Grotto meetings temporarily suspended due to covid-19

Due to COVID-19, Wasatch Grotto meetings have been temporarily suspended since the spring of 2020. It looks like the three Wasatch front grottos will likely be combining into an umbrella grotto, but if I understand it correctly, the three grottos will still maintain their individual identities. The name of the combined grotto is yet to be determined.

A few of us may be attending the Moab Jeep Safari going on March 27th thru April 4th (

Wasatch grotto changing to quarterly meeting schedule

The Wasatch Grotto is changing it’s meeting schedule. We will now meet quarterly, on the second Tuesday in March, June, September & December. Our meeting schedule will tentatively be as follows:

  • March: Scheduled for March 12th at the Bountiful Library, Small Meeting room in the basement.
  • June: 2nd Tuesday at the Bountiful Library, Small Meeting room in the basement.
  • September: Hopefully the 2nd Tuesday depending upon the availability of the meeting room.
  • December: Possibly a Christmas Party. Location TBD.

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. 
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.
-Come in full Cinco attire! The more fun or elaborate the better!
Breakfast and Lunch/Snacks will be provided
-Camping Gear
-4 wheel drive is recommended the last mile, until then passenger cars are perfectly fine
-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!
See posts, photos and more on Facebook.

May 6 — Sink Hole de Mayo

On May 6  —  Sink Hole de Mayo

Please join us for the 3rd annual Sink Hole de Mayo at Pink Lime Pit.  Bring your ponchos, sombreros, fake mustaches (for those who do not have real ones!)  and vertical gear.  We’ll supply the tacos, the music, and the pit.

Shopping for Clothes, Caveman Style

Photo: Pedro Saura

New findings in Spain show that early man seems to have hunted cave lions for their pelts. And why not? Lion and leopard was still fashionable back then. These were considered some of the largest lions that may have ever lived. So their pelts were large allowing early man to do a lot with them.

The abstract:

Pleistocene skinning and exploitation of carnivore furs have been previously inferred from archaeological evidence. Nevertheless, the evidence of skinning and fur processing tends to be weak and the interpretations are not strongly sustained by the archaeological record. In the present paper, we analyze unique evidence of patterned anthropic modification and skeletal representation of fossil remains of cave lion (Panthera spelaea) from the Lower Gallery of La Garma (Cantabria, Spain). This site is one of the few that provides Pleistocene examples of lion exploitation by humans. Our archaeozoological study suggests that lion-specialized pelt exploitation and use might have been related to ritual activities during the Middle Magdalenian period (ca. 14800 cal BC). Moreover, the specimens also represent the southernmost European and the latest evidence of cave lion exploitation in Iberia. Therefore, the study seeks to provide alternative explanations for lion extinction in Eurasia and argues for a role of hunting as a factor to take into account.

Read it all, over at PLOS

Kill Them With Cuteness

Bat waggling head
Photo: Johns Hopkins University

Some people would argue that bats are anything but cute. But that is simply because they have never met a bat. Some bats are very adorable. A study in 2016 analyzed a strange and cute mannerism observed in many bats: head waggling. A waggle is when the bat turns its head side to side while looking at something.

“It’s an adorable behavior, and I was curious about the purpose,” said Melville J. Wohlgemuth, a postdoctoral fellow in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. “I wanted to know when bats were doing this and why. It seemed to occur as bats were targeting prey, and that turns out to be the case.”

Read about the study in all its detail over at PLOS Biology.