Mountain Biking and Climbing Trip
Change 2 - 18 Oct - Updated climbing information; see below
The Troop 45 Scouts will conduct a mountain bike clinic, rock climbing day and campout on Oct 19-20. Particpants will be able to choose either mountain biking or rock climbing.
The outing will begin on Saturday morning when we will meet at the intersection of Three Mile Road and the Appalachian Trail. We will make a short hike along the AT to a campsite where we will set up camp and prepare for the two simultaneous excursions.
Biking: After a brief bike inspection, we'll tune our bikes and ride on the trails around Moose Mountain and work on technique. We want to Ride, LEARN, and have Safe Fun while building Troop 45 Spirit. Bikers will return to camp for lunch and a short rest; then they will resume riding for the remainder of the afternoon.
Climbing: We have secured permission to climb on the cliffs at Winslow with a few restrictions. After we setup the campsite we will return to the road and drive to the Winslow cliffs for a day of climbing. We will eat lunch at the cliffs and climb more in the afternoon.
Both groups will return to the campsite for dinner and an evening campfire. Sunday morning we will have breakfast, break camp and return to Three Mile Road for pickup/transportation.
2.2 Schedule of Events
Saturday 19 October
0900 - Meet at intersection of Appalachian Trail and Three Mile Road. See this map for exact location.
0930 - Arrive at campsite and set up camp.
1000 - Mountain bikers review rules, perform preride checks and begin biking.
1000 - Climbers depart for Winslow cliffs.
1200 - Bikers return to campsite for lunch; climbers eat on the trail.
1300 - Biking and climbing continue after lunch.
1600 - All participants return to campsite.
1630 - Prepare and eat dinner. Cleanup.
1930 - Campfire.
2030 - Possible night walk for star gazing.
2130 - Quiet.
2200 - Lights out.
Sunday 20 October
0700 - Reveille
0730 - Breakfast
0830 - Break camp
0845 - Hike back out to 3 Mile Road
0900 - Pickup
2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty
This outing is open to Scouts of all biking or climbing abilities. Orientation and instruction will be provide for those without prior experience.
Weather forecast calls for temperatures to range from in the 50s during the day to the upper 20s over night. Pack and dress accordingly.
2.4 Special Requirements
Mountain bikes may not be ridden on the Appalachian Trail. Since we will be camped along the AT, bikers will need to walk their bikes for a short distance.
Helmets will be required for all mountain bikers and climbers.
3.0 Administration and Logistics
3.1 Announcement Date: 9 October 2002
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 18 October 2002
3.4.1 Individual Equipment
Mountain bike and helmet for biking portion of outing.
Climbing harness optional for climbing portion of outing.
Basic overnight camping gear. Use the checklist! Be Prepared or in the words of a famous early American pioneer and explorer, "Don't fergit nuthin!"
Climbers who have ropes and racks should bring them.
3.4.2 Patrol Equipment
Food by patrol or buddy pair.
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
First Aid Kit
3.5 Transportation Plan
Drop-off Point: Appalachian Trail crossing on Three Mile Road
Drop-off Time: 0900 19 October
Pickup Point: Appalachian Trail crossing on Three Mile Road
Pickup Time: 0900 20 October
4.1 Planning Committee
Andrew - Mountain Biking
Carl - Climbing
4.2 Adult Leaders
SMIC: Gregg Hoge
Approved -- GCH
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