Black Mountain -- 20 March 2004

1.0 Overview

This outing is a winter overnight climb of Black Mountain for both younger and older scouts. At 2,836 feet, Black Mountain is not large, but it rises steeply from the Connecticut River valley to a rocky summit, so in winter conditions it provides plenty of challenge. The approach over the Chippewa trail is quite steep in places, and it may present a few difficulties. The rocky summit will provide a classic winter mountaineering experience, and the snow and weather conditions will make for serious winter camping.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will approach the Chippewa (Haverhill Heritage) Trail, starting at the trailhead on Limekiln Road. The trail is only about 2.5 miles, but we should be prepared for serious weather conditions. The Chippewa Trail briefly follows a woods road before starting the ascent. The trail then goes through a spruce forest and then lastly over a section of bare rock. After climbing and setting up camp, we may do some technical climbing or another activity. There should also be opportunities to do some ice climbing for those with ice axe and crampons. In the morning we will break camp and return to the base by way of the Chippewa Trail.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday, 20Mar04
0900 -- Meet at OHP.
1030 -- Arrive at trailhead.
1430 -- Arrive at summit.
1500 -- Set up camp, climbing with time permitting
1700 -- Dinner
1930 -- Campfire
2100 -- Lights Out

Sunday, 21Mar04
0800 -- Breakfast
1000 -- Strike Camp
1030 -- Begin Descent
1200 -- Reach Trailhead
1330 -- Arrive in Hanover

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

This climb should be well prepared for and is not to be taken lightly. The weather conditions could be serious, and proper clothing will be essential. Expect snow, ice, rock, and cold conditions. Snowshoes will be recommended, as it is likely we will have deep snow. Water is available by melting snow. The campsite is fairly level and well protected from the weather, both by being off the summit and in the woods.

2.4 Special Requirements

Ice axe training is required to use ice axe or crampons.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Critical Dates

Announcement Date: 3 Feb 04
Roster Closing Date: 17 Mar 04

3.2 Costs


3.3 Equipment

3.3.1 Individual Equipment

  • Winter camping gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections.
  • Adequate clothing for the weather!
  • Snowshoes recommended.
  • Ice Axe and Crampons optional. (You must have T45 ice axe training to use these!)
  • Personal Climbing Gear (harness, rack, tie-in, helmet, descender) optional.
  • Class A uniform for travel.

    3.3.2 Patrol Equipment

  • Patrols should plan for tenting and cooking arrangements.
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reserve Lunch

    3.3.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • AMC Map 5, or East Haverhill Quadrangle, or Library Copy.
  • Rope (9mmx120ft, 2 ea)
  • Ice Screws
  • Chocks

    3.4 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Old hospital parking lot.
    Drop-off Time: 0845 Sat 20 Mar 04
    Pick-up Point: Delivered home
    Pick-up Time: Approx 1400 Sun 21 Mar 04

    Drivers We will do final coordination of transportation at the OHP on Saturday morning. Please volunteer to drive.

    Directions: NH 10 north through Haverhill. Right on NH 25, east to East Haverhill. Left on Limekiln Road, north about 4 miles to trailhead parking. The spot is on the right at the first left curve after a long, straight section.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee


    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Brown
  • Mr. Scavone

    Approved 18 Mar 04 GCH

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