What would you do if you were on a day hike and needed to spend the night on a mountain using only what you have in your daypack? This outing is an exercise in land navigation and bringing essentials for surviving overnight. We will not spend the night, we will review what we bring and how we would use it to stay ovenight without usual overnight gear.
It is also suggested that scouts prepare to cook themselves a hot meal for rank requirements during this outing.
Advancement opportunities include second and first class hiking, Hiking MB, and Wilderness Survival MB.
2.1 DescriptionWe will start at the AT trailhead on Three Mile Rd, and hike up to the Mink Brook crossing. From there we will hike overland by map and compass to a destination. Upon reaching the destination, scouts should prepare a hot meal. Following the meal, we will hike out via hiking trails.
2.2 Schedule of Events
Saturday 19 October
1200 -- Meet at the rec center
2.3 Expected Conditions and DifficultyMoose Mountain is not very high, but it will be fall weather, so anything could happen. We will be off-trail much of the hike, be prepared for a rigorous day hike.
2.4 Special RequirementsOpen to all Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.
3.0 Administration and Logistics
3.1 Announcement Date: 9 October 13
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 16 October 13
3.4.1 Individual EquipmentAll should think about what 'additional' gear they should take on a fall day hike without actually taking what you would normally take on a fall backpack. This includes extra food, layers, ability to stay dry. It is not expected that we would carry stoves, cook gear, tents. Due to the season, it is prudent that people have a 20 degree or warmer sleeping bag as backup, although all should bring and attempt to use other options to stay warm.
Additional gear was discussed at the troop meeting on 24 October. You can use what was learned at the meeting, the Personal Equipment List on the Troop 45 website, or ask an adult leader.
3.4.2 Patrol Equipment
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
3.5 Transportation PlanDrop-off Point: Community Center
Drop-off Time: 1200 Sat 19Oct13
Pickup Point: Community Cener
Pickup Time: 0545 Sat 19Oct13
We may need parents to drive from the Community Center to Three-Mile Road.
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
Approved: DLM 09Oct13