Black Mountain -- 20-21 Oct 12

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1.0 Overview

This outing is an overnight autumn climb of Black Mountain. At 2,836 feet, Black Mountain is not large, but it rises steeply from the Connecticut River valley to a rocky summit, so in fall conditions it provides plenty of challenge. The approach over the Chippewa trail is quite steep in places, and it may present a few difficulties. Depending on the weather there could be ice on the trail and on rocky slopes. This trip is an excellent mountain backpacking trip for motivated scouts of all abilities.

This outing provides an opportunity for Scouts working on second class to complete the 5-mile hike requirement.

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 about two miles, crossing bodies of water (the beaver ponds), and several very steep slopes. October can bring cold conditions, so we should be prepared for cold and possibly wet 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. Depending on time and interest, there are several interesting things to do at the summit. We could make an excursion to Tipping Rock or check out the rocky south ridge, and do map work.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday, 20Oct12
1100--Meet at the recreation center. Rigorous gear check.
1200--Arrive at trailhead.
1215--Start on trail 1330--Lunch on trail.
1600--Arrive at campsite.
1615--Unpack and set up camp.
1645--Training activities and exploration.
1900--Evening activities.

Sunday, 21Oct12
0730--Wake up.
0900--Break camp. Police and pickup.
1130--Arrive at trailhead (Limekiln Rd).
1230--Arrive Hanover (Community Center).

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The weather conditions could be cold and wet, and proper clothing will be essential. Be prepared for the wet-cold-windy environment. Ther is no water available at the immediate campsite. There is, however, an old well just off trail a few hundred yards to the south of the summit where water is available. There is also a summit bog to the north of the campsite that may also have water. Both of these sources will require purification. The campsite is well protected from the weather by being off the summit and in the woods.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 10Oct12

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 18)ct12

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel.
  • Standard overnight gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, and survival equipment sections.
  • Adequate clothing and sleeping bags for the cold night and possibly wet weather!
  • Each pair of scouts needs a map of Black Mountain.
  • Compass.
  • 2 Liters of water.
  • Tents and cooking by buddy group.
  • Meals:
    Saturday: lunch (cold), dinner (cooked), snacks.
    Sunday: breakfast and trail food for the hike out.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Map: East Haverhill Quad. East Haverhill Quad

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 1100 Sat 20Oct12
    Pickup Point: Same place
    Pickup Time: 1230 Sun 21Oct12

    Outbound. All cars leave from community center Saturday morning (approx 1015) for the trail head of Black Mountain.

    Inbound. Sunday morning all drivers will head back to the recreation center. It may be possible to drop the Scouts back to their homes.

    Driving Directions to trailhead: I91 N to exit 16. VT/NH25 E to Piermont. NH10 N to Haverhill. NH 25 E through Pike to left on Limekiln Rd. Limekiln Rd N about 4 miles. The trailhead is on the right at the first left curve after a long straight section.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Adam

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Mendelsohn
  • Mr. O'Toole
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    Approved YJB 13Oct12

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