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Spring Restoration at Endless Caverns

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Who: Cavers of VAR
What: Spring Restoration at Endless Caverns
When: April 23, 2022 at 9 a.m. promptly!
Where: New Market, Virginia (just south of the town at Exit 264 from the North, or 257
from the South off I-81. Take Route 11 to Endless Caverns Road and follow that to the
end)
Why: Maintain caving community ties to local commercial caverns/cave conservancies
and exchange knowledge about good cave conservation techniques

Details About What We’ll Do
Endless Caverns managers are compiling a list of possible chores that may include
algae abatement, trail maintenance/improvement, formation repair, surface sprucing, or
light carpentry. Come prepared to work; bring shovels, rakes, clippers, and work gloves.
Vaccinated and boosted volunteers are preferred.

Camping Info
Free tent camping (bring your own tables and chairs) on April 22-23 (Friday/Saturday)
If you have a camper or RV-type dwelling, there will be a charge.
Based on weather forecasts, consider bringing canopies for meals.
Please let us know if you plan to camp Friday, Saturday, or both nights.

Lunch
VAR will provide a hearty lunch for the participants. Please let Carol This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
know you are coming so she knows how much food to order. Indicate if you are a
vegetarian. Please us know if you plan to stay for dinner too.

Questions?
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May 20-22, 2022
Grand Caverns,
Grottoes, VA

 

Overview

The Spring MAR/VAR 2022 is scheduled for May 20-22, 2022 at Grand Caverns, Grottoes, Virginia, hosted by the Seven Valleys and Charlottesville Grottos. All details are subject to change as more information become available. Check back often for updates!

COVID

  • All Grand Caverns staff and visitors are required to wear face masks while indoors (including bath houses) if they are not vaccinated. Please be respectful of the choices made by others and staff while visiting.

  • The cavern, gift shop, and cavern entrance building all have enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and sanitization protocols to ensure the safety of guests and staff.

  • FDA approved disinfectants are being used in all areas of cleaning.

  • Handrails in the cavern, all doorknobs, counter tops, bathrooms, and other high-touch areas are disinfected regularly throughout the day.

  • Hand sanitizing stations are located in the gift shop and cavern entrance building.

Registration

Pre-registration is now CLOSED. Please register on-site. On-site registration is $38 for adults and $30 for children 5-14.

T-Shirts

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 $17.00 for larger sizes.

Camping

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.

Dogs

Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome! You MUST clean up after your pets. Pets must be kept on a leash and restrained at all times. No pets (with the exception of service animals) are allowed in the caverns, gift shop, or pool area.

Hotels

There are a number of hotels and motels in Harrisonburg and Verona VA (~10 miles from Grottoes, VA).

Alcohol

The park is under new management and alcohol is strictly prohibited on park grounds in accordance with Virginia State Law-"consumption or possession of an open alcoholic beverage in public is prohibited, regardless of age."
We expect the local police to make periodic passes. Please leave your alcohol at home this time.

Caving

Sign up for led cave trips Friday evening starting at 9:00 PM.

Commercial Caves

  • Grand Caverns, tours for a reduced fee ($11 – ages 13 & older, $8 – ages 6-12, 5 & under free) MAR/VAR tour times will be Saturday 9:30am, 12:30pm, & 3:00pm and will accommodate up to 25 people. Other tour times will be offered for participants but will include the general public.
  • Fountain Cave,at Grand Caverns, tours for a reduced fee ($25 – must be 12 or older to participate). MAR/VAR tour times will be 9:15am, 11:30am, 1:45pm & 4:00pm and will accommodate up to 15 people. All participants will be required to sign a safety waiver.
  • 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

Wild Caves

  • Breathing Cave
  • Crossroads Cave
  • Glade Cave
  • Hamilton Cave
  • New Trout Cave
  • Kee Cave

Other Activities

Don’t want to get down and dirty? Don’t blame you; there is so much to do above-ground!

Vendors

  • Sophireaptress - unique caving gear and fashion accessories
  • Bash Gear LLC - a purveyor of cave packs, suits, knee pads, and more. Hand sewn in the USA
  • Karst Woodcraft - original wood burned designs and stickers
  • Others TBD

Friday, May 20

We will open the weekend on Friday at noon for those who want to come for a long weekend. Cave on your own on Friday.

