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Wasatch Grotto will not be having a May 8 Meeting

Reminder — Wasatch Grotto will not be having a regular Grotto Meeting on May 8.   
Asunto: Re: Sink Hole de Mayo – Hosted by the Salt Lake Grotto 
For SLG grotto members, $5.00 per person; maxing out at $10 per family. 
For other than SLG:   Grotto members: $10 per person, $5 for kids 12 and under, but max out at $20
A whole lot is going into this. It’ll be quite fancy for being in the desert. We are taking it up a notch from the last coupe of years. The prices are actually a steal considering all of what is included, and the fact that we are dragging that stuff all the way out there. 
Details:
Bring your brothers, your sisters, and your kids, cuz its time for… ¡SINKHOLE DE MAYO!   – hosted by the SALT LAKE GROTTO  (3rd annual event)

We gather together to celebrate all that is right and good about Mexican culture. The food, the festive colors, the…caving? 

For those (and that should be all of you) that want to camp, people will be rolling in Friday evening after work. Adam and his Entourage will be rolling in somewhere around 5 pm. Food friday night will be a shared affair, meaning bring your own, but we all love each other so sharing will be encouraged! : )

The following morning will be greeted bright and early by a sun salutation/rendtion of the Lion King and a dance around a sombrero, at which point Adam will immediately fire up the grill and begin the carne asada and barbacoa.

Breakfast will be eggs and chorizo (of course) and Horchata

Lunch will be tacos with your choice of meat and acccoutrements

More than enough of Mexican sodas and drinks.

BYOB, but please remember NO DRIVING OR CAVING if you have partaken. Also, please remember temperance above all as this is a family friendly event! : )

More details to come, but there will be multiple trips to other caves in the area, a fully rigged Pink Lime with bolt crossings, standard drops and freehangs to test your caving-mettle. There will also be contests, including a rumored speed free ascent contest, the winner of which gets to shave Rodney’s head (not guaranteed). Other contests are best costume, best/worst Macarena dancer, and hopefully a piñata for the kiddos (and the child within each of us)

Please either paypal the grotto or bring cash. 

Here are some itemized details for those that do not follow my scatterbrained organization

For SLG grotto members, $5.00 per person; maxing out at $10 per family. 
For other than SLG:   Grotto members: $10 per person, $5 for kids 12 and under, but max out at $20
 Please paypal the grotto prior to showing up, but bring cash if you must! : ) This is to cover the cost of food. paypal.me/saltlakegrotto
-Full Vertical Gear – HELMETS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES NEAR THE PIT
-Come in full Cinco attire! The more fun or elaborate the better!
Breakfast and Lunch/Snacks will be provided
-BYOB
-Camping Gear
-4 wheel drive is recommended the last mile, until then passenger cars are perfectly fine
-headlamps
-This is a private event, but if you want to invite friends, check with admins (Rodney or Adam)
-Location: Pink Lime Pit   (GPS coords: 40.073040, -112.129890)
– Approx. 1 hour from I-15 in Lehi
-No cell service is common at the site, so plan your trip accordingly!
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Goshute Cave Trip Nov 26

From Joe,
Last minute trip to goshute next saturday (11/26) – a friend and her two sons want to go.   If anybody is interested, will be leaving saturday morning at 0600 from west point, probably getting to cave parking lot about 1030 and heading up.

If you are interested in going,  contact Joe via cell at 801-651-4992.

Salt Lake Grotto Wins Speleo-Millionaire

We had an awesome night, Nov 2nd, eating mexican food and answering caving trivia. It was a close match between the two grottos, who each selected four champions to represent them. But when the dust settled, and the food was gone, Salt Lake emerged victorious!

Wasatch gave a good showing, and promised a rematch next year. Until then, everyone keep reading and studying. Especially brush up on your local grotto history!

Minutes from January 11, 2016

News:

The NSS convention is July 16-23rd. They are calling for logo designs. Contact us for instructions on how to apply with your snazzy logo.

Caving goals for 2016 were talked about. Submit yours now to help us plan trips for this year.

Presentation:

Dennis presented on Lick Creek Cave, Montana. He participated in a restoration trip with the Rocky Mountain Grotto, University of Montana, a local high school, and the Forest Service.

Around 50 people showed up to pick up trash and clean off graffiti.

 

Minutes for the March 9, 2015 Wasatch Grotto Meeting

Minutes for the March 9, 2015 Wasatch Grotto Meeting

The Wasatch Grotto meeting was held at the Bountiful Library, 725 S Main Street, Bountiful, Utah.    11 Grotto members and 3 guests were in attendance.  The Wasatch Grotto Chairman, Larry Spangler opened the meeting at 7:00pm.   Guests Dennis Maynarel, Gary Squire and Stan Martin (one of the original grotto founders) were recognized and introduced.

Paul Kemp present a program on his recent attendance at the Lehman Cave Lint Camp.   And a showing, (after several attempts!) of the NSS Convention DVD.

