Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Back From Philmont
Back From Philmont
Mon, 28 Jun 1999 07:50:22 -0500
Have have just returned from Philmont and my first Trek. Had a great time
and it was really strange this visit. I had been there before at the
Training Center. This was not the Philmont I remember...
First, everything was GREEN. Wild flowers everywhere. There other strange
thing was all the rain and hail. We had four days with lots of hail. The
first day included hail that was 2 inches deep. Many areas still had hail
on the ground the next day and it looked like snow. There is nothing like
hiking for 2 1/2 hours in a hailstorm...that hail hurts.
Finally, by the end of our trek, the temps started to rise. Most of the
trek temps were in the low 70's and at night into the low 40's upper 30's.
At trek end, highs got into the mid-80's. All the staff were saying how
strange the weather was and that all this rain should be in late July.
In April, Philmont had heavy storms including ice storm and high winds.
Lots of blowsdown all over than ranch. The CONS Crew worked very hard to
get major trails open, some of the trails we were on had not been clears
and in one area north and west of Crooked Creek, we had 43 blowdowns in a 1
1/2 mile trail taking us two hour to navigate. Trails around Cypher's Mine
were also hit hard. CONS Crew clear that area first and burned out 7 of 8
chainsaws to open the trails.
My crew from Western Wisconsin of Indianhead Council, had a great time. A
number of them are ready to take on another trek that would be even harder.
We were on Init. 9, they would like something like Init. 25.
So for those folks headed for Philmont in the coming weeks, have a great
time and enjoy the very GREEN Philmont while you can.
Todd N. Tingblad -- mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Indianhead Council Webmaster -- http://www.indianhead.org
LaCroix District Unit Commissioner
LaCroix District Activities Committee
Troop 460 Committee Member, New Richmond, Wisconsin, USA