MAR/VAR tentatively rescheduled for Spring 2022.
Refunds for the 2021 Fall VAR have been sent.
May 20-22, 2022
Grand Caverns, Grottoes, VA
The Spring MAR/VAR 2022 has been tenatively rescheduled for May 20-22, 2022 at Grand Caverns, Grottoes, Virginia, hosted by the Seven Valleys and Charlottesville Grottos. The COVID situation will be evaluated next spring and an official announcement will be made. All details obviously are subject to change.
Grand Caverns currently requires reservations and masks for all tours in Grand Caverns itself. Masks must be worn in the park's bathouses. All COVID restrictions are subject to change, and restrictions for the MAR/VAR are being discussed and will be updated soon. Please stay tuned.
Due to the tenative nature of the Spring VAR, pre-registration is not open at this time. Prices may change. Pre-registration price is $33 for adults and $25 for children 5-14. Children under 5 are free. To qualify for the pre-registration price, registrations must be post marked by October 1st, 2021. We cannot guarantee dinner or a t-shirt for those who do not make the pre-registration deadline.
On-site registration is $38 per for adults and $30 for children 5-14.
T-Shirts will be available but guaranteed only with pre-registration. Shirts will be light grey 50:50 cotton:polyester with the design shown to the right.
Cost is $15 XS through XL and $17.5 to $19.50 for larger sizes.
Shaded camping is available with ample picnic tables, shelters, and facilities. Smaller campers are welcome, but larger RVs might have a difficult time in that there are no hook-ups. Showers and water will be available.
Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome!
There are a number of h/motels in Harrisonburg and Verona VA (~10 miles from Grottoes, VA).
Friday, May 20
We will open the weekend on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for those who want to come for a long weekend. Cave on your own on Friday.
Well, you will be at Grand Caverns! And there are so many caves nearby! Commercial caves in bold
- Grand Caverns, tours for a reduced fee
- Fountain Cave, at Grand Caverns, no fee
- Caverns at Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge, VA
- Dixie Caverns, Salem, VA
- Endless Caverns, New Market, VA
- Luray Caverns, Luray, VA
- Seneca Caverns, Riverton, WV
- Smoke Hole Caverns, Seneca, WV
- Skyline Caverns, Front Royal, VA
- Bathers Cave
- Crossroads Cave
- Glade Cave
- Hamilton Cave
- Keys Cave
- New Trout Cave
Project work in Grand Caverns
Don’t want to get down and dirty? Don’t blame you; there is so much to do above-ground!
- Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, Harrisonburg VA
- Rout 151 Tour Caver Beverages!
- Hiking - Mountain View Park, Furnace Mountain Summit
- Crozet Tunnel
- River Access/Fishing/Paddling on the South Fork Shenandoah River.
- Natural Chimneys in Mount Solon, VA
- Marissa Loftus
- Cave packs
- Survey bags
- Ask about custom made cave suits
Saturday, May 21
Saturday's dinner will be catered by Battarbee's
- Chicken Bake
- Mashed Potatoes
- Green Beans
- Drinks: Iced Tea & Lemonade>
While we will attempt to accommodate all the hungry cavers, only those who pre-register will be guaranteed a meal.
Evening Program – Pavilion II
Presentation Titled “Thomas Jefferson, Speleologist” by Bert Ashbrook
In search of a DJ to keep John Fox’s legacy alive.
SUNDAY, May 22
Pennsylvania Cave Conservancy (PCC) will offer a fundraising breakfast. Suggested donation: $5/person
- Orange Juice
VAR & PCC meetings beginning at 9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday at Pavilion I
Now that you have upgraded your gear, it’s time to spread the joy! Bring your gear to sell or trade!