EDMOND — Troop 479 from Edmond backpacked the mountains of northeastern New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch over 12 days in June.
The troop’s 12-member high adventure team consisted of Caleb Baker, Josh Griffin, Roady Hollingsworth, Jonathan Jossell, Jackson Moore, Nathan Moore (crew leader), Dillan Randle and Jonathan Wyckoff. Advisors were Ray Baker, Patrick Hollingsworth, Lewis Moore and Mark Wyckoff.
The trek required the Scouts to prepare and choose gear, navigate, bushwhack the first three days and carry all gear, food and water for dry camps. The crew hiked more than 79 miles, climbed several peaks, learned about gold mining and blacksmithing, shot black powder rifles and shotguns, threw tomahawks in competition, raced burros, observed rattlesnakes in their environment, made fishing flies, fished the Rayado River and threw down at the Cypher’s Mine “stomp” where staff members perform and conduct operations in early 1900s period apparel and customs.
The trek challenged their leadership, physical capabilities and resourcefulness.
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