1.0 OverviewThis outing is a winter climb of Black Mountain. At 2,836 feet, Black Mountain is not large, but it rises steeply from the Connecticut River valley to a rocky summit, so in winter conditions it provides plenty of challenge. The approach over the Chippewa trail is quite steep in places, and it may present a few difficulties. The lack of snow this winter means that some stretches of trail will be very icy.
2.1 DescriptionWe will approach by the Chippewa (Haverhill Heritage) Trail, starting at the trailhead on Limekiln Road. The trail is only about two miles, but it involves ice, crossing bodies of water (the beaver ponds), and several very steep slopes. January can bring almost any conditions, so we should be prepared for serious weather conditions. The Chippewa Trail briefly follows a woods road before starting the ascent. The trail then goes through a spruce forest and then lastly over a section of bare rock. Since we've had so little snow this winter, snowshoes will not be necessary, but there are several very icy sections so some kind of foot traction devices will be important.
Depending on time and interest, there are several interesting things to do at the summit. We could make an excursion to Tipping Rock or check out the rocky south ridge.
2.2 Schedule of EventsSunday, 29Jan12
0800 -- Meet at the community center. Gear check.
0830 -- Depart.
0945 -- Arrive at trailhead on Limekiln Rd.
1000 -- On Trail.
1200 -- Summit. Lunch. Excursion to Tipping Rock if time.
1300 -- Begin descent.
1445 -- Arrive at trailhead.
1500 -- Depart for Hanover.
1615 -- Arrive in Hanover
2.3 Expected Conditions and DifficultyThis climb should be well prepared for and is not to be taken lightly.
2.4 Special RequirementsOpen to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents.
3.0 Administration and Logistics
3.1 Announcement Date: 4 Jan 12
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 29 Jan 12
3.4.1 Individual Equipment
3.4.2 Patrol Equipment
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
3.5 Transportation PlanDrop-off Point: Rec center parking lot.
Drop-off Time: 0800 Sun 29 Jan 12
Pick-up Point: Rec center parking lot.
Pick-up Time: 1615 Sun 29 Jan 12
Driving Directions to trailhead: I91 N to exit 16. VT/NH25 E to Piermont. NH10 N to Haverhill. NH 25 E through Pike to left on Limekiln Rd. Limekiln Rd N about 4 miles. The trailhead is on the right at the first left curve after a long straight section.
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
Approved YJB 26Jan12