“There is no teaching to compare with example.”
Don’t be afraid to fail. You’ve failed many times, although you might not remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you? Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat? Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot. R . H . Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on. English novelist John Creasey received more than 700 rejection slips before he published over 600 books. Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.
Don’t worry about failure.
Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.
General Comments on Gear
Buy high quality gear. Purchase good backpacking equipment from a reputable supplier. The comfort level of high quality gear is superior to that of inexpensive, poorly made items.
High quality gear will hold up best, and should you have problems, the manufacturer will often replace damaged items.
Freshen your sleeping bag and tent. Immediately after returning from your trip, put your sleeping bag and tent out in the sun to air. Turn them frequently so that they don’t sustain sun damage. When they are dry, bring them indoors. Tents and sleeping bags must be thoroughly dry before you store them since they are easily ruined by mildew. Even if it didn’t rain during your trip, condensation most likely formed and collected on your gear.
Get a hiking staff. There are several advantages to having a hiking staff: On rocky terrain, it can help you keep your balance. When stepping over rocks or logs, you can use it to ward off snakes. Or you can use it to flick debris off the trail. It can help you ford streams successfully and substitute as a pack rest for your backpack when no trees are around.
Select wide mouths. Wide mouthed plastic bottles are best for carrying water because their bottoms, where bacteria can grow, are easy to clean. Their design lets you remove partially frozen water.
Pack lighter, not heavier. Many inexperienced hikers try to carry much more weight than is comfortable or safe. The result can be a less than pleasant trip or pulled muscle.
Trim away ounces. Look at each piece of gear to see if you can find a lighter one to replace it. Or can you make that particular piece of gear lighter? Ounces add up to pounds.
Use a plastic spoon instead of a metal one, a plastic cup instead of a metal one.
Stand bottles upright. Always put your gas and water bottles outside and right side up in an outside pack pocket. Gaskets can leak on gas bottles and could contaminate your clothes and food with fumes.
Stuff the inside space. In the pack, place heavy items as close to your back as you can. You can carry weight much more comfortable this way. If you have an internal frame pack, pad sharp objects because they will invariably poke you as soon as you shoulder the pack and begin to hike.
Develop a system. Fill your pack the same way each time you use it, and try to avoid stuffing things into any pocket at random. Using a system will save you much time when a storm is approaching and you’re trying to get rain gear on or your tent up. It’s nice to know, too, just where that flashlight is in the dark.
Put pocket to good use. In an outside pack pocket, keep items handy that you will use often throughout the course of the day rain gear, sunglasses, toilet paper, and maps. With those items handy, you won’t need to open your pack very often.
Havasupai was amazing, and just four days was not enough to see all the amazing sights. Despite the long drive, we still met at Big 5 at the usual 7 AM. Even on the drive, we still saw some amazing sights. At the KOA there was a shop and gift store, which was very nice. Sadly Nicolas Zepeda had food poisoning and had to leave. When we got up to drive to the trailhead we were surprised to see snow about 45 minutes away. After that our car stopped to take pictures of a cow family in the room. Right from the start of the hike we had an amazing view of the canyon. It was steep downhill for the first mile and ½ so we defiantly kept in mind that this would be steep UP hill on the way back. We stopped at the Native American village there. It was two miles away from the campsite and it was defiantly a nice break. When we regrouped we continued for the last 2 miles. Almost immediately our first waterfall greeted us. The bright blue water beautifully contrasted the red rock. When we got to the campsite we only had a few hours till 8:00 PM; no talk time. The next morning we started our day hike to the falls. We had to go down these smooth rocks, but luckily there were plenty of handholds. Then we got back and continued the rest of our day. In the morning we got up early to head back. We got back pretty early and all left around 3:30 PM. The trip to Havasupai was amazing and was my favorite trip ever!
Scouts: Vaughn, Nick, Nick, Connor, Cooper, Ben, Owen, Jeremiah, Jonathan, Kellen, Sean, Max, David, Logan, Kaden, Timmy
Adults: Mr. Ingleheart, Mr. Swider, Mrs. Swider, Mr. Hirsch, ASM Schott, ASM Brown, Mrs. Randall (Driver Only), SM Johnson (Driver Only)
Every now and then we hear a Scout use the word can’t: “I can’t hike 15 miles” or “I can’t tie that knot”, etc. It’s at that point I’ll stop the meeting and ask the
Scouts to give the Scout sign and repeat after me, “On my honor I will do my best!” Then I step up to our chalkboard, write out the word “can’t” in big letters, and ask the boys if that word appears anywhere in the Scout Oath or Law. At that point, I erase the “t” and explain to the Scouts that their trail to the Eagle rank will be much easier if they start telling themselves they can do it instead of using that other word. Before I walk away from the chalkboard, I write a big “I” in front of the can and leave it there until the next meeting. The first thing they see the next time they walk in is the words “I can!”