The Maverick Grotto

The Maverick Grotto

Celebrating 20 years as a Texas caving organization in 2006!  The Maverick Grotto is the local caving club of Fort Worth and Tarrant County Texas. We are dedicated to promoting safe, fun, and environmentally conscious caving.  Our grotto is an internal organization of the National Speleological Society.

The Maverick Grotto is inactive effective November 2009!

Tag Caving at the 2005 NSS Convention

The following pictures were taken at various TAG caves at the 2005 NSS convention.  All pictures furnished courtesy of Dennis and Sharon Welch though some are taken by other photographers as will be noted on the individual photograph.  Ignore the date on some of the pictures, someone forgot to reset their internal camera calendar.

A special thanks to Dennis and Sharon Welch for getting the pictures together and to Rich Collier, Michael D. Smith, Daniel Veelik and Beatriz Farfan  for letting us use their pictures on the Maverick Grotto website.

All photos are © The Maverick Grotto and the respective photographer
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Betty Farfan & Daniel Veelik, a couple from the Southern California Grotto; Dennis Welch, pausing for lunch; and Bob "Nuke" Thompson, taking a break during the Vertical Workshop, hosted by the N.S.S. Vertical Section at the Grissom High School gym during the 2005 N.S.S. Convention in Huntsville, Alabama. (photo - Sharon Welch)

Dale Purchase, Florida; Dennis Welch, Dallas/Fort Worth; Ernie Garza, Austin, examine and prepare to rig Hooper's Well, a 90-foot pit near Monte Sano State Park. (photo - Sharon Welch)

Dennis ties a figure-8 knot for use in rigging Hooper's Well. (photo - Sharon Welch)

Dennis has rigged Hooper's Well for the 90-foot drop and still has 5 fingers left. Okay, 4 fingers and a thumb! (photo - Sharon Welch)

Dale loads his rack to rappel into Hooper's Well. (photo - Sharon Welch)

Dale begins his descent into the pit through the small entrance. The rope pad, an old piece of carpet, received the duct tape treatment to the edges when it was discovered to be shedding worse than Lassie! (photo - Sharon Welch)

Dennis Welch, harness on, ready to rappel into Hooper's Well. (photo - Sharon Welch)

Dale Purchase, a cave-diver from Michigan, now living in Florida, all harnessed-up and ready to go. (photo - Sharon Welch)

Dennis Welch captures the astounding majesty and wonder of the beautiful waterfall cascading into Neversink, an incredible 162-foot pit owned by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, inc. (photo - Dennis Welch)

The waterfall in Neversink, shot from below, cascades past numerous beautiful fern-covered shelves. This has got to be one of the most incredibly awesome pits in T.A.G. It is a "must-see" if ever in the area. (photo - Dennis Welch)

While about two-thirds up the rope at Neversink, Dennis paused to catch his breath from the breath-taking view. Really, he just needed an excuse to take a break from the climb. (photo - Dennis Welch)

A pretty little Salamander on the floor of Neversink. (photo - Dennis Welch)

Betty Farfan and Daniel Veelik enjoy the view up, from the base of Neversink, a spectacular 162-foot pit in Jackson County, Alabama. (photo - Dennis Welch)

Sharon Welch poses in front of the the waterfall in Neversink. She is tiny, cute, friendly, sweet and photogenic. On top of that, she loves to cave! Dennis married way over his head!! (photo - Dennis Welch)

Daniel Veelik stares heavenward in awe, before the waterfall in Neversink. (photo - Dennis Welch)


This page last updated September 15, 2012