Watching the sunset in a meadow near Apache Springs Camp

We got up at the normal time got around, cooked breakfast and hung around camp until eight or so. We tried to let our gear dry out as much as possible.  We left Fish Camp and were headed for Apache Springs Camp.  We hiked next to a really pretty stream. We crossed the stream several […]

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The 2002 Crew ready to head to Philmont!

Recently I was cleaning out some boxes and found my old trail journal from my Philmont Scout Ranch 2002 Backpacking Trek. Philmont Scout Ranch its located in New Mexico and allows young men and leaders in Boy Scouts to partake in a 12 day High Adventure backpacking trip. You can learn more about Philmont over at their website which can be found here.

I wanted to not only digitize my journal but also make sure that I had a record of it kept someplace that is not a tiny little notepad. It will be interesting to see what my 19 year old self had to say during the 12 day trip.

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Day 12: For me, this morning was not really sad, but rather I really didn’t want to leave this beautiful place, and honestly I was mad! It took me 10 minutes to realize that I should be thankful that I still had another day and when I thought about it I felt quite lucky. As […]

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Day 11: We left camp a little bit earlier than usual because we had to stop at the hunting cabin we skipped the day before and it was cool. They showed us the claw marks all over the south door when the bear tried to get in a couple years ago. After about an hour […]

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Day 10: As we were heading towards the end of the trip, I wanted to try and take in as much of the trip as possible. By doing this, I noticed a lot of different colors in the rocks and just how much more vivid all the colors were. Even the trails were really pretty. […]

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Day 9: I woke up and got out of the tent absolutely amazed by what I saw. At first I thought it was a weird fog but then I realized it wasn’t fog. We were in the clouds. It was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I enjoyed my last meal on […]

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Day 8: Today I am the leader and our destination is Mt. Phillips Camp on top of Mt. Phillips. Not only was it an eight mile trip it was uphill the whole way. We even went outside the ranch’s boundaries for about 4 miles. I woke up with the adults and I have to admit […]

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Day 7:  We would be leaving our layover camp, which was a great time, and I was sad to leave it. Also, today, we had to hike to Wild Horse. It was by far the worst day climbing for me because I was finally starting to feel sore and we had to follow this really […]

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Day 6:  Today was our layover, so we got to sleep in. It felt weird that waking up at 8 was considered sleeping in! This was the only time I found it easy to wake up and got right to work cooking. Ron was in a much better mood as he was feeling much better […]

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Day5: We woke up and did our normal morning routine and after a small squabble between Jakob and Kyle about packs and weight we find out that Dalton isn’t feeling well. He was shaking real bad and Rob and Ginette took him to the staff cabins. They return an hour and a half later and […]

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Day 4: It was a normal morning, but I noticed the farther into the trek we went the colder it got in the mornings. I devised a system where at night I would put the legs back onto my pants and then put my fleece in the very top of my pack, which was under […]

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Day 3: I have to admit it was hard waking up the second morning but I knew we needed to get going and eat food. For some reason throughout the whole trip, I was starving in the mornings. I took down the tent because Michael was helping with something else and then Rob got down […]

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Day 2: We wake up way too early for a summer morning but I didn’t care. I just wanted to get going! We went to breakfast and ate it without knowing what it was, some hash brown egg thingy. We then met Spencer and he took us (with all our gear) to the welcome center […]

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Hello everyone I wanted to share with you my brothers story from his Philmont Scout Ranch trip in 2012. If you are not familiar with Philmont Scout Ranch its located in New Mexico and allows young men in Boy Scouts to partake in a 12 day High Adventure backpacking adventure. You can learn more about […]

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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 […]

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Are you enjoying the weather as much as I have been? I wanted to update everyone on where things are whats going on and what is coming up. Merchandise  I have been working with a print shop to get some awesome t-shirts made.  I am going to be getting a run of men’s and women’s […]

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The backpack that I have chosen is the ULA Catalyst. It is made by a company called Ultralight Adventure Equipment and are based out of Logan Utah. They make their backpacks in the owners very large and nice garage. They are quality made and made to order. I was blown away at their speed in […]

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