Re: Philmont Cubmaster/PTC
Utah Cox (cox@VT8200.VETMED.LSU.EDU)
Fri, 19 Jul 1996 17:08:20 -0500
On Thu, 18 Jul 1996, Steve Eisenberg <Sandalfoot@AOL.COM> wrote:
>To Kim and others going to PTC
>You are in for a great time. I went out with my wife and 3 kids last year. We
>flew into Albuquerque and drove all over NM for a week prior to arriving at
>Philmont. I have some suggestions for you:
>1) Bring sleeping bags. They provide sheets, pillows and a thin blanket but
>it gets cold at night and their blanket alone is not enough. It was over 100
>degrees during the day (but no humidity) and dropped into the 40's at night.
My daughter and I were at the PTC July 7-13. We were issued sheets and 2
wool blankets each (but no pillows), which I found to be sufficient.
However, my "cold-natured" daughter opted to sleep in her down sleeping bag,
mainly because of the following described conditions.
We arrived in a downpour, and it rained most of the time we were there. We
were told that the total rainfall since last October was one inch. It
rained 2 hours on Saturday (the day before our arrival). The next day, it
rained 3 inches. Most days were overcast (and temperatures were rarely over
80) with occasional downpours and lots of slow drizzles. We had only one
sunny day without rain. We went to bed about 8:30 two nights because of the
rain, and it rained all night.
Of course, this kind of weather was very unusual, and may have been a result
of the hurricane. Because of the fire restrictions and the fact that
Cimarron had only a 40 day supply of water left, the rain was a blessing to
the area. On Thursday, we were told by Scouting for the Environment
participants that the ground was soaked down to 14 inches, which also is
At the Friday evening closing campfire (or show, that is, no fire), the
clouds looked threatening, but only a few drops fell at the beginning. Then
a full ground-to-ground rainbow developed and framed the stage. It lasted
for 15 minutes or so, and was the most beautiful (awesome!) rainbow I have
ever seen. The sunset behind us (and over the Tooth of Time) was also
spectacular among the billowing clouds. Also, for a few minutes a second
rainbow (less complete or spectacular) developed. It certainly was a
fantastic ending to a great week (despite the cold, wet weather, that my
daughter equated with a Louisiana winter).
I concur with all of the other recommendations given by Steve, especially
"I found I picked up some ideas from the course, but more from my fellow
Istrouma Area Council, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City