Carroll Cave Reports Blog

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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6/10/12 – Proposed ByLaw Changes

CARROLL CAVE CONSERVANCY, INC. (A Kansas Not for Profit Corporation) BYLAWS Article I    Board of Directors Section 1.    Duties.  The Board of Directors shall: Conduct business according to Roberts Rules of Order, revised by these By-laws. Conduct most business through Standing and Special Committees. Pass items of business by a simple majority, except as provided elsewhere in the Articles or By-laws. Conduct routine business at the annual meeting or via email.  Items for possible board action via email shall be presented to the President.  At the President’s discretion, he may electronically post a motion for a board vote board with or without a deadline for voting.  When and if a majority of the board approves the motion, it will become policy. Consist of no less than seven (7) directors. Permit all members of the Conservancy to attend Board meetings. Section 2.    Selection of Directors. Four Directors will be the member elected officers of the Conservancy.  All other Directors...

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6/4/12 – Biology – Dr. Ashley student trip

Permit #:  1206-01 Trip Leader name:  Bill Gee Trip date:  4 June 2012 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Biology - Dr. Ashley student trip Areas of Cave visited:  Convention Hall Trip participants:  Bill Gee, David Ashley, Students Entry Time:  9:30 am Exit Time:  4:45 pm The trip report:  Students: Ian Newport Jake Trimmer Tracy Zander This is the annual trip with Dr. Ashley and students from his "Ozark Cave Biology" class.  The class is sponsored by St. Louis University and involves three weeks of intensive field work studying flora and fauna of Missouri caves.  Carroll Cave is one of the caves they visit. I drove down early Monday morning arriving at the schoolhouse a few minutes after 8:00 am.  I went straight up the hill to the silo and rigged the rope, then came back down to the schoolhouse.  Dr. Ashley and his three students arrived at 8:45am.  After introductions we all drove up the hill. With a small group, it did not take long to get everyone geared up.  Dr. Ashley...

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4/14/12 – “PED172 Intermediate Cave Exploration”

Permit #:  1204-1A and 1204-1B Trip Leader name:  Bill Gee Trip date:  14 April 2012 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Education Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  DJ Hall, Craig Hines, Dr. David Ashley, students (see report) Entry Time:  10:15 am Exit Time:  7:15 pm The trip report:  Participants - Bill Gee (trip leader) Dr. David Ashley Craig Hines DJ Hall Students: Breit, Brad Flanagan, David Hunt-Viehland, Samantha Jarrett, Nathaniel Montgomery, Lisa Ostrander, Alyssa Smith, Ashley Swindler, Joshua Voltmer, Leah Time in - 10:15 am Time out - 7:15 pm Areas visited - Carroll Passage, Angel Pool Every few years David Ashley runs a class at Missouri Western State University called "PED172 Intermediate Cave Exploration".  The class activities include a cave trip into a cave that requires more expertise than is required for the “PED171 Beginning Cave Exploring” class which is a prerequisite for the PED172 course.  All students had visited Skaggs Cave...

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3/22/2012 – Carroll passage trail marking

Trip Leader Name:  Andy Isbell / Rick Hines Date of Trip:  3 - 22 - 2012 Project sponsoring trip:  Restoration Specific Purpose:  Trail marking Areas of Cave TO BE Visited:  CarrollPassage List of participants:  [trip-leader] Flash , Redbone , Cave Wookie/Bad Air , Hello Kitty , Criminal Ben , Captain Patric ,Crash Angle , Nathan Tayler , Brian Dexter Estimated time of entry and exit:  In - 11:00am Out 6:30pm Have you completed your trip reports from all previous trips? Yes Comments- 3 - 22 - 2012  Carroll cave Trail marking Participants: Flash Redbone Cave Wookie/Bad Air Hello Kitty Criminal Bin Captain Patric Crash Angle Nathan Tayler Brain Dexter C.C.C. 1 , 14 , 374 , 415 , 417 , 418 , 453 , 439 , 454 Bio - 3 Grotto Salamanders. One of those was near the base of the ladder - 1 millapeed & lots of springtails on one bait stick near boxwork. - maybe 6 bats setting / flying - few Isopods at Bio marker past WB This was just having fun not a real count. Weather - Rain , Cool ,...

