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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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Come join us for the annual VCA
Vertical Caving
Workshop

January 21, 2018
9am – Noon(ish)
Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center
223 Woodstock Ave, Rutland
Cost: $15

If you have your own vertical system, please bring it (ropes not needed). If you don’t have any gear, we will have a limited amount to share so that you can see what works for you.

Please bring your own helmets

Normally, street shoes and boots are not allowed on the gym floor. The staff makes an exception for us to use boots or other heavy-duty footwear instead of climbing shoes to give the support needed by our climbing systems. However, we must ask that any climbing footwear be brought separately so that it is clean and dry (absolutely NO cave mud allowed!).
The $15 facilities fee for this workshop also gives you unlimited access to the climbing gym for the whole day (until 5pm). The gym walls have climbing routes ranging from very easy to absolutely insane, and are a great way to improve your rock climbing skills.
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