Carroll Cave Reports Blog

07/07/07 – Lucky 7’s Day (Williams/Lerch)

Carroll Cave Survey Trip Report Submitted by Shawn Williams and Bob Lerch Dates: July 7, 2007 - Lucky 7's Day Area Mapped: Re-survey of Upper Thunder from the Backdoor Entrance Book: Ben Miller, Dan Lamping, Bob Lerch Instruments and Tape: Shawn Williams and Tony Schmitt Time In: 11:30a Time Out: 11:30p Duration: 12 hours With only five people, we were in a quandary about the optimal approach for starting the re-survey of Upper Thunder. Well, even Ben has an occasional good idea, and today he came up with a particularly good one. He proposed that we have three bookman (Ben, Dan, and I), spread through the passage as per our usual leap-frog approach, and have Shawn and Tony rotate between each bookman and read instruments. This actually worked quite well, but it did require six measuring tapes (2 per bookman) and a lot more caving for the instrument boys. Each bookman was set-up with two long shots, since its all huge passage, and about the time you would be done sketching, Shawn and...

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04/07/07 – mapping Paradise Passage[CR3] (Lerch)

Carroll Cave Survey Trip Report Submitted by Bob Lerch CCC#140 Date: April 7, 2007 Areas Mapped: Paradise Passage (CR3) Cavers: Spike Crews, Dan Lamping, Andy Lerch, Bob Lerch, and Amber Spohn Time In: 12:30p Time Out: 2:00a on 4/8 Duration: 13.5 hours Our goal for the trip was to finish off Paradise Passage, and survey past the infamous Azure Pool of Carroll Cave. We had already mapped over 2500' in this large and well decorated side passage, ranking in it as the 4th longest side passage to date. . With 5 people, we broke into two teams: Team 1 - Amber, Andy, and Bob; Team 2 - Dan and Spike. My team continued the main survey, starting at CR3-37. We began in some very large passage (~50' wide), and enjoyed generally easy surveying for the first several shots. By CR3-42, the passage narrowed to about 20' wide, but it was also much more decorated than anything we had seen so far in Paradise. Meanwhile, Dan and Spike went to survey a lead at CR3-39a1, where they got only one shot before...

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02/03/07 – Surveying Upper Thunder beyond the Breakdown Barrier (Lerch)

Carroll Cave Survey Trip Report Submitted by Bob Lerch CCC#140 Date: February 3, 2007 Areas Mapped: Upper Thunder beyond the Breakdown Barrier Cavers: Dan Lamping, Andy Lerch, Bob Lerch, Ben Miller, Amber Spohn, Jeremy Stayton, Rita Worden Time In: 12:00p       Time Out: 3:00a on 2/4                   Duration: 15 hours One of our goals for 2007 was to push to the end of the three major trunk passages (i.e., Natural Entrance, Upper Thunder, and Lower Thunder). So, to begin a new year of caving, we decided that the first of the three termini (or is that terminuses?) we would push was Upper Thunder, well beyond the Breakdown Barrier and to the end of known cave. It's a solid 2.5 to 3 hours of caving at a steady pace to make it from the Backdoor entrance to the beginning of the Barrier. We suited up for the Barrier, and of course, there was plenty of water pumping through it, and everyone got nice and wet right from the get-go. After some grunting and groaning, we all made it through...

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08/05/06 – the Mighty 3M Passage in UL2 (Lerch)

Submitted by Bob Lerch August 5, 2006 Area Mapped: 3M Passage (Meandering Muddy Madness) in UL2 Ben Miller, Spike Crews, Bill Gee, and Bob Lerch Time In: 10:00a       Time Out: 9:00p                  Duration: 11 hours Since the 3M kept going, we thought that pushing this side passage off of a side passage was a good goal for the trip. After plotting the July data, we could see that we were heading west in the direction of Paradise Passage of all places. 3M and Paradise both skirt along the ridge to the north of Traw Hollow, running parallel to Upper Thunder and Carroll trunk passages, but they are still a long way from each other. As we started into the cave, we were optimistic about the possibility of the going passage in 3M. We arrived muddy and sweating at the lead after about 2 hours of solid caving. After some needed food and water, we got down to surveying for the day. We continued the “main” survey to the west, leaving the going south fork for another day. We decided to stay...

