Carroll Cave Reports Blog

20 March 2021 Bat Roost Detector service

Participants - Bill Gee (Trip leader)Hou ZhongSeth ColstonKristen GodfreyNathan Taylor Time in - 9:50amTime out - 5:30pm In October 2020 during the annual bat census trip, we placed a bat roost logger in the Mountain Room. The main goal of this trip was to retrieve the memory card for analysis. We also installed new batteries in the roost logger, added some stuff to the Mountain Room rescue cache and searched for evidence of bats in an upper level passage. The bat roost logger is made by Titley Scientific. The product web site is https://www.titley-scientific.com/us/the-anabatr-roost-logger.html Vona Kuczynska was kind enough to loan one to the Carrroll Cave Conservancy. We are not sure how long the loan goes for. It will be for at least one year. I drove to the campground Friday afternoon, arriving about 4:00pm. The field was rather soggy due to about 4 inches of rain in the previous week. The gravel road was in good shape. In spite of the rain it was not washed out or rutted. There...

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2020 Stream Flow Project Report

2020 Stream Flow Project Report

The Stream Flow Project is complete for 2020. The ZIP file linked below contains all of the raw data along with graphs. There was only one major flood in Carroll Cave during 2020. That flood occurred on 12 January. The stream level at the ladder reached about 12 feet, and below Thunder Falls it reached almost 21 feet. Other minor floods happened throughout the spring, and there was one minor event in October. The attached ZIP file contains four kinds of files. Graphs of all the data are present in both PDF and PNG format. The PNG files are higher resolution and should let you zoom in to a moderate level of detail. The raw data from the loggers is in the .hobo files. These files can only be opened with HoboWare Pro. There is a free version of HoboWare Pro available for Windows computers only. It is on the vendor's web site at: https://www.onsetcomp.com/files/software/hoboware/HOBOware_Free_Setup.exe All data from the raw files has been extracted to CSV. These files can be opened with...

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9 January 2021 Data Logger Service

Stream Flow Project Trip Report Date of trip - 9 January 2021 Participants - Bill Gee (Trip leader)Krista BartelMartin CarmichaelKayla HeadySandra Galloway Time in - 9:15amTime out - 2:45pm Areas visited - Carroll Passage, UL2, Convention Hall, Thunder Falls This trip was the annual data logger collection trip. The goal was to download all data from every logger, and to change the battery in the rain gauge logger. The last two years (2019 and 2020) this trip has been delayed twice due to weather and icy roads. That was not a problem this year. The field was quite dry and the gravel trail was in good shape. Everyone made a day trip of this. No one camped either Friday or Saturday night. I arrived at the silo about 7:45am. The first task was to change the battery in the rain gauge logger. This takes about 15 minutes. Martin and Kayla showed up as I was getting started, and Martin provided a hand to hold some very small parts. Once that was done, we all started getting dressed for the...

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26 December 2020 Survey

Trip date: 2020-12-26Project manager: Bob LerchTrip purpose: Cartographic objectives in Upper Thunder RiverAreas of Cave visited: Upstream ThunderTrip participants: Bob Lerch, Joe Sikorski, Isaac Smith and Dan LampingEntry Time: NoonExit Time: 9 PM We began looking for tie-in stations near the shaft. It turns out that the beginning of the Angel Pool Passage (T survey) was never sketched. A survey line was run through it as part of the first survey trip of the CCC, but there's no sketch. So, we assessed how much passage needed to be drawn and found tie-ins. This will be a full day's work in the future. Doing mop-up work now, is a good time to remind folks exploring in Carroll Cave to be mindful of survey stations as we sometimes have to tie into old stations to add new survey. One they're moved, though, we cannot use them. Because the cave floods sometimes survey stations get washed away. If ever flagging is found in the stream floor, or buried in mud and has been stomped on, it's...

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26 December 2020 Campground

Trip date: 2020-12-26Project manager: Jim CooleyTrip purpose: Survey Joe CaveAreas of Cave visited: CampgroundTrip participants: Jim Cooley, Seth Colston, Ginny FriedrichEntry Time: Arrived evening or 12/26/2020Exit Time: Departed 9:00 a.m. 12/28/2020 The trip report: We camped for two nights, had campfires both nights, Showed the Joe Cave landowners, Cliff Kivela and Nancy Phenix, the silo and camping area. Cliff (a good friend of Doug Feakes) had seen the sinkhole dig, but not the shaft. We finished the survey of Joe Cave. Report by Jim Cooley

