8 March 2020 Surface Work Day

Carroll Cave Work Day

8 March 2020

Jeff Page
Tim Delk
Kellen Delk
Bill Gee

A few weeks ago Tim Delk made a trip to the Carroll Cave silo. He made notes on the electrical system installation, and planned for some upgrades. On March 8 we had a work day for Tim to implement some of the upgrades. We accomplished some other work as well.

I drove down early Saturday morning, arriving at the silo just a few minutes after 0800. The survey team from yesterday’s survey trip (March 7) was just waking up. I talked to Tony Schmitt for a few minutes about what they found, then went out to do some exercise walking. read more

7 March 2020 – Survey of DL4

7 March 2020

Dan Lamping
Tony Schmitt
Josh Hafner
Alex Litsch

Objective: Survey side passage found on previous trip. Experiment with drone in lower Thunder for checking high leads.

Alex, Josh, and I arrived onsite Friday evening around 9pm. We set up camp and rigged the hole to hopefully ward off the inevitable milling about on Saturday morning. It was a cold and windy night on the surface. I was thankful to have my camper. read more

15 Feb 2020 Fixing the SkyCrapper

Trip date: 2020-02-15
Project manager: Rick Hines
Trip purpose: Site Work and MCFPD Site Visit
Areas of Cave visited: Campground
Trip participants: Shannon Robinson, Martin Carmichael, Krista Bartel, Tim Delk, Kellen Delk
Entry Time: 10 am
Exit Time: 3 pm


The trip report: Krista Bartel, Martin Carmichael and I, spent the day Saturday working on the SkyCrapper. The goal was to place it up on bricks and attach the steps. It is now operational. Despite it being frozen to the ground, we figured it out. Our concern is that it will settle this spring so we made the steps self-supporting to prevent damaging them or the SkyCrapper. Many thanks to Krista and Martin for changing there “Fun” plans at the last minute to work on a shit house. read more

8 Feb 2020 Bat Census Trip Report

Biology Project Trip Report

Date of trip – 8 February 2020

Participants – Bill Gee (trip leader)
Seth Colston
Kristen Godfrey
Hou Zhong
Morgan Carson

Time in – 9:40am
Time out – 7:10pm

Areas visited – Carroll Passage to the Mountain Room

The normal annual bat census trip in Carroll Cave is run in late October. Last year (2019) the trip almost did not go due to lack of participation. We wound up doing a partial trip with only three people. That trip only went as far as the Lunch Room. We documented the state of the guano gauges but did not get to count any bats. read more