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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 January, April, July, and October at the Rutland Regional Ambulance Building in Rutland, Vermont (unless otherwise posted; check for updates on the right). 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 $8 per year or $20 for three years for individuals, and $12 per year or $30 for three years for a family membership. If you’re interested in joining the VCA, please contact us by e-mail to attend our next meeting, or download our updated membership form and mail it to the treasurer: VCA membership form.

For upcoming events information, please check the feed on the right or visit our Facebook Page

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 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 released quarterly. Other activities include workshops in vertical skills and cave rescue techniques, cave clean-up trips, and so on based on members’ interest.

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Due to the recent rain and warm weather the annual VCA Ice Skating at the Freedlyville Quarry is canceled. We have had similar conditions previous to a couple of the past years trips and they made the ice unskateable/unsafe. People are welcome to go up to the quarry, but should expect to find thin ice over several inches of water over older ice of unknown quality.

To replace the activity we will have a recon hike around the Mount Aeolus area on Sunday February 17. To join this activity please contact Jacob Morris-siegel at dendroica1 @ for a meeting time and place
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Sunday December 16th – Holiday Party Potluck and Yankee Swap, 9:30am at a new location: Conference Room D in
the CVPS/Leahy at Rutland Regional Medical Center, on the back side of the hospital. Bring a gift for the
Yankee Swap ($5-10 value) and try your luck at finding the secret stash of used vertical gear! Bring a dish to
share for the potluck and celebrate the holidays with your fellow Cavermonters!
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