Carroll Cave Reports Blog

30 October 2021 Bat Census Trip

Participants - Bill GeeKristen GodfreyMatthew HernandezJohn RothMartin Carmichael Time in 0915, time out 1815. This was the annual bat census trip in Carroll Cave. We run this trip near the end of October every year. This year, besides counting bats, we had an additional task to exchange batteries and memory card in the bat roost detector in the Mountain Room. We also moved the bat roost detector to a new position that gives it a better view of the passage to the natural entrance. I drove to the camping site Friday afternoon, arriving about 1615. Even though it had rained about 3 inches in the previous 7 days, the field was not soggy at all. I found two of the lawn mowers were completely upside-down, and the third had obviously been moved from where we parked them. I turned the mowers over and parked them inside of the windbreak. I found a jug of gasoline laying on its side by the silo with no cap on it. It is almost certainly no good anymore. I did not try to run the red mower,...

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9 Oct 2021 Convention Hall Photography Trip

Trip purpose: PhotographyAreas of Cave visited: Upstream Thunder, Convention HallTrip participants: David Fairbairn, Shannon Zaloz, John Roth, Victor Munsen, Cliff Gill, Alaina Borra, Kathy Christensen, Becca Marlin Entry Time: 10:00 amExit Time: 4:30 pm Alaina and I arrived Friday night shortly before 10pm and quickly set up camp. The grass in the driveway was about knee high which made it difficult to see if there were any hazards in the gravel on the way in. Saturday morning Kathy was the first to arrive at 8:30 followed shortly by everyone else. This was the first time in Carroll for 3 cavers so there was much discussion of what gear to wear/ bring into the cave. The first caver went down the shaft at 10:00am, and the last person was in the cave at 10:45. We all headed up Thunder and made our first stop at Angel Pool Passage for pictures and a snack break. From there we continued on with a goal of finding Convention Hall, which we arrived at around 1:30pm. Shannon and crew...

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31 July 2021 Annual Member’s Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Carroll Cave Conservancy annual meeting - 31 July 2021 The meeting was held via Zoom conference. Attendees were Jeff PageBill GeeRick HinesDan LampingJay KennedyNick KennedyMarty GriffinJulianne RamseySeth ColstonKristen GodfreyJim CooleyJulie CottrellMartin CarmichaelHou ZhongAlex LitschDave ForanBill Copland The meeting was called to order at 10:04 by president Jeff Page. Minutes from 2020 were approved. Voting method chosen - Ask only for disapprovals. If no one disapproves then the vote carries. Discussion about Pic campground. The campaign ends today. We don't know exactly how much money we have yet.The maps were published online last year. No problems have been seen.The gate from the road to the field was moved into the field 50 feet. A major safety improvement. More gravel was added to the road, and it seems to be holding up well.Trees planted around the silo. Some have died, which will affect a discussion about fencing.Bill Pfantz' area is mostly cleaned up. Our...

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12 July 2021 Guano Pile Check

12 July 2021 Guano Pile Check

Guano pile quick check Participants - Bill GeeRita WordenSeth Colston Time in - 8:00am, Time out 11:00am For many years we have assumed that Carroll Cave was a summer host to a maternity colony of grey bats. The bats use several guano piles located in Carroll Passage upstream from the Lunch Room. We have done trips through there in October for about 15 years. The guano gauges always show signs of use at sometime in the previous year. We have never had any more accurate idea of when the bats are roosting over the guano piles. In March 2021 a trip went through the area on the way to the Mountain Room. In March we saw no signs of use on the guano piles. A survey team went through in early May. They reported no sign of either bats or usage on the guano piles. If maternity colonies are using the cave, they should be there from about early April through mid to end of August. The facts did not agree with our assumptions, so we decided to run a very quick trip to the guano piles t see what...

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11 July 2021 Upstream Thunder River to Mapped End

11 July 2021 Upstream Thunder River to Mapped End

Participants - Bill GeeSeth ColstonJohn RothMartin CarmichaelHou ZhongRita Worden Time in 9:15am, Time out 5:20pm The weather situation for this trip was very dicey. We did not know what we were going to do until we got into the cave. The forecast for the night before the trip was for 1 to 2 inches of rain. Some rain did fall, but it was only 0.15 inches which is not enough to seriously affect the stream level. The daytime forecast called for showers after lunch. A shower did indeed happen, but less than 0.10 inch. The original goal of the trip was to do a biology survey beyond the mapped end of the cave. A secondary goal was to place a rescue cache at the Mapped End and to add some items to the rescue cache at the Round Room. In the end we accomplished only the rescue cache goal. I camped the night before the trip. Everyone else came in the morning. We were all onsite by about 8:30am. We geared up and started down the shaft. John Roth was the first person down at about 9:15....

