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Newcomer from Atlanta, GA

PostPosted: Jan 8, 2007 10:48 am
by anndr0id
Greetings Everyone!

I just happened upon this site while looking for local caves. It looks like a great source of info! Hopefully I will meet some other Georgia cavers as well as I only know one other person as of now.

To introduce myself, my name is Ann, I'm 25, I live in Midtown Atlanta, and I'm a web programmer by trade. I got into caving last year when I went for the first time to Raccoon Mountain, and fell completely in love with it. I am hoping to go to Cumberland Caverns this weekend actually as well if things go as I'd like them too.

If anyone from the local area reads this, I was hoping someone could point me to a local shop that might have good deals on supplies. Thanks :D

PostPosted: Jan 8, 2007 11:18 am
by wendy

There are a ton of cavers in yuor area and also the Dogwood City Grotto meets in Atlanta area. (Grotto is a caving club associated with the NSS).

As far as local shops, you may get some things from REI, but I usually shop on the internet at On Rope 1 and Inner Mountain Outfitters. At a lot of caving events there is a vendors area, where thoese folks and many others set up tents and I do my 'in person' shopping then. You can probably google search both of those places. Also somewhere on the board there is a thread about what gear a caver needs. Maybe in the equipment section?

PostPosted: Jan 8, 2007 11:27 am
by Tim White
Welcome to CaveChat! :kewl:

If you have not already done so, check out the National Speleological Society (NSS) site at: for more good info.

The Dogwood City Grotto is one of the largest and most active caving clubs of the NSS. Our meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. sharp at REI of Atlanta, located at 1800 Northeast Expressway in Atlanta GA, near the intersection of I-85 and Clairmont Road. Come on by next month.

BTW: My wife Berta and I live in Suwanee.

PostPosted: Jan 8, 2007 1:02 pm
by tagkaver
welcome to the board Ann. maybe sometime you can come over to Alabama and we can do some Bama caves.

PostPosted: Jan 9, 2007 3:10 pm
by Sneakers
You should totally come to a DCG meeting! They're pretty cool! If you come just yell Sneakers and I'll respond! :woohoo: (I just think that smiley is cute! heehee!)

PostPosted: Jan 9, 2007 4:15 pm
by Tim White
We make "most" of the DCG meetings... :oops: but Berta flew out to Calif. for 2 weeks on the 2nd.

I'll make sure to look you up next month.

PostPosted: Jan 9, 2007 7:04 pm
by graveleye
I'm at most of them too. You'll recognize me because I will be wearing jeans and a t-shirt! :tonguecheek:

PostPosted: Jan 10, 2007 11:16 am
by anndr0id
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!!! I'm just going to make one big post replying to everyone :)

Wendy - those sites are great, thank you for the links. I've been reading the equip section and have found great info, it seems as if everyone has quite strong opinions on whats the best. :D

Tim - Thank you for the link! I will definitely come to the meeting next month, I've been meaning to head up to REI soon anyway! I was thinking for sure there was Atlanta area cavers in theNSS, but was thrown off when looking at the location specific areas in this forum, since there isn't one for Dogwood there yet I guess?

tagkaver - I love to travel so I totally would! I've been going to Tennessee as I still like the "guided" tours so I don't get lost. hehe

Sneakers - Awesome, I'll definitely be there and will say hello. Your icon is ADORABLE btw!!!!

graveleye - Haha! Thanks, that helps. Is everyone else in business casual? ;)