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2013 TSA Spring Convention
April 5 - 7, 2013
Cave Without a Name , 325 Kreutzberg Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

For more information, contact the TSA Vice-Chair at TSA Vice-Chair

Note:  information is subject to change.

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The TSA, founded in 1956, has been bringing cavers 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 spring convention is the annual technical meeting featuring presentations on projects and information on the scientific aspects of caving.

2013 TSA Spring Convention
April 5 - 7, 2013
Cave Without a Name , 325 Kreutzberg Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

Location MAP

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CWAN Pavilion for meetings and dinner CWAN Metal Building for Salons In the pavilion looking out

The Spring Convention will be held on April 6 and 7 at Cave Without a Name near Boerne, Texas, owned by Greater Houston Grotto member Tom Summers.  Mr. Summers has cleared additional area to enlarge his campground and constructed an all-weather, crushed limestone loop road through the facility.  The campground expansion will remove any concerns of overcrowded camping for the meeting.  Potable water will be available at or near the campground via Summer's adjacent home.  Mr. Summers has also contracted with an electrician to extend power service to his new pavilion so that it will be available for the food and auction site.  He has offered a large rain-proof metal building between the campground and the cave for use for the Salons.  Don Arbun has agreed to head up the Photo Salon again, and Marvin Miller will take care of the Map Salon.

The paper sessions will be presented in a suitable room of the cave itself, which is often used for such purposes.  Seating (on chairs already stockpiled in the cave) should be sufficient for those who attend the talks.  The cave room is, of course, already supplied with necessary electrical service.  Mallory Mayeux has lined up a nearly complete roster of exciting speakers for the Saturday sessions, and she will announce the list of speakers and topics by early next week (March 11).

Stefan Cressler has agreed for his cook team to provide meal services for the Saturday night meal.  Cooking will take place adjacent to the pavilion, with picnic tables provided for meal seating.

Saj Zappitello confirmed that she will again be coordinating the TCMA Auction and she has just outlined TCMA activities at the convention:

TCMA will have our spring members' meeting on Sunday morning at the TSA Spring Convention. April 7, time TBA.

The annual TCMA fundraising auction will happen on Saturday evening (April 6), so start setting aside your interesting, cave-related, and most-excellent stuff to donate and planning your allowance for the bidding!

Shiner Beer will again be graciously providing four kegs of their finest at no charge for our enjoyment during the convention.

Fee Information

Individual Registration $16 per person

Family Registration ≥ 3 persons $40

This registration includes camping for Friday and Saturday nights, attendance at the paper sessions during the day on Saturday, the TSA Business Meeting, the Big Meal on Saturday Night followed by the always fun TCMA Auction.

Sunday morning highlights will be the TCMA Breakfast and Meeting, as well as an opportunity to tour Cave Without a Name.

Site Information

Camping at Cave Without A Name, Boerne, TX (Website)!

If you have any questions about facilities, contact TSA Vice-Chair.

Convention Events

Mallory Mayeux is excitingly lining up presenters so if you have a great topic to present, please contact them.

Facility for Saturday Meeting: Inside Cave Without A Name.

Full use of Cave Without A Name campground facilities for Sunday meetings, auction, and meals.

All pets must remain on leash.

Hope to see you there!

Speakers Schedule

Time Speaker Subject
9:00 AM Marvin Miller TSA Project Update: Government Canyon Karst Survey.
9:25 AM Ben Tobin Survey and Exploration of Cave without a Name
9:50 AM Joe Mitchell The Caveatron - An Electronic Cave Mapping Tool for Cavers
10:15 AM Break  
10:30 AM Jean & "Creature" Krejca,
Ellie Thoene,
Lydia Hernandez,
Nathan Van Oort,
Joe Furman
Honey Creek Cave Tank Tiger Extravaganza
11:30 AM Group Photo - Jim Jasek The plan is to gather at the covered pavilion.  I will be using my Konora 8x20 inch camera shooting in traditional B&W film.
11:45 AM
1:30 PM
1:30 PM Bennett Lee Cave Photography 101: How to Take Great Cave Photos (aka, How to Alienate Yourself by Getting Your Friends to Hold Flashes)
2:00 PM Saj Zappitello TCMA, What You Know & What You Know Now
2:20 PM Matt Turner Tips for running beginner trips
2:45 PM Greg Passmore Challenges in Cave Filming
3:10 PM Bob Richards Hawaiian Caving!  Updates on the projects of the Hawaii Speleological Survey
3:40 PM Dr. Thomas Iliffe Deep Caving: a video presentation about the Phantom Cave dive

Map Salon

Photo Salon

TCMA Auction!

Recycle your awesome stuff into caves - Get ready for another incredible TCMA Auction! at the TSA Spring Convention. If you have donations please contact auction@tcmacaves.org.