Philmont Rattlesnakes

Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 02:09:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [Philmont]: Safety issue Pholks, pure and simple
In a message dated 08/01/2002 7:50:45 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:
>          What time did y'all get up and did this follow Mark Anderson's 
> stern admonitions about NO night hiking?
>          The only reason I mention this is that we camped at Schaeffer's 
> Pass and heard several crews coming thru at 2 and 3 AM. There was a moon, 
> but not that much light.

And don't believe you will see them first.  One of our boys showed courtesy 
to the girls in the crew by walking ahead and showed courtesy to other crews 
also by stepping OFF TRAIL to take a leak.  He almost wet on a big Prairie 
Rattler.  I was able to pin the rattler with my trekking poles for some up 
close and personal observation and photographs.

I'm not going to tell you who one of the girls on our trek was, but I will say her daddy works at Philmont. She was standing beside me when that advisor touted they "night hike" all the time.

Since this appears to be blatant with some crews, I look for the PhilAdmin to crack down on this one soon. I for one would agree that any advisor guilty of night hiking their crew deserves a permanent ban from the ranch just as fire ban violators do.

It's a safety issue Pholks, pure and simple.

John LeBlanc
Eagle Class of 1959
Phirst Phil Ptrek 1959
PhilTrek 2002 630H2 Trek 16
My latest adventure was yesterday,
Today is not over yet!

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