The 2017 Spring VAR will be held April 28-30 at Thorns Springs Park in Franklin, WV.
Preregistration is now open. Download the registration form and mail it in before you forget. Pre-registration will end April 8th. Adults are $35 and children 6-16 are $25 in advance, and prices will go up to $40/$30 at the door. Children 5 and under are free. See the registration form for details on cabins. Please make all checks payable to "Baltimore Grotto."
There are plenty of wooded campsites aroung the park, next to a babbling brook. Camping is included with registration. The campground has a bath house with flush toilets and hot showers. Seven electric hookups are available for campers and RVs for $5. No sanitation disposal is available. Fires are only permitted in the available fire rings, and firewood is available for $10 per wheelbarrow load from the park office. Please do not bring firewood from elsewhere to minimize the risk of spreading invasive bugs.
Thorn Springs has about 10 cabins, and the VAR has reserved most of them. 8 bunk cabins are $40 and 16 bunk cabins are $80 for the weekend. SORRY! All the cabins have been rented as of February 27.
There are 2 motels in Franklin, only a few miles away, if camping doesn't suit you.
Inner Mountain Outfitters plans to attend.
We are still working on other vendors.
Wie will have a Make-Your-Own T-shrt Station with markers, paints, and plenty of cave-related stencils, etc. Bring your own blank T-shirt to start with. Michaels has plain T-shirts in a rainbow of plain colors for only about $5, sometimes as low as $2-3 on sale.
John Fox spinning the tunes for dancing and socializing, cave trip sign ups
SATURDAY CONSERVATION TRIPS:
There will be a conservation project at the Trout Rocks Cave Preserve to fix fencing, plant tress, and remove grafitti.
SATURDAY CAVE TRIPS:
Nikki Fox and Chris Coates will lead a trip to Sites Cave (advanced vertical, and strictly limited)
David Smallwood will lead a trip to Cave Rat Cave.
McCoys Mill Cave is within walking distance of Thorn Springs.
Kee Cave is 5 minutes away.
Blood Cave is 5 mintues away.
The NSS Trout Cave Preserve is 5 minutes away. Come help with the conservation project!
Organizer Tommy Carpenter is actively seeking trip leaders. If you are willing and able to lead a trip, please contact Tommy at ibaskateboarder [at] yahoo [dotcom]
The ER-NCRC will be hosting onsite vertical practice to help you practice your techniques, or optimize your vertical system.
Dinner will be served in the big pavillion, which has plenty of picnic tables.After Dave Socky's presentation, the evening will continue with John Fox spinning your favorite dance tunes.
Dave Socky will give a presentation on Catawba Murder Hole and show the new movie "Murder Hole," which he filmed.
There will NO pancake breakfast Sunday, but we may have coffee for everyone - please bring your own mug.
VAR Business Meeting in the big pavillion.