Carroll Cave Reports Blog

2002 Spring MVOR

The spring 2002 MVOR meeting was sponsored by Carroll Cave Conservancy. It has passed into MVOR lore as "the mudfest". Starting Thursday and through most of the day Friday the site experienced very heavy rain. The field was so muddy that nothing was moving. Most attendees had to park on the road and either walk in to a campsite or camp in the road. In spite of the mud - or maybe because of it! - A good time was had by all who attended. CCC wound up making no money on the event because of repairs made to the field. These pictures give some idea of what it was like.

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18 March 2023 Bat Roost Logger service

18 March 2023 Bat Roost Logger service

Trip leader - Bill Gee Participants - Martin CarmichaelSarah PetersonTristin WhetstineDiana DawsonCaleb MundwillerErica HroblokAngie Wooden Permit number 2023-004 This trip had four goals. The main goal was to replace the batteries and memory card in the bat roost logger located next to the big guano pile at the Lunch Room. This prepares the logger for the upcoming maternity colony which should start moving in around the end of April. The second goal was to replace batteries and memory card in the cave intrusion detector located near the ladder. Goal three was to collect some water samples for Tyler Huth. He is doing isotope analysis. The fourth was to introduce some new cavers to Carroll Cave. All four goals were accomplished during the trip. Tristin Whetstine drove to the campground Friday evening and spent the night. It was chilly, with morning low on Saturday around 20F. I drove to the cave early Saturday morning arriving about 7:50am, shortly after sunrise. The low temperature...

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25 February 2023 Putting a roof on the pavilion

25 February 2023 Putting a roof on the pavilion

Report by Rick Hines. Crew: Rick HinesMike KovacsCliff Gill and daughterJeff BowmanJohn McGuireNathan and Sam TaylorDennis MurphyMarty GriffinBill GeeShawn Kober With an excellent crew we were able to get the trusses and battens up and sheet metal roofing on in one day! On prior work days we: ·         Surveyed the location for the shelter house. ·         Drilled eight 3-foot deep holes for the posts and spread a gravel base. ·         Plumbed and crossed braced the posts and attached a horizontal beam at the top, and set form boards for the concrete pad. ·         Placed rebar and poured and finished the pad. Originally, I planned to work the weekend, but due to a rainy forecast for Sunday we decided to work just on Saturday.  John McGuire, Dennis Murphy, and I left my house early to arrive at the silo at about 7:30 AM....

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13-15 January 2023 Survey in Tomorrow-Morrow Land

13-15 January 2023 Survey in Tomorrow-Morrow Land

January 13 – 15, 2023 DL7 – Back to Bartertown Tomorrow-morrow land and beyond By Chad McCain It had been a year since we last mapped (my first trip to DL7) in Bartertown past Push Camp. I had been eagerly anticipating a return to the end of survey at L51 in Tomorrow-morrow land. Tony Schmitt, Michael Bradford and I met up at the property early in the afternoon on Friday, with a light snow cover, to do some Distox calibrating and overall final prep for the camp trip. Eventually Ben Miller rolled in, as well as Cathleen Yung, Seth Colston, Joe Sikorski and last but not least, Isaac Smith. Ben Geisert, Derik Holtman and Logan Dowd also arrived to camp on the surface for their day trip. We entered in 3 separate groups and got settled into Jerry’s Cairn by 10:30 p.m. or so with the goal to get up at 7:00 a.m. to roll out to Bartertown! Joe, Michael, Isaac and I rolled out around 8:45 a.m. and we made good time reaching push camp in just over 2 hours and we were at the end of survey an...

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14 January 2023 Survey in Upper Thunder River

Trip report by Spike Crews Project manager: Bob Lerch Trip purpose: Survey Leads Areas of Cave visited: Upstream Thunder Trip participants: Derik Holtmann, Kyle Mann, Jeff Crews Entry Time: 10:00 Exit Time: 19:30 The trip report: I made it to the silo around 9 AM and met up with the folks going in. We broke into two teams. Kohl Mitchell, Ben Geisert, Logan Dowd were going down stream and we were going upstream to work on leads. We made a detour to the start of the Apparition Ave passage to show Kyle the entrance. I couldn't remember if there was still an old tarp in the passage for placing over some flowstone to manage mud in that passage, so I asked Kyle to see if it was there and bring it out. Kyle found the tarp wrapped up and pulled it out of the passage. We took it to the river to wash it off a bit and stashed it to take to the Round Room on our exit. We continued up to two small leads near the breakdown barrier(UR4 and UR5) each were surveyed with a few shots. I took the...

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17 January 2023 – Survey in DL2

17 January 2023 – Survey in DL2

Date: 1/17/2023 Location: Carroll Cave Goals: Survey the DL2 passage of Carroll Cave Participants: Kohl Mitchell, Ben Geisert, Logan Dowd Time In: 10:00 AM Time Out: 11:00 PM Bio Count: 4 cave fish; 2 cave salamanders; several bat carcasses Report Written By: Kohl Mitchell Ben Geisert, Logan Dowd, and myself were the first team to enter the cave on Saturday morning, dropping in at about 10:00. Our mission was to return to DL2, a lead off of Lower Thunder River previously surveyed by Alex Litsch, Cathleen Yung, and myself on the last survey weekend in August. We’d dug out a ~10 foot mud fill, breaking into small walking/stooping passage beyond. We stopped the survey as we reached the fill, so this was where we began this time around. Ben and Logan began setting stations and getting measurements, while I tried to wrap my head around the sketching. It didn’t take long before we got a good rhythm going, and began making our way down the passage. After we broke through the mud fill, the...

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13-15 January 2023 – DL5 quad survey

Tony Schmitt Ben Miller Seth Colston Cathleen Yung Trip report by Tony Schmitt and Ben Miller We entered the cave on Friday evening around 6:41. With our crew of three, Ben, Cathleen and Tony all at the bottom by 7. Seth was coming in later with Chad McCain crew. We made it to camp at Jerry's Cairn right around 9pm. settling in and having dinner. The rest of the in-cave camp crew showed up about 10:30. Saturday morning everyone was up early around 6, mostly due to Isaac’s stupid alarm. It worked out because we got out of camp at a reasonable time to head downstream past DL7 to check leads on the DL5 Quad. This from Ben Miller: Lead near "Big Tex" at D192 : Lead went 29 ft, surveyed with 1 shot. Lead at D195A1 : Note for map "Possible lead accessed via vertical wall for 7 ft to 4 ft high possible passage, unable to determine whether passage continues or not.  There is a second alcove, to the right of the main "lead" which appears to head over main passage." Leads at 198A : Surveyed...

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7 January 2023 – Data logger service trip

7 January 2023 – Data logger service trip

Permit number 2023-001 Participants: Bill Gee (trip leader)Nathan TaylorMike KovacsCandace KovacsChloe Kovacs Time in = 9:10am, time out = 3:15pm This is a regular trip taken in early January to download data from all of the stream flow data loggers in Carroll Cave. Along with data collected in July, a set of full-year graphs is generated showing rainfall activity and changes in the stream level. Nathan and I drove to Carroll Cave early Saturday morning. We arrived at 7:45am. On the drive we went through a few sprinkles of rain, just enough to require a few swipes of the windshield wipers. The temperature was a few degrees above freezing, so I was not worried about slick roads. We found gate at the road was properly locked with the two padlocks chained to each other. At the silo we unlocked the cave and installed the rappel rope. I then tried to download data from the rain gauge logger. It did not work even after several attempts. I gave it up with the intention of trying again after...

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