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High Adventure Training

May 10, 2008

Trails Near and Far, Park’s Rules & Permits and High Adventure Awards

Dan Marks,

HAT Specialist

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Where Do I Go?

Where do I go to hike locally?

Where do I go for an extended trip?

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Best Local Trails…Right In Our Own Back Yard

Sweetwater River Trail

Pine Creek Trail

California Riding and Hiking Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

Mormon Battalion Trail

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Desert Wilderness Adventures

Grand Canyon Trails

Camelback (Old California Riding and Hiking Trail)

Pacific Crest Trail

Anza Borrego State Park

Joshua Tree National Monument

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Mountain Wilderness Adventures:

Where To Go In Southern California

San Gorgonio Wilderness

San Jacinto Wilderness - San Jacinto National Monument

Cucamonga Wilderness

Santa Rosa National Monument

Mt. Palomar – Mt. Laguna National Recreation Areas

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Mountain Wilderness Adventures:

Other Mountain Treks

White Mountain Wilderness – Ancient Bristlecone Forest

Sierra Nevada Mountains – 10 HAT Described Segments

Ventana Wilderness (Big Sur, California)

Mazatzal Wilderness (Central Arizona)

San Francisco Peaks (Flagstaff)

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WHAT TO KNOW

BEFORE YOU GO

putting together a training program
Putting Together A Training Program
  • Plan a yearly backpacking program during your TLC or PLC
  • Introduce new Scouts to backpacking
  • Maintain a continuous backpacking program within your Troop:
    • Ages 11-13: Scouts are learning
    • Ages 14-16: Backpack-experienced Scouts
    • Ages 16 + : High Adventure – Challenges!
transportation requirements
Transportation Requirements
  • Experienced drivers are needed to support your backpacking program
  • Consideration of transportation needs for loop trips and point-to-point trips
  • Vehicle mix in your Troop inventory:
    • 4WD Trucks
    • 4WD and 2WD SUV’s
    • 2WD Passenger Vans and Minivans
scouts learning backpacking
Scouts Learning Backpacking
  • Merit Badges
    • First Aid
    • Hiking
    • Camping
    • Cooking
    • Rock Climbing
  • Unit Backpack Training
  • Local Trails:
    • Sweetwater River
    • Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    • Mission Trails
    • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
introducing backpacking
Introducing Backpacking
  • Hike locally, with an overnight stay
  • Unit Backpack training is a must!
  • Borrow equipment for smaller boys…keep an eye out for narrow hips and think about lighter loads.
  • Think about awards or “been there” trinkets for every outing
  • Allow use of tennis shoes vs. hiking boots
introducing backpacking12
Introducing Backpacking
  • Places we like to hike…5 miles or less
    • Rose Canyon
    • San Clemente Canyon
    • Mission Trails
    • Lake Poway
    • Mission Bay
    • Torrey Pines
    • Mt. Palomar
    • Mataguay – San Felipe Valley
backpack experienced
Backpack - Experienced
  • Camelback 30 and 60 mile treks
  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Sierra Treks
  • San Jacinto Wilderness
  • San Gorgonio Wilderness
  • San Gabriel – Cucamonga Wilderness
  • Grand Canyon
  • Joshua Tree
training trails for experienced backpackers
Training Trails for Experienced Backpackers
  • County localities – 10 to 15 miles
    • Palomar District, Cleveland National Forest
    • Descanso District Riding and Hiking Trails
    • Pacific Crest Trail – Cleveland National Forest
    • Noble Canyon National Recreation Trail – Descanso District Cleveland National Forest
    • Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Hiking Trails
    • California Riding and Hiking Trail – Joshua Tree National Monument
    • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
training trails for sierra treks
Training Trails for Sierra Treks
  • Scouts and Adults must train together
  • Define what your training plan will be and stick to it.
  • Pack check, pack light, and plan ahead!
  • Plan a 2 day 30 mile hike and think about dropping Scouts and Adults based upon their performance on the trail.
sierra trek training trails
Sierra Trek Training Trails
  • Descanso to Paso Picacho and return
  • Paso Picacho to Banner Store and return
  • Junction of S2 and S3 to Indian Flats and return
