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2 and 3 June, 2020 Work Day and Safety Orientation

Update – This event has been canceled. It will be rescheduled to some future date.

From Shannon Robinson:

We have confirmed a date for the Orientation/Familiarization, including Cave Entrance with the MCFPD. It is June 3rd, at 8am. The plan is to meet-and-greet and show the Volunteers of the Mid-County Fire Protection Department (MCFPD) how to access the Site, Silo and Cave. Introduce them to the operation of the Winch, and other safety measures in place. We will awe them with Maps of the Cave. Those that want to can also experience a trip down into the abyss of Carroll Cave. We will entertain 2 groups of MCFPD and other Institutions associated with them (those that MCFPD would call-in to help them) throughout the day. One group of 15 in the morning, and another group of 15 in the afternoon. We will provide Coffee, Hot Choc, Donuts and Bagels to our Volunteers. This is a Rain or Shine event. If it rains, we will address parking then. The goal is to acclimate them to the site and introduce ourselves to each other. 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

2019 Hydrology Project Report

The Carroll Cave Stream Flow Project is complete for 2019. The file linked at the bottom of this post contains all of the raw data, the processed data and full year graphs in both PDF and JPG format.

The data shows two major floods in the cave. One was in early May and the other in early June. The May flood reached just over 8 feet in Thunder River at the ladder, with almost 18 feet below Thunder Falls. The June flood reached about 3 feet at the ladder and 13 feet below Thunder Falls. read more

21 Dec 2019 Survey of area caves

Project manager: Jim Cooley
Trip purpose: Privately owned cave surveys
Areas of Cave visited: Campground
Trip participants: Jim Cooley, Bill Gee, Ken Grush, Seth Colston, Ginny Friedrich
Entry Time: 12/20/2019
Exit Time: 12/23/2019


Cooley, Gee and Grush arrived before dark, Colston well after dark on Friday, 12/20. Ginny arrived 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning. We camped for up to three nights. Cooley replaced locks on the road gate and the silo. Both locks are set to the same combination. All the locks were lubed and some penetrating oil was left in the silo for future lock maintenance. read more