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Texas Cavers' Reunion

The BIGGEST Caver Party in the state of TEXAS

View Pictures from the 2010 Texas Cavers Reunion here.

View Pictures from the 2009 Texas Cavers Reunion here.

View Pictures from the 2008 Texas Cavers Reunion here.

View Pictures from the 2007 Texas Cavers Reunion here.

View pictures from the 2006 Texas Cavers Reunion here.

An online slideshow from the 2005 convention is available here.

The 2014 37th Annual Texas Cavers Reunion will be held October 9-12.

TSA MAP to Guadalupe River Campgrounds

O.K. Texas Cavers, this is it, the official announcement for Texas Cavers Reunion 2014!! October 9, 10, 11 & 12, 2014 is the date. GUADALUPE RIVER RV PARK & CAMPGROUNDS  is the place. 

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Adult $25.00
Child $15.00
(12 and Under)
Family $80.00
Old Timer $15.00
(caving before 1978)

GUADALUPE RIVER RV PARK & CAMPGROUNDS 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.

We have the go ahead for live music this year and musical instruments are welcome, 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.

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"Super Villains" so keep up with the event page for costume ideas.  That said, this is a family event, please try to limit nudity...away from kids, in front of me.

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.  Pets must be on leash.

If you have suggestions on how things could be better, feel free to implement these ideas (of course please consult me 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 smoothly, 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 guests.

  • 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 here.

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 experience.

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 anybody.

Past Reunions have been held at the following places:

1978 Luckenbach

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

2014 Guadalupe River RV Park & Campgrounds, Spring Branch, TX