Trip leader training outline

The attached document is an outline of the topics covered during trip leader training. Although it is mainly intended for those who are leading trips in Carroll Cave, the information is useful to anyone who participates on a trip.

This outline was created some years ago. It is still relevant, though a few items are dated.

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Trip Report – 9 March 2019

Editor’s note – This trip report was written by Hou Zhong.

We had a late start because Terry and I did not have a four wheel drive. We parked our cars after crossing the ‘dry’ creek and before starting up the hill. Then we put our stuff on Cliff’s Highlander. Six of us showed up (three camped inside the silo the night before). We started around 9:00 a.m., and everybody got down the ladder around 10:00 a.m. We headed to downstream Thunder river and turned around just past the Forevers around 1:00 p.m. due to rising water. read more

Surface work March 10, 2019

Bernhard Arnold, Jeff Page, and Rick Hines departed Rick’s home in his truck Sunday morning for a long delayed work day at Carroll. We picked up electrical wire at Menards before hitting the highway. Our next stop was at Randy Bruegger’s home near Warsaw to load barbwire fence he donated. We soon received a call from Jamie Euliss. Jamie and Dustin Young had been on a Thunder River trip Saturday and stayed overnight in the silo so they could work cutting wood Sunday. The recent thaw and rains had left the pasture saturated. Their truck was stuck and they were hoping we could pull them out. So we made a stop at Walmart and bought a tow strap. We left the road and started up the hill to the silo but soon found we could not get up the hill. So back down the hill and over to Rusty Clark’s place to see if it might be possible to enter from the east. I knew Rusty was on vacation but when we saw someone working on his place we stopped. We met Mike, Rusty’s longhorn business partner. Mike said we were welcome to cross the pasture and offered to lead us with his tractor and also help get Jamie and Dustin out. We made it across the pasture but it was very soft and slick. Mike hooked his chain up and made quick work of pulling Jamie out. We gave Mike a tour of the silo and gave him some flyers to post to promote our open house and landowner cave tour. We are lucky to have great neighbors like Mike and Rusty! read more

9 Feb 2019 Surface work day

Carroll Cave Surface Work Report

2/9/2019

I got to the Schoolhouse around 6pm on Friday evening. I was surprised to see the schoolhouse area was tore up from some bulldozer work. A new gate leads into the schoolhouse area.

I pulled the camper in, having to slip into four wheel drive to get through the ruts.

I set up the camper, fired the heater up and settled in for a chilly evening. The overnight forecast was for temperatures in the single digits. read more

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