Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Tue, 24 May 1994 23:43:00 EST
>Would appreciate any advice or information from previous Philmont
>attendees. Also a what to bring list. The package I got did not include
>one. Also does it get fairly cool in the evenings?
Yes, it does get cool in the evenings. In base camp, it can get down in
the upper 40's overnight. In the high altitudes, it can get down to the
high 30's overnight, although frost at high altitudes is not uncommon.
I do remember a June night where it got into the high 20's overnight.
Do be sure to take warm clothes, preferably several layers so that you
can remove them as it gets warmer. I usually carried a flannel shirt, a
hooded sweatshirt, and a raincoat (used as a windbreaker and another
layer). Do be sure to carry a pair of long pants in case it really gets
cold (As a ranger, I never wore long pants on the trail for warmth.
Most times I was near a fire/cabin, could go to bed, or just pulled up
the wool socks to my knees). There were times in base that it was cold
and rainy and I wore long pants, and you should be prepared for them (2
or 3 times in 2 years as a ranger).
Cool nights in New Mexico are quite a switch from hot, muggy, Michigan
summers, and I'd really like to experience more of them.
On a side note, hopefully, I will be attending this summer as part of
the Staff Association Trek.
Part of this "Reunion" of staff Alumni includes a meeting. I will try
to express the displeasure many of you have had with the lottery system
for 1995 Reservations, and try to find out if Council Contingents were
given any priority. I can't make any promises, but usually the Program
Director or Ranch Director (#1 or #2 person in charge of the ranch)
would be hearing these concerns at the meetings.
I know when the lottery system was anounced, it was mentioned that in
April 1993, when 1994 reservations were opened, they took 13,700
reservations on April 1; 7,000 reservations on April 2; and 2,900
reservations on April 5. (Numbers taken from the Spring 1993
_High_Country_, the Philmont Staff Association newsletter). From what I
know about the year round staff and the Philmont phone system, those
numbers are really overwelming (and they really must have been working
to get them done). I think it was getting to the point that SOMETHING
had to be done. If concern is expressed, it may be changed (I have see
other things changed after complaints were lodged).
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Philmont Staff Association
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