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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 conserving, locating, exploring and researching caves in Vermont. Holding bi-monthly meetings, the Association works to address the issues cave access and landowners relations, conservation of surface and sub-surface resources, and safe caving practices.

Meetings are held at 9:30am on the third Sunday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at the Rutland Regional Ambulance Building in Rutland, Vermont (unless otherwise posted; check the newsfeed on the right for updates). The Ambulance building is south of the Rutland Regional Medical Center on Cold River Road, and 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. If you’re interested in joining the VCA, you can download our membership form here: VCA Member Info Form 2017-03-12.

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Caving in Vermont

ALERT: White Nose Syndrome, a fungal infection, has killed tens of thousands of bats in the Northeast, including most Vermont cave populations. For the most up-to-date information on WNS, go to www.whitenosesyndrome.org. The primary vector is bat-to-bat, but there is a slim chance of careless human transmission. To eliminate that risk and avoid contributing to the spread of WNS, please refer to the most recent protocols for cleaning and disinfecting of cave clothing and gear. Thank you for your cooperation.


Morris Cave Alert: Morris Cave is a WNS-affected cave. Cavers should refrain from any visitation during the hibernation season (Oct-Apr) to protect surviving bats from disturbance. After hibernation, cavers should adhere to the USFWS cleaning and decontamination protocols to avoid the slim possibility of spreading WNS to unaffected caves. Thank you for helping protect our bats!


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 October VCA Meeting will be held Sunday the 22nd at 9:30 am at the Rutland Regional Ambulance Building in Rutland.

After the meeting we will travel north to the Brandon Area to explore the Mount Horrid Talus Caves. In the Massive talus slopes below Mt. Horrid's Great Cliff there are several talus caves including Mt. Horrid Ice Cave which is 560' long and Gargantua Cave which also contains over 500' of passage.
The hike to the caves is about 1 mile with the first half on trail then another 1/2 mile of difficult bushwacking.
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Q: How do I get to NRO? A1: Drive to Rt 7A in Arlington, VT; turn west on Russell Street just south of the Stewart's; turn South on School St and drive to Howell's Camping Area. A2: Drive to Rt 7A in Arlington, VT. Then follow the bats!

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