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2012-08-09 / Community News

Local Boy Scouts trek through New Mexico Wilderness


Pictured at the left, front row, left to right, are Tim Baggstrom, Ryan Yantz, Chris Hasskarl, Philmont Ranger Chelsey Sanders, Eric Koch, Nathan Vecera, Michael Simmang, back row, left to right, Micah Jackson, Simon Baggstrom, Dylan Zoch, Michael Fox, Riley Zoch, and Pete Chomout. Pictured at the left, front row, left to right, are Tim Baggstrom, Ryan Yantz, Chris Hasskarl, Philmont Ranger Chelsey Sanders, Eric Koch, Nathan Vecera, Michael Simmang, back row, left to right, Micah Jackson, Simon Baggstrom, Dylan Zoch, Michael Fox, Riley Zoch, and Pete Chomout. Boy Scout Troop 143 from Lexington and Troop 142 from Giddings, recently sent a crew of 9 teenage Scouts and 3 adult leaders on a backpacking trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch located near Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont Scout Ranch covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet. The group carried all of their food, water and gear for the trek while hiking from camp to camp. They used their orienteering and map reading skills to cover more than 78 miles over 11 days in the backcountry. Along the trek, the Scouts endured tough challenges including backing in bear and mountain lion country, steep climbs, and often-inclement weather. They also got to participate in programs like spar pole climbing, cross cutting railroad ties, rock climbing and challenge events.

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