White Mountain Backpack Overnight -- 10-11 Aug 13

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1.0 Overview

This outing is an overnight summer backpack in the White Mountains. We will backpack from the top Crawford Notch to the Nauman Tent Plaforms next to the AMC Miztpah hut (3777 ft). From the tent platforms, there are two easy hikes to Mt. Pierce (4312 ft) and Mt. Jackson which both offer spectacular views of the White Mountains and Presidential range. This trip is an excellent mountain backpacking trip for motivated scouts of all abilities.

This outing provides an opportunity for Scouts working on second class to complete the 5-mile hike requirement, overnight outing requirements, and backcountry cooking.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will start from the Crawford Path hiker parking lot across from the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Highland Center. We will backpack to the Nauman Tent Platform via the Crawford Path. The distance is 2.6 miles, with an elevation gain of 1900 feet, over a moderate grade well travelled historic hiking path. We will stop at Gibbs Falls on the way up. Once we arrive at at the tent plaforms, we will setup our tents as directed by the caretaker of the campsite. Following setup, learning about the campsite and the AMC hut, and dinner, we will have a late afternoon/early evening hike and map exercise summiting Mt Clinton which is near the campsite. The following day after we break camp, we may do a quick hike to Mt Jackson before hiking down.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, 8Aug13
Gear check at the scout meeting Saturday, 10Aug13
900--Meet at the recreation center. Final gear check.
1100--Arrive at trailhead.
1115--Start on trail.
1145--Stop to view Gibbs Falls.
1300--Stop for lunch on trail.
1500--Arrive at campsite.
1515--Unpack and set up camp.
1545--Learn and explore about the campsite and the AMC hut.
1745--Dinner cleanup.
1800--Evening activities - Hike to the summit of Mt Clinton, perform map and compass exercise.
2000--Arrive back at campsite.
2015--Quiet group game at campsite

Sunday, 11Aug13
0730--Wake up.
0830--Break camp. Police and pickup.
0900--Day hike to Mt Jackson (easy hike, without full packs).
1100--Pack down from the campsite.
1300--Arrive at trailhead.
1500--Arrive in Hanover (Community Center).

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The weather conditions in summer can be quite variable, but the nights can go into the 40s near the summits in August. Rain is always a possibility, so be prepared.

Although no special training is required for this trip, scouts and adults without previous backpacking experience should be prepared for a rewarding and challenging exeperience. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Mendelsohn.

It is important that appropriate lightweight backpacking equipment be used for this trip. To that end, all participants need to their packpacks and equipment for a rigorous gear check at the Wed. meeting at Storrs Pond on August 7th. At this point we can make adjustments and find suitable equipment prior to departure on Saturday August 10th.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 10Oct12

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 18)ct12

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel.
  • Standard overnight gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, and survival equipment sections.
  • Adequate clothing and sleeping bags for the cool night and possibly wet weather!
  • Each pair of scouts needs a map topo map of the White Mountains or Presidential Range.
  • Compass.
  • 1-2 Liters of water.
  • Tents and cooking by buddy groups.
  • Meals:
    Saturday: lunch (cold), dinner (cooked), snacks.
    Sunday: breakfast and trail food for the hike out.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit <

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 900 Sat 10Aug13
    Pickup Point: Same place
    Pickup Time: 1500 Sun 11Aug13

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Sam

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Mendelsohn
  • Mr. Pych
  • Approved DLM 22Aug13

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