Friday afternoon I returned to Carroll Cave for my long-anticipated 2nd trip into the cave. Being a SEMO caver, I have no shortage of long caves to survey including the 1st, 2nd, 7th and the 17th longest caves in the state. I was invited on a weekend underground camp trip to push leads in the remote part of the cave, nay the most remote part of Missouri!read more
Recently, 8 cavers descended into Carroll Cave to continue mapping in the Bartertown area of DL7 in Lower Thunder River. The area had not seen much attention since 2011. We’ve long had the goal of getting some new people familiar with that remote arm of the cave for a while as well as the desire to finish some remaining leads in that section of the cave. To help make sense of the area and place names, here’s some context along with some history of our efforts at pushing the frontier of DL7.read more
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.
Trip date: 2020-12-26 Project manager: Bob Lerch Trip purpose: Cartographic objectives in Upper Thunder River Areas of Cave visited: Upstream Thunder Trip participants: Bob Lerch, Joe Sikorski, Isaac Smith and Dan Lamping Entry Time: Noon Exit 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.read more