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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.

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 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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For the March Vermont Cavers Association Activity this coming Sunday (the 26th) we have decided have a dig trip in conjunction with the Boston Grotto. Since most of the digs we have in Vermont are summer digs we decided head south for March. We are going to dig at the Dome 12 sink at the Northeast Cave Conservancy's Merlins Cave Preserve in Canaan New York.

There will be a short (1 mile) hike over rolling terrain to get to this sinkhole, which is downstream of the main cave and has washed out and been dug out in recent years. A promising lead could provide a route into the sinkline that continues for another 1000ft on the preserve. We'll be bucket-brigading as much material as we can, but the dig is on the surface so no cave gear required.

If anyone is interested in going contact Jacob at dendroica1 @ We'll be meeting at the preserve at 10am, but With all the snow parking may by limited at the Merlins parking so we may have to meet offsite and carpool to the preserve.
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