Carroll Cave Reports Blog

10/15/2011 – Annual Landowners Trip

Trip Report: Landowner Trip 10/15/2011 Permit No.  1110-1A and 1110-1B Submitted by Rick Hines In Cave Help   Surface Help   Guest DJ Hall    Leader   Mike Smoker   Jacqualin Hill (Hunter’s mother) Cyle Riggs   Leader   Bill Pfantz   Hunter Hill (8) Rick Hines       Danny Cottrell (Shaw’s Father) Brandy Riggs       Shawn Cottrell (10) Chandra Ruff         Keith Mader         Andrew Manson         Juliane Shaw         During the year Jenny Fry collects names of friends and neighbors that express an interest in seeing Carroll Cave.  This year just prior to the trip we were expecting 11 guests on Saturday and six guests on Sunday.  A few days prior to the trip we were down to nine guests on Saturday and zero on Sunday.  When I arrived on Saturday morning I learned that we were only expecting six guests. A...

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6/27/2011 – Ben wins grad. international award!

A well desreved honor for one of our own   http://wkunews.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/wku-grad-wins-international-award/ Good Job Ben! 12/2010 - Masters Theses & Specialist Projects The Hydrology of the Carroll Cave-Toronto Springs System: Identifying and Examining Source Mixing through Dye Tracing, Geochemical Monitoring, Seepage Runs, and Statistical Methods This is a link to Ben Millers Masters Theses project on Carroll Cave

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3/25-26/2011 – Arkansas Cave Pirate Weekend at Carroll

Permit #:  0311-1A Trip Leader name:  Andy Isbell Trip date:  3/25/2011 Project manager:  Restoration Trip purpose:  Improve trail below Thunder Falls, Pirate intro Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  Patric Reedy, Holly Reedy, James McKnight, Sherry McKnight, Ben Porter, Susan Milum Entry Time:  12:05pm Exit Time:  6:00pm The trip report: Arkansas Cave Pirate Weekend at Carroll, March 25-26, 2011 Trip Report By Rick Hines with Upper Thunder report by Bill Gee Andy Isbell and I camped at the schoolhouse Thursday night in preparation for Friday and Saturday Carroll trips for the Cave Pirates, a group of Cavers I met at Ennis Cave in Arkansas. Originally a nonmember trip was offered the Cave Pirates but due to their desire to take minors and do multiple trips the Pirates joined the CCC.  (The CCC policy on nonmember trips should be updated to clarify our policy on minors and multiple trips in a weekend).  Fourteen Cave Pirates joined the CCC.  The following...

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Stream Level graphs – full year 2010

This message contains graphs shows the full year of stream level graphs for 2010. Some explanation is required. The rainfall graph is composed of three data sets. The line sections that go down indicate where the data changes from one set to the next. You have to visually "stack" the three sections of the graph to see how the rainfall accumulated over the year. Rainfall is shown as a cumulative total. When the graph is going up, it is raining. A horizontal graph is no rain. The graph for the Carroll River logger has a long flat spot in the middle, running from late May through early October. The flood in mid-May knocked the logger off of its anchor and up onto a rock shelf. The result is the logger was out of the water for that entire time. The spikes in the cave air temperature graph are from handling the logger while downloading. Ignore them. 2010-CarrollRiver.pdf 2010-CaveAirTemperature.pdf 2010-OutsideAirTemperature.pdf 2010-Rainfall.pdf 2010-ThunderRiver.pdf...

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1/15/2011 – Hibernating bat census in Carroll Passage

Permit #:  1101-3 Trip Leader name:  Bill Gee Trip date:  15 January 2011 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Hibernating bat census in Carroll Passage Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  Bill Gee, Chandra Ruff, Andrew Mason, Jeff Page, Terry Defraties Entry Time:  10:15am Exit Time:  7:30pm The trip report:  When we did the annual bat census trip back in October, there was some discussion about whether the numbers counted on that trip represented the actual usage of the cave by hibernating bats.  A decision was made to run another bat census trip in January specifically to look for clusters of hibernating bats.  The goal was to make a fast trip to the Mountain Room looking for bats, and possibly send two people out to the water passage since the surveyors report that is where most of the hibernating bats are. Due to snowy roads and cold weather, the team and plan for the trip was changing as late as Friday evening.  Eventually we wound up with five...

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1/7-9/2011 – Survey in upper Thunder

Permit #:  1101-1 Trip Leader name:  Jeffrey Crews Trip date:  1-7-2011 Project manager:  Bob Lerch Trip purpose:  Survey leads in Upper Thunder Areas of Cave visited:  Upstream Thunder Trip participants:  Jeffrey Crews, Laura Sisken, Ian King, Lyle Hutchens, Kele Thrailkill Entry Time:  12:00 1-7-2011 Exit Time:  14:00 1-9-2011 The trip report:  After dropping the shaft we made our way upstream to the Round Room arriving 2:30.  We spent about an hour setting up camp using the large tarp staged at the round room and 2 smaller tarps we had packed in. After getting camp set up and downloading gear into our small day packs, we headed to our objectives.  Our first objective was to go to the UR2 side passage.  This is a pretty good lead as it has water flowing to Thunder River and there is a high lead not far away that it could be draining.  We paused near station U140 were I pointed out the high lead to the group.  I mentioned that I would like to bring in a small tree stand ladder, if...

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12/03/2010 – CCC Survey announcement

Over the last 8 years a dedicated group of cavers has undertaken the task of surveying Carroll Cave under the auspices of the Carroll Cave Conservancy. In August 2002, the CCC completed the backdoor entrance dig project and the survey started the following month. We have now reached a major milestone in the life of the survey – 18.11 miles (95,630.9 feet) of estimated passage length – making Carroll the 2nd longest cave in Missouri and by far the longest cave in the Salem Plateau. The survey of Carroll is far from complete and additional mileage will be added in the coming years, but it is highly unlikely that we will threaten Crevice’s status as the longest cave in MO. Bob Lerch NSS/MSS/CCC

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10/30/10 – Annual bat census to CarrollPassage

Trip date:  30 Oct 2010 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Bat census Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  Bill Gee, Andy Isbell, Ryan Frey, Lori Schultz, Beth Drury Entry Time:  9:30am Exit Time:  7:30pm The trip report:  This is the annual bat census trip from the Ladder to the Mountain Room.  We have done this trip for about the last six years to see what creatures - especially bats - are in this section of the cave.  We also photograph the guano gauges to see how much activity they have received over the year. Everyone was at the schoolhouse before 9:00 am.  We went up the hill in two trucks, geared up and were heading down the shaft by 9:30.  The trip to the Water Barrier went quickly, and by 10:15 we were through.  The first task was to stop at a riffle and count isopods.  We also placed a set of five tiles at this riffle. The isopod count was very low, and I realized later we had counted the wrong riffle.  The correct riffle is another hundred feet...

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