Friday, June 13, 2014

Philmont, Day 1


We arrived this morning, already smelly, tired and sore.  An all-night bus ride will do that to you.

The slow process of check-in has started.  The boys don't seem to mind a bit - they sit down and play cards at every opportunity.  We have two crews, one loud and one quiet.  We always know where both are - the loud one is easy to find because they are so loud.  The quiet one is easy to find because they are always where they are supposed to be.

Philmont is about mental toughness.  Between the beeping every three seconds for eight of the eleven bus hours and the waiting with no end in sight and no sleep, the mental toughness is already required.

Altitude is 6700, hiking is just around camp today.  Backpacking starts tomorrow.