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 has just reached the base of Neversink using her Petzl Stop. (photo - Dennis Welch)

Sharon Welch "RopeWalking" out of Neversink towards a warm Alabama afternoon. She has nearly reached a quarter of the way up. Note the spectacular waterfall on the right. (photo - Dennis Welch)

Sharon Welch climbing 162 feet out of Neversink. She has nearly reached half-way. Note the spectacular waterfall on the right. (photo - Dennis Welch)

Headed back to Huntsville from Neversink at dusk, Dennis Welch captures a beautifully vivid rainbow with a mist rising from at least two caves in the hills below.  (photo - Dennis Welch) Unknown cavers on the left.  Then, left-to-right is Sharon Welch checking her light, Dennis Welch getting out his camera, Peter "Mudpuppy" Michaud buckling his helmet and Bob "Nuke" Thompson looking on at the entrance to Tumbling Rock Cave in Jackson County, Alabama.  (photo - Beatriz Farfan) Some of the pretties in Tumbling Rock Cave.  (photo - Beatriz Farfan)

Headed back to Huntsville from Neversink at dusk, Dennis Welch captures a beautifully vivid rainbow with a mist rising from at least two caves in the hills below. (photo - Dennis Welch)

Unknown cavers on the left. Then, left-to-right is Sharon Welch checking her light, Dennis Welch getting out his camera, Peter "Mudpuppy" Michaud buckling his helmet and Bob "Nuke" Thompson looking on at the entrance to Tumbling Rock Cave in Jackson County, Alabama. (photo - Beatriz Farfan)

Some of the pretties in Tumbling Rock Cave. (photo - Beatriz Farfan)

Betty Farfan in the jaws of the big black ________.  You fill in the blank!    (photo - Daniel Veelik)

Betty Farfan disappears through a small hole into an upper passage on the way to the King's Shower, a 400-foot dome with a spectacular waterfall in Tumbling Rock Cave. (photo - Daniel Veelik)

A gorgeous unique colorful stalagmite in Tumbling Rock Cave. The mist in the foreground was from an exhale. (photo - Daniel Veelik & Beatriz Farfan)

Betty Farfan in the jaws of the big black ________. You fill in the blank! (photo - Daniel Veelik)

Twin waterfalls criss-cross as they spill into the entrance sink at Sinking Cove Cave, Franklin Co., TN.  (photo - Michael D. Smith) Mary, a.k.a. "Thumper" strikes a pose among the pretties in Sinking Cove.  (photo - Michael D. Smith) A brave caver (possibly Luc, a Canadian) wading the stream exit of Sinking Cove.  (photo - Michael D. Smith)

Twin waterfalls criss-cross as they spill into the entrance sink at Sinking Cove Cave, Franklin Co., TN. (photo - Michael D. Smith)

Mary, a.k.a. "Thumper" strikes a pose among the pretties in Sinking Cove. (photo - Michael D. Smith)

A brave caver (possibly Luc, a Canadian) wading the stream exit of Sinking Cove. (photo - Michael D. Smith)

Cavers take a break at a beautiful stop in Sinking Cove.  (photo - Michael D. Smith)

Cavers take a break at a beautiful stop in Sinking Cove. (photo - Michael D. Smith)

Using his own equipment, noted cave photographer, Michael D. Smith, had an unknown caver shoot this photo of him.

Mary, a.k.a. "Thumper" admires an impressive terraced flowstone in Sinking Cove. (photo - Michael D. Smith)


This page last updated September 15, 2012