Texas Cavers' Reunion
The BIGGEST Caver Party in the state of TEXAS
View Pictures from the 2010 Texas Cavers Reunion
View Pictures from the 2009 Texas Cavers Reunion
View Pictures from the 2008 Texas Cavers Reunion
View Pictures from the 2007 Texas Cavers Reunion
View pictures from the 2006 Texas Cavers Reunion
An online slideshow from the 2005 convention is available
The 2013 36th Annual Texas Cavers Reunion will be held
TSA MAP to Paradise
TSA Printable MAP with Directions to Paradise Canyon
O.K. Texas Cavers, this is it, the official announcement for
Texas Cavers Reunion 2013!! October 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2013 is the date.
Paradise Canyon is the place.
Paradise Canyon Map.
$25, youth $15, and a cap of $80 for a family (adults and youth), kids under 12
Registration includes full use of the facility and campgrounds, full
participation in all activities and contests, meal on Saturday evening, and much
For facebook users:
Paradise Canyon is a wonderful place for our Speleolympics, Hot Tub, Big Feed,
Swimming, Awards, carousing, fun and of course-friends. Menu and other
specifics will be forthcoming.
This is an annual get-together for cavers and caver lovers alike. The
place is ours to enjoy for the weekend with its refreshing water and view.
Food, friends, fun.
Vendors will be available all day Saturday and early Sunday morning hawking
their wares. Registration gets you a wristband, meal, beverages and a
chance at door prizes. The "Big Feed" will happen Saturday evening
followed by awards. Bring your own plate, cup and feed tools to get the
food from your plate to your food hole.
There won't be a live band this year but musical instruments are ok, however not
at the hot tub. Cameras aren't allowed at the hot tub either. That
end of the park is a quiet zone and it will be enforced.
Stay tuned for details on Friday night activities that are in the works.
Sunday morning, some wonderful intrepid individuals will be making breakfast to
raise funds for the Texas Cave Management Association.
Rumor has it there will be a nice hoity-toity pinky raised wine tasting Friday
evening. A great chance to share your swanky wine find with good company
and friends. Black tie optional.
The Texas Speleological Association and Texas Cave Management Association are
having a meeting Sunday morning, schedule to be announced.
There are showers, some of us will stink before too long, take advantage of
these facilities please.
The theme this year is"Steampunk" so keep up with the event page for costume
ideas. That said, this is a family event, please try to limit public
Children and dogs. Both are welcome! They must be well behaved; no
biting, fighting, constant screaming or barking. Pooping on the ground
isn't encouraged, but if they must, please clean up after them.
If you have suggestions on how things could be better, feel free to implement
these ideas (of course please
first). Cavers make this event happen from the ground up. Those
already involved know what they do and we thank you for making it happen.
If you are interested in volunteering to lend a hand to make this event run
let me know.
The usual rules apply:
Please remember to bring your own reusable eating utensils to
the Grand Feast and to come prepared to take your garbage home.
Well behaved dogs, friends, and family members are welcome, in
that order, those that may tend to be obnoxious should be left elsewhere.
Port-a-Potties will be provided.
As a convenience to cavers and in support of the Texas Region
of the NSS, the TSA will be collecting dues for the 2009 membership year. If
you are not a TSA member, this is a very good opportunity to join and to show
your support for the organization that cares about cavers and caving in Texas.
The TEXAS CAVER, and the many caving Projects are obvious benefits provided to
you and other cavers by the TSA. The TSA provides many other benefits that
aren't so obvious--please join and support the TSA.
Vendors of caving equipment and publications will be set up.
The TCR staff is not in the police business. That means
everyone should police themselves and those in their clan. In other
words.....you are responsible for the behavior of your children and your
Using Common Sense and Common Courtesy is the best policy.
Remember, this is primarily a caver event. People who will
contribute to the general craziness are encouraged to attend, those who will
detract are discouraged.
Held every fall, the Texas Cavers' Reunion attracts about 400 cavers from Texas,
the United States and other countries. Many caving vendors are present so
you can touch and feel that potential new piece of caving gear before you buy.
The feature event is the supper cooked on site by many Texas caving cooks.
We are always looking for the perfect camp site for TCR. If you know of any
other sites that that would be a good place to hold TCR, let us know. Our
general requirements are: Easy access; A running stream for swimming; Some
semblance of remoteness from houses; Trees. Other things which would be nice
are: Electricity; Running water; Flush toilets.
We always need a little assistance in setting up and running the event. If you
or your Grotto would like to help, either with site preparations
or an event during TCR, just let know by clicking
A Bit of History
The Texas Old Timers' Reunion was organized in 1978 by Gill Ediger, Chuck
Stuehm, and Mike Walsh in order to fill a need created by the absence of a TSA
Labor Day Project during most of the previous decade. It was felt that the TSA
needed a fall caving event to bring Texas cavers together for fun and frolic and
social interaction, all an important part of most cavers' caving education and
Over the years, the event grew from the original 90 participants at Luckenbach
to well over 500 at recent gatherings. A few years ago the name was quietly
changed from TOTR to TCR--the Texas Cavers' Reunion--to avoid confusion with the
"original" OTR--Old Timers' Reunion--in West 'by God' Virginia. Although many
cavers help with the event, the general philosophy is to try to make the Reunion
appear that it just happens spontaneously without any or much direction from
Past Reunions have been held at the following places:
1979 Cypress Bend Park, New Braunfels
1980 Reimers' Ranch
1981 Reimers' Ranch
1982 Krause Springs, Spicewood
1983 Krause Springs, Spicewood
1984 Blue Hole, Wimberley
1985 Texas Canoe Trails, New Braunfels
1986 L&L Campground, New Braunfels
1987 L&L Campground, New Braunfels
1988 Lone Man II Ranch, Wimberley
1989 Lone Man II Ranch, Wimberley
1990 Lone Man II Ranch, Wimberley
1991 Lone Man II Ranch, Wimberley
1992 Lone Man II Ranch, Wimberley
1993 Lone Man II Ranch, Wimberley
1994 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
1995 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
1996 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
1997 Little Arkansas, Wimberley
1998 Chalk Bluff Park, Uvalde
1999 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
2000 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
2001 Horseshoe Ranch, Luling (near)
2002 Horseshoe Ranch, Luling (near)
2003 Honey Creek Water Cave
2004 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
2005 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
2006 Honey Creek Water Cave
2007 Paradise Canyon Recreation Park
2008 Paradise Canyon Recreation Park
2009 Paradise Canyon Recreation Park
2010 Hidden Falls Adventure Park
2011 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
2012 Paradise Canyon, San Antonio
2013 Paradise Canyon, San Antonio