Just to let you all know that Doug Palmer has taken the 2000 TREKS book to the printer. He and his crew have finished their work on the itineraries and made all of the changes. They should be out to you on time.
As I have said before - Doug and his team used some new technology (specifically Maptech's Terrain Navigator which just completed the New Mexico maps) to determine more accurate mileage and elevations. Over the years some routes have been inflated - or deflated - as new trails have been built. The routes have been reordered so that 1 is "typical" and 35 is "super strenuous" like in the "old days".
They have changed routes so that campers will not be sleeping above 9000' until after the 3rd day of the trek because we have received advice that this may help campers acclimate better and have fewer problems.
5 new itineraries and a couple of new camps have been added. Most of the new routes are up in the Valle, but a least one is a new North Country route.
Every itinerary except for #1 has a new number.
Doug reminded me today that 87% of the crews got their first or second choice of itinerary in 1999 and those that overnighted their choices pretty much wasted their money. With these changes it is especially important that you look at the TREKS book when it comes and be sure to get an itinerary that meets your Scouts desires. There is no need to rush excessively.
I cannot get into too many specifics (you can try to call Doug and try to get some from him) because I do not want to give this group too much of an advantage over the rest of the crews that are not on this list or do not have Internet access, but here are the new numbers and the 99 route that Doug tells me is the most similar.
2000 number first