Re: One Day 50 Miler
FWD LARDIE, WILLIAM LTC (logplanner@FWD.AREUR.ARMY.MIL)
Mon, 8 Jul 1996 23:52:57 +0200
I do not think that when BSA decided to recognize individuals for hiking
50 miles, they intended that it be done in 1 day. Here in Europe, we
have Volksmarches (People Marches) that are usually 10 or 20 KMs. Some
clubs have marathons - 42 KMs, and they are in one day.
The purpose of a 50 miler is to allow a scout to be able to enjoy
hiking/backpacking along with practicing scout skills such as low impact
camping, cooking nutritious meals on a small stove, enjoying natures
beauty, physical fitness, and fellowship with other scouts.
When our troop did one, we started out with a training program several
months out. Scouts, along with the adults had to participate in 2 of 3
pre hikes. The first was 1 over night with hiking 5 - 8 miles per day;
don't forget a full pack. This usually weeded out the those who were
not really motivated. The second pre trip was 2 over nights, again
hiking 5 - 8 miles a day. If you passed this one without too much
grumbling, and yes, the SM counted Scout Spirit, then you were given the
green light to participate in the 50 miler.
When time came for the 50 miler, most of the boys and adults were
prepared and enjoyed them selves.
WB (WAKO) Owl, NE-VI-19
O/A Vigil 1994
>From: Paul H. Brown[SMTP:phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG]
>Sent: Monday, July 08, 1996 9:12 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
>Subject: Re: One Day 50 Miler
>On Mon, 8 Jul 1996, Richard B. Pyne wrote:
>> > First, I would recommend that you require ALL participants to take a
>> > Class 3 medical to participate and make sure that the medical form
>> > describes the nature of the event.
>> Our local districts have sponsored evensts known at 50/20's for
>> several years with great success. We usually start them on a Friday
>> evening and go all night. The idea is to walk the 50 miles in 20
>> hours or less. We run them in a remote part of the county, usually on
>> a road that runs along the base of a mountain next to a lake. We
>> also make this a family event and invite all ages to participate.
>We used to run such an event along the C&O Canal outside Washington DC.
>Started at 10 pm, usually on a nite of a full (or almost full) moon. A
>family event, all ages and genders could participate. Breakfast was at
>about the 20 mile point, starting at 5 am. Most stopped after
>breakfast. Had to finish the 50 miles by 6 pm.
>Paul H. Brown, UC, George Washington Dist, National Capital Area
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