Re: Philmont lottery/rese
Bill Euerle (wjeuerle@CECI.MIT.EDU)
Wed, 24 Aug 1994 10:09:06 -0400
>Bill, I was told at Philmont this summer that they had determined that it
>would cost five million dollars to increase the capacity by 1000 people each
>season. This looks like it would translate in to about two additional crews
>What sets the basic capacity of the camp, is it the number that the dinning
>hall can handle for the incoming and out going crews, or is it the number of
>trails available such that each crew can more or less be alone?
There are quite a few considerations that go into determining crew load.
Minimizing impact to wilderness areas of the camp are one. Base camp is the
other. Presently, dining hall is probably not the most significant base camp
limitation. There were several days where the dining hall said that they
served upwards of 900 people at a meal. More immediate is tent capacity in
base camp. There were numerous days this summer (more than 10) where crews,
upon checking in, were handed trail tents and told to camp wherever they could.
(Normally, crews are assigned to wall tents in one of the tent rings) Some of
this was a result of crews arriving before their scheduled arrival day, but not
all. Most of the other base camp facilities are a little more flexible, but
any significant expansion of crew load would require a fair amount of
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City