Philmont backpacking takes place on hundreds and hundreds
of miles of trails coursing through the northern Rocky
Mountains. The typical 10-day backcountry trek is
50 to 75 miles. The boys chose a crew chief who has
similar responsibilities to a senior patrol leader.
The boys run the show at Philmont, and take
off across the mountains, chosing their trails, when
they want to rest, and how to set up camp.
with other backpacking experiences, it helps to get
in decent shape at Philmont. If you are an over-40
adult, that especially applies to you. Some of the
boys are in good shape and some not. But youth allows
quick adjustment, and they tone up quickly. It takes
weeks for someone over 40 to get in decent backpacking
shape. It's more fun if you're in good condition before
you arrive. Cardio-vascular condition is important
at Philmont. And you should have already tested the
knees. Some people have trouble. Take along some ibuprofrin
if you are an old codger.
Philmont has typical Rocky Mountain hiking
trails. The boys are able to pick up food and stove
fuel every three days. That helps keep the pack weights
- our food review.
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