Category Archives: scouts

Caving the Flatirons

Necessity is the mother of invention, they say, and since Scout Troop 78 hasn’t been able to do our usual spring and summer weekend-long outings, we’ve had to invented some shorter, small-group hikes on weekends. For the inaugural trip, I … Continue reading

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Backcountry Skiing Is Not Everything

Normally the backcountry ski season would just be getting good with warm temperatures, plenty of spring snow, and plenty of sunshine.  This year, the virus has us all locked down.  I mean, technically, I could get out there and ski … Continue reading

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2019 Retrospective (B-Sides and Rarities!)

As we finish another trip around the sun, it’s time for reminiscences (whether you like it or not!)  2019 was a notable year with a lot of Life Stuff (a new career, planning for what is effectively a new house, … Continue reading

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Scouting Quandary

Early one September morning, eight scouts from Troop 78 set out to climb Quandary Peak (14,265′).  In Colorado, 14ers are a Big Deal and all Coloradans remember their first climb of one of these lofty summits the way other folks … Continue reading

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There’s nothing Micro about the Micro-Backpack

Troop 78 has three levels of Adventure:  The regular adventures are 1-2 week long expeditions for high-school aged scouts in exotic places like the Boundary Waters or Alaska.  The Mini-backpack is a five-day exploration somewhere which requires scouting by airplane … Continue reading

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Newts on Buttes!

Joe joined the Boy Scouts this year. I was a Scout back in New Hampshire in the 1980s (Troop 202, Gorham, NH!) just like my father before me in the 1950s (Troop 404, Wadsworth, OH!) and Joe is very much … Continue reading

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