Operation On-Target NH
September 14, 2013
Operation On-Target is a rewarding mountain-top experience for Troops, Teams and Crews. Members of a Scouting unit climb to one of NH’s many summits and signal to other units using mirrors to reflect the sun. Other activities your unit can add include mountain-top ceremonies, ham radio, making and using signaling mirrors, and competitions.
Click to learn more about On-Target in the Western US . (Where it’s been going on for years)
New Hampshire’s 2013 On-Target will coincide with “Flags on the 48” which a number of Troops participate in already. Bring mirrors with your flag, or choose a different summit and view the panorama of flags honoring 9/11 victims.
Recruit your neighboring units to be sure you’ll have someone to signal to!
Here is the list of available Peaks. Please try to select an open one rather than piling up on a single one. The list will be updated frequently, and as soon as YOU register with us! Right now, they are all open.
Mt. Adams Belknap Mtn. Black Cap
Blue Job Mtn. Mt. Bond Cannon Mtn.
Mt. Cardigan Mt. Carrigain Mt. Chocorua
Mt. Cube Mt. Eisenhower Mt. Flume
Green Mtn., Freedom Mt. Hayes Mt. Hight
The Horn Mt. Isolation Mt. Jackson
Mt. Kearsarge Kearsarge North South Kinsman Mtn.
Mt. Lafayette Loon Mtn. Magalloway Mtn.
Mt. Major Milan Hill Grand Monadnock
Pack Monadnock Mt. Moosilauke Mt. Percival
North Moat Mtn. Oak Hill, Penacook Mt. Osceola
Pawtuckaway S Mtn. North Percy Peak Pitcher Mtn.
Plymouth Mtn. Potash Mtn. Prospect Mtn.
Ragged Mtn. Red Hill Mt. Success
Sugarloaf Mtn. Mt. Sunapee South Twin Mtn.
Mt. Washington Welch Mtn. Wildcat D
These are the peaks with the best views of other peaks. Please let us know if you plan to be on a non-listed peak.
1. Select your 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice peak. Email that to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org First email, first choice!
2. Recruit a Ham operator so that you can contact other peaks and confirm they saw your mirror when you 'flashed' them. Please email the Ham operator's "call sign" to us!
3. Register at "Flags on the 48" site - Make sure you Register there as well. It is important to safeguard our peaks by not having too many people on them.
Build your mirror! It is really quite easy. Both glass and plastic mirrors will work. Home Depot and Lowe's both carry mirror tiles for about $10 for six (6) 1-square-foot pieces. A source of plastic mirror material for making a signaling mirror is Granite State Glass. They have a mirrored plastic 1/8" sheet, and will cut to size. The cost is around $10 per square foot. The nice thing about plastic is its light, and it won't break when dropped. However, it will blow away if there is any wind on the peak. They have 9 locations and need 1 week lead time to get it to a location near you.
Instructions for building and using your signal mirror are here! A few more resources if you have questions.
This is going to be great! Don't forget to make your collapsible mirror, and to do some practice hikes!