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2021 Itinerary


Saturday 10 July
  • Depart Philadelphia early AM and fly to Denver
  • Rent van(s) and drive to Colorado Springs
  • Put on hiking clothes for our first "get used to the altitude" hike at Garden of the Gods park
  • Dinner out then return to the hotel for gear shakedown.
  • Hang out
Sunday 11 July
  • Early morning hike up the Manitou Incline
  • Lunch in Manitou Springs
  • Drive to the top of Pike's Peak for some more "altitude adjustment". 
  • Dinner then return to the hotel.
  • Crew shakedown #2, plus trips to REI and Walmart, if needed.
Monday 12 July
  • Drive to Cimarron, New Mexico
  • On the way, visit the ghost mine at the Whittington Center
  • Settle in at Philmont Base Camp - visit the Philmont museums plus the very cool shops and restaurants in Cimarron, including the St. James Hotel where you can see bullet holes in the ceiling made by
    various "Wild West" outlaws
Tuesday 13 July
  • Meet our Philmont Ranger and begin all logistical preparations for our expedition (medical check, obtaining crew gear, buying fuel for stoves, emergency procedures training, gear shakedown, crew leader meetings at logistics, opening campfire)
Wednesday 14 July to Saturday 24 July 
  • Hiking in the backcountry at Philmont. Here's a sample trek: 2019 TREK 3.
Saturday 24 July
  • Return to base camp (by bus or hike in via the Tooth of Time)
  • Return all crew gear, clean up, and prepare for the return home
Sunday 25 July
  • Leave Philmont and travel back to Colorado
  • Time permitting, do a half-day of rafting on the Colorado River, or spend the day at a high-mountain spa, or visit a water park
  • Overnight stay near the airport
Monday 26 July
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Return to Airport