Winter Shakedown -- 15-16 Dec 2012

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1.0 Overview

Moose Mountain in Hanover is on the Appalachian Trail, and rises to an elevation of about 2300 feet. Although it is not too tall in comparison with other peaks in the White Mountains to the north, Moose Mountain is a place that still warrants respect in the winter environment. This outing is the annual "winter shakedown," an opportunity to get our winter camping equipment and skills in order before the weather becomes too extreme. The hike will provide a modest challenge. There is roughly 3+ miles of travel with packs each day.

This outing will offer scouts of all experience levels to get an early taste of winter hiking and camping. Advancement opportunities include first and second class hiking and troop activity requirements, hiking merit badge requirements. This outing is suitable for the second class 5-mile hike requirement provided the Scouts do the necessary preparatory work in advance.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

This outing is pretty much a straightforward overnight hike in early winter conditions. We will meet at the Community Center and travel by car to the AT crossing on Three Mile Road in Hanover. From there we will hike on the Appalachian Trail to the summit of South Moose. We will eat lunch at the summit. After lunch we will continue north to the Moose Mountain shelter where we will stay overnight. We will conduct various training activities both during the hike and in camp. In the morning we will break camp and continue on the AT to pickup at the crossing of Goose Pond Road. We will then return to the Community Center by car.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday 15 December

0900 -- Meet at Community Center. Final gear check.
0930 -- Depart for Goose Pond Road to spot cars(s) and travel by car to the AT trailhead on Three Mile Road.
1015 -- Arrive at trailhead.
1030 -- On Trail. Climb to South Peak of Moose Mountain.
1200 -- Lunch at South Peak.
1300 -- Depart for Moose Mt Shelter.
1600 -- Arrive at Moose Mountain Shelter and set up camp.
1630 -- Get water.
1730 -- Dinner.
1830 -- In-camp training and game activities.
1930 -- Campfire.
2100 -- Lights out.

Sunday 16 December

0700 -- Wake-Up. Breakfast.
0830 -- Break camp. Police and pickup.
0845 -- On trail to Goose Pond Rd.
1330 -- Arrive at Goose Pond Rd. Debrief.
1345 -- Depart for Community Center.
1415 -- Arrive at Community Center.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

Moose Mountain not very high, and it is early in the season, but this outing is supposed to be our preparation for more severe winter conditions, so be prepared for full winter conditions. An overnight traverse over North and South Moose Mountian, especially in this season, must not be taken lightly. Expect the cold-wet-windy environment. Depending on the weather it is possible that we could see high winds, snow, ice, and dangerously low wind-chill values. All participants must be prepared for winter conditions.

If there is no snow, we will have to get water from the spring near the shelter. This spring, however, is notoriously unreliable, so to be on the safe side, everybody bring 3 liters of water at least!

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing, although proper equipment is required and some level and prior non-winter backpacking experience is desirable.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 5 Dec 12

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 12 Dec 12

3.3 Costs

$20 per person for use of cabin and for food.

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • As with all Troop 45 activities, you are expected to be in uniform. If you have the Troop 45 winter tee shirt, that is a good choice for your base layer. If you do not have one, choose a non-cotton base layer and wear your brown uniform shirt over it. A neckerchief is not required. The Personal equipment list recommends wool trousers, but an excellent alternative is nylon uniform trousers over heavy long-john bottoms.
  • Winter hiking gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections. You must have
        -- Full body wind protection!
        -- Spare gloves or mittens.
        -- Spare hat.
        -- Hand warmers and foot warmers.
        -- If you are hiking in summer boots, also bring insulated footwear for standing around camp.
        -- A Small garbage bag to wrap your boots in and put in your sleeping bag to keep them from freezing.
  • YakTrax, Stabilicers, Microspikes or similar traction devices if desired. (No qualification necessary.)
  • Food for four meals planned with your buddies.
        -- Saturday Lunch/Snack - Cold
        -- Saturday Dinner - Hot
        -- Sunday Breakfast - Hot
        -- Sunday Lunch/Snack - Cold
  • Stove and fuel as planned with our buddies.
  • At least 3 liters of water.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • Map. Moose Mt Quad.

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Map of Moose Mt (Enfield Quad, Lyme Quad).
  • dough on a stick!

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 0900 Sat 15Dec12
    Pickup Point: Community Center
    Pickup Time: 1415 Sun 16Dec12. (Scouts will be returned directly to their homes if possible.)
    Driving Directions: To be provided to those who need it through email correspondence.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Erik
  • Adult owner: Mr. Mendelsohn

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Mendelsohn
  • Mr. Bidstrup?
  • Mr. Young
  • Ms. Eilertsen

    Approved: DLM 3Dec12

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