Mind over body

This 5 minute clip from the 2006 movie "Facing the Giants" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805526/) recently made me think about my dedication and drive. It is "The Death Crawl Scene" where an unmotivated person shows himself and his team that if you cannot see the "finish line" you can push your body harder and farther than you thought you... Continue Reading →

Philmont: Day 3, Divergence

This was a hard day but not for physical reasons. Our sick scout did not get better during the night and our adult advisors (and our ranger) agreed that he needed more help than our little crew could provide him. We decided that, while the crew hiked north, Anna, the scout and one adult would... Continue Reading →

Philmont: The Second Day

After an uneventful night, we woke and broke down our tents. The scouts went and got the bear bags down and brought our smellables back to us. We divided up the troop gear (pots, food, etc.), grabbed our personal mess kits (bowls, sporks, plates, cups) and packed them in our backpacks. In pairs, we opened... Continue Reading →

Philmont: First Day on the Trail

So our first day on the trail was really a 1/2 day on the trail since the bus to pick us up from base camp didn't get us until 1 or 2pm. We went to breakfast, went back to our tents, packed up all our gear and made a pack line (yes, this is just a... Continue Reading →

Philmont: Pre-trek Day

From Colorado to New Mexico After the Air Force Academy, Pike's Peak and the Garden of the Gods, it was time for us to head south to Philmont. We had a nutritious scout breakfast... loaded our gear into a bus and trailer... and drove south. About 3 (ish) hours later we arrived and saw our... Continue Reading →

Philmont or Bust

The Trip Our trip to Philmont Boy Scout Reservation was going to be 2 days of altitude acclimation in the Denver/Colorado Springs, Colorado area followed by a 1 day at Philmont base camp, 10 days on the trek on Philmont property then 1 day back at base camp and then home the next day. it was... Continue Reading →

Philmont Fun: The Basics

My son's Boy Scout troop planned a trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. For those of you, like I, that were not in Boy Scouts when younger, there are four official "high adventure" bases in Boy Scouts: Philmont in NM (land activities), Sea Base in FL (sailing/boating/water sports), Northern Tier in MI... Continue Reading →

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