Picture at the peak of Baldy Mountain elevation 12,441 feet – left to right Scouts James Treacy, Rico Biggart, John Solomon, Joe Royer Advisor Matt Solomon
(Submitted) A crew of teenage Scouts went on a life changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet. During the trek Boy Scouts from Collinsville Troop 77 hiked more than 85 miles over 11 days.
The group of Scouts and their advisors carried everything they needed to survive during the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They participated in backcountry programs along the way including rock climbing, spar pole climbing, shot gun shooting and gold prospecting. The trek included a conservation project where Scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Along the trek, Scouts endured tough challenges backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs, and often-inclement weather.
Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world.