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.
VAR Grand Caverns Spring Restoration Camp 2018
The VAR's annual Grand Caverns Spring Restoration Camp is fast approaching! Due to scheduling conflicts at the Caverns, the Spring Restoration Camp will henceforth generally be on the third Saturday in April, not on Easter weekend as in previous years. Come "give back to the cave" while spending an enjoyable day with your friends and eating hardy.
NEW - As a special treat in honor of Virginia Cave Week, Dr. Dan Doctor (USGS, Virginia Cave Board) will offer two geologic interpretive tours of Grand Caverns on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day), one in the morning and one in the afternoon, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Have a question about how the cave formed? Ever wonder what that formation hanging on the wall is called? Interested in knowing more about the Madison Cave Isopod? Want to know what cave drip water can tell us about climate change? Bring your curiosity! Tours for volunteers of Spring Restoration are free. Going on a cave tour with a geologist will be fun and educational. Dan explains complex science in plain language that even I understand!
Please be sure to RSVP so we can have enough food!
Spring VAR 2018
Spring VAR 2018 will be hosted April 27-29, 2018 by Walker Mountain Grotto at the Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center, a private camp located adjacent to Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia. Registration is now open!
NCRC Upcoming OCRs
The National Cave Rescue Commission is hosting two upcoming Orientation to Cave Rescue (OCR) events in the Region, April 13-15 at Chimney Rock State Park, NC (registration here) and June 22-24 in Chambersburg, PA (registration here). Cost for either 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.
Wonderful Fall VAR 2017, Thanks Pine Mountain Grotto!
About 150 people attended the Fall VAR near Spruce Knob. The weather could have not have been better and the moonless sky could not have been brighter with stars. The picnic and dinner were great. Lots of cavers got underground, and there was a grafitti removal project in the Sinks of Gandy. A bit round of applause for our hosts Pine Mountain Grotto for a great VAR!
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.