Moose Mountain Ski Tour -- 8 February 2004

1.0 Overview

The Moose Mountain Ski Tour is a fun opportunity to ski some of the cross-country and backcountry ski trails on our local mountain. Starting from the parking lot on Moose Mountain Lodge Road, we will select a suitable route to the south summit and return.

The south summit of Moose Mountain, at 2222 ft, affords nice views to the east, looking across Goose Pond towards Mt Cardigan. The Appalachian trail climbs to the south peak from Three Mile Road, and then continues north along the ridge towards Lyme. The old Wolfeboro Rd crosses the saddle between the north and south peaks. In addition to these trails, there are numerous other ski trails on the mountain.

This outing is a good opportunity to learn cross-country skiing, to expand your cross-country skiing skills to backcountry conditions, and to gain experience in winter travel. If you don't want to ski, come on snowshoes.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will meet at the roadside parking lot on Moose Mountain Lodge Road on Sunday at 0900. After assessing the groups abilities and ambitions, we will select a route for the tour. Possibilities include the easy trail along Mink Brook, to more challenging routes to the South Summit. We will stop for lunch on the trail, and return to the cars by 1300.

This outing is a good opportunity to learn cross-country skiing, to expand your cross-country skiing skills to backcountry conditions, and to gain experience in winter travel.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Sunday, 8 Feb 04
0900 -- Assemble at the parking lot on Moose Mt. Lodge Rd. Check equipment and plan route.
0915 -- Depart.
1100 -- Arrive summit??
1200 -- Lunch wherever we are
1300 -- Return to cars.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

We will match the difficulty of the route and terrain to the skill level of the participants. This is a winter outing, and although the summit of Moose Mountain is relatively benign, it can be cold, wet, and windy.

Trail difficulty ranges from easy grades on woods roads (e.g., the Harris Trail), to narrow, winding, steep trails (e.g., the AT).

2.4 Special Requirements

None. Open to all scouts, scouters, and parents.
There are no skills prerequisites for this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 4 Feb 04

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 8 Feb 04

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Suitable clothing for the weather.
  • Winter dayhike gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections.
  • Snacks, water, lunch???
  • Cross-country or backcountry skis. (Don't forget poles and boots...)
  • Ski wax if necessary for your skis.
  • Climbing skins if you have them.
  • Snowshoes if you don't have skis.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • None

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Map: Canaan Quad.
  • Survival Gear
  • Spare skins
  • Wax

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Parking Lot off Moose Mt Lodge Rd
    Drop-off Time: 0900 Sunday, 8 Feb 04
    Pickup Point: Same
    Pickup Time: 1300, Same Day

    Directions: From downtown Hanover, take East Wheelock Street and Trescott Road to Etna. At the T intersection with Hanover Center Road, turn left follow the Hanover Center Road north through Etna Village to Ruddsboro Rd (about 3/4 mile; just before Etna Church). Turn right on Ruddsboro Rd. Follow Ruddsboro to Old Dana Rd (about 2 miles, passing the turn for Three Mile Rd). Turn left on Old Dana Rd. Follow Old Dana Rd to Moose Mt. Lodge Rd (about 1/2 mile; just past the big pond on the right). Turn right on Moose Mt. Lodge Rd. The parking lot is on the left in about 200 yards.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee


    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Hoge
  • Mr. Brown

    Approved GCH

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