Black Mountain  13-14 Jul 02

1.0 Overview

This outing is a summer ascent of Black Mountain for all ages of Scouts. It will be a good hike for new scouts because it is not too tall and the trail is not too long. The Venture Patrol for Colorado 2002 will be training at this outing. At 2,836 feet, Black Mountain is not large, but it rises steeply from the Connecticut River valley to a rocky summit. The rocks will provide some training oportunities for the Venture Patrol and some fun for younger scouts with time permitting. The approach over the Chippewa trail is quite steep in places, providing moderate challenge. You may find a map of this area here.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will approach the mountain via the Chippewa Trail, starting at the trailhead on Limekiln Road (elevation about 1300 feet). The trail is only about 2.5 miles, however it crosses bodies of water (the beaver ponds), several steep grades, and some mixed technical terrain near the summit. Be prepaired for these challenges. The Venture Patrol may move faster than the rest of the troop and therefore may climb as a separate party. However, this will depend on leadership.

After climbing and setting up camp, we will do some technical climbing on the summit rocks as well as some map and compass work. The new scouts can work on their map and compass work with Mr. Hoge. The climbing will be conducted by the Venture Patrol mainly. They will be practicing rope and climbing techniques that might be used during their accent of the Arapaho Peaks. With time permitting, the rest of the troop may be able to do some rock climbing and/or rapelling.

In the morning we will break camp and return to the base by way of the Chippewa Trail.

2.2 Schedule of Events

8:00am = Meet at parking lot.
9:30 = Arrive at trailhead.
12:01-1:00pm = Arrive at summit (Venture Patrol may arrive sooner)
1:00 = Set up camp, climbing/training, map and compass work
5:00-7:00 = Dinner
9:00pm = Lights Out
8:00am = Breakfast
9:00 = Strike Camp
9:30 = More climbing and other activities
11:00 = Begin Descent
12:00 = Lunch on the trail
12:30 = Reach Trailhead
2:30pm = Arrive in Hanover

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

Weather for the weekend calls for partly cloudy skys and a chance of rain on Sunday. Remember your rain gear.
We will be crossing water bodies so be prepared for this. Everyone slips in and gets wet sometimes. This isn't a problem if you have extra clothing. You should bring extra socks and other clothes in case your feet or body gets wet.

2.4 Special Requirements


3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 3 Jul 2002

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 13 Jul 2002

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

Everyone: Venture Patrol:

3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • As planned by patrols.
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reserve Lunch

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • AMC Map 5, or East Haverhill Quadrangle
  • Rope (9mmx120ft, 2 ea)
  • Chocks

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: old hospital parking lot.
    Drop-off Time: 0745 Sat 13 Jul 02
    Pick-up Point: Delivered home
    Pick-up Time: Approx 1430

    Drivers We will do final coordination of transportation at the OHP on Saturday morning. Please volunteer to drive.
    Directions: NH 10 north through Haverhill. Right on NH 25, east to East Haverhill. Left on Limekiln Road, north about 4 miles to trailhead parking. The spot is on the right at the first left curve after a long, straight section.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee


    4.2 Adult Leaders

    SMIC: Mr. Hoge
    Dr. Brown

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    Approved GCH 8 Jul 02