Carroll Cave Reports Blog

25 July 2020 – Minutes of the Members Meeting

Carroll Cave Conservancy - Meeting Minutes 25 July 2020 Rick Hines opened the Zoom meeting at 0930. Attendees -Rick HinesBill GeeJeff PageJaime EulissMarty GriffinJay KennedyNick KennedyMartin CarmichaelHou ZhongKristin GodfreyJim CooleyJullie CottrellBob LerchDan LampingSeth ColstonRHS?? Rick Hines called the meeting to order at 1008. Minutes from last meeting were noted as being posted on the CCC web site. No one had any changes, so they were accepted as written. Jeff Page presented the treasurer's report. The current balance is $4228.90. Last year we had about twice that. Most of the payouts went to Troy Fredrick for building the gravel road and the gate. Jeff pointed out that Bill Pfantz' passing means we will be paying the whole freight on the electric bill - about $350 per year. This is just about offset by the dues we take in. Rick reported that Troy Frederick should be moving the gate soon. As of last weekend (July 18) it had not yet been done. Old business - No one had any...

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18 July 2020 Upstream Thunder River survey

18 July 2020 Upstream Thunder River survey

ParticipantsTony SchmittDerik HoltmannJosh BrewerJosh HafnerJeff Crews The permit was under Dan Lamping’s name but due to a last minute injury he was unable to participate. We entered the cave on Saturday morning having everyone at the bottom of the hole by 10am.Our objectives were to fix the tie-in of UL1 and mainstream, check a couple of things noted on the field notes, and then head upstream to the Round Room to get some better sketches, and add a cross section through the room. We headed upstream to UL1. At UL1 we could not find any survey stations up on the mud slope or ledge. There is a brass pin in the ceiling near UL1 , but it didn’t appear to be tied into any survey that we knew of. Maybe it is, I would have to ask Bob or Dan about that. Anyway, we looked around for a good hour trying to find at least one recoverable station. We could not find any. They have either been washed away, or moved for photography reasons, as the one station we really wanted was in a formation area...

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2020 Members Meeting Presentations

This post contains links to the presentations from the 2020 Member's Meeting. 2020-AnnualMeetingAgendaDownload 2020-BiologyProjectDownload 2020-Stream-Flow-ReportDownload JeffPage-2020ReportsDownload USBank 06-30-20 reconDownload To use the KML file linked below you must have a copy of Google Earth installed. Once you have that, then download and unzip the file. Open Google Earth, choose File-Open and navigate to the KML file. CarrollCave_7-23-2020-KMLDownload

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12 July 2020 Round Room rescue cache

12 July 2020 Round Room rescue cache

Permit number 2007-03 Participants - Bill GeeSeth ColstonKristen GodfreyJim Cooley This trip was originally planned to be a training session for Seth and Kristen. I wanted to show them the route to the Round Room as part of their trip leader knowledge. We were also going to use the trip to test some light detector systems. At the last minute we added another goal, which was to inventory the rescue cache at the Round Room. The four of us met at the silo shortly after 8:00am Sunday morning. Gearing up and getting down the shaft was straight-forward since all of us had been there, done that. We were all in the cave by 9:10am. We immediately set off to upstream Thunder River heading for the Round Room. It was a relaxed pace with Seth and Kristen leading. Just before the Rock of Doom I placed a light detector behind a rock. We picked it up later on the way out of the cave. At the UL2 entrance Seth and Kristen made sure they understood the layout - which way goes into UL2 and which way...

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11 July 2020 Data Logger Service

11 July 2020 Data Logger Service

Carroll Cave data logger and rescue cache inventory Permit numbers 2008-01 and 2007-02 Data logger participants - Seth ColstonKristen GodfreyKayla RosenKayla HeadyMartin CarmichaelTyler SkaggsMelissa Shippy Rescue Cache inventory - Jay KennedyNick KennedyRita WordenBill Gee This trip was originally planned to be just a data logger service trip. The goals changed and evolved, especially in the two weeks leading up to the trip. Even on Saturday morning no one was completely sure who was going to be there and what the teams would be. By the time everyone got there we had three goals: 1) Download the data loggers.2) Inventory the rescue cache at the Round Room.3) Test the light detector devices that Jim Cooley and I have been working on. I arrived Friday late afternoon to camp. Jay and Nick Kennedy, Seth Colston and Martin Carmichael arrived over the next few hours. I hung a rope in the silo so that Jay could do some vertical practice work with Nick. Martin and I also used the rope to...

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Large photo of formations at UL2 entrance

Our master photographer Rick Hines has stitched together several photos of the formation area at the entrance to UL2. The result is too large to host directly on this web site. Rick posted the photo to Gigapan. The link below should open it up for viewing. This is one of the best formation areas in the cave. It is extremely difficult to light because of the contrast. Normally there is either too much light and everything washes out, or there is too little and everything is dark. Getting it just right, as in this photo, is an art. UL2 Entrance Formations

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8 March 2020 Surface Work Day

Carroll Cave Work Day 8 March 2020 Jeff Page Tim Delk Kellen Delk Bill Gee A few weeks ago Tim Delk made a trip to the Carroll Cave silo. He made notes on the electrical system installation, and planned for some upgrades. On March 8 we had a work day for Tim to implement some of the upgrades. We accomplished some other work as well. I drove down early Saturday morning, arriving at the silo just a few minutes after 0800. The survey team from yesterday's survey trip (March 7) was just waking up. I talked to Tony Schmitt for a few minutes about what they found, then went out to do some exercise walking. Sometime in the two or three days before the gravel trail has been repaired. Additional gravel was dumped in a soft spot where the field drains across the trail, and more gravel was put down toward the silo. The gravel trail now goes all the way to the silo. Jeff Page arrived about 0930. By that time the survey crew was just about gone. Tony, Jeff, Alex Litsch and I chatted for a few...

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