Nutty Putty Cave




















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NUTTY PUTTY CAVE TRIP PLANNER

We are thrilled that you would like to explore the Nutty Putty Cave. The information on this page is organized to help you plan and execute a safe trip. Exploring the cave is a privilege and several steps are needed for your group to gain access permission to enter the cave.

GATED: The Nutty Putty Cave is gated and locked, but all qualified groups are invited to make their reservation, complete the forms and paperwork, request their access permit, and then safely explore the cave.

Nutty Putty
RESPECT THE LAND: As part of our management agreement, we encourage all of our visitors to respect the land owner’s property. If we fail to respect the land, then the other alternative is to fill the entry to the cave with concrete and ruin any future for exploring the cave.
So where should you start? Please complete the following steps.
BEFORE YOUR NUTTY PUTTY TRIP
  • CAVE MANAGEMENT PLAN - Read the details of the plan.
  • STEP 1 - RESERVE A DATE AND TIME - MANDATORY - Please visit our online reservation form and secure your date and time. Trips can be reserved 14 days to 5 months in advance. This is your first step. Do this before completing the following forms and access requests below.
  • NEED A CAVE GUIDE?
    Are you a first timer that needs a planned trip to join? Does your group need a Cave Guide? Want to volunteer as a Cave Guide?
    CAVE RULES - The quick list. The comprehensive list is in the management plan.
  • TRAINING - Essential for both Trip Leaders and cavers.
  • FIRST AID & CPR CERTIFICATION - The Trip Leader is essentially the first responder and both First Aid and CPR training is recommended.
  • EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST - Helmets, lights, and back-up lights are mandatory. Please review our recommended gear lists.
  • STEP 2 - WAIVER & MEDICAL RELEASE - MANDATORY for ALL cavers who enter.
  • STEP 3 - UNDER 18 PERMISSION SLIP - MANDATORY for all cavers under 18.
  • STEP 4 - VEHICLE LIST - MANDATORY for all groups.
  • AFFILIATION APPROVALS - MANDATORY for all sponsored groups.

Trip Leaders, now that you have everything above completed and in hand, all you need to do is submit your final Cave Access Request Form and submit your Deposit.

  • STEP 5 - NUTTY PUTTY CAVE ACCESS REQUEST FORM - MANDATORY - This form must be submitted 72 hours before your trip, but after you have got the rest of your trip, group, equipment, and forms finalized. Access directions will be sent once the Cave Access Request Form and Deposit are received.
    • STEP 6 - NUTTY PUTTY DEPOSIT - MANDATORY - Each group is required to place a $25 credit card Lock/Damage/Trip Report deposit. Ideally, just wait to submit this once you are ready to submit the Cave Access Request Form.
  • BLOWHOLE CAVE ACCESS REQUEST FORM -This form is submitted after you have got the rest of your trip, group, equipment, and forms finalized. Access directions will be sent once the Cave Access Request Form and Deposit are received.
    • BLOWHOLE DEPOSIT - Each group is required to place a $25 credit card Lock/Damage/Trip Report deposit. Ideally, just wait to submit this once you are ready to submit the Cave Access Request Form.
DURING YOUR NUTTY PUTTY TRIP
Register
The Nutty Putty Cave Register - WARNING: This is NOT a pipe bomb!

CAVE REGISTER - Just inside the gate in the first room is our cave register. Please be sure to sign in and help to preserve the historical record.

CAVE MAP - It is hoped that you take along compasses and that each caver has their own copy of the map. Don’t overlook the great opportunity to navigate inside the cave.

GATE LOCK - The gate is equipped with a high-security combination lock. You will be required to open it to unlatch the gate when you enter and then again to latch it from the outside when your group leaves. The combination is sent out automatically 24 hours before scheduled trips.

AFTER YOUR NUTTY PUTTY TRIP
  • STEP 7 - TRIP REPORT - MANDATORY -The Trip Leader is responsible to fill in the Trip Report within 7 days after their visit to the cave. Failure to submit the report will result in the billing of the $25 deposit. The Trip Report is the key step in identifying and resolving issues and hazards at the cave.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
The above requirements must be followed to preserve the cave, help eliminate rescues, and provide a safe caving experience for decades to come. Failure to comply with the rules and procedures will not be tolerated.