Re: Philmont Trek Length
Jeffrey B. Lukens (0210777@ACAD.NWMISSOURI.EDU)
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 13:44:22 -0500
At 06:55 PM 4/6/98 -0500, you wrote:
>If Philmont shortened the treks to 9 days, 7 on the trail and 2 in base,
>then extended the season from 60 arrival dates to 70, it would be possible
>to increase Philmont opportunities to 31,500 campers. Possible dates
>could be June 8 to August 16 (currently June 11-Aug 9 for year 2000).
>If they increased arrivals to 450 campers/day that would increase the
>base camp population to 900 (50% increase), while barely affecting the
>backcountry population, bringing it up to 3,150 campers (5% increase)
>because of the shortened trek duration (450x7).
>Which would you rather see; 31,500 get a 9 day opportunity, or 18,000 get
>a 12 day opportunity with another 13,500 missing out entirely? That's the
>question you need to ask yourself.
>By shortening the time on
>the trail, we can give that backcountry experience to thousands of
>additional boys with barely increasing the backcountry camper population.
>By each camper sacrificing 3 days, they can make room for thousands more.
>I think it's time for a change.
>What do you think?
Theoretically it could work, but you math has some flaws. True, only 150
more scouts would be on the trail each day, so it would seem that the
enviromental impact would be low, but over the entire summer, you are almost
doubling the number of scouts who go into the backcountry.
We have all seen how deteriorated some of the more popular areas are due to
over use, and imagine if twice as many people used them each year. Philmont
would become a factory, just churning out arrowhead patches.
I agree that it is a worthwhile experience, but for some scouts it is once
in a lifetime. So why do troops try to go every other year? Some troops
haven't been in 10 or more years. I think that a troop should only be
allowed a trek every 4 or 5 years. This allows all more troops the
opportunity to schedule a trek.
Yes I have been to Philmont, Yes I want to go back, but I also want other
scouts to have the same experience. If we shorten the trek length, and
double the number of scouts attending, we will not have any philmont left to
Leave No Trace, it is the only way to go.
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Jeffrey B Lukens
Northwest Missouri State University
Eagle Scout Class of '92
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