News and notes from the great outdoors…
An unfortunate story out of Utah, courtesy of The Associated Press. Read on..
SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — The Utah cave where a 26-year-old medical student died earlier in the week will be closed permanently and his body will not be removed.
State and county officials made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying it was simply too dangerous to try to recover John Jones’ body.
Jones died late Wednesday about 28 hours after getting wedged into a tight, unmapped passage of Nutty Putty Cave.
State officials plan to meet Monday to discuss the best way to permanently close the cave.
I’ve only gone into one cave before, and it was a huge, heavily traveled opening that went through a cliff in Thailand. Still, we needed headlamps to find our way and I would not have wanted to mess around in there alone.
In this case, it appears we have a guy in an unmapped portion of what was once a popular cave. And it is now considered dangerous enough that local authorities want to close it off for good.
If you’re going caving, be careful.
Here’s a wild video. It shows a guy paragliding and skiing, and in so doing, outruns a massive avalanche. And more footage at the end shows another close call. Have a look and enjoy.