Re: Philmont info request
Cliff Golden (C60DJK1@MVS.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 3 Mar 1995 19:13:00 CST
re: Philmont Treks
I've been to Philmont 8 times, 2 Cavalcades, 6 Expeditions.
Of the six expeditions, they have ranged from 52 mile typical, to
a 132 mile Super Strenuous, <we added extra side hikes>.
Keep in mind, no matter what the description, they're all going to be
STRENUOUS! You hike the same trails on a "Typical" as you would on
a "Superstrenuous", the difference is the amount of mileage you
accumulate and the number of trail camps <those without program>
that you encounter.
All of Philmont is beautiful country, all the trails are narrow,
rocky, and seem to only go up. Don't base the selection of your
trail on the length of miles or classification of difficulty.
Look over your PEAKS book when it arrives. Introduce the various
programs available to your Philmont crew. Have them vote on the
programs that they are interested in. Take the list of programs
in order of preference and sit down with your crew leader and
determine the 5 trails that best accomodate your interests.
Present these 5 trails to the crew for a vote. Make clear what each
itinerary will involve. Don't try to do too much if this is your
first trip. Often the boys are all gung-ho about doing it all and
tackling the hardest trail on the list. They may regret their
choice by the 4th day,<Maybe>. Take note of the elevation chart
for each trail. It shows you a side cutaway view of your trek.
Consider an itinerary with a layover day, don't forget about the
availability of showers. Do they want to climb the "Tooth",
Mt. Philips, or Baldy? Remember there is some service time to
squeeze in somewhere.
Also remember you're hiking at elevations ranging from 6,500 feet to
12,441 feet. Those miles get longer as you go higher.
No matter what trail you choose, you can't go wrong. They're all
great. I can honestly say, I've never met an itinerary I didn't
Trail conditions will vary. Most of Philmont has excellent trails.
Your crew will probably spend four hours helping to maintain them
when you do your service time. The OA is also building a new trail
this summer between Harlan and Rt. 64. Good luck this summer!
YIS, Cliff Golden, DeKalb Scoutmaster Troop 33
DeKalb, Illinois Advisor Post 333
Three Fires Council BSA Kishwaukee District Commissioner
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