2015 - October 11, 2015

Held in the same location as their previous event 10 years ago, the Desert
Dogs World Headquarters is just a few miles east of Joshua Tree Town
and North of Joshua Tree National Park.

There will be several caving trips available as well guided off road tours of
the local historic mining area.
Additionally, off roading, hiking, climbing, historic tours, caving related
presentations, and more.

Pre and post trips and accomodations will be available for those wanting
stay longer. Camp will be open several days before and after the
weekend. Pre-registration costs will be very reasonable.

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October 16, 2015 - October 18, 2015
Dynamited Cave

October 16th, 17th & 18th (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Trout Lake OHDG with WVG Trip leader: Brent
Multiple cave trip choices during the days with two possible
trips to Dynamited Cave led by Scott Linn and Josh Hydeman
exploring different parts of the cave.. This is your chance
to see the premiere lava tube in the PNW. Vertical skills
required for the Dynamited trips with several rope drops and
a traverse of a vertical pit. We're hoping Claude Koch of
the WVG will share some of his new digs with us. There are
also easy walk in caves to visit.

Gear list: Everything you need for 3 days of camping.
(Details of where we will stay to follow). Those going on
the Dynamited Cave trips will need full vertical gear and
the skill level to drop and climb several drops, and
traverse an open pit. Those visiting other caves in the
area will need helmets, 3 light sources, cave packs, gloves,
pee bottle, energy food, water.
Trip Leader: WVG

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October 24, 2015
Crack in the Ground

October 24th (Saturday) Crack in the Ground Caves
Trip leader: Ginger Sanders.
Explore cracks and holes in the Crack in the Ground area near
Christmas Valley.
Vertical gear needed to drop into some of the holes.

Gear list: helmet, 3 light sources, cave pack, gloves, vertical
gear is you get on rope.
Trip Leader: Ginger

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The Oregon Grotto is a Portland/Vancouver area grotto with members from all over Oregon and Southwestern Washington. The Oregon Grotto is a chapter of the National Speleological Society, and a Federally chartered non-profit organization (501-C3).


We welcome anyone who is interested in caving to attend meetings which are held at 7:30 P.M. on the third Friday of every month at Round Table Pizza, 616 N.E. 81st Street, in the J & M Plaza, Vancouver, Washington. Use the 78th St. exit from I-5, turn west on 78th Street, and turn right at the first street. You enter J & M Plaza just as the road curves left. Click here for a map and directions.

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If you're an Oregon Grotto member and haven't joined the Yahoo! Group, you're missing out on some fun stuff! Topics include trip announcements, trip reports, stories, cave news, photos, etc. Click here to join the group.

 CHARLIE LARSON - Great caver and wonderful person who gave so much of his life to the cavers.

pass away June 11th, 2015 Charlie's Service will be July 22nd. Look in events for details.



Chairman: Tom Peterson

Vice Chairman: Richard Colwell

Library historian: Charlie Larson Died June 11th 2015.

Vertical: Tom Peterson & Vertical Bob

Cave Store: Kim Luper

Website: Kim Luper, Assistant Ahrlin Bauman

Library: Kim Luper

Conservation:  Ahrlin Bauman

Facebook : Gene Hancock 


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