This past weekend the Philmont crew headed out to the local Boy Scout camp Camp Gieger for a weekend of hiking, backpacking, and camping. Not only did we hike 6 miles on the first day but we also learned a lot and accomplished even more. Sure 6 miles does not seem like a very long distance to many of us however this was with a crew that has maybe worn their full backpacks a hand full of times and this in itself was a big accomplishment. When we got done we were all in good spirits, very few blisters and everyone’s packs were comfortable. Gear was tested and recommendations on how to lighten pack weights and gear replacements were shared. Tent partners were finalized. Due to the nature of the beast and that we have an odd number 11 to be exact I have offered to tent solo. This just means I have to get my solo tent ordered ASAP. The boys learned that it is very important for them to set up and tear down camp as quickly as possible. This is so that we can be hiking much earlier in the morning to avoid any late day heat and to make it to events that are put on at many of the camps in the evenings. Overall it was a great weekend and I look forward to watching this crew grow and mature like I have seen groups in the past.