Texas Cavers Reunion

The 2023 TCR will be on October 12, 13, 14, 15 at Flat Creek Crossing Ranch near Johnson City, Texas.  This is the site of the 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, and 2011 TCRs.  When you arrive at the turnoff to the ranch, just follow the dang signs!  Note that it is primitive camping only!  There are no cabins, no flush toilets, no showers, no electricity, and no running water.  Plan to bring everything with you that you will need, including water and shade!  TCR will provide porta-potties; we ask for your assistance in keeping them clean for others.  There is plenty of nice water in the creek, so plan to swim or fish if you want.  There are an excellent series of mountain bike trails and old roads on the property, so bring your bikes.  But be sure to respect private property and stay out of all Flat Creek buildings.

We have an excellent lineup of events this year including CaveSim, The Gauntlet and a Cavers Yard Sale as well as the traditional vendors, contests, Saturday evening banquet, mud wrestling and hot tub!  Come on out to socialize with your extended caver family, remember those that are no longer with us, and welcome new ones into the fold.  Bring your own reusable plates, bowls, cups, and utensils for the banquet, and plan to take all your trash and recyclables back home with you.  And don't expect the registration folks or vendors to take credit cards --- BRING CASH!!!

Click here to register now for TCR 2023!

2023 TCR Site Map




What is TCR?


Held every fall, the Texas Cavers Reunion attracts about 300 cavers from Texas, the United States and other countries.  Many Texas caving are also represented, selling books, T-shirts, and other cool merchandise. Saturday features contests for rope climbing, cave surveying, and a speleo-obstacle course, followed by the Caver Feed and Awards Ceremony.  Oh, and don't forget the door prizes!

We are always looking alternate camp site for TCR.  If you know of any other sites that that would be a good place for around 300 or so of your closest friends, let us know. Ideally, we are looking for something in the Texas Hill Country region, easy driving access to campsites, trees (shade), flat-ish areas suitable for tents and campers, and some semblance of remoteness from houses and the public in general. Other things that would be nice include electricity, running water, showers, flush toilets, and a running stream or large pond for swimming.


A Bit of History



The Texas Old Timers' Reunion was organized in 1978 by Gill Ediger, Chuck Stuehm, and Mike Walsh in order to fill a need created by the absence of a TSA Labor Day Project during most of the previous decade. It was felt that the TSA needed a fall caving event to bring Texas cavers together for fun and frolic and social interaction, all an important part of most cavers' caving education and experience.

Over the years, the event grew from the original 90 participants at Luckenbach to well over 500 at some recent gatherings. Years ago the name was quietly changed from TOTR to TCR--the Texas Cavers' Reunion to avoid confusion with the "original" OTR -- Old Timers Reunion -- in West 'by God' Virginia. Although many cavers help with the event, the general philosophy is to try to make the Reunion appear that it just happens spontaneously without any or much direction from anybody.  As Gill was fond of saying, "The only rule is that there are no rules!"


Vertical Competition

Past TCR events have been held at the following locations:

  • 1978 Luckenbach
  • 1979 Cypress Bend Park, New Braunfels
  • 1980, 1981 Reimers' Ranch
  • 1982, 1983 Krause Springs, Spicewood
  • 1984 Blue Hole, Wimberley
  • 1985 Texas Canoe Trails, New Braunfels
  • 1986, 1987 L&L Campground, New Braunfels
  • 1988 - 1993 Lone Man II Ranch, Wimberley
  • 1994 - 1996 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
  • 1997 Little Arkansas, Wimberley
  • 1998 Chalk Bluff Park, Uvalde
  • 1999 - 2000 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
  • 2001 - 2002 Horseshoe Ranch, Luling (near)
  • 2003 Honey Creek Water Cave
  • 2004 - 2005 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
  • 2006 Honey Creek Water Cave
  • 2007 - 2009 Paradise Canyon Recreation Park
  • 2010 Hidden Falls Adventure Park
  • 2011 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City
  • 2012 - 2013 Paradise Canyon, San Antonio
  • 2014 Guadalupe River RV Park & Campgrounds, Spring Branch
  • 2015 - 2019 Paradise Canyon, San Antonio
  • 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19
  • 2021 - 2022 Camp Sol Mayer, Menard
  • 2023 Flat Creek Ranch, Johnson City