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 0.4 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 and 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 set up our camping area. After the camping area is set up, we will summit South Moose, orienteering for between one half and one mile. 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. There 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
-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 (questionable)
-3f fire building
-3g cook hot breakfast (questionable)
-6 show evidence of 10 plants
2.2 Schedule of Events
Saturday 7 November
0900 — Meet at Community Center.
0900-1100 –- Scouting for Food Activities
1100 — Final Gear Check
1130 — Depart to the AT trailhead on Three Mile Road.
1200 — Arrive at trailhead.
1230 — Hike to campsite and setup & lunch
1300 — Depart for hike
1500 – Snack at South Peak
15:30 –- Depart for campsite
1700 — Arrive back at campsite
1700 –- Manhunt to learn boundaries
1730 –- Dinner
1900 –- Manhunt in the dark
2000 –- String burning, campfire program, and s’mores
2100 — Lights out
Sunday 8 November
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: 21 Oct 15
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 3 Nov 15
$20 per person for food.
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.
Wear 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 or similar traction devices might be handy if there is ice on the trail.
Two liters of water.
Sandwiches, etc. for lunch on Saturday
3.4.2 Patrol Equipment
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
Topographic map of Moose Mt (Enfield Quad, Lyme Quad).
Twine for activities.
Animal and plant guide books.
First Aid Kit
Food for three meals:
— Saturday Lunch/Snack – Cold
— Saturday Dinner – Hot
— Sunday Breakfast – Hot.
Stove and fuel.
4.0 Directions to the Trailhead
From the Green, follow East Wheelock Street up and over Balch Hill and down to the village of Etna in 4.3 miles. At the T junction in Etna, turn left onto Two Mile Road. After 0.8 miles, turn right onto Rudsboro Road, follow it along the brook for 1.5 miles, and turn left onto the dirt Three Mile Road. Follow this road as it ascends uphill, crests, and descends again. At the top of the next hill, 1.3 miles from Rudsboro Road, the AT crosses the road. Park in the small dirt parking area on the left. If there is no space in the lot, there is another lot approximately 0.2 miles further along Three Mile Road.