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  • Off to Philmont on Saturday, June 30

    Countdown to Philmont, we leave at 3:00AM from the Council Service Center to get to the Newark Airport. Due into Denver Mid morning and off to Colorado Springs and the fires there have our itinerary in a wad. How is the area around COlorado Springs? We were to hike in the Garden of the Gods and do the railway ride up Pikes Peak. Those plans seem to be history now.

    Be at Philmont Monday and hit the trail Tuesday. Trek 30 for those keeping score at home

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    Its pretty bad, I'm sure Garden of the Gods is out. Pikes Peak may be OK. The Air Froce Academy is a great visit as well, but the fires are close there as well.

    Where are you staying and how are you getting around. And if it fits, check this site out in LaJunta way south of the fires. Its worth the visit. Be sure to check the Dancers tag to get their times, this is all done by a Boy Scout Troop and it is very impressive.

    http://www.kosharehistory.org/

    Barry

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    • #3
      Touring Company has our fate in its hands. Supposed to stay at Univeristy of COlorado dorms. Air Force Academy on SAturday with the GArden of the Gods Hike and then a WHite Water Trip on Sunday.

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      • #4
        It's real touch and go and pretty bad around Colo Springs. Garden of the Gods is out and probably AF Academy. White Water is farther south and over a large area, so you should be OK there, but it might be smokey. There is plenty to do around where you guys are staying, so the tour company should keep you busy.

        Have a great trip and drink plenty of water at Philmont because the arid air at the altitude dries you out fast. First sign of a headache, drink. Oh, and don't feed the bears. LOL

        Barry

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        • #5
          Enjoy your Cliff bars and Honey stingers I think they are called.

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          • #6
            News reports indicate USAFA is closed, with (at least some) cadets evacuated and new class of cadets being housed and inducted elsewhere.

            Photos seem to indicate I25 has been changed into one way for the evacuation.

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            • #7
              OGE: I am leaving tomorrow for Philmont. We are doing Trek 16 and go on-trail at Cathedral Rock on 6/29. Although unlikely, I will keep an eye out for you... Have a great trip!

              YiS,
              David Olson

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              • #8
                Have a GREAT TIME!!!! This is the ultimate Scouting journey!

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                • #9
                  worth your while to make a phone call to Philmont before you leave. Manitou Springs (cog RR up Pikes Peak) has been evacuated. You may need to fly to Albuquerque instead

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                  • #10
                    Heard from the Touring Company. PIkes Peak and Garden of the Gods is off the table. WIll be going to Red Rocks park near Denver and then a full day of WHitewater on Sunday, I guess thats one was of hydrating. Still going to Denver

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                    • #11
                      Son's flight was scheduled to be wheels up at 7am this morning on thier way to Philmont. Hits the trail 7/2. I am so jealous.

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                      • #12
                        OGE if you chose the same touring/charter company as we used in the beginning of June do not sweat it but be flexible. They are good people working in impossible conditions.

                        AK-Eagle

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                        • #13
                          Back and survived...

                          COlorado Springs is alive and well. Had to endure a full day of White water down the Arkanas and went under the Royal Gorge Bridge(!)

                          Did Trek 30 and went up Baldy by route of the Gully trail. more later, have several emails to do first

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