Yoga for Cavers

One of the topics at the Event Tent for OTR 2018 will be "Yoga for Cavers".  Are you a bendy, flexy Caver? Or is this something you would like to improve on? The date and time for this is still TBD but I think it will be a well-attended event!  Don't forget to pack your mat and I'll see you at the tent on the mat! 


TRA Membership

Once again this year the TRA Board has allowed me to offer TRA Regular Memberships to new applicants with a discount. If you know of an individual that has been putting off joining or have new interest in joining TRA they can do so with a discount off their OTR 2018 admission. I have created the 2018 EZ Application that’s a simple one page app. The applicant will need to print, fill out & provide all the necessary original paperwork with the exception of proof of age. Also include a check, money order or cashier’s check for $15 and SASE to me by July 31st.  The applicant will also have to have 2 Regular or Lifer TRA members or 1 TRA Trustee to sponsor their application. The sponsor forms are a separate EZ form and may be mailed separate from the applicant’s form to me.  All forms, original application & sponsor forms MUST be in my mailbox no later than July 31st, NOT postmarked, for the application to be considered. If approved the applicant will be granted a…

Event Tent: Call for Presentations and Displays

Once again, there will be an event tent where cavers can give presentations on caving and karst topics. Building on last year's experience, we should have and even better event this year. This is a call for presentations or displays for OTR 2018. We are again asking cavers to suggest topics and sign up to give a presentation or display. Last year we had over 20 presentations!! We are open to all suggestions, but here are some possible topics: - Cave mapping projects
- Cave and karst science research
- Cave art and photography
- Cave conservation
- Foreign expeditions/trips
- Presentations by cave/karst organizations
- Caving equipment
- Caving history We are also interested in poster sessions. If you are a researcher or student working on a thesis, here is a great opportunity to share your work with the greater caving community. Also, cave organizations could provide a display that discusses the goals and work they do, which can help with new membership efforts. Computers, projec…

OTR 2018 Theme

Sarah Mosberg, our 2018 OTR Chair has been planning her Caver meets Steampunk theme since last OTR and the creative juices are flowing! You might be asking, "What is Steampunk, anyway?"  Here is a great write up that she presented at the TRA Board meeting held on March 24.

Steampunk Definition
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, a…