Scouts will stay two nights in the Doublehead ski cabin, located at 3,500 feet near Jackson, NH over MLK weekend, January 19-21, 2013. This outing will offer scouts with some level of winter backpacking experience a two-night winter outing. 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.
Doublehead Cabin and Doublehead Ski Trail were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of a larger project to develop ski runs for the nearby resort town of Jackson. The cabin was used as a warming hut and shelter for skiers traveling on the trail. Some of the other ski trails nearby were developed and commercialized, but Doublehead Ski Trail and the cabin retain their rustic, backcountry ambiance.
Doublehead Cabin is accessible only by hiking, snowshoeing or skiing the 1.8-mile Doublehead Ski Trail. Guests should be prepared to transport all their gear and supplies on foot over an elevation of 1,500 feet.
We will meet at the Community Center and travel by car to the trailhead in Jackson, NH. From there we will hike using snowshoes up the steep trail (1.8 miles, 1500 feet) to the cabin. Lunch will be eaten during the hike. After arrival and setup at the cabin, winter activities will commence per the schedule below. We will be at the cabin for two nights, returning to the trail head and travelling back to Hanover on Monday, January 21st.
Scouts should be in buddy pairs for cooking, cleaning, and food/meal planning.
Note: Buddy pairs need to submit meal plans to the scoutmaster during the scout meeting on January 16th
Note: Please pay careful attention to the equipment list. All scouts will need full skin covering as frostbite can be a concern. This include protection for the face (balaclava or facemask, and ski googles or other protective eywear. Sunscreen is also advised.
Any scout who needs to borrow equipment (snowshoes, warm sleeping bags, or other required clothing and equipment) should contact the scoutmaster.
2.2 Schedule of Events
Saturday, January 19
Monday January 21st
2.3 Expected Conditions and DifficultyThe ascent will be a steep hike with heavy packs. Scouts and adults should be be prepared for slow, strennuous (but enjoyable ascent to the cabin). This is not a technical climb, however, snow shoes, gaiters and light traction are required). Winter temperatures and conditions such as temperatures dropping into negative digits; high winds; snow/sleet/freezing rain. Ice on trail.
2.4 Special RequirementsOpen to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing, although proper equipment and conditioning is required. Scouts should discuss participation with the scoutmaster.
3.0 Administration and Logistics
Adult leaders will drive Scouts to and from trip.
3.1 Announcement Date: December 12
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 16 January 13
3.3 CostsTBD based on number of attendees and the cost of the cabin (expected to be around $10/person)
3.4.1 Individual Equipment
-- Full body wind protection including face and eye 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/cabin.
-- A Small garbage bag to wrap your boots in and put in your sleeping bag to keep them from freezing.
-- Saturday Lunch/Snack - Cold
-- Saturday Dinner - Hot
-- Sunday Breakfast - Hot
-- Sunday Lunch/Snack - Co
-- Sunday Dinner - Hot
-- Monday Breakfast - Hot
3.4.2 Patrol Equipment
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
3.5 Transportation PlanMeet at RBC at 0800 on Saturday January 19.
Arrive back at RBC around 2:00pm on Monday, January 21th.
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
Approved: DLM 13 January 2013