Local Boy Scouts trek through New Mexico wilderness

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MILTON, Ga. – A crew of teenage Scouts and their leaders with Boy Scout Troop 3000 went on a life-changing summer trek through the Sangro de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout ranch in Cimarron, N.M. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet.

The group of Scouts and their advisers carried everything they needed to survive during the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They participated in back country programs along the way, including rock climbing, mountain biking, fly-fishing and gold prospecting. The trek included a conservation project where Scouts endured tough challenges, including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs and often inclement weather.

“They may meet only one other group of Scouts on the trail in an entire day of hiking,” said Backpacker Magazine. “Even in the most crowded destinations, each Scout group camps in isolation, out of sight and sound of all other groups.”

The crew made what amounts to a Scouting pilgrimage with their trip to Philmont.

MH 08-08-12