Re: Philmont Cubmaster
Dave Rogers (DA6ver6@AOL.COM)
Thu, 18 Jul 1996 23:16:54 -0400
In a message dated 96-07-18 11:31:16 EDT, Donald.Wells@EBAY.SUN.COM (Don
<< Hello Fellow Scouters!!
Well, in about 48 hours I will be on my way to Philmont for PowWow
Leadership training. ....I would like to know where to go around
Philmont to get pictures. I ask this because my Scoutmaster and I are
taking a group of Scouts next year to Philmont for a trek, and they all
would like to see what it looks like. I would like to get pictures of
the mountains and what the general atmosphere is like.
Well, Donald, I"m not familiar with PTC itinerary, but as someone who just
returned from 12-day trek, I've got a few suggestions for photos which do not
involve hiking up mountains.
1. The buffalo herd. You'll see it as you drive in, with mountains as a
backdrop. If you're as bad a photog as me, they've got a good shot on post
2. The Villa Philmonte, the house that Waite Phillips built. PTC is right
there, you can't miss it. (postcards available)
3. A shot of the Tooth of Time from base camp. A long shot from the road
might afford a good shot of Tent City, too. (more postcards)
4. The Philmont base camp; Tent City; Dining Hall; the chapels; crews loading
onto buses to begin their treks at the Welcome Center.
5. You should get a great sunset without having to venture far from your
quarters at PTC. ... and with a little work, you can get the sun setting
behind the Tooth.
6. If you're looking for a lot of Scouts, there's the opening
campfire/ceremony which is held every night, at 8 or so, just down the road
from PTC, before you get to Philmont's Welcome Center.
7. And if you want to see some really happy Scouts, wander out past the
southeast of base camp/Tent City any mid-morning and meet the returning
trekkers coming back through the gates, under the "You Made It" sign.
8. If mountains are your thing, I believe you can see and shoot Mt. Baldy
from the Villa/PTC. It's the bare peak back there in the mountain range.
9. One other scenic area I recall -- reachable by car -- is called the
Pallisades (sp?). It's a roadside stop on the Highway to Angel Fire about 5
to 10 miles from base camp but still within Philmont boundaries, more or
less. It's a rock formation extending hundreds of feet straight up from a
large creek. Then turning 180 degrees, you'll see another good shot of
several tree-topped mountain peaks.
Like I said, I don't know what field trips/hikes you may be able to make up
into the mountains. If you get out on the trail, it's hard to find anything
that's NOT a good photo op. And there are others available without a climb,
like the St. James Hotel and the Old Mill Museum in Cimarron and the Kit
Carson Museum at Philmont.
Have fun and please e-mail me about your experiences on return. I'm trying to
talk my 70-year-old mother into signing up for PTC next year (she's on the
district Cub committee) and making it a family affair.
ASM, Troop 85
Philmont '96 624-J-1
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