Carroll Cave Reports Blog

9 Feb 2019 Surface work day

Carroll Cave Surface Work Report 2/9/2019 I got to the Schoolhouse around 6pm on Friday evening. I was surprised to see the schoolhouse area was tore up from some bulldozer work. A new gate leads into the schoolhouse area. I pulled the camper in, having to slip into four wheel drive to get through the ruts. I set up the camper, fired the heater up and settled in for a chilly evening. The overnight forecast was for temperatures in the single digits. Derik arrived around 10:30pm. I was snuggled in reading a good book. I offered Derik the bed on the other side, he happily accepted. We awoke around 7am and layered up. Out the door, coffee, breakfast and sunshine. Schoolhouse. We set the ladder up on the corner to assess the roof flap. Unfortunately the rubber membrane has torn in several places right at that corner. The tear extends 10 or so feet back into the roof. The rubber was also frozen solid. I could not put it back in place. The underlayment of OSB plywood is exposed. Even if the...

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2019 Data logger service trip report

Date of trip - 26 January 2018 Participants - Bill Gee (trip leader) Seth Colston Kirsten Colston Tyler Skaggs Time in - 10:00am Time out - 3:00pm Areas visited - Carroll Passage, Convention Hall This trip was the annual data logger collection trip. The goal was to download data from every data logger. The data from the logger is linked at the end of this post. The trip was originally scheduled for January 12. Due to bad weather (snow-packed and icy roads), it was delayed one week to January 19, and then for the same reason to January 26. 14 people had signed up for the trip, but after delays it turns out only 4 were able to make it. That's OK - We were able to move faster and see more of the sights than usual. I drove down Friday night with my camper. As soon as I arrived and had the camper set up next to the silo, I changed the battery in the rain gauge logger. That requires connecting the logger to a laptop computer so it can be restarted. It only takes a few minutes. Even so, it...

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Southern blind cave fish video

Long-time Carroll Cave explorer DJ Hall put together a 5 minute YouTube video regarding the southern blind cave fish. All of the footage was shot in Carroll Cave. About half of it was taken underwater and shows cave fish in action. There are also some very nice scenes of rimstone dam (the Angel Pool formation) and soda straws. https://youtu.be/BaJL4gjcDmQ

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We got the shaft!

From Rick Hines, president of the Carroll Cave Conservancy: On December 28, 2018, the Carroll Cave Conservancy became the owner of six acres of land around the back door entrance, a 40-foot easement from the back door entrance to the road, and cave rights under 479 acres! We purchased three acres for $6,000 but the remainder was donated by Chris Danuser. The purchase was funded by a donation of $6,000 by caver Ron Jaeger. Part of the agreement requires us to construct a fence around our six acres which will cost around $3,000 of which Danuser is paying $1,500. Jeff Page and I traveled to Lake Ozark, MO for the closing that was proceeded by five hours of negotiation and editing of documents before the signing with attorney Tom Loraine. We had to call in the surveyor, Lonny Allen, to help sort out some of the legal descriptions. There was also a problem that morning with Rusty Clark, the owner of an option to buy the land that included the six acres. I had talked with Rusty the day...

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Carroll Cave register 1975-1980

I was recently given the original register book from Carroll Cave.  This book was kept in the Mountain Room and records trips from 1975 to October of 1980.  The register is scanned to a PDF file.  Download it from this link: CCRegisterDownload

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2011 Hydrology Project report

I was roaming through some old files today and discovered the full-year data from 2011 for the stream flow project.  This data was not posted to the web site.  In the interest of completeness I am adding it. The ZIP file linked below contains three kinds of files.  The .hobo files are the raw data exactly as it comes off the loggers.  In order to use these files you must have a copy of Hoboware Pro software.  The TXT files are plain text in a format that can be imported to a spreadsheet.  The PDF files contain graphs of the data. 2011-CarrollCave-Streamflow Bill Gee

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Meeting Minutes – Board of Directors 23 July 2005

Board Meeting Minutes 11:00 AM, July 23,  2005 Mid County Fire Station, 148 North Hwy 5, Camdenton, MO          Before Meeting Sign in Attended by Bill Copeland – President Randy Bruegger – Vice President Jeffrey Crews – Secretary Rick Hines – Treasurer Bill Gee – Board Member Terry DeFraties – Board Member Jeff Page – Board Member Tom Grant – Observer Andy Isbell – Observer Mike McKinney – Observer Treasure’s Report $4943 in the treasury $310 is earmarked to be spent by rescue Old Business Sauna should be done by October – November, Mike Hartley School House Terry will find out how much it will cost just to get a roof on. New Business Rick Hines made a motion to require the survey committee to provide a plan of action for the next year within 2 months. Motion seconded by Terry DeFraties Motion carried by simple majority with 4 votes in favor. Committee Discussions o        Membership (Randy Bruegger) 96...

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Annual bat census – 27 Oct 2018

Biology Project Trip Report - 27 October 2018 Areas visited - Carroll Passage to the Mountain Room This is the annual bat census trip. We travel the area from the Lunch Room to the Mountain Room counting whatever bats we see, and making note of other critters. Participants - Bill Gee (trip leader) Cliff Gill Tyler Skaggs Kristen Godfrey Chad McDaniel Time in - 10:00am Time out - 7:45pm Permit number 2018-10-1 Chad and I drove Friday afternoon to the schoolhouse where we spent the night. Everyone else arrived Saturday morning by about 8:45. We all drove up to the silo and geared up. This was the very first Carroll Cave trip for both Chad and Tyler. We had to rig up vertical gear for them which took a few extra minutes. Cliff went down the shaft first to help people get off the rope. Everyone was in the cave by 10:30am. I downloaded the two data loggers at the ladder before we left. We arrived at the water barrier about 11:15 and at the isopod count riffle about 11:30. We spent ten...

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Dye tracing and hydrology

I have added a link to a scientific paper by Ben Miller.  The paper discusses the hydrology of Carroll Cave.  As part of the project,  extensive dye tracing was performed.  The result is a comprehensive view of where the water in the cave comes from and where it goes. You can go to the paper from the "Links" section on the right side of the web page or by going to this URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10040-014-1225-y  

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