Led Cave Trips

  • Porters Cave

All other caving is on your own.

Cave Trip Signup

Time and place TBD

DJ

DJ Tommy Carpenter will be on site to entertain, keeping John Fox’s legacy alive.

Saturday, May 21

SWAP

11:00 a.m. at Pavilion I. Now that you have upgraded your gear, it’s time to spread the joy! Bring your gear to sell or trade!Dinner

Led Cave Trips

  • Butler Cave
  • Endless Caverns (wild section)
  • Fountain Cave (**additional fee applies**)
  • Grand Caverns (**additional fee applies**)
  • Madison Saltpeter Cave
  • Porters Cave
  • Trout Cave
  • Hamilton Cave

All other caving is on your own.

Conservation Project

On Saturday, May 21 please join the VAR Conservation team for a collaborative effort between VAR Cavers, DCR Natural Heritage Staff and members of the Cave Conservancy of the Virginias. Together we’ll do conservation work at the Cave Hill Natural Area Preserve which is within walking distance of the MAR/VAR campground! Some of the work we’ll tackle will include:

  • Stabilizing sinkhole above Steger’s Fissure and other sites between Steger’s Fissure and Weyers Cave Road
  • Trail/access work to better delineate the route to the cave
  • Clean up a squatter’s shack hidden in one of the cedar thickets
  • Endangered species management

Wear gloves, closed toe shoes, and clothing to protect from thickets and possible poison ivy etc. Bring water, snacks, bug spray.

DCR has some tools that can be used for the demolition of the structure such as chainsaws, sledge hammers, angle grinder, battery powered drills, and pry bars. It would be helpful if volunteers could bring tools of their own if possible, such as:  hammers, pry bars, battery powered circular or reciprocating saws, loppers, pruners, shovels, rakes, weed wrench. 

As an added bonus, Lunch will be provided for all participants!

Cave Survey Competition

Test your cave survey skills!  Location will be in the campground.  Details available at event.

Dinner

Saturday's dinner will be catered by Battarbee's

  • Roasted Chicken
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Dessert
  • Drinks: Iced Tea & Lemonade

* Vegetarian option upon request

** For those who are willing/able, we ask that you bring your own plate and silverware to use for Saturday’s dinner to help reduce the amount of waste generated during the MAR/VAR event.  We can all do our part to reduce the amount of trash going into landfills.  Thank you!
 
While we will attempt to accommodate all the hungry cavers, only those who pre-register will be guaranteed a meal.

Evening Program – Pavilion II

Carl Pierce will regale us with tales and photos of his Vietnam Caving Expedition!

DJ

DJ Tommy Carpenter will be on site to entertain, keeping John Fox’s legacy alive.

SUNDAY, May 22

Breakfast

Pennsylvania Cave Conservancy (PCC) will offer a fundraising breakfast. Suggested donation: $5/person

  • Pancakes
  • Sausage
  • Orange Juice
  • Coffee

** For those who are willing/able, we ask that you bring your own plate and silverware to use for Saturday’s dinner to help reduce the amount of waste generated during the MAR/VAR event.  We can all do our part to reduce the amount of trash going into landfills.  Thank you!

Meetings

VAR & PCC meetings beginning at 9:00 a.m.

SWAP

9:00 a.m. at Pavilion I. Now that you have upgraded your gear, it’s time to spread the joy! Bring your gear to sell or trade!

Chronological history of past VAR meetings, with attendances

Date

Location

Host(s)

Total Attendance

Pre-Registered

9/29/2019

Friars Hole Cave Preserve, Jacox, WV

Baltimore & DC Grottoes

200+

~75%

4/28/2019

Camp Powhattan Boy Scout Camp, Hiwassee, VA

James River Grotto

170 + 10 kids

132 (73%)

9/23/2018

New River Junction Campground, Blacksburg, VA

VPI Cave Club

180 + 8 kids

162 (86%)

4/29/2018

Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center, Marion, VA

Walker Mountain Grotto

280 (est)

216 (77%)

9/24/2017

Experience Learning, Spruce Knob, WV

Pine Mountain Grotto

150 (est)

 

4/30/2017

Thorn Springs Park, Franklin, WV

Tommy Carpenter

265

150 (57%)

10/2/2016

Poorfarm Festival Grounds, Unus, WV

Greenbrier Valley Grotto

(no report)

