Carroll Cave Reports Blog

7/20/2013 – Data Logger servicing

Trip Leader name:  Bill Gee Trip date:  20 July 2013 Trip purpose:  Download Carroll River data logger Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  Bill Gee, Jed White, Roger Preston, Jarrett Ellis Entry Time:  2:45pm Exit Time:  5:15pm The trip report:  The main goal of this trip was to download the data logger in Carroll River.  I last downloaded it in January, and I feared it might be getting nearly full.  As soon as the annual Carroll Cave Conservancy meeting was over, I drove out to the silo and rigged Bob Lerch's rope.  We used Bob's rope because his survey trip for the same day would not end until well after we were done.  Rather than try to swap ropes, we just used his rope. I arrived at the silo about 1:30pm.  After rigging the rope and getting mostly dressed, I sat around for a few minutes.  Jarrett, Jed and Roger all arrived about 2:15.  After everyone was dressed, Jarrett went down the shaft first.  Jed and Roger had never been in Carroll Cave before, so I...

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7/20/2013 – CCC Annual Members Meeting

CCC Annual Members Meeting Minutes Members Meeting 10:00am Saturday July 20, 2013 Mid County Fire Protection District station in Camdenton Present at meeting: Officers: Bill Gee, President, Joe Sikorski, Vice President, Jeff Page Treasurer & substitute Secretary. Members: Krista Bartel, Jarrett Ellis, Rick Hines, Dan Lamping, Bob Lerch, Bill Pfantz, Roger Preston, Jed White, Kerry Rowland. Bill Gee called the meeting to order 10:10. Minutes of the last meeting – Jim Cooley was not present, Bill said the minutes were available on the website. Committee Reports Treasurer's Report (Jeff Page) Bank balance 6/30/13 $7270.47, CCC is in a healthy financial state assuming our operation continues status quo. Memberships (Jeff Page) Membership is at an all time low at 49 current members to date. That is commensurate with the reduced number of cave trips, only 5 in 2013. The second half of the year may show some recovery, but usage and membership are on a declining trend. There was a...

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7/20/13 – CCC Annual meeting agenda

Agenda Members Meeting 10:00am Saturday July 20, 2013 Mid County Fire Protection District station in Camdenton Sign In Open the meeting – Bill Gee Minutes of the last meeting – Jim Cooley Committee Reports Survey (Bob Lerch) Recharge area and dye tracing (Bob Lerch) Treasurer's Report (Jeff Page) Trip Permit system (Jeff Page) Safety and Rescue (Terry Defraties) Biology (Bill Gee) White Nose policy (Bill Gee) Stream Level Monitoring (Bill Gee) Conservation and Restoration (DJ Hall) Web page (Marty Griffin) School house restoration (Terry Defraties) Lease and land owner relations (Rick or Craig Hines) MSS (Bob Lerch) Other topics Life memberships Filing status, 501C3 and Kansas not-for-profit Silo, basement and ladder lighting Fellowship projects Skycrapper maintenance Bylaws changes – Bill Gee and Jeff Page General discussion Data logger download trip, silo at 3:00pm

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6/2/2013 – Report from Trip to: Convention Hall

Permit #:  1306-1 Trip date:  3 June 2013 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Biology student trip Areas of Cave visited:  Convention Hall Trip participants:  Bill Gee, Jeff Page, David Ashley, Shelly Colatski, Amanda Johnson, Elizabeth Kasper, Bryant Tantlinger, James Buerck Entry Time:  10:00am Exit Time:  5:30pm The trip report:  This is the annual Carroll Cave trip for Dr. Ashley's Ozark Cave Biology class.  This year Shelly Colatskie was a special guest. I drove down Saturday afternoon camped at the schoolhouse.  Bill Pfantz and I spend much of the day on Sunday doing some electrical work in the silo.  I replaced the light fixture in the basement with outdoors rated LED lamps and some new conduit.  The two flourescent fixtures in the silo are still there, but disconnected and replaced with LED lamps.  I also had to replace all of the circuit breakers in the panel inside the silo.  They were all badly corroded and only one of them still conducted current.  It is doubtful...

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9 Feb 2013 – Restoration in Carroll Passage

Permit #:  1302-2 Trip Leader name:  DJ Hall Trip date:  2/9/2013 Project manager:  DJ Hall Trip purpose:  Restoration Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  DJ Hall 343, Krista Bartel 409, Heidi Fletcher 460, Austen Peters 462, Jack Peters 461, Megan Gruenbacher 464, Kyle Lewis 459 Entry Time:  12:00pm Exit Time:  5:05pm The trip report:  The restoration team cleaned up the area around the ladder. Approx 105 pieces of foreign matter was collected around the ladder area. The team then hiked to the Giants formation, approx halfway to the water barrier, and removed human placed mud from a number of formations and attempted to erase the wide elephant trail in the vicinity. A pathway was marked through the area to prevent the development of a wide elephant trail. The team then visited thunder falls and proceeded to exit the cave without incident.

