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The West Virginia Association for Cave Studies (WVACS) is proud to announce that it will be reviving The WVACS Classic this summer! The event will take place Friday night June 10th through Sunday June 12th, 2016.

You might find yourself asking, "what is The WVACS Classic?" Well, The WVACS Classic is an event designed to get new prospective cavers interested into the various projects we do! It also is a way to give you a look at WVACS’s facilities and a taste of what it’s like to cave with WVACS.

There will be digging, survey, and sport trips going on during the WVACS Classic. There will also be a sketchers workshop for those who have always wanted to learn to sketch as well as a vertical workshop at the climbing tower! Lastly there will be a potluck dinner Saturday night followed by a firework show and the typical socializing and storytelling.

Stay tuned for more details on the trips, workshops, and the potluck dinner!

Check back often. More information to come.

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Tri-State Grotto of the NSS is hosting the 2016 Spring VAR at Endless Caverns on April 22-24, 2016.

Pre-registration is $35 for ages 13 and up, $30 for ages 5-12, and FREE for under 5. Onsite prices will be
$40 and $35 for kids. Vegetarian meals are only available if you preregister. The lottery for cave trips into
Endless Caverns is only available to preregistrants. In other words, please preregister! Preregistration ends
April 9th, 2016. Download the registration form and send it in now.

We will be camping in the lower field. The field is flat and mowed. It is a large field so there will be
plenty of room! Camping here is included with registration. There are limited showers available. Please
do not bring pets!

If you would like to camp in one of the Endless camping sites with full hookups please contact Endless
Caverns once you have pre-registered and request a site. Tell them you are with the VAR. Endless will
charge you at a 25% discount!

If you would like a hotel/motel there are 3 in New Market: Budget Inn, Quality Inn & Days Inn. Call
early if you want one.

Inner Mountain Outfitters (http://innermountainoutfitters.com/)
Highline Ropes (https://www.facebook.com/highlineropes)

There will be a Friday night wine tasting at the Recreation Hall. Bring a bottle of wine ($10 or less).
There will be Bluegrass music playing during the event.

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VAR T-shirt available for $15 at Pre-Registration only!

Hank's Smokehouse Southern Grillery will cater the Saturday night dinner at the Recreation Hall. Dinner
will start at 6:00 pm! The dinner will consist of Pork BBQ, Marinated Chicken Breast, Red Skin Mashed
Potatoes, Green Beans & Ham, Chocolate Cake or Spice Cake. There is a Vegetarian meal of Vegetarian
Lasagna which needs to be selected on the Pre-Registration Form. There are several tables and chairs
available. If you want to assure that you have a seat please bring camp chairs! The Recreation Hall will
also be the site for the speaker. There is a large screen and projector available.

Wil Orndorff will be the after dinner presentation. He will talk about the 'Biodiversity of Appalachian
Karst with the Emphasis on the Virginias'.

Door prizes, the 50/50 raffle and the Highline rope raffle will be given out after the dinner and talk! You
must be present to win the door prizes and the highline rope!

After the dinner and the speaker, John Fox will be playing his vibrations until midnight! Because of the
Virginia ABC wanting permits and fees, WE WILL NOT PROVIDE BEER! This solves a lot of
problems. If you like to drink please BYOB! This is a public campground so please be discreet!

Front Royal Grotto has agreed to hold its Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning starting at 8am.
The ever popular VAR Business Meeting will start at 9am in the recreation hall.

There will be a conservation project in Endless Caverns. You will be hiding wiring that is exposed to the
eyes of visitors.

Carl Amundson of the ER-NCRC will be conducting a vertical workshop to help cavers fine tune their
existing climbing systems, practice ascending techniques, and practice change-overs. If you have no
vertical techniques and have the equipment they will teach you.
There will also be a rebelay course set up for those who are inclined to practice and push their limits.
The Vertical Workshop will run from Friday evening until Saturday night.
If you have any questions reply to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grand Caverns
The Factory Antique Mall
Bear Mt Adventures
Shenandoah National Park
Luray Caverns
W & E Vintage Treasures
Shenandoah Heritage Market
Natural Chimneys
Skyline Caverns
Shenandoah Caverns
Natural Bridge & Caverns
Safari Park
Foam Henge
Yellow Barn
Dark Hollow Falls
Elizabeth Furnace
Buzzard Rock
Directions for local attractions will be available at the VAR registration table!

