Mountain Biking and Climbing Trip

Change 2 - 18 Oct - Updated climbing information; see below

1.0 Overview

The Troop 45 Scouts will conduct a mountain bike clinic, rock climbing day and campout on Oct 19-20. Particpants will be able to choose either mountain biking or rock climbing.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

The outing will begin on Saturday morning when we will meet at the intersection of Three Mile Road and the Appalachian Trail. We will make a short hike along the AT to a campsite where we will set up camp and prepare for the two simultaneous excursions.
  • Biking: After a brief bike inspection, we'll tune our bikes and ride on the trails around Moose Mountain and work on technique. We want to Ride, LEARN, and have Safe Fun while building Troop 45 Spirit. Bikers will return to camp for lunch and a short rest; then they will resume riding for the remainder of the afternoon.
  • Climbing: We have secured permission to climb on the cliffs at Winslow with a few restrictions. After we setup the campsite we will return to the road and drive to the Winslow cliffs for a day of climbing. We will eat lunch at the cliffs and climb more in the afternoon.
    Both groups will return to the campsite for dinner and an evening campfire. Sunday morning we will have breakfast, break camp and return to Three Mile Road for pickup/transportation.

    2.2 Schedule of Events

    Saturday 19 October
    0900 - Meet at intersection of Appalachian Trail and Three Mile Road. See this map for exact location.
    0930 - Arrive at campsite and set up camp.
    1000 - Mountain bikers review rules, perform preride checks and begin biking.
    1000 - Climbers depart for Winslow cliffs.
    1200 - Bikers return to campsite for lunch; climbers eat on the trail.
    1300 - Biking and climbing continue after lunch.
    1600 - All participants return to campsite.
    1630 - Prepare and eat dinner. Cleanup.
    1930 - Campfire.
    2030 - Possible night walk for star gazing.
    2130 - Quiet.
    2200 - Lights out.
    Sunday 20 October
    0700 - Reveille
    0730 - Breakfast
    0830 - Break camp
    0845 - Hike back out to 3 Mile Road
    0900 - Pickup

    2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

  • This outing is open to Scouts of all biking or climbing abilities. Orientation and instruction will be provide for those without prior experience.
  • Weather forecast calls for temperatures to range from in the 50s during the day to the upper 20s over night. Pack and dress accordingly.

    2.4 Special Requirements

  • Mountain bikes may not be ridden on the Appalachian Trail. Since we will be camped along the AT, bikers will need to walk their bikes for a short distance.
  • Helmets will be required for all mountain bikers and climbers.

    3.0 Administration and Logistics

    3.1 Announcement Date: 9 October 2002

    3.2 Roster Closing Date: 18 October 2002

    3.3 Costs


    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Mountain bike and helmet for biking portion of outing.
  • Climbing harness optional for climbing portion of outing.
  • Basic overnight camping gear. Use the checklist! Be Prepared or in the words of a famous early American pioneer and explorer, "Don't fergit nuthin!"
  • Climbers who have ropes and racks should bring them.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

    Food by patrol or buddy pair.

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Climbing rope
  • Climbing helmets

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Appalachian Trail crossing on Three Mile Road
    Drop-off Time: 0900 19 October
    Pickup Point: Appalachian Trail crossing on Three Mile Road
    Pickup Time: 0900 20 October

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Andrew - Mountain Biking
  • Carl - Climbing

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Gregg Hoge
  • Jeff Postupack
  • Bill Scavone

    Approved -- GCH

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