Re: Philmont/experience story
Jon D. Rogers (Eglsctexon@AOL.COM)
Thu, 31 Aug 1995 23:39:57 -0400
>> We are just beginning our planning for our first trip to Philmont. We
>> schedlued to go in July 1996. I am hoping that I can get some information
>> what we should do to prepare and so forth.
I have been to Philmont thrice. Each time was a totaly different experience!
Trip one: I had an adult leader who drug two of us down, so we were not able
to hike at our potential speed. Our adult leader did not prepare,
aroebicly(heart/lungs) for the trip. It is imperative that the adult leaders
do more than just walk or climb stairs for an hour. I recommende them to put
weight on their backs four/five mo. in advance this will help their heart to
move this much weight. Adding 40-55 lbs. to your own weight can shock your
cardiovascular system. I would shock your sys. before you get to Philmont.
It is also in my experience that you try and split the younger and not so in
shape kids in one group and stick the older and more physicaly fit
boys/girls(sorry, I forgot about Explorers) in one group. This gives the
older scouts the ability to actually push to their own limit(if their leaders
are fit enough). At the same time, you must weigh if you want the yonger
scouts to learn by observing the older scouts. I though recomend to split
the boys to their experience. We did have a good time though.
trip 2: I was in Rayado. I had two Rangers w/ us(instead of adult leaders).
This allowed us to reach beyond our wildest dreams in our hiking ability.
We also learned how to get along and share eachothers responsability. Yet,
the trip wasn't without complications. We did have a couple of slackers who
would lie as to how much crew gear they were carying(sp?) This was later
solved as we split all the crew gear into even weighted piles. The person(s)
who did the spliting chose last. In this trip I carried polypropeline
underwear instead of jeans. These were not only lighter, but they kept me
warmer than jeans and made me look goofy:) I highly recomend this. We did
have a good time though
trip 3: I was on a coed-trip. Well this was enteresting...not only was my
mom their, but so were both my younger sisters. My two sisters were totaly
fused @ my mother and the other female advisor, Cindy(not real name). My mom
and Cindy did hike awfullllllllllllllllllllly
sllllooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwW!! Nothing in the trip went as
planned. I lost my tent partner by day three, so I meadow crashed(did not
have a tent so I slept outside), one of the girls who didn't like working and
tried to squirm her way through weight and everything, twisted her ankle
about half way through. This gave her a valid excuse for about two days, why
not to carry weight. Then, after that, we got layed up at Clear Creek Camp
by a lightning strom(we were to go over baldy that day) so we had to hike
sixteen miles that day, which actually ended up twenty miles...yes, we did do
a slight sidehike that wasn't scheduled. Closed trail too. Any, things
didn't go to well at all. We did have a good time though.
I have a lot of good pointers for any hiker who wants to get of weight, but
you'll have to write me, bc this letter is lengthy enough.
JOn D. Rogers
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City