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.