Welcome to Madison University Student Grotto
We are the Caving Club at James Madison University. Our main objective is to give JMU students and area residents in Harrisonburg, Va., who are interested in caving, a chance to explore the Virginias’ vast underground. We are a member in the Virginia Region (VAR) and a chapter in the National Speleological Society (NSS), a national organization that represents the interests of cavers and promotes caving.
As per UREC guidelines, MUSG cannot meet traditionally. We must use Zoom to conduct meetings and organize trips. Trips are restricted 10 people or less. Carpooling to the cave can only be done amongst roommates, all others have to drive separately. Masks and social distancing are required the entire time together, even when underground.
The Underground World
Solution caves are created by by the action of slowly moving ground water that dissolves the rock along weaknesses such as joints, fractures, faults, and rock layers to form underground passages.