- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 25, 2002

The following associations offer free caving trips about once a month to caves in southern Virginia and central West Virginia. Attendance at a monthly meeting is required before any trips. Please don't call them "spelunkers." Most cavers consider someone who refers to himself as a "spelunker" to be a poser.
The D.C. Grotto of the National Speleological Society normally holds meetings at 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Spring Public Library on the third Tuesday of each month. See www.caves.org/grotto/dcg.
The Baltimore Grotto of the NSS meets on the first Wednesday of each month, except in December, at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC) in the Social Science Building (first floor) at 8 p.m. See www.caves.org/grotto/baltimore.
The Potomac Speleological Society, an independent group, meets at the Lubber Run Recreation Center, 300 North Park Drive, Arlington, at 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. See www.psc-cavers.org.
To arrange for lessons, contact any "adventure" school with a caving program. Here are two:
Outerquest: Caving packages cost $125. See www.teamouterquest.com or call 301/258-1914.
Upward Enterprises: Cost is also $125. See www.upwardenterprises.com or call 240/632-9840.
Matthew Graham

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