Appalachian Trail 10-Miler

Destination: Appalachian Trail from Albert Mountain to Wallace Gap to Standing Indian Campground Deep Gap/Kimsey Creek Trail/USFS 71 to Timber Ridge Trail/USFS 67 (topographic map, weather forecast)
Departing: Greystone Baptist Church parking lot promptly at 8am, on Friday, April 22nd, 2005
Returning: Greystone Baptist Church parking lot around 4pm, on Sunday, April 24th, 2005
Activities: Backpacking along a moderate trail, individual cooking, nature study, and camp fire comraderie.
Cost: $15 per person

Pre-Trip Checklist

Our first weekend-long backpacking trip, this promises to be an exciting outing for us all! Because we're 'packing it, it's especially important to make sure you bring everything you need, a few things you want, and no more.

In preparation for this trip, please follow this checklist:

  1. Confirm your attendance with the Scoutmasters
  2. Complete, with your parent or guardian, an emergency medical treatment form, if you have not completed one or if your current one is more than one year old
  3. Have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip
  4. No later than 12-April-2005, turn in your emergency medical treatment form (if applicable), signed permission slip, and the activity fee
  5. Pack your gear for a 3-day backpacking trip, including food and water.
    • The Troop will provide each patrol with enough tents; each member (or the Patrol as a whole) must divide the tent between participating scouts.
    • The activities this weekend will absolutely require you to bring the following items:
      • Backpack (waterproofed)
      • Backpack rain cover (or a suitably large garbage bag)
      • Tent (or your portion of a shared tent) and ground cloth
      • Sleeping bag or bedroll
      • Poncho or rain suit
      • 2 bags of clothes changes, each containing:
        • 1 pair hiking socks
        • 1 pair hiking sock liners
        • 1 pair underwear
        • 1 shirt
      • 1 bag of emergency clothes, containing:
        • 1 pair socks
        • 1 pair underwear
        • 1 shirt
        • 1 sweater or jac-shirt
        • 1 pair of pants
      • First-aid kit
      • Flashlight
      • Scout knife (if Totin' Chip certified)
      • Mess kit containing:
        • Runcible spoon ("Spork")
        • Bowl
        • Cup
      • Cooking kit containing:
        • Backpacking stove (if First Class or above)
        • Waterproof matches
        • Aluminum pot
        • Trashbag
      • Toiletries kit containing:
        • Multi-purpose camp soap
        • Wash cloth
        • Body towel
        • Toothbrush and toothpaste
        • Toilet paper
      • Rope (at least 50m/150ft)
      • Compass and topographic map of area
      • Notebook, pencil, paper

      You may bring more than these items, but your pack weight should not exceed 35% of your body weight (if you weight more than 200 lbs, do not exceed 30% of your body weight).

      Remember this is a pack it in, pack it out trip. Any mess made (garbage, bodily waste) must be disposed of properly: trash cans and toilet facilities may not be immediately available.

    • You will need an individual meal plan in place for 5 meals:
      • Friday Dinner
      • Saturday Breakfast
      • Saturday Lunch
      • Saturday Dinner
      • Sunday Breakfast

      Friday and Sunday lunch will be on the road ("OTR"). Be certain you bring at least $12 folding money.

      You will need at least 2 L/64 oz. of drinking water and at least 3 L/96 oz. if you transform the water into a diuretic (ie, add instant tea to the water). You will need additional water for any meals you prepare.

      Be sure you know before hand how to prepare your meal; convenience items (like dutch ovens and coffee pots) will likely not be available. If you will cook a specialty meal, make sure you bring appropriate cook ware.

    Check the library for more helpful planning information!
  6. Review the trail information available in these documents:
    AT Hike #11 (Page 1)
    AT Hike #11 (Page 2)
    AT Hike #11 (Page 3)
    AT Hike #11 (Page 4)