Another was following two (smaller) friends through a tight spot, and when he couldn’t fit, his friends “helped” by giving him a little tug. This got his rib cage past the impediment, but his hips wouldn’t make it…and his ribs wouldn’t go backward. Shay Lellegren and I used an air-powered jack hammer (attached to a SCUBA tank) to remove about an inch of the rock, and then we were able to lift and rotate the boy enough to slide him out.
The third call was a false alarm where a passing trucker (or someone with a CB radio) thought they overheard something about someone stuck (maybe a news report?) and we spent a couple hours checking out the entire cave to make sure there was no one there.
The BLM (or whoever was responsible for it) decided the risk was just too high and decided to close Nutty Putty down.
There was talk of filling the entrance with cement, but eventually Jon Jasper of the Utah Cave Grotto was tasked with creating an iron grate just past the initial squeeze of the entrance. So you can get into the cave, but you’ll only get a few feet before you have to turn around and leave.
Unless... EDITED… you happen to know that the lock is currently broken. Don’t go telling everyone, please; this is a ShaunRoundy.com exclusive. The doorway through the iron grate is about as small as any squeeze within the cave, and I wonder if anyone who fits through the cave entrance will fit through the door.
Anyway. I went out there with Jon, Janel, Rachael, Curtis and Susie last weekend. It was nice to have the whole place to ourselves, not having to wait hours for our shot at the Scout Trap, Aorta Crawl, and other locations.
After we got out, we had fun getting the 4Runners stuck in the snow (not mine, though, with its awesome new tires), and Jon generously bought us all dinner at IHOP. Not much to say about it other than everyone made great company and we all had an enjoyable day together.
One Response to “Nutty Putty Cave”
Next time you go in, if you find some D batteries, they’re probably mine. The end of my flashlight fell off and they fell out - and fell down, down, down. Though it was probably over 10 years ago, maybe they’re still there. Glad you had fun! During my freshman year of college some friends of mine found that Logan Cave was open and we all went through. It was a lot of fun - and nice to have it to ourselves. It was the first, and I guess the last, time I’ll ever get to go all the way to the end.