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2012 Stream Flow Project Report

2012 Stream Flow report During 2012, there were several major rises in the stream level in Carroll Cave. All occurred in the spring, from late March to mid-May.  The second half of the year saw no stream level events.  The stream level fell very slowly to what is probably close to a record low level at the end of December. The rain gauge logger shows two major rain events. March 20 5:00am to March 21 11:30pm - 4.71 inches April 13 4:00am to April 15 11:30pm - 4.11 inches There were several more events in early and mid May of around an inch and a half. The level in Thunder River began rising at about 9:30pm on March 20.  The crest was 11:30am on March 22 at just over 11.5 feet.  Normal stream level in Thunder River is just over 1 foot.  The crest receded almost as fast as it came up, going under 2 feet about 3:00am on March 24. The corresponding change in UL2 was rise beginning at 11:30pm on March 20 and peaking at 3.6 feet at 6:00am on March 21.  The...

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1/5/2013 – Biology student trip

Trip Leader name:  Bill Gee Trip date:  5 January 2013 Trip purpose:  Biology student trip Areas of Cave visited:  Convention Hall Trip participants:  See trip report Entry Time:  11:00am Exit Time:  6:30pm The trip report:  Participants - Bill Gee (trip leader) Jay Kennedy Andy Isbell (Trip leader) Krista Bartel Jarrett Ellis David Ashley (Instructor) === Students Mark Mills (Instructor) Matt Dear Cooper Jacobs Heather Loe Derin McQuiston John Powell Ben Schumacher Lacie Thomson Bethany Thornton Willie Walker Colton Zirkle This trip was organized for students enrolled in the "Cave Ecology" course taught by Dr. David Ashley at Missouri Western State University.  The class was taught as an inter-semester session during the normal break between fall and spring semesters.  In about 2 weeks of all day, every day learning and field activities, the students gain a couple of credit hours. The class spent five or six days doing work in caves, including Berome Moore and Ozark Underground...

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Online visitors – 12/31/12

Site: "carrollcave.org" [ http://carrollcave.org ] Total counter state: Hits: 34605     Hosts:        5001     Visitors:     8712     Sessions:     11045 From the beginning of the month: Hits:         802     Hosts:        110     Visitors:     226     Sessions:     277     New Visitors: 208 Last week: Hits:         232     Hosts:        42     Visitors:     81     Sessions:     91     New Visitors: 71

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10/27/2012 – Annual bat census Lunch Room to Mountain Room

Permit #:  1210-1 Trip Leader name:  Bill Gee Trip date:  27 October 2012 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Annual bat census Lunch Room to Mountain Room Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  Bill Gee, Sherry McKnight, Steve Atteberry, Ethan Haslag, Cyle Riggs Entry Time:  10:00am Exit Time:  9:40 pm The trip report:  This trip is the annual bat census and biology survey that we do every year around the end of October.  I drove down Friday after work and camped at the schoolhouse.  Sherry arrived shortly after dark.  The next morning Steve and Ethan arrived a few minutes before 9:00.  We all drove up the hill to start gearing up. The first thing that catches your eye is the burned out remnants of Bill Pfantz' camper.  There is not much left.  Even the steel frame is warped and buckled from the heat.  It's a wonder the trees next to the camper did not burn down. We were just about to declare a four-person trip when Cyle showed up.  Everyone was geared up...

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7/14/2012 – Carroll Cave Conservancy Annual Board & Membership Business Meeting

Minutes of the Carroll Cave Conservancy Annual Board & Membership Business Meeting Held at the Camden County Mid-County Fire Protection District Main Station in Camdenton, Missouri July 14, 2012 Open the meeting (Bill Gee) President Bill Gee called the meeting to order at 10:12.  Eleven members were present. Minutes of the last meeting (Jim Cooley) Bill Gee asked if there were any changes or corrections to minutes of the last meeting, which were posted on the website.  There were none. === Committee Reports=== Survey (Amber Spohn) Amber Spohn, reporting for Survey Chair Bob Lerch, presented two updates on line plots and survey statistics.  reported that total surveyed length last year was 18.79 miles, this year the total stands at 19.71 miles.  The survey is 665 feet past the lake room and still going, but it looks like it’s about to shut down in an area known informally as Diarrhea Falls, where the last survey crew stopped in a belly crawl.  There are also leads in the ceiling...

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