Long Trail Hike

1.0 Overview

Troop 45 will go on a two night hike on the Long Trail in Vermont, to Lake Plead, Sucker Brook Shelter, and Mt. Horrid. This outing is for experienced Scouts only due to the length of the hike and the difficulty involved. Scouts will use tents and conventional backpacking gear, and will be prepared for 3 days of hiking and camping, carrying everything needed for food, clothing and shelter. We will try our hand at some fishing and practice hiking and backpacking skills. This outing could be used to meet one of the three-day expedition requirements for Backpacking Merit Badge.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

A. Wednesday 15 October meeting: On Wednesday, we will review several packs with the gear and food needed for the outing describing what to bring and not to bring. We will also review fishing gear for those who want to fish. This training will be beneficial both to those Scouts going on the outing and to those who are not going on the outing.

B. Outing 17, 18, and 19 October: We will meet at the Maynard street parking lot on Friday after school. We will inspect everyone's pack before heading out. Our first night we will hike to Lake Plead which is part of the Long Trail. At the lake we will set up camp, have dinner and then spend the night. In the morning we will proceed southward with a goal of Sucker Brook Shelter by afternoon, where we will spend the second evening. We have plans for campfires both evenings. We will leave early to mid-morning for Mt. Horrid. The foliage and views are supposed to be outstanding. This map on Topozone.com shows the trail at the beginning of the hike. At the base of Mt. Horrid, about 12 miles to the south, there is a parking lot where we will have a car parked for pick-up.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 17,
1600 - Assemble at Maynard St. Parking Lot and check equipment.
1715 - Leave shuttle car at Mt. Horrid.
1745 - Arrive Middlebury Gap, hike to Lake Plead.
1830 - Make camp and fire.
1900 - Dinner
2000 - Fireside stories.
2130 - Bed Prep
2200 - Lights out Saturday,

18 October,
0800 - Breakfast and fishing
0930 - Round trip hike to Silent Cliff.
1145 - Break Camp, pack up.
1200 - Lunch
1230 - Begin hike to Sucker Brook.
1630 - Arrive Sucker Brook and set up camp.
1700 - Fun and games at Camp
1800 - Dinner
2000 - Fireside stories.
2130 - Bed Prep
2200 - Lights out

Sunday, 19 October,
0800 - Breakfast and break camp
0930 - Hike south to Mt. Horrid.
1200 - Lunch on Trail.
1400 - Arrive Mt. Horrid.
1430 - Arrive at shuttle car.
1500 - Arrive Middlebury Gap.
1715 - Arrive Maynard St. parking lot

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The hike to the lake will be moderately difficult. The trails are overgrown in some places creating difficulty. Saturday hiking will be about 6 miles with an elevation change of +834/ -970. The Sunday hike will be 6.3 miles with an elevation change of +1183/ -1327 Participants must but be properly equipped and packed for a hiking approach. Waterproof hiking boots and extra socks will be important. Check the weather and dress appropriately. The weather is expected to be cold, and it has rained the past two times that we've had outings similar to this, so count on it raining. It will be cold and uncomfortable at night if you are not prepared. This is the height of the foliage season.

2.4 Special Requirements

This will be a difficult outing covering significant distances over rough terrain in potentially adverse weather. Success will require that participants be experienced, properly equipped and physically capable of hiking over 6 miles a day with a fully loaded pack. All participants require Scoutmaster approval for participation in this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date:

24 September 2003

3.2 Roster Closing Date:

16 October 2003

3.3 Costs

None other than food.

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class B uniform for hiking and suitable clothes for the weather..
  • Overnight gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections. Be Prepared for two days of hiking in cold, wet weather!
  • Pocket Knife (in your pack, not your pocket)
  • Tenting will be done by buddy group.
  • Everyone is responsible for their own food. Cooking in buddy pairs is encouraged. Remember, a good dinner meal and snacks at night will give your body the fuel it needs to keep warm.
  • Class A Uniform should be worn for travel.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Flag

    3.5 Food Plan

    Meals should be planned, purchased and carried individually or with a buddy. Be Prepared by removing excess packaging before the trip, bringing only what you will eat and eating everything you prepare. All trash and garbage must be carried out and brought home.

    3.6 Medical and Permission Forms

    Participants should have a current Class 3 Physical Exam on file with the Scoutmaster.

    3.7 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Maynard Street parking lot
    Drop-off Time: 1600 Friday 17 October
    Pickup Point: Participants will be delivered to their homes.
    Pickup Time: Estimated return time is 1730 Sunday 19 October

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee


    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • Owner: Mr. Simpson
  • SMIC: Mr. Hoge

    Approved 7 October 03 GCH

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