Carroll Cave Reports Blog

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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6 Sep 2020 Camping trip report

Trip report by Nathan Taylor. Trip date: 2020-09-06Project manager:Trip purpose: Camping onlyAreas of Cave visited: CampgroundTrip participants: Sam Taylor, Ben TaylorEntry Time: n/aExit Time: n/aThe trip report: My two sons (age 10 and 6) and myself camped outside the cave as an end of summer getaway (and opportunity for my wife to prepare for their home based education this fall). We arrived at 3:15 on Sunday afternoon (Sept 6). We departed at 8:00 Monday morning. The boys enjoyed thinning the cricket population (we left with 50 in a bag that they used for fishing bait Monday morning) and helping to gather some firewood. We brought a small amount of wood from the wood pile as well as some from the brush pile near the gravel drive. We did peek in the building including looking in the cave from the floor. I explained some of the rescue gear and how cavers descend/ascend. I did not request entry to the cave in my permit but tried the gate code to open the cave lockbox in order to show...

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Message from CCC President Jeff Page

This goes out to all Carroll Cave Conservancy members, past and present. On July 25th of this year, CCC held its annual meeting over the Zoom platform. Being an even year, there was an election of officers held. Your new officers are Jeff Page, President, Jay Kennedy, VP, Bill Gee, Recording Secretary, and Kristen Godfrey, Treasurer. Our bylaws allow the elected officers to recruit five at-large board member positions to ensure a broader perspective on the issues facing CCC.Your new board of directors includes the officers listed above along with Bob Lerch, Dan Lamping, Terry Sherman, Jim Cooley and Rick Hines. This group will be meeting by email or other medium to discuss and resolve issues confronting CCC over the next two years. My first official act as president is to inform CCC that we've received a generous donation of $1000 from the Springfield Plateau Grotto specified to the Pic Walenta Memorial Fund. Donations in Pic's name will be dedicated to the campground improvements...

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25 July 2020 – Minutes of the Members Meeting

Carroll Cave Conservancy - Meeting Minutes 25 July 2020 Rick Hines opened the Zoom meeting at 0930. Attendees -Rick HinesBill GeeJeff PageJaime EulissMarty GriffinJay KennedyNick KennedyMartin CarmichaelHou ZhongKristin GodfreyJim CooleyJullie CottrellBob LerchDan LampingSeth ColstonRHS?? Rick Hines called the meeting to order at 1008. Minutes from last meeting were noted as being posted on the CCC web site. No one had any changes, so they were accepted as written. Jeff Page presented the treasurer's report. The current balance is $4228.90. Last year we had about twice that. Most of the payouts went to Troy Fredrick for building the gravel road and the gate. Jeff pointed out that Bill Pfantz' passing means we will be paying the whole freight on the electric bill - about $350 per year. This is just about offset by the dues we take in. Rick reported that Troy Frederick should be moving the gate soon. As of last weekend (July 18) it had not yet been done. Old business - No one had any...

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