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Carroll Cave Survey Trip Report, July 1, 2006

Carroll Cave Survey Trip Report Submitted by Bob Lerch Text Box: Dates: July 2006 Area Mapped: 3M Passage (Meandering Muddy Madness) in UL2 Cavers: Team 1 – Amber Spohn and Andy Lerch Team 2 – Dan Lamping, Bob Lerch, and Bill Gee Time In: 10:00a on 7/1 Time Out: 12:00a on 7/2 Duration: 14 hours July 1, 2006 We decided to head back to the UL290a lead (see Figure 1 below) after more than a year since the last trip out this way. The lead had been unenthusiastically described as going, but very muddy by the previous two trips in this side passage off of a side passage. The trip to where the 90a lead goes off is a little over an hour of fairly easy caving, but once we were in it, we got worked hard for the next 45 minutes in this climbing, twisting, muddy, and some times crawling passage back to the lead at UL2-90a26. We split into two teams for the leap-frog survey in modest sized passage (10-15’ wide and 6-7’ tall) with a small meandering stream. We noticed several (~7) cavefish despite...

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07/01/06 – 3M Passage (Meandering Muddy Madness) in UL2

Submitted by Bob Lerch Dates: July 2006 Area Mapped: 3M Passage (Meandering Muddy Madness) in UL2 Cavers: Team 1 - Amber Spohn and Andy Lerch Team 2 - Dan Lamping, Bob Lerch, and Bill Gee Time In: 10:00a on 7/1       Time Out: 12:00a on 7/2                Duration: 14 hours July 1, 2006 We decided to head back to the UL290a lead (see Figure 1 below) after more than a year since the last trip out this way. The lead had been unenthusiastically described as going, but very muddy by the previous two trips in this side passage off of a side passage.  The trip to where the 90a lead goes off is a little over an hour of fairly easy caving, but once we were in it, we got worked hard for the next 45 minutes in this climbing, twisting, muddy, and some times crawling passage back to the lead at UL2-90a26.  We split into two teams for the leap-frog survey in modest sized passage (10-15' wide and 6-7' tall) with a small meandering stream.  We noticed several (~7) cavefish despite the very low flow...

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05/06 – mapping a mile+ in DL7 (Lerch)

Submitted by Bob Lerch Dates: 5/26-29/2006 Area Mapped: DL7 Cavers: Team 1 - Dan Lamping, Kim Chiles, and Bob Lerch Team 2 - Joe Sikorski, Ashley Fleming, and Amber Spohn Time In: 11:00p on 5/26    Time Out: 3:00p on 5/29               Duration: 64 hours With the last minute addition of Joe and Ashley, we had a nice sized group for a productive weekend of mapping, with two teams of three people.  We got in late, as usual, for the wet trip to the camp at Jerry's Cairns. Upon arrival, camp was quickly set up with people spreading over the various levels of the camp. The survey objective was to map the two forks of DL7. We had pushed to the junction room, and now we were ready to head the survey down each fork. I led Team 1 up the north fork into continuing trunk passage. Joe led Team 2 down the south fork, but his team also had the junction area to sketch. 5/27 The survey began at DL7-34, about 45 minutes travel from camp. The north fork is large and complex meandering passage, much...

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04/06 – further into Paradise-CR3(Lerch)

Submitted by Bob Lerch Date: 4/1/2006 Area Mapped: Paradise Passage (CR3) Cavers: Team 1 - Bill Gee and Bob Lerch Team 2 - Dan Lamping and Tony Schmitt Team 3 - Amber Spohn and Val Schmidt Time In: 11:00a on 4/1       Time Out: 2:00a on 4/2                  Duration: 15 hours In April, we continued our push into Paradise Passage with three teams of two. Dan and Tony picked up where last month's survey left off, in a highly decorated area of nearly wall-to-wall formations. Amber and Val leap-frogged to some modest sized passage (16' wide by 15' high) with a small, meandering stream and almost no formations. Bill and I pushed further to an area where the passage is much wider (up to 60'), but with low, undercut meanders on the west side (right, looking in) of the passage and a series of domes on the east side. Footage totals were: Team 1, 685.6 feet; Team 2, 342.0 feet; Team 3, 495.3. Total = 1522.9 feet (0.29 miles).  In just two trips, we mapped 2465.1 feet (0.47 miles), and we have...

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3/15/2006 Area Mapped: Round Room and UL3

Date: 3/15/2006 Area Mapped: Round Room and UL3 Cavers: Bob Lerch, Dave and Kristen Levy, and Ben Miller Time In: 10:00a on 3/15    Time Out: 1:00a on 3/16                Duration: 15 hours We did a mid-week trip for the first time in my experience with Carroll because my friends, Dave and Kristen, came to Missouri for a week of Ozark caving, with me as their guide to the underground. We worked it out with Ben so that he could join us, giving us the minimum number of people needed for a permit. We had two objectives for the trip: 1) re-shoot some shots near the Round Room, where we had a loop error problem; and 2) push the last remaining lead in the south east arm of UL3. We made good time to the Round Room and re-shot the loop quickly as all the stations were well marked. We took a short break before heading into UL3, which was sure to be a tough trip. The route to our lead in UL3 is nice walking passage at first, but after about 30 minutes, the passage becomes wide and low. The...

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