Trip Plan Blog

Desert Heat 2016

posted Mar 27, 2016, 2:04 PM by Zachary   [ updated Mar 27, 2016, 2:16 PM ]

Inline image 1On April 1st through 3rd we will be camping at the Desert Heat Rocket Launch. This is an annual launch at which rocketeers get together and share ideas as well as teach! There are 
no suitable trees for hammocks, also the only fires allow are in portable fire pits and the ash must be carried out. The ground is sandy and flat with a few rocks but, it is still great for tents. Make sure you come prepared for work and volunteering. Also make sure you remember to be polite because this is a privilege not a right. Also you should bring you book for rank advancement activities. This launch is run by S.A.R.A. - The Southern Arizona Rocketry Association( Here is a lay out of the sit ewe will most likely be camping in the lower right corner. The launch site is the Timpa Air Field - 3250 N. Reservation Rd. between Manville Rd. and Mile Wide Rd.
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Hutch's Pool via Sabino Basin Introductory Backpacking

posted Mar 20, 2016, 4:27 PM by James Cramton   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 5:05 PM ]

This trip is intended for new scouts who have not backpacked before, or for other interested scouts who can not attend the Havasupai trip the same weekend.  This trip takes place during fall break for CFSD, TUSD, and TVUSD, and it is intended to be a short and easy paced first backpacking trip to get new scouts used to the gear and techniques of camping with only the gear you can carry on your back.

Trip Dates 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - Friday, October 16, 2015

Gear introduction and instruction in packing at TVLC Shed at 6:30 pm Monday, October 5, 2015. We will distribute troop gear at this time and identify any needed individual gear.

Gear inspection will take place at 6:30 pm Monday, October 12, 2015 before the Troop meeting at the TVLC shed.  Scouts should arrive with their pack fully packed as though the trip leaves then.  So plan to pack  your pack by Monday afternoon, because last minute packing is a recipe for leaving something behind!

Meeting Place & Time
Sabino Canyon Visitor's Center 1 pm Wednesday, October 14 2015

Return Place & Time
Sabino Canyon Visitor's Center Noon Friday, October 16 2015

Point of Contact 
Mr. Cramton 401 345 9795

Trip Plan

We will take the Sabino Canyon tram to the top of the tram road ($10 adults, $5 12 & under), then hike 2.5 miles to Sabino Basin, where we will camp Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Thursday will be spent day hiking to Hutch's pool, 1.6 miles upstream from camp, and exploring this part of our closest wilderness area. Although Hutch's pool is known for swimming, the water in October may preclude us from swimming. We will break camp Friday morning and make our way back to the tram road. It is still TBD if we can manage the logistics of hitching a return ride on a tram, or if we will need to hike the 4 miles down the paved road back to the Visitor center around Noon Friday.

Prerequisite: Gear Checkout at TVLC Shed 6:30 pm Monday, October 5 2015. 
Troop gear is available if you do not own required equipment (tents, backpacks, cooking gear, possibly boots, etc.). We will inspect packs and provide instruction on what to bring, what to pack, and what to expect. Come fully packed as though you are ready to hike

What to Bring
Backpacking is a light weight, slimmed down version of car camping, so weight is the enemy.  Bring the essentials, but no more; you have to carry it all on your back AND leave some room for your share of food and cookware! Your personal camp gear should include:
  • A good frame backpack; if you don't own one, the troop likely has one you can borrow
  • Tent; if you don't own one, the troop has plenty
  • Sleeping bag and ground pad
  • Sturdy hiking boots, with 3 pairs of hiking socks
  • Water bottle or Camelback; the troop will provide water filtration equipment
  • Personal mess kit (plate, bowl, silverware, cup)
  • 2 days' clothing: 2 pair of underwear, plus both shorts/short sleeves and long pants/long sleeves, plus the clothes on your back Wednesday.
  • Sunhat, jacket, hat, gloves, raingear, swimsuit (be prepared, even if weather looks tame)
  • Personal first aid kit, compass, headlamp or flashlight, sunscreen, lip balm, pocketknife, matches, emergency whistle, bug protection, and toiletries, including a washcloth, small towel, toothbrush, a small roll of toilet paper and a plastic trowel, and any prescription medicine you need
  • Your Scout Book

Scouts who need to plan meals for rank advancement will have the opportunity to plan the meals. The menu selections are expected to be limited to simple, light weight selections--mostly cold foods or dehydrated foods that are easy to cook in boiling water. Due to the ongoing fire danger in the Catalinas, we do not expect to use open fire on this trip; gas cook stoves will be our source of cooking heat.

Advancement Requirements on the Agenda
On this trip, we anticipate completing part or all of the following requirements:
Tenderfoot: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2nd Class: 1a, 1b, 2, 3a, 3b, 3f, 3g, 6, 7a, 7b, 7c
1st Class: 1, 3, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 6, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d

An organized list, including 2 homework elements is here.
Reference Information
A map of the trip and elevation profile are available here.  

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