Cave Survey! PSC organizes and conducts numerous cave survey projects. At any given time there will be three or more active surveys underway within the club. Of particular interest these days are the Gangsta-Mappers projects, the Germany Valley Karst Survey (GVKS), the Taylor Run Region Survey , and the Highland County Survey.
Yes we do have fun too. Usually in the summer (but whenever access is
feasible) the club will organize a number of "group trips" to such notable
spelean destinations as Cave Mount Cave, Trout Rocks Caves, Simmons-Mingo and
the caves of the Dry Fork region, Scott Hollow Cave and numerous others. These
are all just fun, exploratory trips. At times however we'll find special things
to do on these trips, like
!! (naw just kidding). Neat trips like bat counts or paleo bone site digs are
not uncommon, however.
Typical PSC Non-Caving Events
PSC has a variety of traditional non-caving events scattered throughout the year. Some are just for fun while others are for the benefit of the club.
Regional Caving Events:
Besides the numerous PSC caving trips and social events, there are many other regularly occurring cave related events that many PSC members attend. Exact dates and locations are usually listed in The Potomac Caver.
National Speleological Society Convention . This week long convention is held in a different location every year, usually in July or August. About half of the conventions are east of the Mississippi. There are many presentations and seminars on all aspects of caving (e.g., geology, history, exploration, biology), rope climbing competitions, slide shows, and much socializing. Many cave trips are usually available.
Old Timers Reunion . Held in West Virginia every Labor Day weekend. This is the largest congregation of cavers in the world. There is no pretense of science or cave exploration; just lots of partying and socializing. There are many easily accessible caves nearby.
Mid-Appalachian Region Meetings . The MAR is an association of caving clubs in Pennsylvania and Maryland. It meets two weekends a year, usually in October and May. The purpose is largely social. There are numerous cave trips on Saturday and a business meeting on Sunday. MAR and VAR (below) often jointly sponsor one of their weekends each year.
Virginia Region Meetings . The VAR is an association of caving clubs in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. It meets two weekends a year, usually in October and May. The purpose is largely social. There are numerous cave trips to choose from on Saturday and a business meeting on Sunday.
TAG Fall Cave-In. Similar to VAR's get-together. The cavers of Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia get together in early October for a weekend of parties, speleo-competitions, and lots of "pit bouncing."
West Virginia Association of Cave Studies (WVACS) . WVACS has a field house in Greenbrier County, WV. Members and hardy cavers gather the first full weekend of every month for continuing surveys and studies of the over 1500 caves in that area.
Mammoth Cave National Park . Six or eight times a year, typically on long weekends, the Cave Research Foundation (CRF) conducts surveys, exploration, and scientific studies in the Mammoth Cave System. New cave is continuously being discovered and people willing to learn cave surveying are always welcomed. Ask any CRF member how to join.
Baltimore Grotto's Halloween Hunt . Around Halloween each year the Baltimore Grotto conducts a day long "treasure" hunt in Pendleton County, WV. All of the clues and items to find are located in the numerous caves in the area. They stay in the PSC Field House for the weekend.