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22 December 2020 Photo Trip

Trip date: 22 December 2020Trip purpose: Photo/intro to CarrollAreas of Cave visited: CarrollPassageTrip participants: Terry Sherman (trip leader), Jamie Euless , Andrew Waters, Abby Waters, Ashley WatersEntry Time: 10:30 Exit Time: 15:30 The trip report: Everyone took a little longer to get lined out, well, the 3 first timers in particular. Everyone entered and exited on pit rope without incident. On our way to the water barrier we stopped at the "best" formation area to take pictures. Immediately past this area we encountered Carroll's boot sucking mud. As Ashley crosses the mud, as if the cave has possessed her spirit, she states, "I've lost my soul! The cave has taken my soul!" Jamie is heard saying, "Oh no, wardrobe malfunction!" So everyone makes their little dig or shares their similar experience with Carroll. Soon the decision to turn back to the ladder was made. Like a trooper and in part thanks to the baseball shin guards she was wearing she made it back to the ladder with...

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7 November 2020 Work Day

Report by Jeff Page. Participants: Martin Carmichael, Jim Cooley, Julie Cottrell, Rebecca Carpenter, George Tengel, Cliff Gill, Rick Hines, Jeff Page. This was one of those days where the stars were in perfect alignment. The credit goes entirely to our adjacent landowners, Tim and Stacy Brown. They spotted us on the part of their land where Bill Pfantz had kept his trailer, boat, vehicles, and junk. Starting the day we agreed to concentrate our efforts on getting this site cleared and checked off the list. Bill's family had come to get the trailer, but left most everything else. Our plan was to load as much as we could onto Rick's flatbed trailer then haul it off. We knew the trailer wouldn't hold all the material and we'd have to leave the rest for a future trip. The Browns showed up early on and offered to haul off all scrap metal if we'd get it sorted out and also brought in an old dump truck for us to fill. We filled the truck bed to the brim in the next couple of hours and...

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19 September 2020 Work Weekend

Report by Jeff Page. Participants: Rick Hines, Bill Gee, Rita Worden, Nathan, Sarah, Sam and Ben Taylor, Matthew Hernandez (new member) and Jeff Page. Cameo appearance by Terry Sherman on Friday evening. All except Rita came Friday evening and camped. The weather was perfect for outdoor activities. We had a few items on the list to be addressed. These things happened more or less simultaneously. Bill and Jeff worked on removing the electric power service to the late Bill Pfantz's yard where he lived intermittenly over the past several years. With Bill on a ladder outside pulling and Jeff on a ladder inside pushing, we got the feed wire out of the silo. Next was Bill up a ladder on the tripod next to the fence removing the wire from its suspension point. Last was to salvage the wire for future purpose by carefully rolling it up and storing. Bill and Jeff also worked on installing a donated cell phone signal amplifier to the silo. After locating a tower with a phone app at a bearing of...

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24 October 2020 Bat Census Trip Report

Participants: - Bill Gee (trip leader)Seth ColstonKristen GodfreyIsaac SmithVona KuczynskaJeanette Bailey Time in - 10:20 a.m.Time Out - 8:20 p.m. This is the annual bat census trip that we run in October every year. This year we had some extra tasks and special participants. Vona is a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who specializes in grey bats, and Jeanette is a biologist with Missouri Department of Conservation specializing in bat ecology. I was very please that both were able to make this trip. I drove to the campground Friday afternoon arriving about dinner time. Seth and Kristen came in later, after I was already in bed. Saturday morning Jeanette and Vona arrived a few minutes after 9:00. Isaac was running late, arriving about 9:50. The weather was cloudy, windy and rather chilly. We all geared up. For safety we hung a second rope in the shaft. Vona and Jeanette both used Petzl ASAPs as a safety device while rappeling, and that requires a second rope. The...

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October 2020 Landowner Trips

Report by Rick Hines 10/19/2020 Four of the five landowner 2020 trips took place October 10 and 11. The fifth trip went in the following Saturday, Oct 17. All five trips went well and hopefully furthered the CCC’s goal to expand awareness within the community of the amazing cave system below their land, that we believe needs to be protected and conserved. The trips visited Angel Pool passage, Thunder Falls, and Carroll passage. We made some new contacts with the locals as we worked to maintain our good landowner relations. Larry Cleveland, President of Ozark Fisheries, enjoyed his first trip into Carroll and invited me to visit him and get a tour of Ozark Fisheries. Larry knows Greg Fry and the Pembertons. He informed me that Duane Pemberton died October 7. I told him I have talked with Duane’s son, Jerry and he suggested I also try to talk with the oldest son Randall. A local fireman, David Martin, liked his trip enough that he joined the CCC. On Sunday Tina and David Stokes, owners...

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