Philmont Training Weekend #1

Categories:Philmont Training

This weekend 4 adults and 7 boys head off into the back country of northwest Missouri for the first weekend of many in a 6 month training regiment to prepare for their 2012 Philmont Adventure.  This is the first time all of the adults and the boys have ever been together as a group.

This weekend is primarily set up to help the crew:

  • Figure out what gear they have and what gear they still need.
  • Learn how to pack their bags.
  • Learn how to use their equipment.
  • Learn how to use crew gear. (Stoves, dining tarp, bear bag, etc…)
  • Weigh packs and optimize pack weight.
  • Learn the group dynamics to see if a group leader emerges. (6 months and 6 group events to get this figured out)
  • Back country meals what they are and how to cook and clean up.
  • Personal hygiene while in the back country
  • Hydration and how to obtain water in the back country.
  • Proper use of a backpack during water crossings and rock scrambling.
  • What it feels like to hike for miles with a full weight pack with water, gear, and food.
  • And So much more.

Food for the weekend.

Trail Lunch:
Easy Cheese (Spray Cheese) and Ritz Crackers
Beef Stick

Trail Snack:

Camp Dinner:
Ramen Noodles and Granola Bars
Granola Bars

Camp Breakfast:
Instant Quaker Oatmeal and Cliff Bars

I am very excited to see how this weekend plays out and to help pass on my hiking / backpacking knowledge to boys who will one day be wanting to tackle adventures just like the Appalachian Trail.

Photos and more info to come.

Happy Trails



Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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