 

4/24/2016

Endless Caverns, VA

Tri-State

302

 

10/17/2015

Mt. Jackson, VA (meeting only)

VAR

12

 

4/26/2015

Natural Bridge, VA

BATS

268

211 (79%)

10/12/2014

Rich Mountain Battlefield, WV

Monongahela Grotto

   

4/13/2014

RASS Fieldstation, Bath County, Virginia

RASS

   

9/28/2013

Greenbrier Festival Grounds, Williamsburg, WV

VPI

115 VAR
70 YTR

 

5/19/2013

Boy Scout Camp between Huntersville & Dunmore, Pocahontas Co, WV

Tri-State

184

 

9/23/2012

Lexington, VA

Rolland Moore

108

59 (55%)

9/23/2012

Williamsburg, WV

Tri-State

226

 

11/15/2011

RASS Field Station, VA

RASS

142

 

5/23/2011

Durbin, WV

Front Royal

247

 

10/3/2010

Friars Hole, WV

DC & Baltimore Grottos

263

188 (71%)

5/23/2010

Fairlea, WV

Bubble Cave, LLC

330

223 (67%)

9/27/2009

Strasburg, VA

BATS & Dingo Grotto

101

 
         

3/26/2009

Grottoes, VA (Grand Caverns)

Members of the VAR

221

96 (43%)

10/19/2008

Covington, VA

Blue Ridge & James River Grottos

276

158 (57%)

6/5/2008

Bristol, VA

Mountain Empire Grotto, with Appalachian Cave Conservancy and Flittermouse Grotto

   

10/12/2007

Dailey, WV (OTR site), joint MAR/VAR

Philadephia & Triangle Trogodytes

280

194 (69%)

4/27/2007

Durbin, WV (East Fork Campground)

Front Royal Grotto

280

154 (55%)

9/22/2006

Glen Lyn, VA (Town Park)

VPI Cave Club

180

111 (62%)

4/28/2006

Grottoes, VA (Grand Caverns)

VAR Grand Survey Project

363

143 (39%)

9/23/2005

Bath County, VA (RASS field station)

RASS

283

 

4/29/2005

Fairlea, WV (WV State Fair)

Bubble Cave, LLC

   

10/24/2004

Tucker County, WV (Camp Kidd)

Monongahela Grotto

   

4/23/2004

Grottoes, VA (Grand Caverns)

Tri-State Grotto

   

9/26/2003

Rural Retreat, VA

Front Royal Grotto

   

5/9/2003

Dailey, WV (OTR site)

PSC & DC Grotto

   

9/29/2002

New Market, VA (Endless Caverns)

BATS & FRG

262

 

4/29/2002

Grottoes, VA (Grand Caverns)

WVCC

   

9/28/2001

Bath County, VA (RASS field station)

RASS

   

5/6/2001

Cumberland Gap, TN

Pine Mountain Grotto

116

 

9/24/2000

Maxwellton, VA

WVASS

215

 

5/6/2000

New River, VA

VPI Cave Club

280

 

9/26/1999

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

Front Royal Grotto

   

5/2/1999

Mt. Solon, VA (Natural Chimneys)

Tri-State Grotto

   

9/27/1998

Friar's Hole, WV

Baltimore & Sligo Grottos

   

5/3/1998

Draper, VA (Horseshoe Campground)

New River Valley Grotto

   

10/5/1997

Cumberland Gap, VA

Pine Mountain Grotto

   

5/27/1997

Bath County, VA (RASS field station)

RASS

   

10/20/1996

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

PSC

   

5/19/1996

Mt. Solon, VA (Natural Chimneys)

Blue Ridge Grotto

   

10/1/1995

Seneca Rocks, WV (Indian Village Campground)

Tri-State Grotto

   

5/14/1995

Tucker County, WV (Camp Kidd)

Monongahela Grotto

   

10/2/1994

Glengary, WV (Lazy A Campground)

Tri-State Grotto

   

5/8/1994

Radford, VA (Kiwanis Campground)

New River Valley Grotto

   

9/26/1993

Huttonsville, WV (Bell's Campground)

Western Maryland Grotto

   

5/2/1993

White Sulphur Springs, WV

RASS

   

10/4/1992

New Market, VA (Endless Caverns)

Front Royal Grotto

   

