Compare 2012 Trek 31 to 2011 Trek 20


2012 description: 'If your crew is into GPS and land navigation, this “Geocaching Trek” is for you! Test your navigation skills in the Valle Vidal before geocaching your way into Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch. Our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team set up a challenging course in rugged country with some of the most unique rock outcroppings and vistas that the southwest has to offer. Not one crew found all of the geocaches last summer. We are challenging your crew to be the first to locate them all! Start your trek at Sioux before participating in initiative games and challenge events at Dan Beard. From there, stop and help our staff with a search and rescue mission at Seally Canyon. You can bushwhack north over the ridge directly to Whiteman Vega to ride some of the best mountain biking trails in northern New Mexico. Hike across the site of a 2009 prescribed burn on your way to the north end of McCrystal Creek. From there, you will be able to preview your trip to Baldy before taking part in the astronomy program at Ring Place for the night. Make your way back to Philmont and spend two days at Ewells Park where you will continue to be amazed by the wildflowers in the meadow and the view of Baldy. On the second day, you will have time to explore the Aztec Mine at French Henry, climb Baldy, and visit historic Baldy Town. Visit the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano to climb spar poles on your way to New Dean. Now for the geocaching… At Dean Cow, each crew will be given GPS units with the geocache locations entered into them. You will have a day and a half to find them all. Be amazed by the rock formations and if you pay close attention, you might even find a rock with Waite Phillips’ initials (WP) carved into it! Spend the night where few other crews have the opportunity to stay at Slate Hill Heck Camp. Hike back to Dean Cow to drop off your GPS units and to cap off your trek with rock climbing and rappelling! This trek has it all!'

2011 description: 'Your crew will be a strong team after taking the Dan Beard Challenge and learning Leave No Trace principles. Hike into the heart of the Valle Vidal (Valley of Life) spending a night in wilderness seclusion at the beautiful Iris Park camp before enjoying two fun-filled days at Ring Place. Popular programs here are astronomy, folk weather forecasting, and mountain biking. Yourcrew is off to the Baldy country via spectacular Greenwood Canyon where you will have a chance to pan for gold, explore an abandoned gold mine, learn to be a blacksmith, and summit Baldy Mountain, elevation 12,441 feet. The last great program happens at Ponif, Philmont's original camp, where you can ride horses, brand your boots & other gear, enjoy the cantina show, and finish with a delicious chuck wagon dinner and breakfast.'

Day2012 Trek 31 Campsite2011 Trek 20 CampsiteProgram Differences
1Trailbound Tent City  
2SiouxBent 
3Dan Beard Conservation not included in 2012 trek 31
 
4Whiteman VegaIris ParkMountain Biking included in 2012 trek 31
Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine included in 2012 trek 31
Wilderness Medicine included in 2012 trek 31
Conservation included in 2012 trek 31
 
5Ring Place Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins included in 2012 trek 31
Conservation not included in 2012 trek 31
 
6Upper Greenwood CanyonRing PlaceMountain Biking not included in 2012 trek 31
 
7Ewells ParkGreenwood CanyonBlacksmithing included in 2012 trek 31
Gold Mining & Panning included in 2012 trek 31
 
8Ewells ParkCopper ParkSide Hike Baldy Mountain included in 2012 trek 31
Tour Historic Baldy Town included in 2012 trek 31
Food Pickup included in 2012 trek 31
Blacksmithing not included in 2012 trek 31
Gold Mining & Panning not included in 2012 trek 31
 
9New DeanCopper ParkContinental Tie & Lumber included in 2012 trek 31
Side Hike Baldy Mountain not included in 2012 trek 31
Food Pickup not included in 2012 trek 31
 
10Slate Hill HeckElkhornWater included in 2012 trek 31
Geocaching included in 2012 trek 31
Pick up GPS included in 2012 trek 31
 
11Dean CowPonilRock Climbing & Rappelling included in 2012 trek 31
Return GPS included in 2012 trek 31
Cantina not included in 2012 trek 31
Chuck Wagon Dinner not included in 2012 trek 31
Western Lore / Branding not included in 2012 trek 31
Horse Rides not included in 2012 trek 31
Food Pickup not included in 2012 trek 31
 
12Homebound Tent City Cowboy Breakfast not included in 2012 trek 31