Philmont 2003 Trek Route 22 (addendum)
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 00:33:19 +0000
Subject: [High_Adventure] Re: Any recent info on Trek 22
We did this trek this year, leaving Base Camp on July 2nd.
Our Venturing Crew's findings:
- We concur with the positive opinion of pilot to bombadier unit in
Lambert's. It's pretty tilted, but quite solid structurally. And what
- Best Red Roof Inn. On the entering side of Phillips Junction from
Porcupine. This is not the in-camp inn, but the one just visible from
the other side of the stream as you approach the showers and
commissary from Porcupine direction.
- Definitely eat your dinner at Cypher's before heading up to Mount
Phillips. But be careful not to eat too much mid-day because hiking
that trail wouldn't be very comfortable on a really full stomach.
- Climbing at Cito starts at 8 am. We, too, were not scheduled to
climb there, but arrived by 7:30 and received a slot right away..
- Best tasting water when we were there: Cyphers Mine. Most sulphurous
was at Cimmaroncito and Hunting Lodge. Harlan was okay water;
definitely load up there before heading to Deer Lake.
- Best shower. PJ's. I know, you'll hit it in mid-morning, but it's a
great morning break and you don't have to fire up a wood stove for it
like you do up the hill at Beaubien.
- Definitely off-load the unneeded food items. Our crew was adamant
about this -- the kids were carrying most of the weight and they didn't
want any more than necessary.
- Seriously consider at Logistics if you're going to make it back to
Base Camp in time for lunch on the final day. We did make it back, but
started way early (as in we definitely needed to hike with lights),
spent an hour up on the Tooth peak and then *really* trucked it down
to Base to arrive by 10:30 am. It was some serious fast hiking on
down from Tooth, but with temps there in the 90s no one wanted to stay
on that exposed hill for very long.
- Our crew thought the "nose to tail" horse ride at Beaubien not worth
it; we opted for some free time instead. If you're planning on doing
Cons work at Beaubien and hiking Trail Peak, schedule those for the
second day there. Schedule your beef stew dinner for the first night
because you have to give up two trek members earlier in the afternoon
to help with the dinner and you probably won't have enough time to do
Cons, hike Trail Peak and get them back there in time to help if you
do it all on one day.
- Abreau cantina was our crew's favorite staffed activity. Us advisors
had a fun time swatting at the billions of flies, but the kids really
loved that cantina. They played cards with hikers from all over,
drank root beer like crazy and kept a count on who could kill the most
flies with finger flicking. So much for the cultural aspects...
- Miner's Park was our crew's least favorite camp. They'd already
climbed at Cito, they didn't want to do the "environmental walk"
activity and the staff, while friendly to advisors, wasn't too
outgoing to kids. The evening climb on the climbing wall for an hour
was fun, though.
In short, this was a great trek. We all wish it had been more balanced
with longer hikes at the beginning, but oh well!
Associate Advisor for (coed)
Venturing Crew 462
Fifteen years as a Scouter--and first time at Philmont.
Hubby and sons had gone in 1997 and
1999 as Boy Scout crews; now I know what the "I wanna go back to
Philmont" is all about. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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