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Joe Lynch
(rushfan) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
what trips does your troop have planned for this year? on 02/15/2014 10:49:36 MST Print View

It's always good to share ideas for outings. My troop is in northern California. We're planning on going to the Ishi Wilderness, Lassen, and the Rae Lakes loop in SEKI. What about your troop?

Jay Lash
(jjlash) - F
Last year on 02/16/2014 15:51:58 MST Print View

We're going to the BWCAW this year. Last year we went to the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Incredible place!

Vincent Lauricella
(1776SM) - F - M
Trips on 02/17/2014 07:45:16 MST Print View

My Troop is from NJ

In 2012 we backpacked in Emigrant Wilderness, CA. Last year we canoed in the Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada. This year we will be backpacking again in the West, and have narrowed our choices down to either Three Sisters Oregon or Sawtooths Idaho.

Bob Shaver
(rshaver) - F

Locale: West
lots of 50 milers, plus weenend backpacks on 02/17/2014 15:22:49 MST Print View

2009: Sawtooth Range 50 miler,
2010: Wind River Range 50 miler
2011: White Cloud Range 50 miler, Philmont
2012: JMT South lake to North lake 50 miler, Sea Base, Konderstag Austria, Grand Gulch spring break 50 miler
2013: Uintas 50 miler plus about 4 weekend backpacks, Philmont, Sea Base, Owyhee Range 50 miler
2014: Seven Devils 50 miler, Northern Tier canoe trip

plus about 6 weekend backpacks each year

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: what trips does your troop have planned for this year? on 02/17/2014 15:42:45 MST Print View

We formed a new troop this year so this year the big trip is to Camp Parsons on the Olympic Penisula (2 year wait list). We have a young group of boys so a Scout Camp will be perfect to get them started (and get a bunch of Merit Badges out of the way)

In the old troop in recent years;
70+ mile white water rafting trip on the Lower Salmon river, Idaho (Last year)
50+ kayak trip through the San Jaun Islands in Washington
Horseback trip into the Paysetan Wilderness, NE Washington
Horseback trip in the Sawtooths, Washington

We backpack about 10 weekends a year. December is family month and every February is a alpine ski/snowboard outing with a 5 mile snowshoe hike on day 2.

I wish I could get the older group to do Mt Rainier soon.

Edited by bestbuilder on 02/17/2014 15:43:32 MST.

K P
(Schado6) - MLife
Troop Outings on 02/17/2014 18:41:33 MST Print View

Troop in Northern AL - we do an outing every month (except Dec). Here is this years (Aug-Aug) calendar. It may vary somewhat year to year but there is usually a longer fall/winter trip (holiday weekend) and spring/summer one, not including summer camp or Philmont Treks

Aug - Planning mtg (Scouts in leadership positions meet over a weekend to plan out the upcoming year (adults just provide info as requested or make suggestions, i.e. camping trip to Hawaii would be great but it would be a tad pricey...)

Sep - White Water Rafting Ococee River (last year was 50miler at Grimes Canoe Base, TN)
Oct - Pioneering and basic land nav w/ Webelos
Nov - Backpacking, South Cumberland State Park
Dec - Lock in w/ Merit Badge sessions (for some reason scouts just love doing this annually, lets them stay up all night and watch movies/play ball in gym, etc)
Jan - Ski trip, Perfect North, OH (can't recall last years location)
Feb - Cooking campout
Mar - Shooting MB
April - Scout Skills (held in spring to accommodate newly bridged cub scouts to prep them for summer camp)
May - Cycling, Hurricane Creek (last year was a fishing/boating outing)
June - 2 Philmont Crews / Summer Camp (this year its Boxwell in TN, last year they picked Camp Thunder in GA)
July - Aquatics/Beach Campout, Port St Joe
Aug - Planning campout

There are other events throughout the year as well, such as MB colleges, helping Cubscouts w/ Pinewood Derby, University of Scouting, etc. There is a local 50mile bike ride every fall as well as part of the All You Can Eat Century Bike Ride (34-106miles). For Philmont Treks, training starts in Dec with a monthly backpacking trip in addition to above.

Edited by Schado6 on 02/17/2014 19:24:11 MST.

Joe Lynch
(rushfan) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
nice trips on 02/17/2014 19:34:39 MST Print View

Your scouts are going to have a lot of fun. In past years we have backpacked on the JMT from Mammoth to Tuolumne Meadows, hiked the southern portion of the Lost Coast Trail, and biked on the Avenue of the Giants and Yosemite.

Eric Johnson
(unimog) - MLife

Locale: Utah
Scouting Trips on 02/17/2014 20:46:25 MST Print View

2012 - Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon to Lees Ferry
2013 - Canoe Labyrinth Canyon
2013 - Teton Crest
2014 - Four Pass Loop around Maroon Bells (still waiting for approval)

Dan Lee
(scoutbuff) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Four Pass Loop Feedback... on 02/17/2014 21:25:42 MST Print View

Eric-
I did this hike (CCW) last summer with my 18 year-old Eagle and a couple of his buddies. Don't mean to be a downer but some SA for you...
-Lots of people, especially around Snowmass Lake. Probably 50+ camping there...
-Very few campsites for groups of more than 2 or 3 tents so you'll need to stake your claim early or be prepared to be creative.
-We hiked the loop in 2.5 days. Originally planned to spend night #3 along West Maroon Creek but just too many day hikers so we opted for a long day to get out.
-The hike offers some tremendous views but has also exploded in popularity. Consider doing the loop from some alternative entry points to avoid some of the crowds.
-Water and wildflowers are plentiful... As were the porcupines.

