Philmont

Expedition 719-D1 atop Baldy Mountain, the highest in Philmont
Expedition 719-D1 atop Baldy Mountain, the highest in Philmont

This year troop 95 sent 3 scouts and 1 scouter to Philmont. Ben Shenkman, Dan Robbins, Billy Durr, and Bill Durr. Philmont is an amazing place located in Cimarron, New Mexico. From the bus ride out to Philmont you wouldn't think that the area would be very diverse. For 3 hours we rode across the New Mexico plains with little to see. However once you start hiking you discover that Philmont is very diverse. One minute you will be walking through a pine forest and then you will exit it into a beautiful meadow. We got to hike through this wonderful land for 11 days. During this time we hiked up two of the most known mountains in Philmont. The Tooth of Time which is behind base camp and is on the Philmont patch and Baldy Mountain, the tallest mountain in Philmont at 12441 feet tall. Throughout the eleven days we went to a variety to places. The staffed camps were the best. At staff camps you do things like rock climbing, spar (pole about 30ft tall) climbing, milk goats, pan for gold, go blacksmithing, shoot muzzle loading rifles, and have a chuck wagon dinner. The staff also many times put on activities like kick ball, logger ball (wacky version of baseball), and campfires. At the campfires the staff would do things like put on skits, tell jokes, and sing songs. At the staff camps you could also get fresh water without having to purify it. Our itinerary was number 28 and we did about 78 miles. Dan and I ended up hiking about 95 miles through side trips. The trip was an excellent experience and I would recommend that if you ever get the chance to go to Philmont, go. It was defiantly worth it. For pictures and two 360° panoramas go to http://gallery.billyburly.com

An article that I wrote for the T95 Trailblazer September edition.