Troop 353’s 2017 High Adventure Trek took place at the Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America’s premiere High Adventure Base, located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico. The Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch covering 214 square miles of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico.
This was the first-time Troop 353 has gone to Philmont as a unit in its 25-year history and it was well represented by active scouts, parents and Eagle Scout alumni.
7-Day Backpacking and Camping High Adventure Trek in the Rocky Mountains
Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico
August 11th – 20th, 2017
The Troop prepared months in advance for a 7-day backpacking and camping trek in the Rocky Mountains that would have them hike over 50 miles at elevations between 6,800-9,000 feet. Due to the Troop’s size, Philmont required that the Troop split up into two crews that would go on two very different treks in different parts of the Philmont Ranch.
Crew K1 would explore the South Country of Philmont Ranch. Some of the camping and hiking highlights included a sunset from Backache Springs, Tooth of Time, Hidden Valley, and Minette Meadows. Program highlights included: Spar Pole Climbing, Company Meeting Campfire, Demonstration Forest, Rock Climbing, and a Conservation Project.
Crew K2 would explore the North Country of Philmont Ranch, Kimberlin Ponil Ranch, and Valle Vidal “Valley of Life” national forest. Some of the camping and hiking highlights were: T-Rex Track, Seally Canyon, Beatty Lakes, and Sunset from Horse Canyon. Program highlights included: Railroading, Search & Rescue, Astronomy, Challenge Course, and a Conservation Project.