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Welcome to the Caving Club at Indiana University!

The Caving Club at Indiana University (CCIU) provides a safe and educational atmosphere where students, faculty, staff and community members of all experience levels can learn responsible caving practices with opportunities to visit caves around the area. We provide members with resources for caving and experiences for personal advancement through leadership roles, conservation, surveying, community involvement, and rescue.

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 pm in Geology room 143.

We meet the first Thursday of every month at 7:30pm in Geology room 143 (except for January and May through August). Our meetings have programs on a wide array of cave-related subjects. We encourage our members to share their caving experiences and offer input on what the club does.

Dues are $15 per calendar year. These dues include use of club gear (helmets and helmet-mounted lights) and the opportunity to go on CCIU-led caving trips. You must be a paid member prior to participating in any club trips.

What's new...

The Caving Club at Indiana University has been very busy this past year planning an exchange program with South Korean student cavers from August 4-12. They are part of the Federation of University Caving Clubs (FUCC; made up of four universities) and we have partnered with them with a milestone agreement to start an annual program (biennial exchange) between our two organizations to immerse the other in respective caving cultures. We gained over $2500 in funding for this to happen and have had many people and organizations donate their time, money, non-monetary goods, and effort to make this possible.

We want to encourage new members to join us as there are many opportunities for beginner caving (email Danyele Cottrell for more information on becoming a member dcottrel@iu.edu). Information is below and you can sign up on Facebook or email the respective Trip Leaders to sign up for activities.

*Caving at Mammoth Cave, KY or other Kentucky Caves, August 4-7. Justin Thompson (jthompson@mrdelivery.com) will be driving and FUCC has extended their invite to CCIU members. You will be camping from Monday, August 4 - Thursday morning, August 7th; though you may join for only a day trip if you don't have that much time. Most food will be provided, but you'll have to prepare it (breakfast, lunch, and dinner supplies; please keep track of your receipts and try to buy things from Kroger stores). Lastly, please try to carpool with others; we do not need a ten car caravan for this. : )

Banquet Dinner on Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 pm in the newly remodeled Student Building Room 015.  There will be free food (Texas-style BBQ), non-alcoholic drinks, and interesting presentations from both groups. Please send RSVP to us NO LATER than Friday, August 1st at 4:00 pm so we can accommodate and let us know if you seek a vegetarian option. I hope to see as many of you there as possible.

*Cave rescue course, Friday August 8 at 10:00 am. CCIU will be helping Amar Mirza, National Coordinator of the National Cave Rescue Commission, teach introductory cave rescue techniques to our South Korean guests. We will be going outside the normal tour areas and see parts of the cave tourists don't normally see. We may need some help teaching the course. Preference goes to those who have weeklong cave rescue or OCR training, or if you speak Korean. ; ) 

*Tour at the beautiful Marengo Cave, Friday, August 8th at 6:00 pm, after we have the Cave Rescue course. Marengo Cave is part of the National Natural Landmarks Program and has been holding tours since 1883. It is near where Cave Capers is being held. This tour will be free for up to 10 CCIU members and begins at at 6:00 pm SHARP. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and come in clean clothes. All current members are welcome and RSVP is first come first serve. If you are not a CCIU member or not up-to-date, please bring $15 (yearly membership dues) and fill out our liability waiver.

*Cave capers, August 8 - 10. Our fellow South Korean cavers will be joining us for this event, so come join all the fun and glory as they immerse themselves in Indiana cave culture. Here are details from the CIG website:

"Indiana Cave Capers is the annual caving event sponsored by the Central Indiana Grotto. It is a weekend of food, fun, camping out and of course…caving. This is an event geared for cavers of all skill levels and a great place to meet other cavers and make connections. There are many led cave trips scheduled as well as opportunities to lead your own. The weekend begins on Friday night with the Howdy Party to get things started. Then on Saturday there is all the caving you want to do and some new special events to be added this year. Then Saturday night features a banquet, door prizes, and a special speaker. The location rotates from year to year in order to highlight different areas and their caves. This is definitely an event to mark on your calendar."

1095 INDIANA 66, MILLTOWN, IN 47145

+38° 19’ 12.06” -86° 21’ 28.38”
38.320018 LAT -86.357882 LONG

Pre-registration weekend cost: $21.94
or Saturday Day pass (must leave by 6 pm): $10.61
Banquet cost: $10.61
T-shirt: $12.67

***Pre-registration ends at midnight on July 26th***

*Trip Leaders going to Cave Capers that can help lead trips for CCIU during this event will be rewarded with reimbursement for a portion (up to the full) cost of registration (TBD) and possibly the capers banquet dinner. Members may be eligible for reimbursement as well.

*Trip Leaders that can lead the FUCC and CCIU members on a trip on Monday, August 11 (well before the Korean BBQ) please let me know. We'll need 2 or 3 Trip leaders most likely.

*Korean-style BBQ, August 11th at 6:30 pm at the Chaos Lodge (Tymme and Danyele's home; email Danyele Cottrell for directions: dcottrel@iu.edu). The FUCC will provide a Korean-style BBQ as a farewell gift before their departure.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed their time, money, and hard work to make this exchange program possible. Next year, CCIU will be going caving in South Korea! Whoop whoop!!!