Philmont Weight Limits
John Macko, Esq. (mackoj@VIVANET.COM)
Thu, 26 Jun 1997 22:33:36 -0400
Philmont is STRICTLY enfocing the weight limits this year. I just lost my
We got the same letter as John Bush and I did call Philmont and they are
enforcing the weight limits strictly.
Here's our story:
1. Last Novmber when I received the med forms, I saw the weight guidelines
and the "may not be permitted to go on trail". My assistant leader was
over the weight for his height but under the 295 max limit. I called
Philmont and was told that they looked at a variety of factors including
age, blood pressure, etc.
2. We got the letter from Philmont this past weekend, one week before we
leave. I called again, spoke to the same person and was referred to the
medical department who told me that my leader, based solely on the
weight/height number, would not be permitted to go on trail. I asked him
to my leader's doctor and review his med form. Hesaid it woul not make any
difference. I had my leader's doctor call Philmont. No success. Then I
program director and asked him to review the matter including my leader's
physical. He promised to do so and called me today to tell me that
the leader could not go on trail because he exceeded the weight for his
One week before we leave I have to tell my assistant leader that he cannot
go with his son on the trek. He has been on every training hike and
campout and has paid the $750 fee and spent at least that much in new gear
for the trek.
I have no problem with changing the rules to improve the safety of the trek
for all, but don't do it a week before we go! If Philmont was going to
rules (or strictly enforce existing rules), they should have communicated
to 6 months ago.
John Macko, SM
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City