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ASF Vertical Course

The ASF is running a vertical course.  If you are interested please see the details in the PDF flyer and respond directly to them.

Speleo Council at Wombeyan And Working Bee

The next Speleo Council meeting is scheduled for Sunday 5th of May at Wombeyan and there is some talk of a working bee to be run in conjunction with the meeting.  See the email from Denis:

With the next NSW Speleo Council meeting due to be held at Wombeyan Caves on Sunday 5th May there are plans to do some cave cleanup work on the Saturday in some of the tourist caves, removing old wiring and switch gear etc. There may also be some above ground projects as well.

If you are interested please contact me so that I can liaise with Denis.

eSpeleo 5 for 2012

The ASF has just published the 5th eSpeleo newsletter for 2012 and we’ve mirrored it.

Cave Surveying Course for October

HCG and Hills Speleos are running another cave surveying course at Bungonia.  This time is is scheduled for the 13th and 14th October with RSVPs closing on the 8th of October.  Full details are available as a printable PDF.

Pre-Cavers Dinner Social Trips

It looks like HCG will also be organising a number of pre-Cavers Dinner caving trips.  If you are interested please contact UTSSS, otherwise the invitation from Joe Sydney is:

It appears that the Seamus our annual cavers dinner guest speaker wants to go caving so will be coming to Sydney a day earlier. I’ve decided that we’ll do a day trip to Bungonia on Friday 26th October and do Drum Cave/Extension and The Ovens sea caves if tide allows on the Saturday. Let’s hope that we don’t get stuck in Drum cave eh!

Annual Cavers Dinner for 2012

The Annual Cavers Dinner has just been announced and will be hosted by HCG.  it is scheduled to be held on Saturday October 27th at the Golden Terrace Chinese Restaurant, Georges Hall.  RSVPs are required for catering before the 22nd October and costs are $28 and $20 for adults and children, respectively.

Seamus Breathnach, from the VSA, will be discussing his most recent expedition to the caves of Kosua, Papua New Guinea.

Full details are available within the PDF flyer.

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ASF eSpeleo #4/2012

The ASF has just published its fourth issue of the eSpeleo for 2012 and we have mirrored the PDF.

ASF E-Speleo 2012 Ed3

The ASF has posted the third edition of its e-speleo for 2012.

Trogalong: Officially Open for Registrations

From the Convenor:

The TROGalong website is officially open for registration and information for prospective attendees.

If you do not wish to register online you may wait for the paper version in the next Caves Australia due out in the next few weeks

Thanks and we hope to see you at TROGalong.

29th Biennial ASF Conference

29th Biennial Conference Of The Australian Speleological Federation Inc.

6th – 11th January 2013 – Galong. NSW. Australia

Hosted by the New South Wales Speleological Council

If you have an interest in caves and caving the 29th Biennial Speleology Conference of the Australian Speleological Federation (ASF) is an event not to be missed. The organising committee invites you to get along to TROGalong, at the St Clements Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong, NSW from Sunday 6th to Friday 11th January 2013.

This national conference provides an ideal forum for anyone with an interest in the science or exploration of caves to share in the knowledge, research and exploration experiences of Australia’s caves and karst landforms. International presenters will also be most welcome. Presentations will be variable and nominally 20 minutes duration although longer presentations may be negotiated. Absentee presentations may also be accommodated. Posters are encouraged and will be displayed throughout the duration of the conference.

Artists are also welcome to present cave related artwork (commission applies to any sales).

Be sure to enter the cave photography competition, speleo sports and prusik events.

Experience some of NSW tourist or wild caves on the pre and post conference field trips.

All accommodation, meals and conference events will be on site so there will be lots of opportunity for socialising and relaxing. The venue has comfortable motel style accommodation with some limited camping option, an in-ground swimming pool and extensive gardens set on the peaceful 800 acre rural property with a rich pastoral history dating back to the 1820’s. The venue was also a former Monastery and Minor Seminary.

Further details on costs, closing date for abstracts, program and events will be advised shortly. Please visit

Students, researchers and speleological club members are strongly encouraged to submit presentations or workshops on any cave-related topic. The ASF administers a small grants scheme to encourage attendance at and active participation in ASF conferences by new ASF members who have not attended any previous ASF conference. The grant provides for whole or part remission of conference registration fees and travel costs etc., and personal attendance and an appropriate presentation is required. Enquiries to the conference organising committee are invited. Please contact the conference convenor, Bob Kershaw in the first instance ([email protected]).