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Jan. 11-13, 2019:
Project Weekend
»Business Meeting«

Feb. 8-10, 2019:
Project Weekend

March 8-10, 2019:
Project Weekend

April 12-14, 2019:
Project Weekend
»Business Meeting«

May 10-12, 2018:
Project Weekend

June 7-9, 2018:
Project Weekend

July 12-14, 2019:
Project Weekend
»Business Meeting«

WVACS Calendar

Mission:

To explore, survey, and study caves and karst in southeastern West Virginia and to assist karst researchers of all interests.

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wvacs.cavers@gmail.com

General information

WVACS members have contributed to the survey of at least 350 miles of cave passages in West Virginia, and many more throughout the country and around the world. WVACS teamed up with the West Virginia Speleological Survey (WVASS) to publish a large, comprehensive bulletin covering the caves and karst of the Buckeye Creek Cave watershed (1994) and Culverson Creek Cave watershed (2018). The latter cave is currently 20.8 miles long and home to a diverse suite of cave passages. Culverson Creek is a veritable river, so the cave is sporting! A recent bolt climb will probably add more mileage to the cave. Additional bulletins are in various stages of preparation.

Surveying

The organization welcomes cavers from all corners of the world. A member serves as a sign-in sponsor on Project Weekends or "off weekends". If a person decides that he/she wants to join, she simply asks someone to sponsor her as a new member.

Research and WVACS

As an institution, WVACS actively promotes research. The facilities are made available to scientists, including graduate students who have lived in the fieldstations for months at a time. Students can now apply for grants too. As a part of this process, we attempt to encourage and support the collection of important speleological information as well as its dissemination through publications and newsletters.

Recent Events

A major project was begun recently to survey and fully explore Windy Mouth Cave (click name to see working map). Purported to contain 18 miles of passage, the cave lacks a modern map and has many leads. The survey has already topped 13 miles under the direction of Nick “Peppy” Socky, Tommy Polson, and Joe Calderone.

Maxwelton Sink Cave continues to yield footage and virgin passages. The cave reached 20.25 miles in 2018 after the discovery of a large river passage. Much remains to be surveyed and the cave is now 504 feet deep. Click to view Map Sheet 10.

Surveying

We finished surveying Greenbrier River Cave (click name to see map), an interesting maze cave that is occasionally flooded by the river.

New discoveries in Bash Cave have grown the cave's length tenfold and promise more excitement to come.

The Dry Cave (click name to see working map) survey has reached 6.42 miles. The cave is - despite the name - wet, but possibly the most decorated and coldest cave in the area.