Keith Wood (kwood@CJNETWORKS.COM)
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 09:55:19 -0500
>>Some crews don't use tents, but prefer to use some of the
I have already commented about other equipment but I want to echo Scott's
comments about tarps.
I have done it both ways. To save weight one year, we used free standing
rain flys without the tents. We were lucky. We only had one night with
rain and the ground was dry enough to soak it up. If it had rained harder
or longer, I have no doubt that wet gear would have been a problem. On
another trip I used tents; I was much more comfortable. -pyschologically.
The thought of critters sharing the open with me was not much fun. I love
the open air, but I tie back the flaps of the tent and at least let the
screening act as a barrier against the critters.
Some of the Philmont staffers will also tell you of meadow crashing. Near
some campsites, open grassy areas are conducive to sleeping under the stars
with just ground pad and sleeping bag. I've seen it done, and done it
myself in areas where the risk is minimal. But given the liability
situation today, and lawyers ready to file a suit at the hint of poor
judgement --- "well, you should have known it was possible for that thing
to crawl into his bag and bite/sting this poor innocent child." Well, you
get the idea of why Philmont wants a liability waiver. Not me, baby.
Nope, use the tents. And, if you do the work to get in shape, the weight
difference to the kids will be irrelavent, and you as an adult will survive
Now that we have sounded the doom and gloom, run by the rules and you will
have a marvelous time at Philmont. Anyone looking for ways to get around
them for convenience or personal preference, will just be frustrated - -
and have lots of conflicts with staff. Not worth it. My son spent six
years on staff as rangers and camp directors and his negative comments were
always about the Scout leaders "who thought they knew better" and wanted to
rewrite the rules Philmont has learned in dealing with thousands of Scouts
and hundreds of crews every year. (Yes, he also says some of the rules
need to be changed.... but that's another story.)
So, get decent sturdy equipment, break it in, practice with it, then go
have a marvelous time.
High Adventure Advisor T-59, E-2159
"and a good old Bobwhite too......"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City