The Region Record is the quarterly publication of the Virginia Region of the National Speleological Society. Any articles, announcements, or other materials of general interest to cavers in the Region are welcome. All VAR cavers are encouraged to contribute!

The VAR first started publishing a newsletter, then known as VAR FYI, in the winter of 1970. It ceased publication after about 5 years. After a 15 year hiatus, the newsletter returned to life as the Region Record in April of 1990, and has been published (more or less) quarterly ever since.

Send all material for upcoming issues to editor Nikki Fox (nikkicfox+at+yahoo+dot+com). Electronic submissions (e-mail or disk) are encouraged but any form of input is welcome. Please put "Region Record" in e-mail subject lines. The next deadline is March 10, 2015 for the Spring 2015 edition.

Non-copyrighted material contained in the Region Record may be reprinted by organizations that are affiliated with the VAR or the NSS, provided that proper credit is given to the Record and the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the individual author, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors the VAR, the NSS, or their internal organizations.

Complimentary copies are sent to all Grottos in the region and to other groups with which the Region Record exchanges newsletters. In addition, newcomers to the region will receive one or two complementary copies.


Region Record Staff

Nikki Fox is the current editor. Please send her any articles, photos, information, announcements, and trip reports of regional interest. Please put "Region Record" in the subject line.


Nikki Fox (nikkicfox+at+yahoo+dot+com)


Carol Tiderman (ctider+at+ymail+dot+com)


Call for Material

The Region Record is always looking for material of region-wide interest. Write a report, or advertise your event now, and send it to Nikki Fox.



When you attend any Spring or Fall VAR regional meeting you are automatically added to the mailing list to receive the next four issues of the Region Record. If you attend consecutive meetings your subscription is automatically extended up to a maximum of 3 years (12 issues).

Some registration cards are illegible and some folks refuse to give a real address when they register. Needless to say, these cards don't get added to the database. The moral of this story is that you have to complete an eligible registration card if you want to receive the Region Record.

If you can't attend a VAR meeting you can still subscribe to the Region Record for a paltry $3.00 per year. Just fill out this form and send it in.

You can see when your subscription expires by checking your mailing label on this issue. The number on the first line is the volume and issue that your subscription expires.



Bob Hoke has single-handedly scanned all available issues of the Region Record into PDF format and most past issues of the Region Record, and its predecessor, VAR FYI, are now on-lineRegion Record, and its predecessor, VAR FYI, are now on-lineRegion Record, and its predecessor, VAR FYI, are now on-lineRegion Record, and its predecessor, VAR FYI, are now on-line. If you have a copy of any of the missing issues, please let Bob or the Webmaster know. Newer issues are generated directly in PDF. To be fair to subscribers, there is a one year embargo on issues posted to the archives.