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!

Hill's Gate Cave, Texas


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To try and speed up ingress and egress a cable ladder was used

As the dig progressed, a lot of things changed.  To try and speed up ingress and egress a cable ladder was obtained.

Bryan Jameson and the Archeologists enlarging the burial pit entrance

While the cavers were doing their end, Bryan Jameson and the Archeologists were busy enlarging the entrance into the burial pit.

Wayne Peplinski helped photo document the burial pit

With a little help from Wayne Peplinski, they managed to photo document the burial pit.

A possible bundle burial site

The bone pit is described by one Archeologist as a possible bundle burial site.

The pit goes down 20+ feet and only a small person can make the trip

It goes down 20+ feet and only  a small human can make the trip.

A blockage in the pit prevents rocks and debris from falling in and damaging the artifacts

A blockage in the pit prevents rocks and debris from falling in on and damaging the artifacts.

Looking back up the burial pit

Looking back up the pit.  A safety line was rigged to assist in the descent.

The cavers side of the pit

As interesting as it all is, the cavers still have their pit.  Here it is after being opened up.

Getting ready to remove loose rock around the pit entrance

Getting ready to remove a loose rock hanging over the edge of the pit.

Haul system

A haul system is devised to pull buckets loaded with rock to the surface from 30+ feet down.

Closer view of haul system

Closer view of the haul system rigging.  The buckets being hauled weigh about seventy pounds.

The pit cavers descent into to dig

The pit cavers descend into to dig.  The board is used by someone guiding the rope so buckets clear the walls.


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This page last updated September 15, 2012