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  Membership in the Vertical Section is open to all NSS members demonstrating an interest in the objectives of the organization and agreeing to abide by its tenets. Membership shall not be denied due to race, sex, religious affiliation, or national origin.

Membership Requirements and Dues Have Changed !!!

Full Membership in the Vertical Section is open to all NSS members in good standing. Members can vote, hold office, and participate in all Section activities. They also receive access to the on-line Nylon Highway, plus any other publications, as authorized by the Executive Board of the Section. The Membership consists of those who attend an annual General Meeting and/or the Vertical Session at the annual NSS Convention and who sign the roster with their name and email (or regular) address. Membership can also be obtained by mail or by registering on the Vertical Section on-line Yahoo group. The duration of membership shall be 5 years from the last meeting attended or last on-line group registration, if the member's dues are not in arrears.
Membership Annual Dues were set to zero by the Section Board at the 2008 General Meeting. Suspension of dues was approved by the membership at the meeting.

Subscriber Status is open to Non-NSS members or groups. Subscribers are entitled only to receive Vertical Section publications. Subscribers may register by attending the VS General Meeting or Vertical Session at the annual NSS Convention or by registering by mail or on the Vertical Section on-line Yahoo group. The duration of subscriber status shall be 5 years from the last meeting attended or last on-line group registration, if the subscriber's fees are not in arrears.
Subscriber Annual cost was also suspended at the 2008 General Meeting.

The Vertical Section On-line Yahoo Group is not a forum on Vertical Caving, but is intended to be used as a communication mechanism from the Vertical Section Executive Board to the membership. The Yahoo Group will allow the Board to easily send out group messages, if necessary. Once their Membership Application is received, new Section members will be invited to join the Yahoo Group.

The Nylon Highway is now distributed primarily in electronic format (on this website). Each article will be posted on the website at the time it's received, to ensure timeliness of the information. An "Annual Volume" of the Nylon Highway will consist of all articles submitted during that calendar year. The electronic version will remain on the website indefinitely. Access to the electronic version will be by password, provided upon payment of dues or subscription and valid for the term of dues paid.

Printed Annual Volume
At the close of each year, the "Annual Volume" of articles may be printed, if there are sufficient requests for it. Members without net access or those wanting a paper copy for their library may prefer the hard copy. The paper copies will be printed in "newsletter format", that is, unbound, as screen print pages stapled together.

The printed copy of the "Annual Volume" of the Nylon Highway must be ordered separately for $10.00 per copy, at the address given below.

To join the Vertical Section or to order the optional Printed Annual Volume, please send or e-mail the following information:

  • Type:   Membership or Subscriber
  • Full Name
  • NSS Number (required only for Membership)
  • Mailing Address
  • City, State, and Zip+4
  • Country (if not USA)
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Note if optional Annual Volume is desired. You may pay for up to 3 years for the AV.
Click here to download the membership application form ...
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If an Annual Volume is wanted, please include a Check or Money Order for the correct number of Annual Volumes, made payable in U.S. funds to "Vertical Section of the NSS".

Send (or e-mail, if appropriate) the above items to the Section Secretary/Treasurer:

Raymond C. Sira
5134 Prices Fork Rd.
Christiansburg, VA   24073-6781
(H) (540) 641-1412
  [7:00 PM to 10:00 PM weekdays only, please]
If you have any questions about membership, please contact Ray by e-mail at:

We're glad to have you as one of our team!

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