Re: Philmont Trek Length
Jeffrey B. Lukens (0210777@ACAD.NWMISSOURI.EDU)
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 13:48:07 -0500
At 01:25 AM 4/9/98 -0500, you wrote:
>> Great math on Trekkin' at Philmont, but you may have left out the most
>> important figure - increased revenue. The 7 day would cost a bit less than
>> the 12 day, but the increase in the number of campers would significantly
>> increase the income from a summer's activities.
>OK, let's talk bottom line.
>This would increase base camp population by 50%, while only increasing
>backcountry population by less than 5%.
I still agree that it would be nice to allow more scouts to attend philmont,
but there is still the issue of how much impact this would have on the
true, this would only increase the backcountry population by 5%, but that is
at any given time. Over the course of the summer, the increase would be
approximately 75% more scouts. My problem is that the trails are already
beat up, and I don't want to see them over used.
Remember when you went to Philmont, how the rangers were always talking
about the trail and the importance to stay on it. I know that when I was
there, there were other crews, and members of my crew who didn't abide by
this. If we almost double the number of scouts who gain the philmont
experience we run the risk of futher damaging the wilderness.
I do agree that it would nbe nice to have more scouts gain that experience,
but I do not agree with the enviromental impact that it could cause.
I do have a solution to offer though. What about opening up another
wilderness High Adventure area in the mountains of another Rocky Mountain
state. Say, Idaho for example. If we provide the same type of program, but
tailored to the geography of Idaho, we could accomplish the goal of allowing
more scouts to gain an experience like Philmont.
What does everyone think of this alternate solution??
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Jeffrey B Lukens
Northwest Missouri State University
Eagle Scout Class of '92
T-5 Middlebury, CT
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