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Explore local caves with a HydroGeologist

There has been a schedule change due to inclement weather.  If you can't go on Saturday the 10th, then perhaps the same outing on the next day would be better. I will be emailing members who were going on this event to let them know what time later I will be posting Sunday's outing on the calendar.  Please check your schedule and change your RSVP if needed.  Thank you.

Nico Hauwert and I are repeating this outing multiple times later because there is enough interest.  

This is a tour of three different caves, all within a mile of the intersection of Slaughter and Mopac.  All of these caves have been restored by removing trash and sediment by a team of volunteers led by Nico Hauwert. He will be leading us through these caves.  He will provide all the necessary equipment.  He has described this trip as involving "only a little crawling and mostly fairly large open caves". 

There is a $10 dollar fee for accessing the cave on the grounds of Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.  All of the other caves are free to access. 

 For more information you can read: “Austin’s Underground Frontier” and “Secrets of Goat Cave Karst Preserve”: Save Barton Creek Association Newsletter, V. 36. Issue 1. http://www.savebartoncreek.org/about-us/newsletters/  

The caves are as follows: LaCrosse Cave (Wildflower Center), Live Oak Cave (1 block west of Mopac and Davis Lane.), and Grassy Cove (Slaughter and Escarpment).

Nico Hauwert is a HydroGeologist and has been studying and working with the Edwards Aquifer for 25 years.  His efforts to expose these caves has not come easy and he would love to show you them and field any questions you might have.

There will be two waivers to sign when you go, one from Nico Hauwert and one from Sierra Club.  Children can attend if parents sign their forms.  

Be prepared to get a little dirty, so dress appropriately and make sure you wear closed-toed shoes. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call me at[masked]-6191.

There is a limited amount of gear, so Do Not RSVP unless you're certain that you will attend.  RSVP's will be tracked. Persons who No-Show or cancel with less than 24 hours notice will be noted and may be removed from future events


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  • jawad ul h.

    Also I hv uploaded all pics so enjoy!

    3 · Yesterday

    • Birgit G.

      Thanks for the pics😀

      Yesterday

    • Patty

      Wonderful pix. Thanks!

      53m ago

  • jawad ul h.

    Andrew & Nico it was great experience thanks for putting it up here.

    Yesterday

  • Cynde

    Thoroughly enjoyed today's outing....even the getting down and dirty part. Far exceeded my expectations. Thank you so much Andrew for coordinating and to Nico for sharing his knowledge and time!

    1 · Yesterday

  • Birgit G.

    I got dirtier than planned ... but lots of fun and nice group of people

    Yesterday

  • Fran

    EXCELLENT outing! Much thanks for setting this up, Andrew and for your leadership, Nico!

    1 · Yesterday

  • Els

    did not know there are so manny caves in austin
    was a great meet up

    1 · Yesterday

  • Patty

    Thank you, Andrew and Nico, for this fascinating, enlightening and incredibly cool tour!

    1 · Yesterday

  • Andrew

    Time change due to weather conditions. Please update your RSVP status if you can't go on December the 10th

    December 1

    • Nicholas L.

      Anyone driving from North Austin?

      2 days ago

    • jawad ul h.

      I am driving from round rock

      2 days ago

  • DR G.

    Made other plans. Hv fun

    1 · 4 days ago

  • jennifer w.

    I would really love to come if you do this again!!

    November 28

    • Andrew

      I am definitely up for that, but I have to coordinate with the gentleman who has access to these caves. So we'll see .

      1 · November 28

    • Andrew

      Sunday the 11th of this outing is up

      December 3

  • Andrew

    So, it'll be cold and rainy on Saturday. Nico Hauwert is still up for hosting this with me and has said none of the caves should be getting water going into them unless there was a flooding event. So if you're up for bringing rain gear for the walk to the caves, you're still welcome to come. If not, change your RSVP. On Friday, we'll have a better weather forecast and if it's going to be pouring, we'll cancel.

    November 30

  • Amanda Estrada (.

    Is there there anyway to get rememinders via txt message

    November 27

    • Andrew

      not sure, I don't think so

      November 30

  • George

    I'd really like to go but I can't make it that day. Please do consider a repeat!

    2 · November 21

  • Alice D

    Have to cancel due to another commitment, but hope you post a second event after the holidays. Have fun!

    November 30

  • Andrew

    I will be contacting the gentleman named Nico about under what conditions would we have to cancel/reschedule, so stay tuned. Rain is predicted for Saturday, but if it's just sprinkling, it should be OK.

    November 29

  • Brad K.

    Please repeat!! My wife and I have always wondered if there was any way to tour these caves or volunteer for cleanups and monitoring.

    November 29

  • Bruce

    I removed my +1 so there is room for another person.

    November 28

  • Thu-Hong N.

    Please have this again! :)

    November 26

  • Sae

    Please have this again! Sounds awesome

    November 26

  • DR G.

    Please do again :)

    November 26

  • Bruce

    What gear is provided? In case we have our own.

    November 22

    • Andrew

      A helmet and a headlamp is provided.

      November 22

    • Bruce

      Thanks Andrew. I will supply gear for myself and my + 1 so that you have more gear for others.

      November 22

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