March 30, 2018
Long-term Hikemaster's Handbook
Regardless of the destination or duration of the hike, a basic set of tasks and events need to happen. This is a list of those activities in an approximate time order.
Six to Twelve Months Before
Apply for a wilderness permit on the first day it becomes available. The first available date varies from trailhead to trailhead and year to year. Check with the rangers.
A Month Before or Earlier
Prepare a preliminary list of attendees.
Make up a preliminary menu.
Make up a map and directions to the trailhead for the drivers.
Make up a map and directions to Sizzler and Baskin-Robbins for the drivers. (See the troop website.)
Make sure everyone in the group has a medical form on file with the troop.
Order backpacking food.
Several Weeks Before
Finalize the list of attendees.
Collect money from the attendees.
Determine the drivers.
Request multiple peaks from a High Adventure Team member if required.
Finalize the menu.
Make up a grocery shopping list.
Buy the grocery store items.
Cancel extra wilderness permit slots when the head count is firm.
One Week Before
Checkout troop equipment.
Light all stoves and very they work.
Verify the fuel bottle hoses don't leak.
Verify the water cubes don't leak.
Wash all cook kits.
Get personal iodine bottles for first-time people.
Determine what the trailhead food will be and who will buy and prepare it.
Within The Next Two Days
Allocate the troop equipment and food to individuals.
Make copies of the menu and the food allocation list for everyone.
Determine tent buddies.
Have everyone check out tents and bear canisters.
Inspect Scout packs. Adults are optional.
Distribute topo maps.
Distribute food packages.
Just Before Leaving (Optional)
Water seal the boots.
Get a haircut.
Empty wallet of non-essential items.
Buy the fresh food.
Clean the car windshield.
Stop by the trailhead ranger station.
At the trailhead.
Count off at the trailhead so each person has a number.
Collect the troop equipment (except the tents and bear canisters).
Have everyone recombine tent halves.
After The Hike
Clean the troop equipment and return it to the locker.
Return the special long-term equipment (repair kit, splint, etc.).
Turn the GLAAC-HAT paperwork into the GLAAC Scout Shop to buy the awards.
Submit an expense report to the Troop Treasurer. Include all receipts.
Submit an Activity Report to the troop. This is usually done electronically. The Activity Report is available on the Forms page of our website.
Contents of this page entered by Tom Thorpe.
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