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10 July 2021 Data Logger Service Trip

Participants - Bill GeeGeorge TengelShawn PaxtonRebecca CarpenterJosh HutchinsonKent Melchiors Time in 9:15am, Time out 3:45pm This is the annual summer trip to download data from all of the data loggers in the cave. The loggers only hold about 7 months of data, so we visit them every 6 months or so. I drove to the silo campground Friday afternoon, arriving about 4:00pm. After parking the camper, I started the lawn mower. The grass was not all that high except right nround the camper. I mowed in front of the silo, around the picnic table and around my camper and truck. I also ran a string trimmer. My string trimmer is a small battery-powered device that just does not have the power to deal with tall grass such as what is under the picnic table. I took a look at some of the cedar trees we planted back in March. They all seem to be doing fine. They are all green, and it looks like they have put on some growth. Someone set rubber roof tiles around each of the cedar trees to keep the...

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1 May 2021 Survey Project

1 May 2021 Survey Project

This post contains links to two trip reports and a collection of photos. The trip reports are from Bob Lerch and Chad McCain. This was Chad's very first trip in Carroll Cave, and his report has some first-timer impressions. This link goes to DropBox. All of the photos are credited to Dan Lamping. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vuur38tjuam6guq/AACWUBCTISl8nWgEIu2cDLOOa?dl=0 Carroll Trip Report_5-1-2021_LerchDownload Carroll Cave 5.1.2021_McCainDownload

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28 March 2021 Surface Work

Date of trip: 28 March 2021 Participants: Rita WordenBill GeeKayla HeadyCharles HeadyAlexander HeadyDavid Heady Rita Worden's trip report Many thanks to Kayla Heady and her crew for their help planting the little baby trees at the Pic Walenta Memorial Campground at Carroll Cave! The planting was easy enough, but the camping, campfire-ing, sleeping(what sleeping?) and just plain thinking were challenging due to near gale force winds the entire time. With Bill Gee's help we planted 11 bald cypress near the frog pond, 25 red cedars for a wind break (ohh yeah) and 10 white oaks for shade. We also did some collective thinking-out-loud as to the location for the pavilion. After we left Bill mowed around the cedars and I returned w/ tomato cages for the oaks and some Deer-Off to discourage browsing by our Long Horn friends. I hope it works and will be returning on Friday to check on it all. Bill Gee's trip report This work day was organized by Rita Worden with the goal of planting a bunch...

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27 March 2021 Work Day

Trip report by Nathan Taylor. Myself and my two sons (6 and 10) arrived at the silo on Friday, March 26, at approximately 7:00 PM. We set up our tent and spent some time wandering around the silo area. We spent a very windy night sleeping and ended up with the tent tied to the car to keep it upright. Saturday morning, after some breakfast, we made our way to the schoolhouse. We pulled nails from a load of lumber and also sorted out rotted, broken, or otherwise too far gone lumber for burning. While we worked in and around the schoolhouse several trucks were working to move cows. A couple of them stopped to say hello. One who passed himself as the owner told me to take what we wanted from the schoolhouse but not to worry about cleaning it up or getting it all out as he would just burn off any trash or other material left behind. He also mentioned he had begun stashing some trash inside (we noted some piles of empty feed bags and other new detritus). I told him thank you. Over lunch we...

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21 March 2021 Restoration Project

21 March 2021 Restoration Project

Participants - Bill Gee (Trip leader)Seth ColstonKristen GodfreyNathan TaylorRita WordenGrace Welch Time in - 8:45amTime out - 12:30pm This trip is a prime example of how goals and plans can change even at the last minute. The original plan had been to run a biology survey and rescue cache service trip to far Upper Thunder River. We were going to have two trips in two days. When we all got in the cave on Saturday, the day before this trip, we found that the level in Thunder River was about a foot higher than normal. That would have made a long upstream trip very difficult. As a result, we changed plans Saturday night! The resulting trip was completely different. For the revised trip we established three goals. One was to clean up (Finally!) the carbide dumps in the Rimstone Room. Second was to rebuild the rock wall that marks the trail around the Giant formation. Third was to perform some testing of the cave intrusion detectors by placing them in various hiding spots and seeing if...

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