  • Mountain Conditioning:
    • Devil’s Slide To San Jacinto Peak
    • Jenks Lake Trailhead to San Gorgonio Peak, or
    • Vivian Creek Trailhead to San Gorgonio Peak
  • Optional:
    • Lytle Creek to San Antonio Peak
training for the grand canyon
Training for the Grand Canyon
  • Camelback 30 mile medal – Joshua Tree
  • Anza-Borrego State Park
    • Borrego – Palm Canyon Nature Trail
    • Split Mountain/Fish Creek
    • Coyote Canyon
    • Sheep Canyon
    • Mormon Battalion Trail
high adventure challenges
High Adventure – Challenges!
  • Philmont
  • Nine Peaks Honor Award
  • Grand Canyon Primitive Trails
  • Alaska – Denali State Park
  • High Sierra Trek Award
  • Jim Hawkins Mountaineering Medal
  • Snow Camping – Rock Creek
  • Mountain Men – Wilderness Skills
high adventure training trails
High Adventure Training Trails
  • Mt. San Jacinto
    • Devils Slide to Round Valley to Peak
    • Deer Springs to Little Round Valley to Peak
    • Fuller Ridge to Little Round Valley to Peak
  • Mt. San Gorgonio
    • Poopout Hill to High Meadow Springs/Dry Lake View
    • Vivian Creek to High Creek Crossing
    • Poopout Hill via the Sky High Trail
  • Mt. San Bernadino
    • Camp Angelus to Limber Pine Springs
nine peaks honor award
Nine Peaks Honor Award
  • Offered by the Inland Empire Council
  • Requires a two day, 6 mile shakedown hike to pre-qualify, including 6 miles above 9,000 feet.
  • Requires Scouts to have attained at least 1st Class Rank with the Hiking Merit Badge to qualify for the award
  • Nine peaks above 9,000 feet climbed in four days and three nights.
what documents are needed before i go
What Documents Are Needed Before I Go?
  • Trek Aid 100
  • Trek Plan or Backpacking/Hiking Plan
  • BSA Local Tour Permit or National Tour Permit
  • Parent Permission Form and/or Activity Consent Form
  • Emergency Contact List
  • Class I or Class II Medical Forms for Youth
  • Class III Medical Forms for Adults
  • In Camp Medication Form
  • Burn Permit & National Forest Adventure Pass
  • Wilderness Permit or other Regional Permit
resources
Resources:
  • HAT Trek Aids
  • Books
    • Afoot and Afield in San Diego County
    • San Bernadino Mountain Trails
    • Pacific Crest Trail Guides
  • Government: Park Information
  • Commercial Literature: A16 Footprints
  • AAA Books and Travel Maps
  • Internet Blogs – Sierra Club & Others
more resources
More Resources
  • San Bernadino Mountain Trails, 100 Hikes in Southern California, John W. Robinson
  • HAT San Gorgonio & San Jacinto, (Trek Aid #104)
  • Hiking & Backpacking, San Jacinto Wilderness
  • Some Wilderness Hikes (Ranger Station Leaflett)
  • Trails to Take, Welcome to San Jacinto
  • Nine Peaks Honor Award booklet
permits
Permits
  • Mt. San Jacinto State Wilderness – no charge for not showing up
  • Mt. San Gorgonio Wilderness – no charge for not showing up
  • Inyo/Sierra National Forest Wilderness Permit
    • Quota system in effect for most accessible trailheads from May 31 to September.
    • Reservations accepted six months in advance. 40% are held back for walk-ins (No fee charge)
inyo sierra permits
Inyo Sierra Permits
  • $5.00 non refundable fee per person for confirmed Wilderness Permits.
  • Mt. Whitney stamps are $15.00 per person
  • There is a requirement for alternate trips listed on the form.
  • Permits are available on a first come-first served basis on the date of entry. Keep your party to six or fewer
  • The highest demand is on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Always check local conditions: weather, bears, fires, etc.
  • Make copies of your permit and give a copy to each member of your unit to carry.
  • Mailing address: Inyo National Forest

Wilderness Permit Office

873 North Main Street

Bishop, CA 93514

local tour permits
Local Tour Permits
  • Provide BSA insurance protection for Scout Leaders
  • List the expected number of Scouts and adults on the trip
  • File them for local city trips also
now that the trek is done
Now That The Trek Is Done…
  • High Adventure Award Form
    • Fill it in completely on the Front Side, including Water Trek # or HALT #
    • On the Back Side, be sure to list all of the people who went on your trek, not just those who qualify for the High Adventure Award
  • Other Things To Do
    • Let the Rangers know what you found
    • Let your Troop/Crew know what you did
    • Share the knowledge…share the lessons
    • Start planning for your next High Adventure!
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