Bike Hike to Twin Mountain -- 8-9 Sep 12

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1.0 Overview

This outing is an overnight camping trip to the White Mountains with the main activity of cycling through the White Mountain region.

Advancement opportunities include Tenderfoot, Second and First Class advancement, Cycling Merit Badge.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will be meeting the Black Community Center and driving to the Twin Mountain KOA campground in Twin Mountain, NH. After a quick setup and a bicycle safety lesson and check, we will proceed on a day bike hike in the range of 25-30 miles in the beautiful White Mountains. Following return to the campground there will be an evening meal, a bike maintenance clinic, and games.

In the morning, we will break camp, load up the cars and travel to the start point for a second day of biking, again in the range of 25-35 miles. Following the second day bike trip, we will return to Hanover.

Bike trip for Saturday: Twin Mountain, Littleton, Whitefield, Twin Mountain Loop - 30 miles.

Route for Saturday.

Bike trip for Sunday:
Option 1: Bartlett, Bear Notch Road, Kangamangus, West Side Road (Conway), Bartlett Loop - 36 Miles - This loop has a long, evenly paced but reasonable climb for 6 miles at the start with great views of the mountains, followed by some nice downhills and easy riding. A little more challenging, but worthwhile.

Route for Sunday Option 1.

Option 2: Whitefield/South Lunenburg/Lancaster Loop - 27 miles.

Route for Sunday Option 2.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday, 8Sep12
0800 -- Meet at the Black Community Center, check gear and load equipment into cars.
0830 -- Depart from the Black Center for the Twin Mountain KOA Campground.
1000 -- Arrive at the campground and check in.
1020 -- Bike safety lesson and quick snack.
1045 -- Start biking.
1230 -- Lunch.
1300 -- Resume biking.
1600 -- Return to the campground and set up camp.
1700 -- Flags and camp opening.
1715 -- Skills instruction: Bike maintenance.
1730 -- Dinner prep and dinner.
1930 -- Campfire.
2045 -- Bed prep.
2100 -- Taps.

Sunday, 9Sep12
0700 -- Reveille. Cooks start breakfast. Others start striking camp.
0745 -- Breakfast (simple prep only).
0830 -- Strike camp.
0900 -- Flags.
0915 -- Police and pickup. Load cars.
0930 -- Travel to start of second day bike trip.
1000 -- Start biking.
1230 -- Lunch.
1300 -- Resume biking.
1600 -- Arrive at starting point, debrief and travel back to Hanover.
1800 -- Arrive back in Hanover.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The total distance to bike each day is 30-35 miles. There are some hills which are mostly manageable. We will be on state highways for sections of the trip, so good biking safety procedures are imperative. The campsite is an established commercial site with water and toilets available.

September weather is highly variable. Be Prepared.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing. You will need a roadworthy bike that fits well, and you will need and a helmet.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 6Jun12

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 5Sep12

3.3 Costs

  • $25 for food (4 meals) and campsite fee.

    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel and flags. We will be in public.
  • Class B uniform (Troop T-shirt) for the biking and in camp. You are expected to be in uniform throughout this outing.
  • Standard summer camping equipment but supplemented for any possible autumnal weather. (See the Personal Equipment List for a checklist.) Pack as if you were carrying your gear!
  • Bicycle. Make sure it is roadworthy for this trip and that it fits you properly.
  • Bike helmet.
  • Water and a way to carry it while biking.

    You will want to divide your gear between what you carry with you and what you pack for the campground. Suggested breakdown:

    In a small backpack to carry with you:

  • Water
  • Mess kit
  • Rain gear
  • Hat
  • Handbook
  • Compass
  • Sunscreen

    In a larger pack or duffel bag for the car/campground:

  • Tent
  • Spare clothing
  • Towel
  • Other gear you may want in camp

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • Patrol cooking equipment.
  • Saturday Lunch
  • Saturday Snack
  • Saturday Dinner
  • Campfire snack
  • Sunday breakfast
  • Sunday lunch

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Map
  • Bike repair kit

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 0800 Sat 8Sep12
    Pickup Point: Scouts will be delivered home.
    Pickup Time: Approximately 1800 Sun 9Sep12

    Note: we need drivers and cars with bike racks to transport bikes and scouts.
    Current drivers:

  • Mr Mendelsohn: 3 seats + bikes
  • Ms Eilertsen: 2 seats + bikes
  • Mr Low: 2 seats + bikes

    Driving Directions:

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Chairman: Christopher
  • Grubmaster: Matthias

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Mendelsohn
  • Ms Eilertsen
  • Mr. Low

    Approved YJB 3Sep12

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