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Yosemite High Sierra Camps Backpacking A-Trek

Posted on Nov 27 2019 - 1:05pm

Dear Troop 636,

Beginning on July 28th, 9 scouts and 3 adults trekked over 50 miles through Yosemite as well as climbing Half Dome. The A trek lasted 8 days and 7 nights. Our first day began with an early morning long drive up the 395 valley and with a Leave no Trace presentation from a ranger where we got our permits. Then, we set off. The first day was short, but it was a fairly steep uphill that helped get everyone accustomed to the altitude. We stopped at May Lake, which was a beautiful and perfectly still lake that made for a very photogenic reflection on the water. The campsite itself had bathrooms that were not in service, and it was a great site for realizing the severity of the mosquito problem we had ahead of us. Mosquitoes aside, it was a great stay and we set off early the next morning. Our hike that day was through the forest at first, where we got slightly off course, then along an exposed path along a rocky edge. There was an amazing view of the forest beneath when we reached the highest point on this trail, then it was downhill from there. Our next stop was Glen Aulin which had a beautiful, rapid waterfall where we went for a swim in very cold water. We sunned ourselves on the rock afterwards. The next morning, we left fairly early and set off across the sketchy wooden walkway in freezing cold morning temperatures. It was a relatively easy trail that day, with beautiful views along waterways. Our next stop was the “car camp” at Tuolumne Meadows where we had our resupply and shuttled the cars. This stop had one of the most fun activities, which was a river with a spot to slide down, and multiple rock jumping spots into frigid water. The next morning, we had some questionable pancakes and trekked up our steepest trail day. It was very open with nice views to make up for the tough trail. Our next stop, Vogelsang, had arguably the best view of any campsite. We were beside a lake just below a peak at around 10,000 feet. There was nothing visible beyond the lake, which really helped emphasize that you were at the highest point in visibility, aside from the peak right next to you. We did some climbing and sledding in trash bags on the snow along the steep hill, which was very fun. The next day was a beautiful hike over Vogelsang Pass, the highest point on our Trek. We then descended to Merced Lake, and the next day to the campsite at the base of Half Dome. There the river was slow moving with an area large and deep enough to jump into from a shallow rock. Most of the scouts spent the remainder of the day playing mafia with another Scout troop, with the remaining scouts having some water filter issues that took up their night. The morning of the climactic Half Dome day was an early one, waking up at 3:45. We began hiking to the base of Half Dome with day packs and headlamps, and just as we reached the base of the “sub dome” (the final steep climb along open rocks before reaching the cables), the sun was climbing over the mountain east of us. After the test of everyone’s cardiovascular system, we reached the cables. The cables run up along a steep rock face, attached to poles coming straight out of it. We climbed the rock with carabiners for extra safety measures and enjoyed the view of all of Yosemite valley beneath us. We made our way back down Half Dome and trekked back into the “normie” world where there were many daytime tourists hiking around crowded trails. By the time we were at our final stop everyone was ready to leave. We were treated to a shower and pizza at Curry Village, slept under the stars, then got out early the next morning after a somewhat emotional rose-bud-thorn.

Yosemite Valley Backpack

Posted on Jul 9 2019 - 12:03pm

Dear Troop 636,

As of last week 8 of our scouts and 3 Adults went on a 3 night - 4 day backpacking trip through Yosemite Valley. This Backpacking trip totald to be 22 miles. Before we set out on our 22 mile pack we camped at a campsite near mirror lake. It was beautiful there with El Cap and Half Dome in sight. After that on we set out for our backpack but on the way to the trailhead we stopped at a Half Dome Viewpoint. Then after we admired half dome we were off. Our first destination was Ostrad Lake, about 6 miles from the trailhead. On our way there was saw lush forest, rivers, burnt forest, and snow up on the mountains. It was very uphill on the way to ostrad lake but everyone trudged up in a timely manner. When we got to the lake it was beautiful. The scouts fished, sat around the fire and admired the lake. But the next day came and it was time to leave. This day, the 3rd day, was a hefty 8 miles downhill from Ostrad Lake to Deer Camp. It was a beautiful trail with lush meadows and some great viewpoints over the valley. Once we arrived at Dear Camp everyone's feet were done, for the Elevation decrease was 8500 to the bottom of the valley. Once camp was set up scouts hung around the creek and talked around the fire. Then sadly the final 4th day came. It was from Deer camp to the road out. A 6 mile trail . On our way we trekked through completely destroyed trails, and fast flowing rivers (which some scouts unfortunately took a dip in). But eventually we got to the road. We were done and all we had to do was find the cars (which was a harder task than you would think). We got all of our gear in the car, got some food, shared out rose bud and thorns and headed home. Yosemite Valley was an overall awesome trip for the books.

New Requirements for Adults Camping with Scouts - Effective Immediately

Posted on May 15 2019 - 6:32am

Effective immediately BSA has changed the requirements for registered adults camping with scouts. Adults going on campouts of 72 hours or longer must have leader specific online training, in-person Introduction to Outdoor Skills training, youth protection training, and registered at council as an adult volunteer. Please note that in our troop we only pay for adult registration for voluteers that are active participants on the assistant scoutmaster team, or have a position on the committee. After our May Court of Honor we will briefly discuss this.

October 20th -- Today in History

Posted on Oct 20 2014 - 3:38pm

1938 — Ranch donated to Scouts

Tulsa oilman Waite Phillips and his wife donated a 35,857-acre tract in New Mexico to the Boy Scouts because of his “great faith” in the Scout movement. “I love the outdoors and nature,” Phillips said. “I have received a lot of benefit in my lifetime from the open-air life. And I want to make it possible for at least a part of these 1,200,000 Boy Scouts to share the joys I have known.” He later donated more land, bringing the total to 127,395 acres.

Troop 636 at 20 Years!!

Posted on Jun 19 2014 - 4:05pm

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