Mt Moosilauke--16Feb13

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1.0 Overview

This outing is a winter climb of Mt Moosilauke. Mount Moosilauke, at 4,802 feet, is the western-most 4,000-footer in NH. On a clear day the alpine summit affords hikers stunning views to the east, of the Franconia Ridge and Presidentials, and to the west, of the Green Mountains of Vermont and, in the distance, the Adirondacks in New York State. Moosilauke is not large, but winter travel on Moosilauke or anywhere is a very different ball-game from summer hiking, but with the right gear and a little training it can be safe and entirely enjoyable. The advantages are that when the weather is clear, it is usually very clear indeed, almost always without the summer haze. There tend to be fewer people on the mountain in the winter and, with snow on the ground, the place can be just plain gorgeous. Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above tree line. The¬ combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Mt. Moosilauke are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

The route: Carriage Road - This was originally built in the late 1800s as the road to the summit hotel. Cars and bicycles are not allowed on the trail; snowmobiles are allowed up to the turnaround located roughly 1000 feet below the AT crossing. This trail is gentle and wide for most of its length, having been completely graded in the late 1990s after decades of erosion. It is 5.1 miles in length, with the top 0.8 miles along the ridge which is exposed and can be hazardous in bad weather. The stretch from the Glencliff trail junction to the summit is part of the Appalachian Trail, and very open to weather exposure. Average trip time for this route in the summer is greater than 6 hours. The troop may decide to summit the lower south peak, and decide to turn around at any point.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Sunday, 17 February

0800 -- Meet at the community center. Gear check.
0830 -- Depart.
0945 -- Arrive at Breezy Point Trailhead.
1000 ≠ On Trail.
1130 ≠ Lunch on trail.
1400 -- Summit.
1415 -- Begiin descent.
1630 -- Arrive at trailhead.
1700 -- Depart for Hanover.
1830 -- Arrive in Hanover

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

This is a rigorous winter climb not to be taken lightly. It must not be well prepared for.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 6 Feb 13

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 12 Feb 13

3.3 Costs

None.

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel.
  • Winter hiking gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections.
  • Adequate clothing for the weather!
  • Some kind of foot traction device such as YakTrax, StabilIcers, Microspikes or similar.
  • Snowshoes or possibly backcountry skis (skis will require skins)
  • Small seat type sliding device if you wish.
  • Full body wind protection including faceósuch ski mask (neoprene) and goggles.
  • Lunch and at least a quart of water.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

    None

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • AMC Map 5

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 0800 Sun 17Feb13
    Pickup Point: Community Center
    Pickup Time: 1615 Same day.

    Driving Directions to Breezy Point: Take NH118 North from Warren. Breezy Point Road goes off to the left about 5 miles north on NH118 from where it crossed NH25 in Warren. There is a WMNF sign at the intersection. Follow Breezy Point Road about two miles to its end where there is a WMNF parking lot.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Stefan
  • Adult owner: Mr. Mendelsohn

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Mendelsohn
  • Ms Eilertsen
  • Mr Bidstrup

    Approved DLM 10Feb13


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