Trips into Endless are available only by lottery through pre-registration. See the
Registation Form for more details.
Fri evening trip into Endless - Moderate to hard with exposure - Must be 18 or over - Lottery
Sat morning trip into Endless - Moderate to hard with exposure - Must be 18 or over - Lottery
Sat afternoon trip into Endless - Moderate to hard with exposure - Must be 18 or over - Lottery
Sun morning trip into Endless

The DC and Baltimore grottoes cordially invite you to the Fall 2019 VAR Sept 26-29 at Friars Hole Cave Preserve in Lobelia, WV.


Pre-registration is now open. Download the registration form now. You can either send the form in with a check by snail-mail, or follow the instructions on the form to use PayPal. Pre-registration price will be $40 for adults and $25 for children 5-14. Under 5 is free. Registration included mandatory VAR membership and the next 4 issues of the Region Record. Pre-registration must be postmarked by September 14, 2019.


T-shirts will be available by pre-order only. Shirts will be solid gray with our designs and are made of a 100% polyester, super-soft athletic, quick-drying, sweat-wicking material that is perfect for caving! T-shirts are available in both mens' and womens' styles, and will be $15 for XS, S, M, L, and XL, and $17 for 2XL, 3XL, and 4XL.

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We will be camping in a large, mowed cow pasture iright next to the cave. Plenty of porta-potties will be supplied. Smaller campers are welcome, but larger RVs might have a difficult time. There are no hookups. This is primitive camping. Bring your own food, water, and everything you need for the weekend, and plan to haul out your own trash. Except for cave trips, please plan to stay for the weekend. There are few stores close by. Stock up in Lewisburg on your way in. This is a BYOB event.

The nearest hotels are in Marlinton, WV and Lewisburg, WV.

We will be opening on Thursday for those who want to come for a long weekend. Cave on your own on Thursday and Friday.Registratio will open Friday.

Friars Hole is the largest cave in West Virginia, with almost 50 miles of passage. There are two entrances immediately adjacent to the campground and several others a short hike away. There are many other great caves with a short distance, including:

  • Culverson Creek
  • Poorfarm
  • Borehole
  • and many more.
  • We are planning on a kids trip somewhere - volunteers needed
  • There has been a special request for a geezers trip - maybe Friday

Confirmed trips include:

  • Bone-Norman thru-trip, Saturday, limit 8, the Devil's Pinch is still tight!
  • Monster Cavern trip, Saturday, limit 6, this is a long, hard trip, NOT for beginners
  • Snedegars Cave Tourist Loop, Saturday, probably 11-3, limit 12
  • Most trips in Friars Hole will be self-serve


Sorry, we invited all the usual vendors, but they unfortunately all had other obligations.

So instead, we will sponsoring our own Yard Sale and Equipment Swap. Bring your unwanted caving, camping, or whatever gear to sell or trade.

Don't want to get dirty? There are lots of other local above ground activities including:


Saturday's dinner will be catered by Blue Roof Caterers and will feature pork and chicken BBQ, a vegetarian option, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, tea, lemonade, and desserts.

After dinner we will move underground for the presentation and IN-CAVE PARTY. Keeley Owens and other possible speakers will discuss the history and recent discoveries in the Friars Hole System. Afterwards, John Fox will DJ your favorite tunes the evening's IN-CAVE party. If you have LED light strings, tea candles, or laser shows, please bring them to add to the ambience!  (label your stuff so you can get it back!). Bring your best glow-in-the-dark or lighted T-shirt.

If the cave is too loud for your, there will also be relaxing outdoors around the bonfire.

BYOB for the evening party and bonfire.


VAR Business Meeting under the big tarps near registration.


Due to lack of volunteers to host, the Fall VAR meeting will be a MEETING ONLY.

The meeting will take place at noon on Saturday, October 17 at the Town Center, 5901 Main Street, Mt. Jackson, VA. This is a meeting only. There will not be any caving, dinner, or party. Bring your own lunch for the meeting.

Primitive camping is available nearby Friday and/or Saturday nights for those who have to travel. Please contact Carol Tiderman for arrangements. The site cannot accomodate RVs or pop-ups. There is a commercial campground at Exit 269 off Interstate 81 for those vehicles.

Coming Up!

varLogoFall VAR 2019

Sept. 26-29, 2019 at Friars Hole Cave Preserve near Lobelia, WV

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