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.
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
2.2 Schedule of Events
Saturday 16 November
2.3 Expected Conditions and DifficultyMoose 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 RequirementsOpen 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
3.4.1 Individual Equipment
-- 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.
-- Saturday Lunch/Snack - Cold
-- Saturday Dinner - Hot
-- Sunday Breakfast - Hot
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
3.5 Transportation PlanDrop-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.
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
Approved: DLM 12Nov13