The following upcoming events were discussed:

March 27 & 28 Goshute Cave contact Trevor Parker

Mar 28 – Antelope Cave Timp Grotto

April 13 Wasatch Grotto Meeting

May 2 Sink Hole de Mayo — Pink Lime Pit  SLC Grotto

May 4 All Grottos Meeting- Timp Grotto Host

Summer 2015 – Ashley National Forest — Dave Herron indicated that there are numerous opportunities for caving

June — Last part of June – Big Brush Survey contact Dave Shurtz

July 13-17 NSS Convention Waynesville, MO

Aug 3 All Grottos Meeting – Salt Lake Grotto Host

Aug — Late summer – Spring Cave, Meeker Colorado contact Larry Spangler

Nov 2  All Grottos Meeting – Timp Grotto Host

Jim Bulkeley

Wasatch Grotto Secretary

Minutes for the February 2, 2015 Combined Utah Grottos Meeting

Minutes for the February 2, 2015 Combined Utah Grottos Meeting

The meeting was held at the Petzl America Headquarter, 2929 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, UT 84119.    About 27 cavers were in attendance.

The Wasatch Grotto Chairman, Larry Spangler, open the meeting at 7:00pm, a tour of the facilities was conducted by Petzl staff members, Rick Vance and Heath Christensen.

After the tour, a general meeting was held, items of discussion included recent and upcoming trips.   A vote on a motion to change the Salt Lake Grottos By-Laws was conducted by Rodney Mulder, SL Grotto Chairman; the motion to change the By-Laws was passed unanimously, by member of the SL Grotto.

The following trips were announced:
February 7 — Lint Camp Great Basin NP
Feb 21 — Blow Hole Cave – Timp Grotto
Mar 3-4 — Lint Camp Great Basin NP
Mar 9 – Wasatch Grotto Meeting
Mar 28 – Antelope Cave Timp Grotto
May 2 Sink Hole de Mayo — Pink Lime Pit  SLC Grotto
May 4 All Grottos Meeting- Timp Grotto Host
July 13-17 NSS Convention Waynesville, MO
Aug 3 All Grottos Meeting – Salt Lake Grotto Host
Nov 2  All Grottos Meeting – Timp Grotto Host

Dave Herron indicated that there were numerous opportunities  for caving in the Ashley Nation Forest.

At the conclusion of the business meeting, Rich Vance (Petzl Representative) gave a presentation on various rope types and rope construction.

The meeting was followed by strength tests of rope and webbing using the Petzl Tension machine.  The massive climbing wall was opened to those in attendance.

Refreshments and treats were provided by Wasatch Grotto (thanks to Jim Bulkeley, Cindy Spangler and Val Stratford)

A Special thanks to Rick Vance and Heath Christensen, for being such gracious hosts.

Jim Bulkeley
Wasatch Grotto Secretary

January 12, 2014

Meeting was called to order by Larry Spangler at 7:00 pm
 
A big thank you was passed along to Dave Shurtz for hosting the Grotto Christmas Party.
 
The new officers for 2015 are:
Larry Spangler – Chairman
Trevor Parker – Vice-chair
Jim Bulkeley – Secretary
Janis Bulkeley – Treasurer
Dave Shurtz – Librarian
Dave Shurtz – Editor 
Cynthia Spangler – Webmaster
Regional Rep – vacant
 
A discussion on how the All Grotto Meeting hosting grotto was selected.  It was explained the three Utah Grotto rotation for hosting was an alphabetical rotation; Salt Lake, Timpanogos and Wasatch.   It was also note that Wasatch traded Timpanogos the February meeting for the May meeting.  
 
The February All grotto meeting will be held on Feb 2 at 7:00 at the new headquarters of Petzl America located at 2929 Decker Lake Dr, West Valley City, UT 84119
 
Schedule for Future All Grotto meetings:  (dates subject to change per hosting grotto)
02/02/15 All Grottos Meeting – Wasatch Grotto Host
05/04/15 All Grottos Meeting- Timp Grotto Host
08/03/15 All Grottos Meeting – Salt Lake Grotto Host
11/02/15 All Grottos Meeting – Timp Grotto Host
 
The main program was presented by Trevor Parker.  Trevor demonstrated the ‘new’ Grotto Web site.  See  http://caves.org/grotto/wasatch/  .  Trevor did a very nice job of setting this up, it has many new features.  All Grotto members are welcome to add content and photos.  All items should be submitted to Cynthia Spangler for posting on the site.   
 
Trevor also presented a power point on ideas to increase our membership and future direction for the Grotto.   
 
Up coming trips:
  • Jan 17 Indian Springs Cave  – Trevor Parker
  • 2015 Lehman Cave lint and restoration camps. Friday-Sunday, February 6 – 8 and Tuesday & Wednesday, March 3 & 4
  • July 13-17 NSS Convention, Waynesville, Missouri  http://nss2015.caves.org/
  • Sept 5-7 Caver Classic, Steve Balwing, Custer, SD 
 
Submitted by:
Jim Bulkeley 
Wasatch Grotto Secretary