4/26/1992

Anthony, WV (Greenbrier Youth Camp)

Tri-State

   

10/6/1991

Seneca, WV (Yokum's Campground)

Triangle Troglodytes

   

5/5/1991

Radford, VA

New River Valley Grotto

   

10/14/1990

Mt. Solon, VA (Natural Chimneys)

WVSS

   

5/6/1990

Dailey, WV (OTR site)

GROSS Grotto

   

10/1/1989

Natural Bridge, VA

Friends of VSS & WVSS

   

4/30/1989

New Market, VA (Endless Caverns)

Tidewater Grotto

   

10/2/1988

Glengary, WV (Lazy A Campground)

Tri-State, Frederick, & Sligo

   

4/24/1988

Alleghany County, VA (Circle H Camp)

RASS

   

10/25/1987

New River Park, VA

New River Valley Grotto

   

5/3/1987

Dailey, WV (OTR site)

Assorted. DC area cavers

   

10/5/1986

Maxwellton, WV (Gene Turner's)

WVCS

   

4/27/1986

Bowden, WV (Alpine Shores)

Blue Ridge Grotto

   

10/6/1985

Pearisburg, VA (Biological Station)

VPI Grotto

   

5/4/1985

Massanutten Caverns

RASS

   

10/7/1984

Friars Hole, WV

Sligo Grotto

   

4/29/1984

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

DC Grotto & PSC

   

10/9/1983

Grotteos, VA (Grand Caverns)

VAR & CCV

   

4/30/1983

Anthony, WV (Greenbrier Youth Camp)

ESSO & Charleston Grottos

   

10/23/1982

Massanutten Caverns

Madison University Student Grotto

   

4/24/1982

Abingdon, VA (Riverside Campground)

Mountain Empire and Holston Valley Grottos

   

10/24/1981

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

PSC

   

4/25/1981

New River Junction Park, VA

VPI Grotto

   

10/18/1980

New Market, VA (Endless Caverns)

DC Grotto

   

4/19/1980

Bannerman Farm

Charleston & ESSO Grottos

   

10/6/1979

Abingdon, VA

Mountain Empire and Holston Valley Grottoes

   

4/7/1979

Franklin, WV

PSC

   

10/7/1978

Mt. Solon, VA (Natural Chimneys)

Tidewater & RASS

   

4/30/1978

Anthony, WV

WVCS

   

10/9/1977

Raphine, VA

Shenandoah Valley Grotto

   

4/2/1977

Abingdon, VA

Mountain Empire and Holston Valley Grottos

   

10/9/1976

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

Germany Valley Grotto

   

4/3/1976

Camp Albermarle, VA

UVa Grotto

   

10/11/1975

Dublin, VA

VPI & New River Grotto

   

4/12/1975

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

RASS

   

10/12/1974

Organ Cave, WV

Greenbrier Grotto

   

4/20/1974

Neola, WV

DC Grotto

   

10/27/1973

Bowden, WV

Monongahela Grotto

   

4/14/1973

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

PSC

   

10/7/1972

Kingsport, TN

Holston Valley Grotto

   

3/18/1972

Charlottesville, VA

UVa Grotto

   

10/2/1971

Rocky Mount, VA

Blue Ridge Grotto

   

4/3/1971

Blacksburg, VA

VPI Cave Club

   

The archived minutes from the 2000-2020 VAR meetings will return soon!

Executive Committee:
    
 Chair
Meredith Hall Weberg    merecaver  at yahoo  dot  com
 Vice-Chair Janet Tinkham    janete  at shentel  dot  net
 Secretary Kim Fleischmann    kfleisch  at  juno  dot  com
 Treasurer Carol Tiderman    ctider  at  ymail  dot  com

 

Committee Chairs:  

 Conservation Meredith Hall Weberg    merecaver  at  yahoo  dot  com
 Landowner Recognition Award: Janet Tinkham    janete  at  shentel  dot   net
 Outstanding Service Award: J. C. Fisher    jcf  at   mountain  dot  net
 Webmaster: Jim McConkey    mcjames  at   verizon  dot  net
 Listserv Philip Ballister    philip  at   ballister  dot  org
               

Region Record Staff:      

 Editor: Nikki Fox    nikkicfox  at  yahoo  dot  com
 Circulation Manager: Carol Tiderman    ctider  at   ymail  dot   com

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