White Mountain Backpack Overnight -- 30-Aug to 1-Sep 2013

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1.0 Overview

This outing is an one- or two-night overnight summer backpack in the White Mountains.

One-night description: We will backpack from the top Crawford Notch to the Nauman Tent Plaforms next to the AMC Miztpah hut (3777 ft). From the tent platforms, there are two easy hikes to Mt. Pierce (4312 ft) and Mt. Jackson which both offer spectacular views of the White Mountains and Presidential range. This trip is an excellent mountain backpacking trip for motivated scouts of all abilities.

Two-night description: We will backpack from the top Crawford Notch to the Nauman Tent Plaforms next to the AMC Miztpah hut (3777 ft) on Friday evening. On Saturday scouts will day hike from tent platforms to the summit of Mt Washington via the Summits of Pierce, Eisenhower and Monroe. Scouts will return to the tent plaforms the same day. This trip is an excellent mountain backpacking trip for motivated scouts with prior backpacking experience.

This outing provides an opportunity for Scouts working on second class to complete the 5-mile hike requirement, overnight outing requirements, and backcountry cooking.

2.0 Concept

2.1.a Description - One Night

We will start from the Crawford Path hiker parking lot across from the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Highland Center. We will backpack to the Nauman Tent Platform via the Crawford Path. The distance is 2.6 miles, with an elevation gain of 1900 feet, over a moderate grade well travelled historic hiking path. Once we arrive at at the tent plaforms, we will setup our tents as directed by the caretaker of the campsite. Following setup, learning about the campsite and the AMC hut, and dinner, we will have a late afternoon/early evening hike and map exercise summiting Mt Clinton which is near the campsite. The following day after we break camp, we may do a quick hike to Mt Jackson before hiking down.

2.1.a Description - Two Night

The hike to the tent platforms will be on Friday evening, mostly with the use of headlamps. Saturday will involve a day hike to the summit of Mt Washington and back (13 mile r/t)

Both scout groups will eat dinner together, and hike Jackson on Sunday morning before hiking down on Sunday afternoon.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, 28Aug13
Gear check at the scout meeting

Friday, 30Aug13 - Two night group
1500--Meet at the recreation center. Final gear check.
1515--Depart.
1700--Arrive at trailhead.
1715--Start on trail.
1945--Arrive at campsite, setup up camp.
2015--Eat dinner
2200--22:15 Lights out.

Saturday, 31Aug13 - Single night group
900--Meet at the recreation center. Final gear check.
930--Depart.
1100--Arrive at trailhead.
1115--Start on trail.
1145--Stop to view Gibbs Falls.
1300--Stop for lunch on trail.
1500--Arrive at campsite.
1515--Unpack and set up camp.
1545--Learn and explore about the campsite and the AMC hut.
1700--Hike up Mr. Pierce.
1830--Arrive back at campsite and begin to prepare dinner.
1900--Dinner
2000--Dinner cleanup
2030--Quiet group game at campsite

Saturday, 31Aug13 - Day hike to Mt Washington for two-night group
0700--Wake up.
0715--Breakfast.
0800--Pack and prepare for day hike
0815--Depart for Mt. Washington
1300--Arrive at Summit of Mt Wahsington
1345--Depart Mt Washington for the return trip
1830--Arrive back at tent platforms, and follow schedule as single night group

Sunday, 1Sep13 - both groups
0730--Wake up.
0745--Breakfast.
0830--Break camp. Police and pickup.
0900--Day hike to Mt Jackson (easy hike, without full packs).
1200--Pack down from the campsite.
1400--Arrive at trailhead.
1630--Arrive in Hanover (Community Center).

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The weather conditions in summer can be quite variable, but the nights can go into the 40s near the summits in August. Rain is always a possibility, so be prepared.

Although no special training is required for this trip for the single night, scouts and adults without previous backpacking experience should be prepared for a rewarding and challenging exeperience. Scouts and adults participating in the two-night version must have prior backpacking experience. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Mendelsohn.

It is important that appropriate lightweight backpacking equipment be used for this trip. To that end, all participants need to their packpacks and equipment for a rigorous gear check at the Wed. meeting at Storrs Pond on August 28th. At this point we can make adjustments and find suitable equipment prior to departure.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for the one-night outing. Prior backpacking experience is required for the two-night outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 14Aug2013

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 28Aug2013

3.3 Costs

Camping fees are $8 for one night, $16 for two nights per person. Food costs TBD.

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 cool night and possibly wet weather!
  • Each pair of scouts needs a map topo map of the White Mountains or Presidential Range.
  • Compass.
  • HEADLAMP!
  • 1-2 Liters of water.
  • Tents and cooking by buddy groups.
  • Meals:
    Friday: Bring a cold dinner and snack (two-night scouts)
    Saturday: Saturday breakfast (hot or cold), lunch (cold), dinner (cooked), snacks.
    Sunday: breakfast and trail food for the hike out.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

    None.

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Friday Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 4:45 Fri 30Aug13
    Saturday Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 9:00 31Aug13
    Pickup Point: Same place
    Pickup Time: 1630 Sun 1Sep13

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Adam, Rioghan, Sam

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Mendelsohn
  • Mr. Pych
  • Mr. O'Toole
  • Mr. Williams

    Approved DLM 22Aug13


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