Sorry for the long gap in posts, it’s been a crazy (yzarc??) spring. Classes are finally over and well, I’ve been very busy.
Anyway it’s off to Philmont again, this time with a new crew. We were really lucky that we could put together a second crew and get the same trip dates. So we have two crews that correspond nicely to two patrols. I’m excited because my crew is going off the reservation where the trails aren’t marked on the map. This is going to be more like real backpacking than Disneyland backpacking.
A view from Mt. Phillips
Weight matters, and yet again I’m proselytizing about light-weight backpacking. This unit backpacks much more that the other one, so I’m not overly worried, except when they went last time many scouts had 40-55 lbs packs. (mine was all of 32 lbs, with food and 7 litres of water). Internal troop tensions are going to be an issue, as there are a number of the adults, all “pillars of the troop”, who don’t believe I know what I’m talking about. (they aren’t going and don’t have children in either crew – not that this stops them from trying to throw a monkey wrench into things). Apparently, in their opinion, I was a fool to go solo backpacking in Henry Coe state park, and it was only luck that I did about a third of our trek in a weekend. If all went by rights I should have been eaten by a bear or panther. That I came back, un-bitten and unhurt, was a gross miscarriage of justice. Being prepared, filing a backcountry permit, and knowing what I’m doing had nothing to do with it – in their opinion.
So I do what I can to educate. Those who listen will have a great time. (the rest will too, but have a higher risk of problems).
Some new ideas to think about:
- not just turkeybag cooking, but use the packets themselves to rehydrate. Sort of like the AT method of eating oatmeal.
- leukotape P. Various backpacking blogs have raved about this as a replacement for both moleskin and duct tape.
- treats – what to bring along for the inevitable low points on the trail. I took some hard candy, wrapped in a nondescript paper wrapper saying road flares, last time. Wonder if something else would be better?
Crew Gear list (approximate)
- 2 pots (big and medium or small), cooking utensils (minimal – at least/most one measuring cup & a spoon)
- turkey bags for easy cooking of some meals.
- 2 stoves & fuel.
- cleaning things – scraper maybe a scrubby
- the infamous frisbee filter (philmont supplies)
- bear bag setup (4 bags, ropes and pulleys (heavy – philmont supplies) )
- tarp stakes (6-8)
- tarp poles (not needed if enough people bring hiking poles – I’m bringing mine, but need one of the two for my tent)
- water purification pills. (Philmont issues micropure and they work).
- first aid kit
- MAP and COMPASS