Philmont info. request
Bob McGwier (n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 09:46:46 -0500
WARNING! WARNING! Soap box alert.
Baaaaaaa. You guys are picking the treks for the kids rather than letting
them do it themselves and then telling them what kind of training is required
to do the treks. I have taken kids on rugged and strenuous treks and been
in every staffed camp before noon but one day when we had to hike 13 miles
and pick up food at Ute Gulch half way between Sawmill and Harlan. We made it
by 12:30 P.M. All that is required to make it to ANY staffed camp on ANY
trek typical to super-strenuous is regular training exercises before you go
and then sitting down with your crew chief and letting him know that you
need to make it to the staffed camp by noon in order to be assured of the
program. That means you need to get up and get on the trail by X o'clock.
I have never ONCE had a crew fail to make it to their program. I have never
had a crew even rained out because they ALWAYS make it on time since I
tell the crew chief how much time it is going to take them to get there
and when they need to get up. You should let them pick the treks they
want and then tell them what it will take to do it and then do it. I am
going back on 703-H-9 and I am already walking 5 miles daily with 40 lbs
in my pack. If you aren't, find someone to take your place who will.
I have been told by every ranger, chaplin, and staffer I have met at Philmont
or who was formally at Philmont that the NUMBER ONE contributor to crews not
"doing well" is the adult leaders picking things or running the show and
poor conditioning on the part of the adults. I believe it as strongly
as anything I know about the place as I get ready to go for the fourth time.
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