Black Mountain -- 28-29 Mar 09

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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 snow and weather conditions will make for serious winter camping.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will approach by the Chippewa (Haverhill Heritage) Trail, starting at the trailhead on Limekiln Road. The trail is only about 2.5 miles, but it involves deep snow, crossing bodies of water (the beaver ponds), and several very steep slopes. March can bring almost any weather, so 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. Snowshoes will be essential for travel, both for deep snow and for ice.

After climbing and setting up camp, we may do another activity like making an excursion to Tipping Rock.

In the morning we will break camp and return to the base of the mountain by going north on the Black Mountain Trail. This trail will bring us out on NH 116 in Benton.

Given the difficulty of the approach, the troop will be prepared to camp enroute, but if all goes well, we should be able to camp at the site just below the summit.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday, 28Mar09

1000 -- Meet at the community center.
1130 -- Arrive at trailhead (eat lunch on route).
1430 -- Arrive at summit.
1500 -- Set up camp. Excusion to Tipping Rock if time.
1800 -- Dinner
1930 -- Campfire
2200 -- Lights Out

Sunday, 29Mar09

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 required, as it is likely we will have deep snow.

Water is available by melting snow.

The campsite is well protected from the weather by being off the summit and in the woods.

The forecast is for Saturday to be in the 40's to 50's. We should expect to be dealing with a lot of melting. At night temps in the 20's - so things will freeze.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 4 Mar 09

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 25 Mar 09

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel.
  • Winter camping gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections.
  • Your share of equipment and supplies planned by your tent group.
  • Adequate clothing for the weather!
  • Snowshoes required.
  • Ice Axe and Crampons optional. (You must have T45 ice axe training to use these!)
  • Bring a bag lunch to eat in the car on Saturday.
  • Cooking is by tent group. Bring Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • None. Plan tentage, cooking, and food by tent group.

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • AMC Map 5, or East Haverhill Quadrangle, or Library Copy.

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Rec center parking lot.
    Drop-off Time: 1000 Sat 29 Mar 09
    Pick-up Point: Rec center parking lot.
    Pick-up Time: 1330 Sun 29 Mar 09

    Driving Directions to starting point: 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.

    Driving Directions to pickup point: NH 10 north to North Haverhill. Right on NH 116. Pass the north end of Limekiln Road. Continue on NH 116 for about 3 miles to the village of Benton. Turn right on Howe Hill road and follow the signs to the trailhead. Howe Hill Rd turns just before the intersection with Bradley Hill Rd in Benton.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Charlie

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Smith
  • Mr. Passow

    Approved TPS 24Mar09

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