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Boy Scouts make it through life changing trek

July 16, 2012

Pictured are members of Boy Scout Troop No. 410 as they completed their 12 day trek at Philmont. First Row: Austin Swanson, Matt Flickinger, Colton Lawton, Keenan Kost, and Kyle Elliott. Second Row: Jeff Swanson, Bill Keesler, Will Keesler (Crew Chief), John Gelsick (Troop #427 Kane), Andrew Carlson, Tom Geer (Troop # 410 Scoutmaster), and Kevin Kost.

Recently a group of local Boy Scouts and their advisors embarked on a life changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 ft to 12,441 ft. During their trek the Scouts and their advisors hiked 100 miles over 12 days. The group endured 100 degree temperatures and steep climbs during their trek. On day 6 they climbed to the top of Baldy Mountain which stands 12, 441 feet above sea level. On day 11 the group climbed to the top of the Tooth of Time which stands over 9,000 ft.
The group and their advisors carried everything they needed to survive during the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. The trek included a conservation project where the Scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem.
The entire trip with travel was fourteen days. The group was greeted by family members at the Buffalo International Airport upon their return.

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