Winter Shakedown -- 16-17 Nov 2013

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1.0 Overview

Moose Mountain in Hanover is on the Appalachian Trail (AT) , and rises to an elevation of about 2300 feet. Although it is not too tall in comparison with other peaks in the White Mountains to the north, Moose Mountain is a place that still warrants respect in the winter environment. This outing is the annual "winter shakedown," an opportunity to get our winter camping equipment and skills in order before the weather becomes too extreme. The hike will provide a modest challenge. The hike will include about .4 miles of backpacking to and from the campsite, with a day hike to the Moose Mountain shelter and return to the campsite.

This outing will offer scouts of all experience levels to get an early taste of winter hiking and camping. Advancement opportunities include first and second class hiking and troop activity requirements, hiking merit badge requirements. This outing is suitable for the second class 5-mile hike requirement provided the Scouts do the necessary preparatory work in advance.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

This outing an overnight hike in late fall/early winter conditions. We will meet at the Community Center and travel by car to the AT crossing on Three Mile Road in Hanover. From there we will backpack with our gear to Mink Brook where we will setup our camping area. After the camping area is setup, we will follow the on the Appalachian Trail to the summit of South Moose. We will eat lunch at the summit. After lunch we will continue north to the Moose Mountain shelter and examine the site. We will return to the camping area via Clark Pond Loop and the Harris Trail. The will be a campfire program during the evening. In the morning we will break camp and hike back to the AT trailhead. We will then return to the Community Center by car.

Requirements that may be fulfilled on this trip

Second Class
-1a demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map
-1b 5 mile hike with map and compass
-3b select patrol site and set up your tent
-3d prepare tinder and kindling for fires
-3e cooking stove use and safety
-3f fire building
-3g cook hot breakfast (if you plan ahead)
-6 show evidence of 10 wild animals

First Class
-4a-e cooking requirements (if you plan ahead
-6 show evidence of 10 plants

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday 16 November

0900 -- Meet at Community Center. Final gear check.
0930 -- Depart to the AT trailhead on Three Mile Road.
1000 -- Arrive at trailhead.
1015 -- Hike to campsite and setup
1100 -- Depart for South Peak
1200 -- Lunch at South Peak.
1230 -- Depart for Moose Mt Shelter.
1300 -- Arrive at Moose Mountain Shelter pick up trash and turn head back to campsite
1500 -- Arrive back at campsite
1500 – Boat racing, Manhunt to learn boundaries
1630 – Dinner (competition).
1800 – Manhunt in the dark
1900 – String burning, campfire program, and smores
2100 -- Lights out

Sunday 17 December

0700 -- Wake-Up. Breakfast.
0900 -- Break camp. Police and pickup.
0845 -- On trail to Three Mile Road.
0930 -- Arrive at Three mile Rd. Debrief.
1000 -- Depart for Community Center.
1015 -- Arrive at Community Center.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

Moose Mountain not very high, and it is early in the season, but this outing is supposed to be our preparation for more severe winter conditions, so be prepared for full winter conditions. All participants must be prepared for winter conditions.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing, although proper equipment is required.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 6 Nov 13

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 13 Nov 13

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • As with all Troop 45 activities, you are expected to be in uniform. If you have the Troop 45 winter tee shirt, that is a good choice for your base layer. If you do not have one, choose a non-cotton base layer and wear your brown uniform shirt over it. A neckerchief is not required. The Personal equipment list recommends wool trousers, but an excellent alternative is nylon uniform trousers over heavy long-john bottoms.
  • Bright colors - It is hunting season
  • Winter hiking gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections. You must have
        -- Full body wind protection!
        -- Spare gloves or mittens.
        -- Spare hat.
        -- Hand warmers and foot warmers.
        -- If you are hiking in summer boots, also bring insulated footwear for standing around camp.
        -- A Small garbage bag to wrap your boots in and put in your sleeping bag to keep them from freezing.
  • YakTrax, Stabilicers, Microspikes might be handy if there is ice on the trail
  • Food for three meals planned with your buddies.
        -- Saturday Lunch/Snack - Cold
        -- Saturday Dinner - Hot
        -- Sunday Breakfast - Hot
  • Stove and fuel as planned with our buddies.
  • 2 liters of water.

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

    • Topographical map of Moose Mountain
    • Twine for activities
    • Smore materials
    • Animal and plant guide books
    • Hatchet
    • Saw
    • Garbage bags
    • First Aid Kit

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 0900 Sat 16Nov13
    Pickup Point: Community Center
    Pickup Time: 1015 Sun 17Nov13. (Scouts will be returned directly to their homes if possible.)
    Driving Directions: To be provided to those who need it through email correspondence.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Glen, Nathan, Max
  • Adult owner: Mr. Mendelsohn

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Mendelsohn
  • Mr. Low
  • Mr. Passow

    Approved: DLM 12Nov13

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