Manzana Narrows Backpacking
by Nicolis Inglehart
On June 20th, Troop 26 went on a 7 mile backpacking trip to Manzana Narrows. Because of the heat, amount of younger scouts on the trip, and the information from other hikers that the Narrows were full, we decided not to continue all the way to Manzana Narrows. Instead we only went 4 miles to Ray Camp. This was only an overnight trip and while there was plenty of water in the river, which followed the trail most of the hike, there was poison oak everywhere. Because the water was so close, and it was hot, on many of the river crossings Scouts dipped their hats into the water to cool their body’s down. At the Lost Valley, the first camp, some scouts saw a large water snake slithering down the river.
When we arrived at the trailhead, it was already hot, with almost no breeze to cool us down.
After a brief explanation about the dangers that the trail possessed, and to drink plenty of water, we were hiking away toward Manzana Narrows. Because there was very little shade on the trail, and had a lot of uphill and downhill, we took many breaks. A lot of younger scouts were on the trip, so the older scouts in their patrol took their gear so they could have a lighter load. When we arrived at Fish Camp, which was the lunch spot, we rested and refilled our water bottles. After a 30-35 minute break we hit the trail and arrived in Ray Camp after a 2 mile slog. Most of the scouts dunked their heads into the little pool because they were so hot from the hike. We decided to spend the night there, instead of the Narrows, because we were all incredibly tired. After dinner we had a wonderful campfire. The next morning we packed up our tents, had breakfast, and hit the trail. We arrived at Fish camp after a very fast 3 miles of hiking. There we held a Scouts Own, and said our ups and down of the trip. We also said a prayer of thanks to God. We finally got back to the trailhead after a tiring 1 mile up and down hill climb. At the trailhead, we had a refreshing lunch and some friendship bread. We got into the cars and headed back to the church at approximately 12:00pm. We were all exhausted and ready to go home.
This was an enjoyable, but hot and very tiring hike. It was some of the younger scouts first time backpacking with the troop, giving them experience on what to expect on their next hike.
Here are the Scouts and Adults that went
Bats: Sean Walther, Thomas Eardley, Oorjith Kommarraju, Joey Salgado, David Ebeling
Panther: Owen Schott, Mateo DeFalla, Luke Huang, Tobin Bohley, Sam Schley
Croc: Jonathan Weakliem, Nicolis Inglehart, Jay Miller, Spencer Randall
Fox: Logan Beckstrand, Andrew Duncan, Aidan Pearson
Old Goat Patrol: Matt Swider, Kirk Miller, Jim Pearson, Mike Schley
Y-Knot Patrol: Paul Johnson, Steve Schott, Mike Inglehart, Melissa Eardley, Jasonn Beckstrand
Body Tune-Ups #2
PROTECT YOUR BACK.
Abdominal strengthening exercises will help take burden off your back and torso, minimizing lower
back trouble. Begin these at least a couple of month before hiking season or a major trip.
- Partial situps: Lie on your back. Keeping your knees slightly bent, slowly raise your head and
shoulders off the ground and feel your stomach muscles tighten. Hold the position for about 5
seconds, if possible. Repeat 10 times.
- Wall slide: Stand with your back flush against a firm, solid surface. Slide slowly down into a
sitting position, with your thigh paralleled to the floor or ground. Hold for 1 minute. Repeat 10
times, increasing the holding period, if possible.
- Kneetochest raise: Lie on your back. Grasp knees with hands, and slowly pull them to your chest,
keeping your neck and back as relaxed as possible. Repeat 10 times.
- Pressups: Lie on your stomach with palms on the ground next to your chest. Pressing with your
hands, raise your upper body off the ground, keeping your knees on the ground, elbows slightly
bent, and back straight. Hold 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
- Back stretch: Position yourself about 2 feet from a tree or other slid object. In a standing position,
raise your arms out in front of you, so they are parallel to the ground. Lean forward so your palms
are flat against the object. Hold for 30 seconds while applying steady pressure to the object with
your palms. Slowly push your chest forward, stretching your back. Repeat three times.
- Lower back stretch: While standing, assume a slightly bent knee position, with your feet about
shoulder width apart. Keeping your knees bent and your head rolled forward, reach down to your
toes. Move slowly, without bouncing. Hold for 30 seconds, feeling your muscles stretch. Repeat
Brisk walking, swimming, and biking will also help maintain a strong back. Short hikes with packs of
graduated weights. Keep an eye on your weight as well, since overweight people are more prone to
back problems than those of optimal body weight.
Make sure you have a comfortable, perfectly fitted pack with a well padded, close fitting hipbelt.
Townsend, who has back problems, says he carries more than 90 percent of his pack's weight on his
If you experience a sore back out on the trail, or have chronic back problems, make sure heavy items
are backed close to your spine. Don't tie heavy items on the outside of your pack, since they tend to
twist your body off balance.
During rest breaks, stretch your neck and shoulders. If you do tweak your back muscles during the trip,
don't despair. Doctors now recommend light exercise for a pulled or sprained back, rather than bed
rest. Let your partner carry the bulk of the load, take frequent rest breaks, ask him or her for a light
massage, and take antiinflammatory medication.
Recipe of the Month
Fresh from the Garden Tomato Pasta (4-Servings)
4 cups rotini pasta, uncooked
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
3 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Prepare pasta as directed on package; drain and keep warm.
Cook garlic and onion in Balsamic vinaigrette dressing in large skillet (or cooking pot) until softened.
Add tomatoes; cook an additional 2 minutes.
Toss with pasta and remaining ingredients.
Serve with French or Sourdough bread.
Poem – Sermons We See
By Edgar Guest
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advise you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.
One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.
Edgar Albert Guest