"The Mountains are calling and I must go."
-John Muir


Ok, so you might be asking, "Why backpacking?" Why load up a 70 lbs. pack, strap it to your back, and go hike up a mountain? Why climb a mountain that makes "because it's there" seem a dumb reason? Why? I'll tell you. Actually I'll let Henry David tell you...

About mountains it is useless to argue, you have either been up or you haven't. The view from halfway is nobody's view. The Best flowers are on top under a ledge, nourished by the wind. A sense of smell is of less importance than a sense of balance, walking on clouds through holes in which you can see the earth ---- the wind has its own level to find. --Henry David Thoreau.

I started backpacking about five years ago and though I don't get to go as often as I would like, it still occupies my daydreams. At first I had no idea what it meant to walk miles of trail, but now several pair of boots later I must admit that I am begininng to get the idea. I don't intend to completely fill this space with my musings. It is my goal to eventualy put up some useful information and links to backpacking related sites. For now "bear" with me and check out the little bits and pieces that I have collected...


I WANT TO GO BACK TO

PHILMONT!!!

Where the old Rayado flows... Philmont is HOmE (Heaven On Earth). It's a High Adventure Camp run by the Boy Scouts of America where I was a Ranger back in '94. I also got to go two other times in 1993 and 1995 with Scout Troop 1131. It's awsome and someday I'll have more to say about it...