It was a beautiful hike but we weren't prepared for the number of people we would encounter. If that doesn't bother you, go for it!
-Dan

Here's looking back down on Snowmass Lake, morning Day 2...Snowmass Lake

Eric Johnson
(unimog) - MLife

Locale: Utah
Four Pass Loop Feedback... on 02/17/2014 22:20:43 MST Print View

Dan, Thanks for the great feedback! We were planning on crowds close to the entrance, but frankly hoping for fewer people on the backside. We will have several strong 16-18 year olds, so doing long days or adjusting for weather or campsites won't be any problem. I hadn't considered entering at other trailheads - I'll investigate that. I've been looking for first-hand beta with not many responses, so I really appreciate the comments!

Bob Shaver
(rshaver) - F

Locale: West
question for Tad on 02/18/2014 10:14:50 MST Print View

Where are the Sawtooths in Washington? I've heard of the range in Idaho, but not Washington.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: question for Tad on 02/18/2014 10:17:19 MST Print View

"question for Tad"

Or a question for google:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recarea/?recid=79433

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: question for Tad on 02/18/2014 10:39:39 MST Print View

Bob, Doug beat me to the post.

It is much smaller than the Idaho version, but spectacular none the less, and some good fishing too.

Brian Reyman
(breyman) - M

Locale: Rocky Mountains
50-miler on 02/19/2014 20:24:26 MST Print View

This summer - our troop's first 50-miler in a number of years. A stretch of the Colorado Trail just south of Leadville, Colorado.

JC Root
(evilroot) - F - M

Locale: Central Oregon
Re: Trips Three sisters on 02/20/2014 13:08:41 MST Print View

Look up Troop 90 out of Bend, Oregon, Three Sisters are right in our back yard and we hike them every year. Some well worn trails around the 3 sisters and some great peaks to scale and tons of other activities for the Scouts in the local area. Everything from caving, mountain biking, rafting, paint-balling, swimming, tube floating etc...

Just shoot me a PM if you need any help on logistics or questions

JC Root
Asst Scoutmaster Troop 90

JC Root
(evilroot) - F - M

Locale: Central Oregon
Troop 90 Bend, Oregon---activities 2014 on 02/20/2014 13:20:46 MST Print View

Feb-Camp Makuall ski in ( cancelled lack of snow the East Coast took it all)
Mar-New Scouts camping skills evaluation camp-out
April-New Scouts backpacking skills evaluation camp-out
May-Camporee at Camp Makulla
June-Aquatic camp-out One of the high lakes in the cascades
July-Philmont Trip for older boys and Camp Melita in Montana for summer camp for the younger boys.
Aug-Cascades mountain backpacking trip usually 2 trip one for the older Scouts and one for the younger Scouts
Sep-High Desert Backpacking trip
Oct-Weblos Woods camp out
Nov-Badlands backpacking trip or canoe trip
Dec- Christmas Tree SalesSpine of the Strawberry Mountain 2012

David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F - M

Locale: North Idaho
Re: lots of 50 milers, plus weenend backpacks on 02/22/2014 10:44:23 MST Print View

Hi Bob,
Is that Seven Devils, ID? Just curious--what route did you use for 50 miles? Loop? Mostly on-trail or off?

George Ramsdell
(ghramsdell)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Our schedule on 03/02/2014 12:08:29 MST Print View

We are going to Camp Parsons (we signed up in August -no waiting period)

* March - Shooting Day at Camp Piggot with camping
* April - Ancient Lakes backpacking trip
* May - Cycling Centennial Trail and Family BBQ
* June - 2 night Backpacking trip along Baker Lake
* July - 4 night Backpacking trip Bridge Creek Trail (PCT) to Stehekin.
* Aug - Camp Parsons
* Sep - Trying to get some lottery slots to go to Colchuck Lake

Jeff Gray
(JeffGray) - F
Re: Scouting Trips on 03/19/2014 05:57:24 MDT Print View

Eric,

Can you share any insight on the Teton Crest trip? Our troop is headed out in July and would welcome any up to date info.

I should be set up to receive PMs.

thanks

Jeff

Phillip Asby
(PGAsby)

Locale: North Carolina
Impressive on 03/25/2014 12:48:20 MDT Print View

Some impressive trips planned!

We are in Charlotte - one outing per month generally speaking. October and beyond is not posted yet (we vote at the end of the school year).

So:

This year is (was)

Jan - Lost Sea Cave, TN - spelunking
Feb - Turkey Pen Gap, NC - backpacking
Mar - Wilson Creek, NC - backpacking
Apr - Mt. Rogers/Grayson Highlands, VA - backpacking
May - Sea Island, Georgia - sea kayaking
June - James River, VA (super scout multi day trip) - canoeing
July - Camp Grimes scout camp
August - Huntington Beach State Park, SC - deep sea fishing
September - Shining Rock Wilderness, NC - backpacking

Vincent Lauricella
(1776SM) - F - M
Summer Camp on 03/26/2014 05:24:01 MDT Print View

Phillip

Has your troop ever been to Camp Durant? We have a group going there at the end of July for a second week of summer camp.

Thanks,
Vince

Phillip Asby
(PGAsby)

Locale: North Carolina
Re: Summer Camp on 03/26/2014 10:38:50 MDT Print View

Vince - I don't believe so - we've gone to Grimes every year as far as I know... I can ask around at the next meeting however! Troop has been in existence since 1966 or so with a fair number of multi decade participants so it is possible!