Philmont 2004 Council Contingent:
We are back! Busses arrived in Austin hot and late but we are home. Stories of killer hail storms, bears in campsites, and freezing weather will entertain for years to come.
The closing campfire at Philmont was great and everyone is glad to be home with no injuries and lots of great memories.
Have been having rain showers (with some hail) almost every afternoon. Appears to be more in the southern part of Philmont than the northern. Encountered a crew crossing US-64 at Bear Canyon this morning. They were having a great time and all were in good spirits. They had seen one bear and other wildlife (deer, chipmunks, etc.). Had eaten lunch on the top of Baldy. Said there had been challenges but they were all thoroughly enjoying themselves.
They're on the trail!
The trip to Philmont went according to plan. We encountered a fairly heavy rain/hail storm before reaching Las Vegas but it was over by the time we arrived at New Mexico Highlands University for dinner. The busses arrived at Philmont at 9:20 pm (Mountain Daylight Time), 10 minutes ahead of schedule. The staff at the Welcome Center was ready for us and had wall tents available for 12 of the 13 crews.
Sunday was check-in day. Although it was warm (85ish), there was a breeze and very low humidity. All crews got their check-in completed and had time Sunday afternoon to tour the Villa Philmonte, eat ice cream, and relax.
Because of the early completion of check-in, all crews departed for their trailheads early Monday morning. Again, the weather was beautiful. There were some scattered showers and low clouds Monday afternoon around dusk and this morning (Tuesday), it is cloudy, cool (upper 40's), and I got a light hail storm mid morning.
All in all, things are going well. I will return to Philmont today to check on one Scout who is in the medic lodge with a flu-like affliction. Hopefully, he will get better soon and will be able to join his crew on the trail. The staff in the medic lodge has been in communication with his mother and with me keeping us posted on his progress.
I'll try to update this periodically if there are significant weather changes or if I hear anything from Philmont. At this point, it's mainly no news is good news!
Base Camp Information:
Click the button below to download a Word document of base camp information. This was distributed to the 2003 crews on arrival at Philmont. Crews will be given an updated version of this document but it is helpful to review the information before arriving at Philmont.
Upcoming Contingent activities:
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Last updated Monday, September 11, 2006 03:11 PM