Boy Scouts of America Troop 1097  Serving Gaithersburg, Germantown & N. Potomac 

Epic 4-Night Bike Packing Trip & Cycling merit badge

  • 26 Jul 2020
  • 6:00 PM
  • 30 Jul 2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • C&O Canal Towpath: Cumberland to ?


Registration is closed


Sun. 7/26/20

6:00 PM:  Cumberland Visitor Center - C&O Canal National Historical Park Western Maryland Railroad Station 13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502, where we start our ride.  This is a drop-off trip.

Sun.: Bike about 10 miles to Iron Mountain Hiker/Biker campsite

Mon.: Bike about 25 miles to Devil's Alley Hiker/Biker campsite

Tue.: Bike about 35 miles to North Mountain Hiker/Biker campsite

Wed.: Bike about 50 miles to Huckleberry Hill Hiker/Biker campsite 

Wed. PM: Call pickup rides with exact location for pickup.

Thu. AM: Bike 1 mile to pickup point at Harper's Ferry Road

Before you leave:

  • Know how to fix a flat tire.
  • Inspect your tires - replace if frayed or worn.
  • Inspect your brake and shift cables - also replace if frayed.
  • Ensure that your rack attachments are tight.
  • Test ride your bike - Do not make a bunch of changes the night before. Get your bike ready NOW and try to ride it at least a few times before you start your trip.

Basic Gear:

- Bike (make sure it's ready for days-long riding)
- Helmet
- Day Pack w/padded straps
- Water Bottle
- Rain Jacket

Additional Items to bring along:

  • Bug Repellent (IMPORTANT!)
  • Extra Tube (IMPORTANT!)
  • Patch Kit (IMPORTANT)
  • Tire Pump
  • Bell or Horn (Required by NPS)
  • Extra Spokes
  • Water Bottle or Camelback
  • Multi-use Bike Tool
  • Chain Lube
  • Pocket Knife
  • Helmet
  • Eye Wear (Sunglasses)
  • Bike Lock
  • Sun Screen
  • Towel
  • Clothes
  • Padded Bike Shorts
  • Power Bars
  • ID, Credit, Cash
  • Flashlight (for Paw Paw Tunnel)
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Toiletries
  • Trash Bags
  • Miscellaneous (always useful)

For overnight camping: 
  • Tent / Hammock
  • Cookware
  • Bungee Cables
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Stove
  • Dehydrated Food or MRE

Scout in Charge: Habib Najjar

Adult in Charge:  K?

Permission Slip Fillable.pdf

Food: We will be bringing freeze-dried meals unless the scouts decide otherwise.

We are in need of towable child carriers, if anyone has one to carry our gear (not scouts) that would be great.

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