Venturing Winter Mountaineering Trip

    

Attention all Venture Scouts and older Scouts interested in joining Venturing!

We are inviting you on a winter mountaineering trip in February!

We are planning a winter venture trip for the 17th and 18th of February. This trip will be a SUMMIT ATTEMPT of Rocky Mountain which is just west of Choteau. This will be a very fun, exciting, and challenging trip reserved for Venture Scouts.

We will be meeting at the Scout office at 6:30 pm on the 16th for a bag drag (gear check) to ensure every one has the required gear for the trip. Scouts without the required items will not be allowed to attend the trip. If you have ANY issues gathering the gear please let me know. I can help (fscopa@gmail.com or (406) 899-1886).

We will meet in the parking lot of the Choteau Forest Service office at 6:30pm on Friday the 17th. From there we will drive as a group as close to the trailhead as we can and hiking from there. The hike will be about two miles of snow covered road from the vehicles to to the campsite. The 18th will be an extremely exciting day culminating in summitting the highest point in the Sawtooth mountain range. We will be on the trail by 7am to complete the 3.5 mile off trail hike for a summit by noon and back down to the vehicles by 7pm putting us back in Great Falls late Saturday night.

This is an aggressive itinerary; and we will be prepared for foul weather, poor conditions, and longer than expected hiking times. However, this is a true mountaineering trip with all the inherent risks of a mountain adventure.  Youth participating on this trip will have to have the proper conditioning, both physically and mentally for the demands of a mountaineering trip.

Please remember that all mountaineering trips (even under ideal summer conditions) are  only summit attempts.  We may not be able to actually reach the summit.  However, the adventure, fun, and learning happens regardless of whether or not we actually reach the top.  It will be a rewarding trip no matter the distance climbed!

Info about Rocky Mountain: http://www.summitpost.org/view_object.php?object_id=221899&context_id=222426

PACKING LIST
Required

· Non cotton long underwear top and bottom

· Non cotton hiking socks

· Waterproof hiking boots/shoes

· Non cotton pants

· Waterproof pants

· Mid-layer insulating jacket (fleece, ect)

· Waterproof outer layer jacket (non insulating rain coat works best for layering purposes)

· Stocking hat

· Waterproof mittens & gloves (preferably your gloves would fit inside your mittens )

· Sleeping bag rated for winter conditions

· Sleeping pad

· Tent (we can help you find friends to share with unless you have a solo tent)

· Food & food prep equipment (this should also be shared amongst bunk mates)

· Fire starting equipment

· Emergency shelter (a small tarp or tube tent and similar items work well, stay away from emergency blankets)

· Headlamp

· Knife, small

· At least .5 gallon water

Recommended

· Waterproof gaiters (highly recommended!)

· Sunglasses

· Chap stick

· Trekking polls

· Snowshoes

Pack list attached document: winter pack list VENTURE

Everything must fit in one backpack you will carry. The trail will be steep and the snow will be deep. The less your bag ways the easier it will be. If you have any questions please contact me at fscopa@gmail.com or (406) 899-1886.

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