An account and photos of the 2000 trip may be reviewed at
The material that Philmont publishes is about all you will need in preparing for Kanik. If you have cold weather camping clothing, take it. Philmont will provide clothing too if crew members need it.
Make sure you DON'T take cotton jeans, cotton jackets, cotton socks, etc. as that type clothing will cause trouble in the cold if the wearer gets wet (as in a snowball fight).
As far as snow, there hasn't been much the last few years. Maybe that will change next year.
Here are some differences in Kanik vs. the summer backpacking program:
In 2000, our crew spent two nights at the Hunting Lodge and two nights at Lovers Leap. Not much snow until the 3rd night in the back country. Then, 6"-8" fell during the night and we had a great time in the snow the next day.
In 2002, we had wanted to go to Miranda or Lovers Leap but Philmont was either over booked or understaffed so we didn't get to go to either of those destinations. We wound up spending four nights camped near the Hunting Lodge which was very crowded as there were four or five other crews there too. No snow while we were there, and we had to hike to Cyphers Mine to find snow. There was plenty there so the Scouts did get to experience snow.
Due to the crowded conditions at the Hunting Lodge, this trip wasn't as much fun as the 2000 trip but we still had a good time. The Wednesday night campfire program in the Hunting Lodge was especially enjoyable. Imagine 50+ people in the building listening to songs and hearing various skits and stories, then eating cobbler afterwards. :-)
[See <philmont-kanik2002.html> for a lengthier description.]
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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