Welcome to the 40th ANNUAL TAG Fall Cave-In!
**Special Note: This site will not be completed until late June 2017 – Please return after that time to register**
October 5-8, 2017 at West Fork Little River – the same terrific spot we have enjoyed for the past 12 years!
Howdy, I’m Jeff Martin. I’m your 2014 Cave-In Chairman. Along with my Co-Chairman, Lesley Colton, we want to invite you to the biggest and best caver party yet. This will be the 40th time we have all gathered together – and that’s worth raising your glass for! Stay tuned here and on Facebook as we get nearer to the date for information, registration and t-shirt previews. We hope to see you there! Fun times are coming!
What is the TAG Fall Cave-In?
The Cave-In is the Southeastern caving community’s yearly celebration of Caves and Caving. Attendance hovers around 1000 of your best caving friends. TAG is also the main fundraiser for the Dogwood City Grotto – to keep us going and helping new cavers, teaching safe vertical practices, and protecting caves and access to them. Any profit we make above operating expenses is returned to cavers in the form of Grants to various projects around the caving community.
How do I attend?
You must be an active NSS member, or a guest of an active NSS member to attend. Your NSS membership status data is fed to us every 24 hours, but relies on the NSS office to process your membership or renewal. This can take a few days to iron out, so if you renew give it a few days to show up in our system. You can register online here (this is the preferred method It’s via Paypal, YOU DO NOT NEED AN ACCOUNT), or you can mail in a registration form here (discouraged – harder to process in a timely way.) You can save a few bucks over the at-the-door price by Pre-Registering for the event. Pre-Registration is generally from July 1st through September 1st, but that can vary just a bit from year to year, depending on the Administration and chairman’s wishes. The Cave-In begins at NOON ON THURSDAY, and ends SUNDAY AT NOON. If you arrive early, plan on staying elsewhere until Thursday. You will not be allowed in early.
Should I plan on camping?
The vast majority of people camp out for the event – it’s half the fun! Besides, the closest hotels are roughly 20 miles away. The camping is primitive, with no electrical hookups, but the campground is excellent, dispersed style and mostly flat. All campsites are pre-existing. You are not allowed to cut trees to ‘make space’ or ‘create a campsite’. All campsites are first come first served. There are clean portable toilets in multiple locations across the site, and a 10 stall shower house with hot water. There are gear washing / decontamination stations onsite also. We try to permit individual campfires, but only as burning conditions allow. We also have a large caving gear vendor area, with 10 or more of the finest vendors each year. We also have hot food available on site, and a wonderful dry pavilion if you don’t want to cook. CELL SERVICE IS IFFY ON SITE. PRE-PLAN ACCORDINGLY!
Can I bring my RV?
Yes and no. Smaller campers OK (less than 20′). Originally we all car or tent camped – so the camp was not designed or intended for RV’s. All sites are first come first served. If you have a camper more than 20′, you will have a tough time finding room for it. All campsites are pre-existing. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CUT TREES TO “MAKE SPACE”. The roads are heavily wooded and narrow, with minimal improvement and large trucks will sink into the mud. There are no electrical hookups, and we do not allow generators (even quiet ones built into campers) so plan on boondocking. We also do not have any dump stations. We much prefer tents or small pop up campers. BE WARNED – WE HAVE HAD TO TURN AWAY LARGE 5TH WHEELS, CLASS C AND CLASS A CAMPERS DUE TO MASSIVE SIZE.
What is there to do?
Besides caving your tail off, there are lots of things to be done on-site or nearby. Firstly, there are many excellent caves only a few miles from the Cave-In, and hundreds more within an hour’s drive. We have a climbing contest, 5k run, Morning Yoga, a Hot Tub and Sauna area, Walkabouts, hiking, biking, nearby canoeing / kayaking, excellent nearby top-rope, bouldering and TRAD/bolted rockclimbing, campsite decoration contest, sub parties, Friday and Saturday night bonfire socials (as conditions allow) Movie night, Slideshow at the pavilion, cave information booth, squeezebox, (in)famous caver shaming, great live music… heck we even have our own radio station! And, we’re cavers, so you know that we’re some of the friendliest of folks – stop in and chat for a bit, anywhere you find yourself! NEW IN 2017: CAVE SIM WILL BE AT THE CAVE IN! GET YOUR CAVE ON WITHOUT LEAVING CAMP!
Can I bring my 4 wheeler / Side-by-side / Dirtbike / Golf Cart?
No. We do not allow any off-highway vehicles. We do welcome bicycles, and personal battery powered medical scooters. If you have a hard time getting around, we suggest parking close to the vendor ring. (Vendors only INSIDE the ring – campers must stay outside the ring) If you bring your personal medical scooter, be warned that all roads are gravel at best, and it’s usually muddy to some extent.
Can I bring my pet?
No. Pets are not allowed. Including your cute tiny little doggie that lives in your RV. Even service animals. This is a private event, and no animals are allowed. Most of us that attend and even volunteer have and love dogs, etc. We hire a pet sitter. There are kennels reasonably close by. BE WARNED – WE HAVE HAD TO TURN AWAY GUESTS WITH SERVICE ANIMALS.