Survival Hike on Moose Mt -- Oct 19 2013

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1.0 Overview

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.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We 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
1230 -- Arrive at Three-Mile Rd AT crossing
1245 -- Hike to Mink Brook campsite
1300 -- Review map and compass skills
1330 -- Start compass course to destination.
1430 -- Arrive at destination. Debrief.
1445 -- Cook a meal and shelter building
1545 -- Depart for return trip
1715 -- Return to trail head and debrief
1745 -- Arrive back at rec. center

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

Moose 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 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: 9 October 13

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 16 October 13

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

All 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.

  • Activity uniform ("Class B" uniform) is required. However, non-cotton options are advised for this time of year.
  • Standard fall hiking equipment. See the Personal Equipment handout for a checklist.
  • Be sure to have a compass.
  • Headlamp.
  • Food and cooking equipment

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • Map. Enfield Quadrangle. (Printouts or photocopies.) Get the relevant portion here.

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Enfield Quadrangle
  • Water filter

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-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.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Davey
  • Adult owner: Mr. Mendelsohn

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Mendelsohn
  • Mr. Low.
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    Approved: DLM 09Oct13

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