After you have been caving a while, you will rack up a list of caves you have successfully explored. The grotto likes to recognize your accomplishment! These awards encourage keeping a log of cave trips and exploration of Alabama caves. We have three different awards, one for horizontal caving and two for vertical caving (one of which is attainable, the other is EXTREMELY prestigious). You must have been an NSS member at the time you visited the caves and you must have followed safe caving practices on the cave trip.
The award and prestige are free, but each award has also has an associated patch, which can be purchased for $3.00. Huntsville Grotto members get one patch free with the award.
Horizontal Twelve Award
Vertical 8 Award
The requirements for the Vertical Eight Award are:
- Any five Alabama pit caves, all of which are more than 100 foot single pitch (in other words, the pit must be at least 100 feet of total depth; two pits in the same cave that add up to 100 feet total do not count).
- Two Alabama pit caves that are more than 200 feet single pitch.
- One Alabama cave with more than 400 feet in total depth (multi-drop cave systems count for this depth requirement).
- You must personally rig at least one of the pits.
Get a copy of the Vertical Eight Award application (note: you can fill out many of the fields within Adobe Acrobat Reader itself).
Classic 8 Award