This summer, the National Speleological Society will host our second virtual convention over the society’s YouTube channel. All cavers from around the world are welcome to join us! Final schedules are being arranged now and we be posting a final schedule within a couple weeks. – 2021 NSS Convention Committee
Bats play an important part in our ecosystems and our daily lives. This time of year is a great time to spot them swooping around hunting bugs in the late evening. Bats help control insect populations, especially mosquitoes. Some bats may eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in just one hour. Come to the Big Bat Night virtual program to learn more about our flying mammal friends.
Grotto elections are held yearly at our January grotto meeting, and there are some changes! We all know our officers, some are retuning and some are new officers this year! A HUGE thank you for everyone stepping up during COVID, and figuring out how to keep our grotto active and alive!
This information can be originally found in the January meeting minutes, but we wanted to give recognition to the new leadership!
2021 Officer Elections
Each office had exactly one nominee, so we voted to accept the slate as a whole. Our 2021 officers are:
Geary Schindel President – National Speleological Society
As the coronavirus spreads through our communities, it is very important that we follow social distancing guidelines. As much as we may want to go caving or attend a grotto meeting, practicing self-restraint is important to minimize the spread of the virus. Remember that most caves have limited airflow and create close quarters. Cavers may be at heightened risk because of limited exchange of air and close contact with other cavers. Just riding together in a car for a few hours to your closest caving area creates a risk. However, ridge walking with house mates may be an acceptable undertaking. Getting out and getting fresh air and sunshine, where allowed, can be good for your health and your soul.
Be vigilant and careful. In the event of an accident (car or cave), response times and personnel may be very limited. Doctors and hospitals are being inundated with Covid-19 cases in many areas and may not be able to quickly or effectively treat you.
So, here are some recommendations:
I’m encouraging our NSS members to stand down from caving for a few months as we get control of this pandemic and can get back to a new normal quicker.
After your basic needs are met, use this time to draw your cave maps, write a grotto or NSS News article, work on your vertical gear, clean and organize your equipment (or house), watch many of the excellent webinars on the NSS website, prepare a talk on your favorite area or project, or write a paper. Remember that many of Isaac Newton’s greatest contributions to science were formulate while he was escaping the plague.
Sort your photographs, scan your slides, write a friend, reestablish old friendships, give blood, check on your fellow grotto members, recycle or re-purpose some of your old camping and caving equipment, practice your presentation skills.
Attend an online grotto meeting – offer to make a presentation. Just because we are social distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t reach out and socialize.
Fact check everything you see on the news and on the internet – especially social media and try and maintain a good attitude and sense of humor.
Don’t forget the NSS. The society can use your help in many areas. Volunteer, renew your membership, and donate.
I promise to give you all a hug when this is over.
Following March’s cancelled meeting, and due to continued concerns about public health, the Triangle Troglodytes will not be meeting Tuesday April 28, 7:30pm for the monthly meeting. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
The National Speleological Society will be having it’s 2020 National Convention in Elkins, WV this year from July 27th -31st! This is likely the closest the convention will be for a few years, as next year’s event is on the west coast.
Pre-Registration is $225 for NSS members, and $275 for non-NSS members. After June 30, 2020 you will need to register on site.
However, you can register for the NSS for a year for only $40, with a $10 one time fee and save $ all year. Registering at the event is $50 extra on those prices, so go join the NSS! There’s more information about all of the events on the registration page.
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The address posted for the 2020 NSS convention is:
Hello VAR/MAR cavers. This years Spring VAR/MAR will be hosted by Charlottesville and Seven Valley’s Grotto’s at Grand Caverns Park in Grottoes, Virginia. Campers are welcome (sorry boondocking only, no hookups). Very easy to get to, only 7 miles from I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley.
VAR/MAR 2020 dates are: May 1st-3rd, 2020
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Price is $33 for adults and $25 for children, $5 higher if you register on-site.
Snail mail ONLY and pre-registrations must be postmarked by April 15, 2020.
The registration form is now up on the VAR website:
Please pre-register to be guaranteed a dinner on Sat. evening.