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Current Events

Top few events and link to the Speleo-Schedule

Rappelling and Vertical Practice

Maryland Heights - Harpers Ferry
October 21, 2017
POC John Boswell

Indian Echo Caverns

Annual York Grotto Visit - $5 Guests are welcome
Hummelstown, PA
October 24, 2018 6PM Sharp

PCC Cave Clean-Up

Nirtgumberland Co. PA
TBD

Christmas Party

Rouzerville Hunting Club
January 6-7, 2018

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Announcements

No new announcements at this time.

Cave Closings

McFadden Cave
Fantasy Cave
Blacklog Cave
Sugar Cave
Curfman Cave
Peiper Cave

Cave Closings

All Valley Quarries / New Enterprise Property

  • All Valley Quarries/New Enterprise property caves (P-Caves and others) are closed and off limits.
  • No trespassing on the property for any reason.
  • There are no permission forms to grant access onto the property, any/all previous permission forms are VOID. Updates will be provided regarding access to the property.


Carnegie Cave

Usage Guidelines:

  • Use the map and instructions.
  • We are not permitted to use the parking area in the gravel lot that is 1/10 mile from the cave trail (West of the I-81 overpass).
  • Parking arrangements for Carnegie Cave --- PDF file for new parking at Carnegie Cave

Comments and Notes

  • No alcohol or drugs of any kind are allowed in the cave or on the park grounds.
  • Park restrooms are off limits to the cavers.
  • When changing clothes, be mindful that this park is used by children and the public.
  • Cavers must be properly equipped with a minimum of a helmet and 3 lights per person.
  • All cavers (or groups) must sign the register in the first room of the cave.

Conservation:

  • Do not break, disturb or collect any cave formations or wildlife in the cave. They are protected by Pennsylvania law.
  • For further information regarding use of this cave, obtain a flyer and map from Franklin County Grotto at: FCG@karst.org
  • The Southampton Township requested that Franklin County Grotto assist in the implementation of these rules. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the cave being gated and access revoked!


Cleversburg Sink

This cave is gated. Permission is required for access.

Water Level (9/06/2017)


6th Rung of the ladder // 32ft. from bolt

  • Up to Old Gate
  • Into Giant Hall
  • Top of Labber
  • Mid-Ladder (7 Rungs Left of Ladder)
  • Base of Ladder
  • Knee Deep
  • Sand Room Sump
  • 2nd Crawl Sump
  • Dry

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    Pat Minnick Secretary
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Information

What you may want to know.

History and purpose of Franklin County Grotto

The Franklin County Grotto is part of the National Speleological Society (NSS). Formed in 1981, the Grotto is dedicated to the exploration and conservation of caves and the life that inhabits them.

Pennsylvania Land Use Law

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has enacted laws for the protection of land owners who allow the public onto their land for the purpose of sports and recreational activities. These provisions are located in Title 68 of the Pennsylvania Statutes, section 477, titled “Uses of Property - Recreation Use of Land and Water.”

Through the efforts of the caving community, legislation was passed to make an addition to section 477-2 (3). Definitions: to have cave exploration added for clarification. PDF Link

Important News On Meetings

When: Third Monday of every month (except December)
Time: Start at 7:00 p.m.
Where: “The Cottage Pub and Restaurant”
572 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg

Note: Tables in rear of restaurant are reserved for Grotto group. Food and drink are available.
Directions: I-81 to exit 14
West on PA 316 (Wayne Ave.) for 1 mile
“The Cottage Pub and Restaurant” is on LEFT at intersection with Coldbrook Ave. (at traffic light)

Membership

Membership Fees:
NSS members $10 per year
Non NSS members $12 per year
Spouses- NSS members $3 per year
Dependents (17 and under) $3 per year
Join July 1 or after Half of yearly membership
Lifetime Membership 20 X yearly membership fee.

Membership in the National Speleological Society (NSS) is encouraged but not required.
Download a copy of our Membership Application in PDF format from the link. FCG Application