at the Old Timers Campground, Dailey, West Virginia
May 9-11, 2003
The DC Grotto and Potomac Speleological Club invite you to the
Spring 2003 meeting of the Virginia Region of the NSS.
The event will be held at the site of the annual Old Timers Reunion near
Dailey, WV, on May 9-11, 2003. There will be caving, dinner, a program, a
party, and generally a good time in relaxed atmosphere
Why Attend? If you are new to caving, or you have never attended a VAR meeting,
this is a great way to meet other cavers, see some new caves, check out the
vendors, and see what is happening in the Region.
Camping & Facilities:
The Old Timers Reunion site hosts 2,000 cavers for OTR each year so there is
plenty of room for camping. There are hot showers, city water, and portable
toilets. Unfortunately, it will be too early in the season to have the sauna &
hot tubs operational. There are no electric or sewer hookups. No pets are
allowed on the site.
Special Cleanup Trip:
The conservation project at this VAR will be to clean Sharps Cave, a 2-mile
cave located about an hour’s drive south of the campground. Participants will
also have the opportunity to tour the cave while helping to clean it. Lunch
will be served to workers outside the cave.
There will be several led trips to caves relatively close to the campground.
Most of these trips are suitable for novices and all will return in time for
dinner. There will be signup sheets at registration. There will also be a
guidebook describing the area’s caves and driving directions to them for those
who wish to go caving on their own.
Dinner on Saturday will be catered by Koonie’s Road Kill Grill. The menu for
carnivores will be slow-cooked beef BBQ, but there will also be a vegetarian
Saturday Evening Program:
After dinner on Saturday there will be a presentation by Craig Stihler on bats
in West Virginia. Craig works for the WV Dept. of Natural Resources and is an
expert on the bats in the state.
We expect to have several speleo-vendors and this will be a good opportunity
to purchase cave related items.
The campground is located off US 219 about 10 miles south of Elkins, WV. If
you are coming from the north go south on US 219 for about 8.5 miles after the
stoplight at US 33 on the south side of Elkins. Turn left after the huge Bruce
Hardwood factory onto Back Road 38. The campground is on the right in about a
mile. From the south go about 8 miles north of Mill Creek and turn right on
Back Road 38 after you pass through the hamlet of Dailey.
VAR Business Meeting:
The VAR business meeting will be at 9 AM on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to
Check the latest VAR information at www.psc-cavers.org/springvar2003.html. If
you have any questions please contact Bob Hoke at (301)725-5877 or
The Mid-Appalachian Region (MAR) will also be
hosting their spring meeting in conjunction with the VAR
meeting. This is not a "joint VAR/MAR meeting", but the two
groups will be sharing the campground, cave trips, Saturday
dinner, and Saturday evening activities. You can register for
either the VAR meeting or the MAR meeting. The fee for the MAR
registration is $2 more than VAR registration. VAR gets $3 from
each VAR registration and MAR gets $5 from each MAR
registration. The remainder of both registration fees goes to
pay meeting expenses. Anyone registering for one group may opt to
subscribe, for the appropriate fee, to the newsletter for the
other group at registration. (VAR $3, MAR $5). If you want to
register for the VAR meeting you can download the registration
form in PDF or Microsoft Word format. If you want to register
for the MAR you can get additional information at the MAR web
site "www.caves.org/region/mar". If you want to subscribe to the
other region's newsletter you can do so at registration.