The Virginia Region of the National Speleological Society consists of 40+ local caving groups in and around Virginia and surrounding states. We promote the study and science of speleology, explore and maps caves, protect and conserve caves, manage limited access caves, and generally promote safe caving throughout the region, and promote fellowship and cooperation among all Regional cavers and organizations.
New River Cave Workday
There will be a workday at New River Cave on May 12, 2018, starting at 11 AM to do trail work, improve the river access campsite, and add signage to the preserve. Any and all VAR cavers are encouraged to come out and help. Meet at the parking area at the end of Spruce Run Road, adjacent to the preserve. Following the day's work there will be a campfire and possible a cookout on the property, depending on interest. Contact Jonathan Roberts (jonroberts300 at gmail dot com).
Spring VAR 2018
Thank you to Walker Mountain Grotto for hosting the Spring VAR, 2018 at the Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center in Marion, VA. About 280 cavers from all over showed up, and enjoyed numerous cave trips and a very well run VAR. Congratulations to this relatively new grotto for pulling off such a successful event!
VAR Grand Caverns Spring Restoration Camp 2018
Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to the annual Grand Caverns Spring Restoration Camp ! A lot was accomplished, and the park is grateful.
NCRC Upcoming OCRs
The National Cave Rescue Commission is hosting an upcoming Orientation to Cave Rescue (OCR) events in the Region, June 22-24 in Chambersburg, PA (registration here). Cost is only $60 for the entire weekend. Every caver needs to take this course at least once, and refreshers never hurt!
The Great VAR Sinkhole Cleanup November 18 has been POSTPONED until further notice
The conservation work continues with help from wonderful volunteers! After the last workday the backhoe returned and scooped out some more piles to sort through...so we'll continue to separate plastic, wire and burn wood. Bring gloves, rakes, shovels, chainsaws, wire cutters, 5-gallon buckets, tarps to drag the material on ( may be destroyed in the process) if you have them. Water and snacks provided, food donations always appreciated. Work starts around 9am and cleanup before dark. Sinkhole is in Rockingham, VA. Contact Janet Tinkham (janete - shentel - net) for more info.
2015 Region Record Issues Posted
The 2015 issues of the Region Record have been posted in the Region Record Archives.Thanks to Nikki Fox for her hard work as editor!
To keep things fair for subscribers, only issues over a year old are available on this web site.