Black Mountain Day Hike -- 6 Oct 2001

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. At 2,836 feet, Black Mountain is not large, but it rises steeply from the Connecticut River valley to a rocky summit. The approach over the Chippewa trail is quite steep in places, but is a relatively easy hike for those without a lot of hiking experience. The summit offers wonderful views of Mt. Mooselauke and the White Mtns. There are several lookout spots along the trail that are nice places to rest.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

Scouts will meet at the old hospital parking lot in Hanover at 7:00 am. Rides will be arranged, and the whole group will depart by 7:30 am. Everyone should reach Black Mountain around 8:30 am. We will approach the summit via the Chippewa Trail starting on Limekiln Rd. The ascent is about 2.5 miles. Everyone should reach the summit by 12:00 pm, and enjoy a nice lunch. At 1:00 pm, the group will start back down the Chippewa Trail, and reach the cars by 3:00 pm. Scouts should arrive back in Hanover at 4:00 pm.

2.2 Schedule of Events

6 October 2001

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

This is a moderate hike with some steep sections along the trail. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended. There is often no water at the summit; each hiker should carry at least two liters of water. Be prepared for New England Fall 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: 2 Oct 2001

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 6 Oct 2001

3.3 Costs

None

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

3.4.3 Troop Equipment

3.5 Transportation Plan

Drivers will be possibly be needed. 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.

Drop-off Point: Old Hospital Parking Lot (OHP)
Drop-off Time: 0700 6 October 2001
Pickup Point: Drivers will call parents if pickup is needed.
Estimated Return Time: 1600 6 October 2001

4.0 Leadership

4.1 Planning Committee

Greg B.

4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Gregg Hoge
  • At least one other adult is needed.

    Approved subject to availability of a second adult.

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