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Timothy "Clockwise" Akin
City: Placerville
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 15, 2010
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jun 19th, 2010
Start: Devils Wash Basin
End: Aspen Springs
Daily Distance: 5
Trip Distance: 17.5
Hours Hiked: 3
Daily Descent: 560
Min Elevation: 7520
Max Elevation: 8600
Min Temp: 44
Max Temp: 77
Breaks: 2

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 299
Journal Visits: 2,632
Guestbook Views: 131
Guestbook Entrys: 0

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Aspen Springs

We are on our own now. We have said our goodbyes to our Ranger. I must say, I am a bit sad to see her leave us, as I feel she has become a part of our crew and is such a joy to be around. Her ubiquitous smile gave permission for all to smile as well, even when times were tough. Thank you Maddie for showing us the "Philmont Way" and launching us into day-4.

It was just a few miles to Ute Gulch Commissary for our re-supply, so we took it slow and enjoyed the big views from the ridge as we descended from Deer Lake Mesa. Ute Gulch has postal service, so I was able to send off a few postcards to loved ones. Hope the cards make it OK.

We gathered our food that we would need for the next four days, and carefully counted the meals. 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 suppers. A pretty big pile of food for seven hikers. The food really is not that heavy, but it does take up quite a bit of real estate in our backpacks. We elected to take lunch at Ute Gulch so as to lighten our load of one meal, and deposit the packaging and trash before leaving this Staffed Camp. The lunch was pretty good and had the usual mix of crackers, canned meat, squeeze cheese, gatorade, and trail mix.

At Ute Gulch, there was still no word on the status of the water spigot at Aspen Springs Camp. My notes indicate that the spigot is off, pending repair. Word on the trail is that a bear chewed into the supply line that comes over the hill from Cimarroncito, and that it should be in service any day now. Not a real big deal, but if the water is off, then we will have to make a run back down to the stream at Ute Springs or head over to Cimarroncito for water. About a mile to haul water from either source.

We arrived at Aspen Springs Camp in the early afternoon with plenty of time to set camp and relax a bit. The best news of the day is that the water spigot is ON! Now I can really relax, perhaps get a shave, and do some bouldering around these rocks with the boys.

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Philmont 2010

Philmont Scout Ranch is located near Cimarron, NM. 137,000 acres of land owned/operated by the Boy Scouts of America. We will be hiking Itinerary 19, about 66 miles during a 12-day trek. Crew #616-E-2010


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