1.0 OverviewMount 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 considerable snow and ice accumulation on its exposed, bare rock summit. Mt Cardigan offers us the opportunity to practice for winter alpine conditions without the commitment of a major peak.
This outing will offer scouts of all experience levels an opportunity to experience travel in alpine terrain. Advancement opportunities include first and second class hiking and troop activity requirements, hiking merit badge requirements and opportunities for advanced Scouts to cultivate their alpine travel and winter mountaineering skills. This outing is suitable for the second class 5-mile hike requirement provided the Scouts do the necessary preparatory work in advance.
2.1 DescriptionExcept for the particularly demanding terrain and weather, this outing is pretty much a straightforward hike. We will meet at the Community Center and travel by car to the trailhead parking lot at Mt Cardigan State Park in Orange. From there we will hike to the summit of Mt. Cardigan via the South Ridge trail, stopping at the Ranger Cabin to suit up in preparation for conditions above treeline. At the summit we will eat lunch at "The Riviera." After lunch we will make an excursion via the Mowglis Trail to the summit of Firescrew and return. On the descent of the West Ridge trail we will stop at "The Boulder" to prepare for the remainder of the descent below treeline.
2.2 Schedule of EventsSunday 11 Apr
0900 -- Meet at Community Center. Rigorous gear check.
0930 -- Depart.
1015 -- Arrive at trailhead.
1030 -- On Trail. Climb via the South Ridge Trail. Training activities enroute.
1130 -- Rimrock.
1145 -- Ranger Cabin.
1200 -- Summit of Cardigan. Lunch at The Rivera.
1300 -- Summit of Firescrew
1330 -- The Boulder
1430 -- Trailhead parking lot. Debrief.
1445 -- Depart for Hanover.
1530 -- Arrive at Community Center.
2.3 Expected Conditions and DifficultyMt Cardigan is not very high, but its location and exposed summit combine to create genuine alpine conditions. Spring is a little late this year, and there's still plenty of snow and ice on the mountain. Snowshoes may well be required on parts of the South Ridge trail. A traverse over Cardigan and Firescrew, even this late in the season, must not be taken lightly. Depending on the weather it is possible that we could see high winds, snow, ice, and dangerously low wind-chill values. All participante must be prepared for winter alpine conditions.
2.4 Special RequirementsOpen to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing, although proper equipment is required.
Experienced Scouts who have completed T45 ice axe are encouraged to bring ice axes. Experienced Scouts who have completed T45 crampon training are encouraged to bring crampons. Scouts without this training may not bring ice axes or crampons.
3.0 Administration and Logistics
3.1 Announcement Date: 6 Apr 11
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 10 Apr 11
3.4.1 Individual Equipment
-- Full body and full face wind protection!
-- Spare gloves or mittens.
-- Spare hat.
3.4.2 Patrol Equipment
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
3.5 Transportation PlanDrop-off Point: Community Center
Drop-off Time: 0900 Sun 11 Apr 11
Pick-up Point: Community Center
Pick-up Time: 1530 Same Day
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
Approved YJB 6Apr11