Re: Philmont info. request
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Sat, 4 Mar 1995 08:32:07 -0800
Paul S. Wolf <aa854@Cleveland.Freenet.Edu> writes:
>My Personal choice would be for the "Typical" trek. You get a good dose of
>the hiking, yet don't spend all day on the trail. Particularly for a first
>trip, there is much to see and do at the staffed camps. (Gold Mines,
>Blacksmithing, shooting sports, rock climbing, horseback riding, logging,
>branding, homesteading, etc.) IMHO, these experiences are a major part of
>the Philmont experience. You still get the Philmont feel on a 50 mile hike.
>Spending 12 hours a day on the trail is not my idea of fun.
I want to echo Paul's comments on this. Our crew found that for if you
spent too much time getting to a staffed camp, you either didn't have the
time to participate in the activity or the energy. Rock climbing, in
particular, would often be cancelled if there was rain, which happens most
afternoons, and there is a sign-up list for spots based on when you arrive
at the camp and sign in with the ranger. We did a 50-mile trek, and I
think everyone was pretty satisfied with that. We had 14- to 17-year-olds.
If they were all 17- to 20-year-olds, and had some adults who could keep up
with them, they might have enjoyed a longer trek in and of itself. But,
like Paul says, the staffed camps are what makes Philmont a unique experience
that you can't duplicate anywhere else.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** email@example.com
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