Well… the weather cooperated right up until Wednesday evening, and sure enough, the Convention site was baptized by a pretty significant set of thunderstorms, which dropped over two inches of rain in as many days, and meant for some pretty soggy attendees. Although compared to last year’s wind storm, it is safe to say that most of the smiles on peoples’ faces remained intact.
During the week we saw some outstanding presentations put on by world experts in their field. Of note was the Luminary Series talk by world-renowned geologist Art Palmer, “A Life in the Dark.”
Also of particular significance was the presentation of “No Place on Earth” by Director and NSS Member Chris Nicola. This compelling film about Jewish families who hid in caves in order to avoid being sent to Nazi concentration camps was shown to packed audiences.
Another significant annual Convention event was the Junior Speleological Society’s “Caving With the Prez” event with NSS President, Wm Shrewsbury. Eight JSS participants, along with parents, joined Wm for a trip to Rupert Cave.
Thursday is always a big day at Convention, as it is the day the Salons get to show off for the evening programs in all their glory. Some of this year’s winners and honorable mention entries are available online on the 2013 NSS Photo Salon Winners page.
As we came to the latter part of Friday, the big event Friday evening was the NSS Convention Banquet. There, the major annual awards were presented, and new NSS Fellows were announced.
As always, a picture is worth a thousand words, so it is said, so please enjoy the photos from the last few days of the NSS Convention.
Dave Hughes introduces Arthur Palmer for the first Luminary Series talk of the 2013 NSS Convention. Photo by Lee Boop
Intrepid JSS junior cavers join NSS President Wm Shrewsbury in Rupert Cave. Photo by Dean Wiseman
NSS President Wm Shrewsbury reviews the Rupert Cave map with some JSS “Caving with the Prez” participants. Photo by Dean Wiseman
“No Place On Earth” director, Chris Nicola, discusses the making of the film. Photo by Lee Boop
NSS Headquarters Commission Chair, Dave Haun, updates NSS Members about the future NSS Headquarters Facility. Photo by Lee Boop
The NSS Vertical Section hosts seminars and vertical contests at the NSS Convention every year. Photo by Lee Boop
Cave photographer and explorer Peter Jones reviews an in-cave photo with participants in the Cave Photography Workshop. Photo by Dean Wiseman
CaveSim is a computerized simulator designed to show people when and how they can impact caves as they traverse through cave passages. It sends a powerful message about just how much people can impact caves if they are not careful. Photo by Lee Boop
A young caver reviews his CaveSim “score.” Photo by Dean Wiseman
The NSS Fine Arts Salon includes a T-shirt section, in addition to more “traditional” media. Photo by Dean Wiseman
Collaborative painting project is ongoing in the Fine Arts Salon. Here painters–and would-be painters–can join together to create art. Photo by Dean Wiseman
NSS Video Salon discussion/critique. Photo by Lee Boop
What to do? It’s always a challenge to decide where and what to attend at the NSS Convention. There’s just so much! Photo by Lee Boop
NSS Cartography Salon critique session. Photo by Lee Boop
NSS Board of Directors, after concluding its summer business. Photo by Lee Boop
If you’d like more information, you can always visit nss2013.caves.org or check out the NSS Facebook page for more photos and highlights.