Mt Cardigan Winter Climb

1.0 Overview

Troop 45 will conduct at one day outing to climb Mt. Cardigan on January 18th.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

Mount Cardigan, located about 4 miles east of Canaan, NH, rises to an elevation of 3155 feet. Although it is not too tall in comparison with other peaks in the White Mountains to the north, Mt. Cardigan is situated in such a way that it frequently experiences extremely high winds and deep snow accumulations around the shoulders of its exposed, bare rock summit. A successful climb to the summit of Mt. Cardigan in January requires that participants be equipped and prepared to face exposure, low temperatures, and high winds which could result in wind chill temperatures of 30 to 50 degrees below zero. Our outing will be a one-day hike which will include reaching the summit of Mt Cardigan if conditions permit.

2.2 Schedule of Events

  • 0930 - Meet at Mr Hoge's house and depart for Mt Cardigan
  • 1000 - Arrive at trailhead and begin hike to the summit
  • 1200 - Reach the summit and move back down to a leeward spot for lunch
  • 1300 - Begin hike back to trailhead
  • 1600 - Arrive back at the trailhead and depart for home
  • 1700 - Return to Hanover

    2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

    This outing is open to all Scouts however participants must be prepared to face extreme winter conditions with low temperatures and wind chill.

    2.4 Special Requirements

    Proper clothing and equipment

    3.0 Administration and Logistics

    3.1 Announcement Date: 14 Jan 2004

    3.2 Roster Closing Date: 18 Jan 2004

    3.3 Costs


    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

    Clothing and hiking equipment appropriate for the expected conditions. See the Personal Equipment list and pay attention to the Winter Supplement. Think about what you would like to have in your back pack if for some reason you became stranded on the mountain and had to spend the night!

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit

    3.5 Food Plan

    Participants should bring lunch to eat near the summit. It may be possible to heat water but it may also be too windy to light a stove! Plan your meal accordingly. Also, think about your emergency ration.

    3.6 Medical and Permission Forms

    None required.

    3.7 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Mr. Hoge's house; 46 Ferson Road; northeast of Hanover Center.
    Drop-off Time: 0930 18 Jan 04
    Pickup Point: Scouts will either be delivered to their homes or parents will be called when we arrive back at Mr. Hoge's house.
    Pickup Time: Estimated 1700 18 Jan 04

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee


    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Hoge
  • Dr. Brown
  • Mr. Scavone

    Approved - GCH

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