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Vermont Cavers’ Association

The Vermont Cavers' Association, a Grotto (chapter) of the National Speleological Society, is an organization composed of cavers and other individuals interested in locating, exploring and researching caves in Vermont. Holding bi-monthly meetings, the Association works to address issues of access to caves and landowners relations, conservation of surface and sub-surface resources, and caving safety.

Meetings are held at 9:00am on the third Sunday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at the Rutland Regional Ambulance Building in Rutland, Vermont. The Ambulance building is south of the Rutland Regional Medical Center, the meeting room is around back on the south end of the building. Membership in the Association is open to any interested person. Membership costs $12 per year or $14 for family membership.

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Caving in Vermont

ALERT: White Nose Syndrome, a mysterious illness, has caused the death of tens of thousands of bats in the Northeast, including devastating some Vermont cave populations. For the most up-to-date information on WNS, go to www.whitenosesyndrome.org. To help contain the possible spread of WNS, please refer to the most recent protocols for cleaning and disinfecting of cave clothing and gear at www.fws.gov/northeast /whitenosemessage.html. Thank you for your cooperation.


Morris Cave Alert: Morris Cave is a WNS-affected cave. Cavers should refrain from any visitation at all until the end of hibernation to protect the few surviving bats. After hibernation, any cave visitation should only occur if cavers can fully adhere to the USFWS cleaning and decontamination protocols to help avoid spreading WNS to other caves that are unaffected. Thank you for your cooperation.


Besides regular meetings, the Association sponsors caving trips both in Vermont and to other distant locations. These trips are announced in the Association’s newsletter, which is printed bi-monthly. Other activities included workshops in vertical skills and cave rescue techniques, cave clean-up trips, and other activities based on members’ interest.

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The May VCA activity will be attending the Spring NRO, May 15-17, hosted by NNJG at Privacy Campground in MA. Arrival mid-afternoon Friday, film showing Friday night, cave trips start on Sat. See you there! ...

SPRING 2015 NRO HOSTED BY THE NORTHERN NEW JERSEY GROTO

May 15, 2015, 12:00pm - May 17, 2015, 11:00am

Privacy Campgrounds

NORTHEAST REGIONAL ORGANIZATION SPRING MEET MAY15-17TH. The best of caves comrades and cousine Got cabin fever? Cure it with a fun filled three day weekend in the Bershires of Western Massachusets. Campground opens Friday at 12 noon, so shuck off them work blues and come participate in the NRO. FEES: $8.00 CAMPING ADULTS PER NIGHT $4.00 CAMPING KIDS ages 6-16 KIDS 5 AND UNDER FREE $6.00 NRO FEE GUIDEBOOK $5.00 $6.00 BREAKFAST EACH $12.00 DINNER $15.00 T-SHIRTS Activities: After setting up camp in pretty wooded sites with grills and tables, come participate in some educational sessions. Learn and practice your knots. Learn about the basic climbing systems. Keep an eye out for some slide show presentations. Get your self in a training mindset to tackle some of the legendary cave systems beyond our region. Saturday get out and go caving, be sure to sign up early on friday though because some of the popular trips fill up fast. We'll have a delicious breakfast waiting for you as soon as you roll out of the sack around 7am. After having fun caving all day come back to the delicious MEXICAN DINNER we'll be preparing for you. Satuday night have some campground fun. Look for vertical system races win a prize for fast time. Keep an ear open for some music entertainment, socialize by the campfire, relax in the hot tub or sauna. Our annual NRO auction will be held after dinner. Lets make it a good one before you leave home Think about donating some useful caving gear or camping equipment or other unique items. Its for a good cause to raise money for caves so try to come up with quality stuff. Sunday mourning is the NRO buissness meeting. This is my second time running the event. I previously ran it a number of years ago at the Snyder estate when White nose hit the fan. Please remember to practice clean caving protocols. From expearience I can say things run better with planning and time. So I would suggest that the fall NRO location and grotto in charge selection process begin now. At the meeting announcement should be made that location and club choice is set.