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Upcoming Events...
There are currently 9 upcoming caving trips on our calendar. Click here to submit your own trip.

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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
you.



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

<http://beej.us/trip/labe/>
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August 07, 2015 - August 09, 2015
ALL GIRLS CAVING CAMP OUT - Trout Lake



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
landowner)
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
(Neil).
Trip Leader: Jerry

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October 09, 2015 - October 11, 2015
WESTERN REGIONAL 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.
Trip Leader: CALIFORNIA GROTTO

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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
McGregor
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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Welcome


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).

Meetings


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

pass away June 11th.

 This site is dedicated to Charlie Larson life work to cavers, this site, family and friends. 50 years with the Oregon Grotto.



   

 

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

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