Compare 2013 Trek 31 to 2012 Trek 29

2013 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!'

2012 description: 'This program filled trek will give you a chance to climb Baldy Mountain, camp near Black Jack’s hideout, and hike over the Tooth of Time! Start your trek with a cool glass of root beer at Ponil before making your way to Flume Canyon for the night. Climb spar poles and cut cross ties with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano before heading over beautiful Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins. At Rich, you will learn how the old homesteaders survived in the mountains and be treated to an evening of entertainment. Hike to Upper Greenwood where you will need to rest up before climbing to Copper Park and Baldy Mountain. From Copper Park, hike down to French Henry to learn blacksmithing skills and explore Lucien Maxwell’s Aztec Mine. The next day, your crew will hike over Baldy Mountain with the option of carrying full packs… if you’re up for the challenge! Tour historic Baldy Town and camp at Baldy Skyline for the night. Hike to Black Jacks, but be sure to participate in initiative games and challenge events (that are sure to bring your crew together) at Head of Dean. Have fun exploring outlaw Black Jack Ketchum’s Hideout on your way to rock climb and rappel at Dean Cow. At Harlan, your crew will enjoy loading their own shotgun shells before testing their skills at our scenic shooting range. Your crew will be able to reflect on their journey at cool and luscious Lower Sawmill before hitting the trail and heading to Clark’s Fork. There, you will brand boots, test your roping skills, enjoy a Chuck Wagon dinner, and cap off the evening with a cowboy campfire. Be sure to wake up early, fill your water bottles, and hit the trail towards Shaefer’s Pass and the Tooth of Time!'

Day2013 Trek 31 Campsite2012 Trek 29 CampsiteProgram Differences
1Trailbound Tent City  
2Flume Canyon  
3Rich Cabins Hike over Wilson Mesa included in 2013 trek 31
4Upper Greenwood Canyon Low Impact Camping included in 2013 trek 31
5Copper Park Climb Baldy Mountain included in 2013 trek 31
Gold Mining & Panning not included in 2013 trek 31
6Baldy Skyline Blacksmithing included in 2013 trek 31
Gold Mining & Panning included in 2013 trek 31
Climb Baldy Mountain not included in 2013 trek 31
7ElkhornBlack JacksWater not included in 2013 trek 31
8Dean Cow Visit Black Jack Ketchem's Hideout not included in 2013 trek 31
9Harlan Burro Racing included in 2013 trek 31
Pick Up Burros not included in 2013 trek 31
10Aspen SpringsLower Sawmill 
11Clarks Fork Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock included in 2013 trek 31
Demonstration Forest included in 2013 trek 31
Western Lore / Branding not included in 2013 trek 31
12Homebound Tent City Climb Tooth of Time included in 2013 trek 31