Greenville Scouts hike New Mexico wilderness

Greenville Scouts hike New Mexico wilderness

Boy Scouts from Troop 1 in Greenville took a summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., from July 26 to Aug. 8. Front row, from left, are David English, John Pagliaro, Ethan Fontaine, Greg Beaudette, (Philmont Rangers: Sam Baskin, Nathan Iannuccillo,) Michael Iannuccillo, Dan Hebert, Phillip Dushkewich and Joseph Baxter. Back row, from left, are Nolan Fontaine, Connor Pagliaro, David Pagliaro, Russell Beaudette, Richard Fontaine, Dan Benedetti, Bruce Iannuccillo, Charles Ross, Hayden Ross and Kyle Hannon.

CIMARRON, N.M. - Two groups of teenage Boy Scouts from Troop 1 in Greenville, along with their adult leaders, went on a summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., from July 26 to Aug. 8.

Philmont covers 214 square miles of wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to 12,441 feet.

According to a news release, during their trek the 12 Scouts and six adults hiked 82 miles throughout the 10 days.

Two hiking crews of nine members each carried everything they needed to survive during the trek on their backs, while hiking from camp to camp.

They participated in rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and gold prospecting.

The trek also included a conservation project where Scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont's ecosystem.

Along the way, Scouts endured challenges including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, camping above 11,000 feet, and successfully summiting the rugged, 12,441 ft. Mt. Baldy.