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1/14/12 – Report from Trip to: CarrollPassage

Permit #:  1201-1 Trip Leader name:  Bill Gee Trip date:  14 January 2012 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Biology, data logger service Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  Bill Gee - Nathan Taylor - David Ashley - Shelly Field Entry Time:  9:50 am Exit Time:  4:30 pm The trip report:  The original goal of this trip was to download and service all of the stream level data loggers.  Once per year in January I try to hit all of the loggers at once.  This makes it possible to create a one year graph for the previous year.  When Dr. Ashley indicated an interest in the trip, I quickly changed it to a biology project trip which would also hit the data loggers. Everyone made this a day trip.  Nathan and I met at the farm store in Harrisonville a few minutes after 6:00 am.  From there it was an easy drive to the cave.  We arrived at the schoolhouse about 8:30 am to find no one else was there.  Since I needed to do some work on the rain gauge logger, we decided...

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10/22/2011 – Field Phone Installation

Permit #:  1110-2B Trip Leader name:  Cyle Riggs & Andy Isbell Trip date:  Oct/22/2011 Trip purpose:  Field Phone Installation Areas of Cave visited:  Upstream Thunder Trip participants:  Cyle Riggs, Andy Isbell, Mike Camden, Greg Herin, Kayla New, Pradeep Sapkota, Joshua Shock Entry Time:  11:30 AM Exit Time:  9:00 PM The trip report:  Friday night, on the way to Carroll Mike Camden (a Communications Technician for the US Army) and myself stopped at the Fire Station in Camdenton to inspect the field phone gear and retrieve a working set. We found 2/3 of the phones to be in good condition and took one of two 1/2 mile spools of military comm wire. While there Mike Camden trained myself and the two on duty employees at the fire station on how to use the phones as we tested them. The operation of the phones is quite simple: 1. The handsets are attached to the same piece of comm wire. No specific polarity is required on attaching the wires. The wires are attached with the sprung...

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10/29/11 – Annual bat count Carroll river trip

Permit #:  1110-3 Trip Leader name:  Bill Gee Trip date:  10/29/2011 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Annual bat census in Carroll Passage Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  Bill Gee, Jamie Euliss, Charlie Rey, Janet Witteried, Pete Witteried Entry Time:  10:20am Exit Time:  7:30pm 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.  Pete and Janet arrived about 815 Saturday morning.  Charlie and Jamie were a bit late, arriving about an hour later.  We talked for a few minutes, then headed up the hill. Everyone geared up, with the first person dropping into the cave about 10:20.  We were all in by 10:35. I took the opportunity to download the rain gauge data logger while we were gearing up.  In the cave I also downloaded the barometric reference and Thunder River data logger.  When we passed the data logger in Carroll...

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10/22/2011 – Short KCAG Grotto Trip

Permit No.  1110-2 B Submitted by Rick Hines 10/22/2011  Permit #: 1110-2 A TRIP NAME Long Cyle Riggs  Leader Long Andy Isbell  Leader Long Greg Herin Long Joshua Shock Long Kayla New Long Pradeep Sapkota Long Dennis Novicky Long Mike Camden 10/22/2011  Permit #: 1110-2 B TRIP NAME Short Rick Hines  Leader Short Casey Evans Short Lori Schultz Short Don Meier Short Janet Meier ... This trip was originally planned to be a Kansas City Area Grotto, KCAG, trip into Carroll per the CCC’s policy that allows grottos an annual introductory trip for the grotto members.  As the trip evolved it became clear that there would be more new CCC members than non-CCC, KCAG members.  As it turned out, Greg Herin, a KCAG member, was the only caver signed up for the trip that was not a CCC member.   Soon we had 13 cavers signed up for the trip necessitating a second trip and two trip leaders.  Cyle Riggs and Andy Isbell offered to lead a trip to the mapped end of Upper Thunder while Rick would lead a...

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10/16/2011 – Work trip in Cave

Trip Report: Landowner Trip 10/16/2011 Permit No.  1011-1C Submitted by Rick Hines In Cave Surface Help Andy Isbell   Leader Bill Pfantz Cyle Riggs Rick Hines Mike Smoker Nathan Taylor Elliot Skinner The trip was originally planned to be a landowner trip but three days before the trip the landowners on the Sunday trip canceled out.  Rick went ahead with the trip thinking that some of the landowners might change their mind and also to give new CCC members, Nathan Taylor and Elliot Skinner, a chance to see the cave. Since the purpose of the trip was no longer a landowner trip Rick planned to build steps at the upper Thunder River end of the breakdown pile near the Angel Pool Passage for our service project on this trip.  On an earlier trip with the Cave Pirates and we had unsuccessfully attempted to build the steps.  Rick was prepared with a large pry bar for this trip. With a larger crew and the pry bar we were able to roll several large rocks off the higher of two small cliffs at the...

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