E-T Staff Report

Local Boy Scout Troop 39 and their leaders went on a life-changing, 10-day trek from July19-30 through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch.

The group carried everything they needed to survive during the 60-mile trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. The scouts participated in rock climbing, black powder riflery, fly-fishing and horseback riding.

The trek included a conservation project where the scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont's ecosystem. Along the trek, scouts endured tough challenges including being in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs and inclement weather.

Elevation at base camp was 6,500 feet above see level, with the highest point being 11,700 feet on Mt. Phillips.