Smarts Mountain Day Hike -- 15 June 2002

1.0 Overview

This is hike is designed to allow scouts working towards second class to complete requirements for a five mile hike and land navigation skills. Smarts Mountain, prominently visible from Route 10, just north of Hanover, is the first peak north of the Dartmouth Skiway on the Appalachian Trail. The summit offers wonderful views in all directions from atop the fire tower. There are several lookout spots along the trail that are nice places to rest and to practice map and compass skills.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

Scouts will meet at the Hoge's house on Ferson Road at 9:00 am. Rides will be arranged, and the whole group will depart by 9:15 am. We will travel to the Lambert Ridge trailhead on the Dorchester Turnpike north of the Dartmouth Skiway. The ascent is about 3 miles. Everyone should reach the summit by 12:30 pm, and enjoy a nice lunch. At 1:30 pm, the group will start back down the Lambert Ridge Trail, and reach the cars by 4:00 pm. Scouts should arrive back in Hanover at 4:30 pm.

2.2 Schedule of Events

12 June 2002

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

This is a moderate hike with some steep sections along the trail. Sturdy hiking boots are required. There is often no water at the summit; each hiker should carry at least two liters of water. Be prepared for New England weather - could be anything!

2.4 Special Requirements

None. This outing is open to all scouts, scouters, and parents.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 12 Jun 2002

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 14 Jun 2002

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

3.4.3 Troop Equipment

3.5 Transportation Plan

Drop-off Point: Hoge's house on Ferson Road (Ferson Road turns off of 2 Mile Road about two miles north of Hanover Center)
Drop-off Time: 0900 15 June 2002
Pickup Point: We will call parents on return to Hoge's house.
Estimated Return Time: 1630 15 June 2002

4.0 Leadership

4.1 Planning Committee


4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Gregg Hoge
  • Mr. Simpson

    Approved GCH

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