2022 Spring Convention

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The TSA, founded in 1956, has been bringing cavers together from around Texas for over 50 years.  TSA Spring convention is a great time for all of us to come together with family and friends to enjoy group meals, presentations, workshops, new works at the Map & Photo Salon, treasures at the TCMA auction, business meetings, and your favorite vendors.


The 2022 Spring Convention will be returning to Cave Without A Name in Boerne, TX. We have reserved the entire campground for the weekend and will have presentations inside the cave on Saturday. The pavilion is also available for our use both Friday and Saturday evenings.



Online registration is now available. Adult registration is available for $30 and kids under 12 get in free.


  • Friday 4 pm: On-Site Check-in and Campground opens
  • Saturday
    • 8 am - 12 pm: Workshops (Stay tuned for how to sign up)
    • 12 pm - 1 pm: TCMA meeting in the Pavilion
    • 1 pm - 4:30 pm: Presentations
    • 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm: TSA Meeting
    • 6 pm - 7 pm: Dinner catered by Hungry Horse Restaurant in Boerne
    • 7 pm - 7:30 pm: Awards
  • Sunday 12:00 pm (noon): Check-Out and Clean Up


Click here to see the full workshop details and to sign up.

  • Introduction to Cave Photography - Bennett Lee
  • Beginner Cave Survey and Sketching - Dale Barnard
  • Sketching With TopoDroid - Amy Morton
  • Introduction to In-Cave Single Rope Technique - Ethan Perrine
  • Haul Systems, Mechanical Advantage & Tyroleans (high-lines) - Ryan Strenkowski
  • Advanced Vertical World Techniques On Rope -Deviations, Self-Rescue, Pick-Offs, Passing Knots in Systems - Ryan Strenkowski
  • Caver Show and Tell - Bill Steele


  • 1:00 PM: Cliff Caves of the Lower Pecos - Jessica Gordon, Peter Sprouse, John Spence
  • 1:30 PM: Gouffre de Saint Martin System  - Leia Hill
  • 2:00 PM: Emphasizing the Need for Expanded Knowledge of Hypogenic Karst in Texas - Alberto Gaudio and Bethany Carter
  • 2:30 PM: Bad Air - Breathless Underground  - Allan Cobb
  • 3:00 PM: Update On the TSA Projects at Hill Country SNA and Government Canyon SNA - Marvin Miller  
  • 3:30 PM: To take arms against a sea of troubles: Bat conservation efforts in Texas  - Nate Fuller
  • 4:00 PM: Proyecto Espeleologico Sistema Huautla (PESH) - the 2022 Expedition - Bill Steele    



Campsites are first come, first serve. Picnic tables, pavilion, and restrooms will be available. Electricity is not included. For anybody wishing to use the electricity available at the campsites, you must pay the standard nightly camping rate at the Cave Without A Name office.


  • Workshops - participate in morning workshops
  • Speaker Presentations - presentations will be held inside the cave
  • Business Meetings - TSA and TCMA will hold their Spring member's meetings
  • Vendors - buy your favorite publications, T-Shirts, and merchandise from your local Texas caving organizations
  • Map and Photo Salon - Submissions are due Saturday morning with winners announced before the auction.
  • Dinner - dinner will be available on Saturday night for all attendees
  • TCMA Auction - TCMA will host their annual auction

Map Salon

Enter your cave map in this year's map salon. Maps drafted in 2021 and up to the time of the convention will be accepted. There will be prizes! Check here for more information and entry rules.

Photo Salon

Each photographer is limited to 2 entries.

Prints must measure at least 8 x 10 inches, but not larger than 20 x 24 inches. All entries must be mounted, but not framed. They may be matted at the discretion of the entrant. The prints title should appear either on the matte or on the mount directly below the print. The photographer must not be identified on the front of the matte or mount. Lettering should not exceed 0.25 inch in height. The photographers name and the entry number (assigned by the entrant see entry form) must be written on or attached to the back of the mount.

Digital files may be submitted in .JPG or .TIF format.  Be sure to include the entry number of each photo in its filename, and reference the filenames on your entry form.

You should bring your files to convention on a USB flash drive.  All entries must be received at the photo salon location by 10 a.m. on the Saturday of convention.

NOTE: If you are entering in the print category, please also bring digital copies of your photos if at all possible, a USB flash drive.  We will be showing a digital slide show of photo salon entries during the awards presentation before the auction.

TCMA Auction

After dinner there will be an auction benefiting the Texas Cave Management Association. They are seeking awesome cave or not cave related items donations for this great fundraiser. 


Additional discussion available on the Facebook event page.

Need more details? Email Kris Peña, TSA-Vice Chair