Mount Orient Backpacking Trip
Friday, August 26 -
Troop 54 kept true to its plan to provide a backpacking trip in August, but it took some last-minute re-working of the plan. We had originally planned a two night trip further north, but with Hurricane Irene descending on the area that Sunday, we chopped a day off and went west instead. This was our third segment of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and our second overnight encampment at the Mosher Shelter. Five Scouts and four adult leaders participated in this trip.
On some stretches of the trail, the trail blazes were nice, printed Metacomet and Monadnock diamonds. These were generally interspersed with white, rectangular paint blazes. In other stretches of the trail, however, the white blazes had been painted over with brown paint, making them nearly impossible to find. Combined with recent relocations of sections of the trail, this led to several "scenic detours", increasing our trail mileage from the planned 5 miles to somewhere around 8 miles.
All along the way, we noted a huge variety of mushrooms (this was their season). With the expert identification provided by our professional forester, ASM Brian Keevan (don't try this at home), we took a big chuck of a Chicken of the Woods mushroom along the trail to eat at camp. We cut it into smaller pieces and sauteed the mushroom; cooked, it almost had the texture of chicken, but it did taste like a mushroom.
Ironically, with the hurricane bearing down on us, we had no rain on the campout and only got hit with a downpour on the drive back.
View most of our return trail (GPS data from COR Keith MacNeal):
Narrative originally posted on Trimble Outdoors by Keith MacNeal:
I did this as a dayhike. My son did this as a backpacking trip with Troop 54 of Worcester, MA. They started at the Sec. 12 Parking area and hiked to the Mosher Shelter, covering Sec. 13 and part of 14. I joined them at the Sec. 13 parking area on the way back on Day 2. Description of the area can be found on the AMC Berkshire Chapter online trail guide.
Photos by: Joshua Froimson
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